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Castaway Resort
3.0 of 5 Villa   |   Arorangi, Cook Islands (Formerly Castaway Beach Villas)   |  
Hotel amenities
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Would come again!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Great location, great staff, the best value on the island! Dining was excellent - better than in some of the other more expensive resorts. Lots of improvements being made. Thank you to Paul and Michelle!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Myself and 3 friends stayed at Castaway Villas over NY's 2012/2013 and absolutely loved it! Paul and Michelle are amazing and made us feel so at home. They gave the best advide on activities to do and went out of their way to help us have the best holiday (paul even picked us and multiple other guests up in a mini van on NY's night!) The room's were very clean and tidy and the staff worked hard to keep this maintained everyday. The restaurant had extremely nice food, some of the best we tried on the island & also some of the cheapest - great value for money. We would be happy to recommend Castaway Villas to others and would definitely stay here next time!! Thank you again Paul and Michelle...

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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12 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our 6 day stay here a Castaway.  We originally booked a beachside villa but were given the choice of 1st floor apartment (room 11) which we ended up choosing.  The room were clean and in good condition, with a lovely balcony facing out to the beach/sea.  The shower in the bathroom is powerful and the room has everything you need in case you want to cook during your stay.  We checked out the beachside apartment also and it looked in good condition also.  The swimming pool is a nice feature and is large enough to swim around and do short laps if you want to.

The resort is going through a small refurbishment at the moment, which is not to say it is not in good condition already. It's just the owners have some good ideas on how to make it better (like creating a bar right on the beach, building a Japanese style BBQ and generally sprucing up the place).  We noticed no disruption while the work was going on and all the interiormwork is now complete and the majority of the outdoor work should be done in the next couple of weeks anyway, so it should not affect your decision to stay here.

The food at the resort is excellent.  Paul & Michelle have hired a top chef who used to work in one of the larger hotels and the pizza night (live music on a thurs), seafood night and BBQ night were some of the best food we ate while on the island. The owners are exceptionally helpful and friendly and could not have done more to make our stay an enjoyable one. 

Top tips for your stay on Rarotonga:
1. Hire a scooter.  The roads are quiet and its the best way to get around the island. There a clockwise & anti-clockwise bus which also provides transport but its hourly.
2.  The best snorkelling without an organised trip is at fruits of Rarotonga, then near the rarotangan resort and at black rocks.  However, we also heard very good things about the organised day trips. We did one on Aitutaki via 'Teking Tours' which was a highlight of the trip.
3.  Go to Aitutaki if you can for a few days.  In contrast to Rarotonga's mountainous beauty, Aitutaki and the surrounding islands in the lagoon have stunning beaches with the best snorkelling/diving I have ever done.  It's expensive to get here but worth it. 
4. Friday/Saturday night are the best nights for going out. Trader Jacks has live music on a Friday then people head over to whatever bar then rehab.
5. If you're going to do the cross island walk, best to go with a guide.  We did it without and after speaking with other people I think you'd get more from it with one of the colourful guides.  Beware, it is thick jungle in parts and pretty steep so may not be suitable for everyone.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

My wife tracey and I were 1st time travelers,we could not have had or wished for a better place to go.Paul and michelle made us feel like we were old friends.the room was very clean and tidy,meals were great and not expensive,all staff were very friendly and helpful at all times.A very relaxed atmosphere.we both can not wait to go back asap.A big thank you to paul and Michelle for ane awesome time

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodford, Australia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Just stopping by for a meal, the warm welcome from Paul and Michelle made us feel so welcome. More like we just came home for dinner rather than going out. Fantastic food, fantastic company and fantastic atmosphere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Stayed here over the Christmas break which happened to be my birthday. My partner had been in touch with Michelle prior to this to organise a birthday surprise for me which by all accounts Michelle went out of her way to help him with. The room was functional and extremely clean. Loved the spacious balcony for a drink in the evening. Also enjoyed the beachfront seats for the sunset. Continental breakfast in the morning was a lovely start to the day. Would love to return here some day and would highly recommend to other visitors.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

We went for our ten year anniversary. Great beachside location, welcoming, helpful, friendly staff. We were a bit worried that there was no DVD player in the room but we absolutely did not miss it. We were too busy watching the sunsets on the deck, reading on the sun loungers and whizzing around on our scooter. I liked that there were family homes either side which made me feel like I had more of an authentic Rarotongan experience - watching the people gather seafood for tea and then cooking it up - something that you wouldn't see if you stayed in a big resort.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castaway Resort

Address: Arorangi, Cook Islands (Formerly Castaway Beach Villas)
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 75 Specialty Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Castaway Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castaway Resort is a small escape quiet and secluded island paradise boutique resort featuring a mix of twelve units built on the edge of Rarotonga’s sunset side of the island, offering views of a white sandy beach, magnificent turquoise lagoon, reef and ocean beyond.Castaway Resort does not accept children under 16 years and offers accommodation at cost effective rates for all types of travellers. The furnishings and decor capture the tropical flavour of the island with the design and colours reflecting a light and airy tropical beachside living.Watch the people fish in the lagoon, and look for humped-backed whales passing off the reef in the months of July to November, swimming or snorkelling from the beach, kayaking out to the reef or sipping your favourite cocktail while viewing the best sunsets on the island...all this and more at Castaway Resort.This friendly little resort is well known for its fantastic beach location, quirky character and relaxed ambience. With a friendly small team we offer personal and intimate service at your door. We offer a range of accommodation at very cost effective rates for all types of travelers. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Castaway Beach Villas Hotel Rarotonga

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