Couldn't have asked for more! Great place - much better than the more expensive resorty hotels on the island - mainly due to the kindness and great personalities of the hosts.
On arriving in Raro (from the UK via Auckland), Air NZ had taken my suitcase off the plane as the plane was overweight. N.B this happens a lot from what I gathered after speaking to locals. If you're travelling with a partner, make sure you split your belongings over your two cases in case one gets left behind. Air NZ will give you 100NZD but this doesn't go far in the Cooks when you need sun cream, mozzie repellent, swimwear etc. However, Michelle was so helpful - lending me some sarongs, sun cream etc - it really helped and meant we could enjoy our precious time there. They also upgraded us to a beachfront villa as we only had 2 nights there and were on honeymoon. We missed breakfast one day and Paul very kindly gave us bread, spreads and lovely fresh fruit so we could have it anyway. Villas were great, beach was beautiful. Beach bar was just opening when we were there but looked wonderful. Chinese takeaway opposite is pretty good with generous portion sizes (we ordered 2 dishes but that was enough for 4!). Walk down the beach to get to the Waterline restaurant for a sunset meal looking over the sea. Snorkelling gear is free to use too and plenty of amazing fish in the water.
Thanks so much for a great stay - wish we could be back!
- 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