It rained more than any of their Septembers in history while we were in Rarotonga. For this reason, we were very glad we had chosen to stay at a resort as opposed to one of the cheaper bungalows available on the island. It meant that we had easy access to restaurants, bar, indoor games and TV movies. There are hourly buses around the island but the "bus stops" aren't sheltered and when it rains on the island, IT REALLY POURS!!!
The Edgewater isn't that great. If you want a really nice resort, don't stay there. If however you just want a base of operations with all the right facilities, do. Especially if it's much cheaper than the others (though I suspect it isn't). It really is a notch or three below some of the other resorts on the island.
- The resort's beach is a swimming beach. You need shoes of course.
- The restaurant serves meals/drinks any time of the day.
- The free continental breakfast is buffet and has plenty of variety.
- There is a rental place beside reception so you can book for tours/shows and hire bicycles, scooters etc. NB get in early for bikes.
- The resort has free snorkel gear. Again get in early, before 9am.
- Reception is 24 hours and you can access your security box anytime ($2/day).
- The activity programme. It's different every day and quite good for kids: ukelele lessons, drum lessons, volleyball, scuba lessons, foozball, table tennis, darts, tennis, pool. Mostly free. It's not so great for adults. Sometimes a casual 14 year old takes the lessons.
- The island's buses go inside the Edgewater - which is great if it's raining.
- It's only 8km (ish) from Avarua. Bikeable.
- It's across the road from the Rarotonga Hospital.
THINGS TO NOTE
- Just prepare yourself. The island is not commercialised like Fiji. The staff at the Edgewater are slow, on holiday time. Many of them are not friendly - almost like you're demanded something unnecessary in the middle of their favourite TV show! I got the impression that the emphasis was on having attractive gardens, not good customer service.
- The Edgewater restaurant's theme nights are quite expensive and the meals aren't necessary any better than the all day menu. The island night is $55 each and if busy, there would be a long, long line for the buffet. If you just want to watch the singing and dancing, you can always watch from outside (like all the other Edgewater guests!)
- The photos online of the resort are somewhat fish-eyed. Everything (the rooms, the pool, the restaurant and tables) is very tightly packed. See photo.
- Laundry is $5 wash, $5 dryer, $1 soap powder.
- There is no spa pool.
- Sometimes the local kids use the pool. If you don't want to hear screaming from 3pm-6pm every day make sure to specify that your room isn't beside the pool. Our beachfront room was actually a poolfront room.
- The TV reception is a bit fragile. The in-house movies seemed to be the same every day (lots of Steven Seagal movies…doh).
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- Also Known As:
- The Edgewater Hotel Arorangi
- The Edgewater Resort And Spa
- Edgewater Hotel Arorangi
- Edgewater Resort Arorangi
- Edgewater Rarotonga
- Edgewater Resort Rarotonga
- The Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga, Cook Islands