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#3 of 20 Specialty lodging in Arorangi
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4.8
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4.8
Set in the enchanting western village of Arorangi, Castaway is the favourite farewell point of so many of our islands’ most stunning sunsets. Enjoy peace and relaxation at this lush adults-only oasis, where guests can enjoy the freedom of their self-catering rooms or dine at the on-property beach restaurant & bar. Castaway offers comfortable accommodation with rooms perfect for solo travelers, couples, families and small groups (Minimum age is 16 years and above) And if you’re looking for a little more, Castaway offers accommodation at their Beach House that’s right next door. All rooms are tastefully furnished and guests can enjoy kitchen facilities, air-conditioning, and TV in case of those tropical rainy days. Wilson’s Beach bar & restaurant is Castaway Resorts’ on-property restaurant and is considered one of Rarotonga’s Top 5 Restaurant & Bars (As per Tripadvisor) For good reason! The restaurants gourmet menu is diverse with themed nights every night of the week. From Monday: Pasta, Tuesday: A la carte, Wednesday: Mexican, Thursday: Pizza, Friday: Seafood, and Saturday: Curry. Sunday BBQs are special at Castaway, when live music is played all evening by local musicians Freddy and Pascale, and guitar talent Anania Browne. Specialty dishes like Mr Paul’s Crayfish and Papa D’s Crayfish platter are both very popular amongst the local community. An absolute must try if you want to know what all the local enthusiasm is about! Many returnees rave about the fantastic location, quirky character, relaxed ambience and the friendly, welcoming staff. Guests will enjoy personable service, as staff take the utmost care to remember your name! The resort is also close to many of Rarotonga’s best snorkeling spots, only 20 minutes from the town center, has a bus stop and convenience store across the road. The resort is also home to many unique attributes. Whale watching can be enjoyed right from the restaurant deck. Expect a free bevvy from the bar if you’re first to ring the Whale Bell! Their crayfish dishes are large, fresh and delicious – there’s nothing like it anywhere else on the island. And if that wasn’t enough, Cuban Havana Cigars can also be purchased and pairs well with their signature cocktail “The Big Kahuna” – exclusively available at Castaway. Castaway Resort is the perfect accommodation choice for travelers wanting independence of a self-catered room, or to enjoy a cocktail and delicious dinner without leaving the property.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Street parking
Paid wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Snorkeling
Evening entertainment
Shuttle bus service
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Massage
Neck massage
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Air conditioning
Private beach
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Safe
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Private bathrooms
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
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Roam516627 wrote a review Jul 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Food was really good, especially the sharing seafood platters, which would feed 3 easy. Never stayed at Castaway, but had a few meals there, very good food and setting. Need to book to make sure you get in.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Kia Orana, We very much appreciate you making the time to leave us such kind words and are thrilled that you enjoyed your dining experience. We cannot wait to have you return next year! Meitaki Ma'ata and Best regards, Castaway Team
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David A wrote a review Jul 2022
Auckland, New Zealand75 contributions9 helpful votes
Didn't stay, just stopped in (twice) for food. Prompt and friendly service, excellent food. The Island Chips (kumara with crusties) were a highlight. Would be interested in seeing/trying the accommodation if the food is anything to go by.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia Orana David, Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed your dinner with us and we can't wait to see you again in the future. Meitaki ma'ata :)
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Gavin L wrote a review Jul 2022
3 contributions7 helpful votes
Fantastic holiday, again. We stayed here last year and came back because it's very friendly and has great food. Excellent live music on a Sunday evening. We will hopefully return next year. The sunset is great. The seafood platter was delicious.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: I enjoyed everything
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Kia Orana Gavin, Thank you for taking your time in writing us such a wonderful review. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed your dining and stay with us and we can't wait to welcome you back in the future. Meitaki Ma'ata and Best regards from the whole Castaway Team
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Ian S wrote a review Jul 2022
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A warm and welcoming place with dining and bar facilities right next to the beach. Rooms clean and comfortable. When a problem arose with other poolside room guests not following noise curfew rules, management went above and beyond in resolving the issue and changing our accommodation. Thanks Michelle and Paul for making our stay in Rarotonga so enjoyable!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Kia Orana, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are very glad to know that you enjoyed your dining and stay with us, as well as the hospitality from the Castaway team and management. We look forward to welcome you again in the future. Meitaki and Best Regards, Castaway Team
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Breanna wrote a review Jul 2022
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10/10 highly recommend, staff and management were all accommodating, welcoming and lovely people overall. Castaway is a highly enjoyable resort with little cats and kittens running around, all rooms were highly maintained and services were amazing. Definitely returning!!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Jul 2, 2022
Kia Orana Breanna, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your dining and stay with us as well as the hospitality from the Castaway team and management. We look forward to serving you again in the future. Meitaki and Best Regards, Castaway Team
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Matt C wrote a review Jun 2022
Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand1 contribution
Highly recommend great value brilliant staff incredible great food .Room 18 is great right on beach front close to bar and restaurant brilliant views own deck . Definitely worth a go . Will be back this was our third stay here same room same great staff .brilliant atmosphere .
