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Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Pacific Paradise!”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

I am not at all the 'relaxing' type but if you're after somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle and just chill for a few days then this is the place for you! The resort is set amongst lush tropical gardens, with the stunning Muri lagoon right a your finger tips. Free use of snorkeling equipment and loads of other water toys available if you want to use them. Bus to town at the front door.

Service particularly good from the food & beverage team as well as the boys at the beach hut - nothing was ever a problem & the dance lessons were hilarious! Special thanks to Jane & Billie for taking such great care of us. Excellent Mojitos with high quality food & presentation. Seafood Cassoulet is just devine. Island night on Fridays is not to be missed either.

The rooms are a little tired and could do with a general spruce up. Evening reception staff not overly helpful but can't fault the day team. Would recommend putting a light on the menu board on the beach as well as updating the menu - loads of passers by stopped to read it but couldn't see it in the dark.

Beautiful place - go try it for yourself!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We have travelled to Raro three times and always stayed at this resort. We have stayed there as a couple, a family and also got married there. Breakfast on the beach looking a Muri Lagoon is always a perfect way to start the day! The guys at the kids club are amazing. Free use of the snorkel gear and kayaks, beautiful gardens to walk around, helpful staff and happy hour everyday...what more could you ask for. Rarotonga is a beautiful place and I totally recommend it to anyone that hasn't been before, to check it out!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Chester Springs, PA
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

That one word says it all. From the moment we arrived! I had two colleagues/clients along and was therefore a little apprehensive. But, from our first greeting to the fulfillment of our last request- everything at this resort was perfect. As a bonus we met Greg the GM, who really looked out for us. We had a huge room by the pool (with a bathroom I'd like to ship home), we also loved the little seating area in the back. We had breakfast every day, stopped in at the bar a few times, dinner twice (including Island Night- that is not to be missed) and again I have to say- Perfect! As someone in the industry I have admittedly high standards- they were exceeded. I would, and in fact do highly recommend the Pacific Resort.

Room Tip: You can't go wrong. A lot of people like beach-front, but we were super pleased w pool-side. The...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Got to go there.. it is perfect for a relaxing few days..excellent views, swims and people.
We had the premium beachfront room No 106, the best. Just jump out in the sand and swim.

Breakfast in the sand and so is dinner.. 4.00pm happy hour and 8.30 happy hour so it is all good.
People are fantastic and nothing is trouble. Breakfast is just great, tropical fruits and sure you can have a cocktail if yoiu wish, someone did.. Ahh

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Had a great stay at the Pacific Resort, helped out by the amazing weather. Staff we generally very helpful, a little slow at times in the restaurant/bar, perhaps we needed more time to move to island time.

A little disappointed by the bogan behaviour of other guests, shouldn't blame the resort for this expect to say it would have been nice if they had clamped down on the "parties" that took place in front of our neighbours room, bottles and scooters everywhere, our loungers pinched for their privilege, wasn't happy about that but I guess even bogans will travel.

Muri lagoon a bit of a disappointment for snorkling, its all quite dead, however there were other spots that were much better, try in front of Big Fish dive shop.

Food was ok, needs more local produce and local food (doesnt it Robert Oliver!!).

Room Tip: Waterfront the best way to travel!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Six of us recently spent a total of six days at the Pacific Resort...and we would unreservedly fully recommend it. Our greeting was very welcoming and our beach front rooms (101 & 102) were everything you could reasonably wish for in your hard earnt tropical holiday. The views of the lagoon were crazy! The food on offer was as good as anywhere else on the island - the burgers were a big hit and a favourite. Don't know about you but my holidays are partly measured by the quality of the mojitos!! I was full of expectation and might I say that Todd (bar man) makes some of the best mojitos not just anywhere in Rarotonga but anywhere in the Pacific...superb. The six of us hit the scooters and went exploring. After a few days it was evident that Pacific Resort was indeed the best resort on offer. Lots of other locations looked tired and/or their respective beaches were not overly conducive to jumping in and going for a swim...too many rocks and sharp coral. If staying at the Pacific Resort and you need supplies head out of the entrance turn left and travel about 300 meters. There you will find a little store on the left. 'Mr Woo' is your man, never short of a laugh and pretty good value...just remember you are in the islands! March is rainy season in Rarotonga and we 'suffered' no more than 25 minutes rain in total over the six days...not a problem let me assure you. Perhaps the only problem we encountered was the skinny dips at night in the lagoon. We found out that the coconut crabs enjoy coming out at night too...and will nip anything on offer...be warned!!!
Pacific Resort provided us with the awesome stay we were hoping for...when compared to other hotels we definitely had a great resort, great location, close to lots of restaurants and of course home to those mojitos!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

14 days at Pacific Resort on Muri Lagoon just wasn't enough! We had such a great time. Our Premium Garden Suite (which was lovely) was exactly as advertised, the location is absolutely beautiful and even the weather was great. The tropical breakfast every morning was so filling the only time we ate lunch the whole time we were there was when it was supplied on the day tours we did! Evening meals on the beach were a highlight altho perhaps a little pricier than similar meals at neighboring restaurants. The staff are amazing..nothing is too much trouble and they are so happy, efficient & friendly. My husband & I wish we were still there and can't wait to get back!

Room Tip: Rooms 1-4 are the most private of the Garden Suites(which we preferred), but if you really want Lago...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Address: Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Muri
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Muri
#3 Luxury Hotel in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pacific Resort Rarotonga 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authentic Boutique … Pacific Resort Rarotonga, superbly situated on 5.5 acres of manicured beachfront, our 4-star full service authentic boutique resort, offering an intimate collection of just 64 rooms, suites and villas. Each room is tastefully decorated in a contemporary Polynesian style overlooking either the flourishing tropical gardens or the gorgeous white sands of Muri Beach and lagoon. ... more   less 
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