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#12 of 99 Specialty lodging in Rarotonga
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Castaway Resort is a self catering adults-only resort for people aged 16 years and above. We offer accommodation at cost effective rates for all types of travelers. All our rooms are appropriately furnished to suit all basic needs and all exterior surroundings at the resort contribute to capturing that fresh, tropical, beachy feeling that is essential to every holiday experience in Rarotonga. Crusoe's Restaurant in conjunction with Wilson's Beach Bar is a fantastic beach location with a relaxed tropical ambiance that lets you have dinner or sip a cocktail as the sun goes down. On-site swimming pool, complimentary daily tropical breakfast, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, and beach towels. Within walking distance to nearby restaurants, car rental companies, and a convenience store located opposite the Resort for your last minute supplies or grocery needs. Onsite parking is available with access to street parking nearby. A bus stop is located directly outside the resort also.
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Free parking
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Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Foot massage
Street parking
Paid wifi
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Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Snack bar
Snorkeling
Evening entertainment
Shuttle bus service
Full body massage
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Head massage
Massage
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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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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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tropicgirl39 wrote a review Apr 2020
Sydney, Australia520 contributions168 helpful votes
The resort around the restaurant and bar combines every dream you have ever had of a tropical holiday but at a reasonable price. The restaurant and bar area has a Robinson Crusoe/Castaway vibe about it. The bar is called Wilson's like in the movie "Castaway" starring Tom Hanks and there is even a chair made out of a tree stump referring to the movie. The rooms were clean and spacious. There was a decent full sized fridge and a kitchen area where you could prepare your own meals if you were so inclined. The pool was inviting. The restaurant is absolute beachfront. The views every morning from the restaurant where breakfast was served were breathtaking. The breakfasts were filling and copious. The restaurant has a different menu each night from Japanese to Mexican to Pizza/Pasta. They also have fabulous fresh seafood available. We dined at the restaurant one night and had the crayfish platter. Not only was it fresh and mouthwatering but the serving was HUGE and an absolute bargain for the amount of seafood crammed onto that plate. My husband and I feasted on it and it was truly one of the most memorable nights of our holiday. The talented musician at dinner had a great varied repertoire and added to the ambience of our evening. The tropical bar is open for Happy Hour and they had the most amazing selection of cocktails. Try the Big Kahuna. It is served in a coconut. You will need to share it with at least 1 or 2 other people to get through it. The BEST cocktail I have ever had. You could swim and snorkel right in front of the resort and the snorkelling was good there. The location was great too. There was an ATM literally 100 metres away and a little shop across the road. There was also a bus stop right out the front door. We loved everything about this place but mostly the warm, kind and friendly staff. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them. Everyone from the front desk, the cleaners, the bar staff and the staff at the restaurant were helpful, lovely, friendly and cheerful. We travelled with my elderly mother and the staff especially the lovely owners Michelle and her husband were so incredibly kind to her and so thoughtful. Thank you so much to Castaway resort. We had a fabulous time and we hope to return one day soon.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded May 11, 2020
Thank you very much for your review! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to have the pleasure of hosting you in future :)
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Florine B wrote a review Apr 2020
13 contributions3 helpful votes
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So, this is a small resort on the sunset part of the Island. The crew is amazing, they all know your name, you feel like at home, they are nice, full of advises and kindness and smiles! The bosses Michele and Paul are absolutely lovely, they can recommand what you need on the island (great restaurants, best snorkelings spots and activities to do etc...) Place is small, rooms clean and great, nice restaurant on the beach with wonderful food and cocktails, they even have an amazing masseuse on site... It's a very relaxing hotel, very quiet, I definitely recommand it ! Thank you Michele and Paul and the crew for the marvelous stay I had at Castway ! Hope to see you soon... :)
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded May 11, 2020
Thank you very much for your review! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to have the pleasure of hosting you in future :)
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Linda F wrote a review Mar 2020
17 contributions6 helpful votes
Throughout all interactions with staff, from booking to departing, everyone without fail was courteous and helpful. Our room was spotlessly clean with a private balcony with beautiful reef view. We ate at the restaurant every evening and the menu, which changes nightly, was varied and delicious. The cereal/toast/coffee breakfast which is included was more than enough to get you started for the day. Great location especially for sunsets. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Room Tip: Upstairs rooms with views
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Response from Michelle Oberg, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Kia Orana! Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful review! So happy to hear you're having such a great time with us and super glad the team here are able to help make your stay here that much more enjoyable! Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you back again soon :) Meitaki maata, The Castaway Crew
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Steve W wrote a review Mar 2020
Edmonton, Canada244 contributions176 helpful votes
For our 4 weeks on Raro we stayed the first 2 at Castaways. For the final 2 we stayed at an airBnB. In hind sight we wished we had stopped all four at Castaways. There are several reasons why, in Februay the humidity was a killer and the A/C was a welcome greeting to our room. That coupled with a pool to cool off was a bonus as well, our airBnB did.nt have either and we suffered for it. Happy with the room, staff came in every day and made bed and tidied up. The patio doors opened onto the pool and the rooms the other side of the pool, #6,7 and 8 looked like they had been refurbished. The owners Michelle and Paul as well as everybody in the front office were a pleasure to deal with, no problem they could'nt fix. The staff at the restaurant and bar were exceptional, Apo, Treena, Richelle and Mel, truly gave you a Raro welcome. We ate there several times and was impressed with the pizza, especialy the seafood. Other meals included the loaded nachos, chicken vindaloo and the sausage and mash were easily the best l've ever tasted. They have great breakfasts as well, if you are going to have the big breaky bring your appetite with you. The chefs also are a great bunch of guy's and in the morning only they make a certain amount of pies. A couple of times we managed to snag an egg and bacon and a beef and mushroom, yummy. l know the skewers were popular but l did'nt think to much of them, l liked the ones at the Saturday morning market in Avarua more. There's a nice community feel about being on the beach and having a drink at Wilsons in the evening. Most evenings were cloudy but the one sunset we did witness blew us away, spectacular. The loungers around the pool and on the beach look as if they are ready to be retired, but all in all l would recomend the Castaways and we would definatly stay here again should we be in this neck of the woods. Meitaki ma'ata.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Room Tip: #6,7 and 8. Refurbished by the pool.
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Response from Michelle Oberg, General Manager at Castaway Resort
Responded Mar 25, 2020
Kia Orana! Thank you for taking the time to write such a beautiful review! So happy to hear you're having such a great time with us and super glad the team here are able to help make your stay here that much more enjoyable! Thank you for choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you back again soon :) Meitaki maata, The Castaway Crew
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Steve P wrote a review Mar 2020
Stayner, Canada8 contributions1 helpful vote
We didn’t stay at the resort, we came for drinks and appetizers several times and a delicious breakfast. The staff are excellent, so friendly, welcoming and great service. ( thank you Trina, Moi, it was a pleasure to meet you.) The shrimp & meat skewers were excellent, so delicious, cocktails are fabulous, great setting on the beach! We will see you again,☺️Deb and Steve from Ontario, Canada
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded Mar 18, 2020
Thank you very much for your review! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to have the pleasure of hosting you in future :)
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PRICE RANGE
$98 - $199 (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 IslandsRarotonga
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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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, Antipodes, and Tuoro Restaurant & Cafe.
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.
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.