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded Jun 28, 2022
Kia Orana Matt, Thank you so much for taking your time in writing us such a wonderful review. We are very happy to know that you always enjoy your dining and stay with us and we thank you for always choosing Castaway while enjoying and exploring our island paradise. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming you back in the future ! Meitaki Ma'ata and Best regards, Castaway Team
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Mandi T wrote a review Jun 2022
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions
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This is my second stay at Castaway Resort and won’t be my last, amazing location. Experience the beautiful sunset whilst enjoying mouth watering meals. The menu changes daily with different themes along with Japanese available every night. Paul & Michelle are amazing hosts that go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your stay. The staff are friendly and very efficient. They make you feel very welcome. A home away from home. I am so pleased I found this place. I have stayed at other places on the Island and this is by far the best on every level. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Jun 28, 2022
Kia Orana Mandi, Thank you for taking your time in writing us such a lovely review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your dining and stay with us, it is always our pleasure serving you and making your holiday such a memorable one. Guest Satisfaction is our top priority. We look forward to welcome you back in our little paradise. Meitaki Ma'ata and Best regards, Castaway Team
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Lance009 wrote a review Jun 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed at Castaway Resort with a couple of friends . Great Location with good swimming in front of the resort. The staff are awesome and friendly and the food was delicious with plenty of options. The Sunsets on this side of the island are amazing especially with a cocktail in hand .
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jun 23, 2022
Kia Orana Lance, Thank you so much for writing us such a wonderful review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your dining and stay with us, we are also glad to note your appreciation of the hospitality offered at our resort and restaurant by our friendly staff. We look forward to welcome you back in the future. Meitaki Ma'ata and Best regards, Castaway Team
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barrychris2015 wrote a review Jun 2022
Napier, New Zealand18 contributions5 helpful votes
Michelle and Paul are amazing and all the staff are friendly and nothing is to much trouble. My husband was admitted to hospital the staff were wonderful. The resort is small but that's what we like. The do beautiful meals and a theme with food ever night.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: A see view
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Response from Castaway Resort, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded Jun 16, 2022
Kia Orana Barry and Chris, Thank you so much for taking your time in writing us a review. It is our pleasure serving and helping you in any way we can. We are thankful that you chose Castaway and for making us part of your Holiday in Raro. We are looking forward to serving and to welcome you back in our side of paradise. Meitaki Ma'ata and Best regards, Castaway Team
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Philip S wrote a review Jun 2022
Wellington, New Zealand12 contributions
Fantastic resort with a beautiful spot on the beach to enjoy the sunset. Staff and owner were amazing and really made us feel welcome. About 10 minutes ride from the town. Would definitely go back next time.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Responded Jun 11, 2022
Kia Orana Phillip, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your time with us. It is our pleasure serving you and making you feel at home. We can't wait to welcome you back in the future. Meitaki ma'ata and best regards, Castaway Team
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PRICE RANGE
$182 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
castaway beach villas hotel rarotonga
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Castaway Beach Villas
LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaArorangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Castaway Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Castaway Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (0.9 miles), Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (0.1 miles), and Aroa Marine Reserve (1.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Castaway Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Castaway Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Castaway Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Castaway Resort?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Castaway Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Beluga, Tuoro Tapas Bar, and The Waffle Shack.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Castaway Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Castaway Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Castaway Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Castaway Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Castaway Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Castaway Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (3.9 miles).
Does Castaway Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.