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Crown Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Arorangi
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We have been married close to 3 decades and decided it was time to truly celebrate our years together. We could not have gone to a better place to do just that. So many tropical locations are over-commercialized and we found in Raratonga, a place that had the old simplicity and beauty. At the Crown Beach, we stayed in a villa with its own private pool and courtyard from April 22-27, 2013. We interacted with the most hospitable and kind of people there. Rohan runs a paradise with beautiful and kind island people to help him. The gardens are beautiful and well kept, the food is great, the pace is low-key and the location on the west side of the island is perfect. The lagoon was wonderful for snorkeling and zipping around the island on a scooter was a blast. It was the best vacation we have taken and we truly hope to return each year for our anniversary. Kia Orana

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that your 30th Anniversary vacation to the Cook Islands was memorable and we are sooo pleased you chose to share this special moment with us.

Rarotonga is indeed a special place with old simplicity (that is fast fading in a fast paced world) and untainted beauty in terms of natural environmental aesthetics, genuine hospitality from a warm & happy people, and so much more.

We do hope to see you both again, soon.

Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
General Manager
Crown Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, South Pacific Islands

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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We stayed at the Crown Beach resort for 5 nights in June 2013. We booked a one bed villa (most basic room) but we where upgraded to a room with its own pool and courtyard which was absolutely beautiful. The friends we went with had the one bed villa and I have to say if that's what we'd been given I would have been a bit disappointed for the money we spent. The one bed villa is very basic - the courtyard pool room is definitely 5 star - private pool, massive shower, claw foot bath - and also very private too and set back away from the general noise of the resort.
We ate in the restaurant (Oceans) one night - the food was great but the service was rather poor - taking well over an hour from the starter to the main course. We had breakfast in the Oceans each morning as it was included - the breakfast i'd say was average - continental (but not massive amount of choice) and the cooked options where nice but not exceptional and again the service was a little slow.
Overall the hotel is very clean and tidy and the staff are all friendly and helpful. It definitely made the holiday getting the room upgrade, i think i would have given 3 stars if not. The pool area is lovely and cleaned daily. We also enjoyed the happy hour (or 3 hours) which you can sit and watch the sunset sipping half price cocktails. The beach is beautiful but there is lots of rocks and coral so not very easy to swim in,

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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your feedback about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the ultra private Courtyard Pool Suite with the high stone walls, private swimming pool and the outdoor dining gazebo. Your friends stayed in one of our 'older' One Bedroom Villas that is scheduled for total refurbishment later this year - the new refurbished rooms are beautiful and are well received by guests.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your dinners at Oceans Restaurant. The timing of meals has been flagged for priority and will be resolved with training scheduled for later this week. Please accept our apology for the long wait between starters and mains.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed our daily happy hour program where you buy 1 drink, and get 1 for free from 3-6pm. Many guests from other resorts around the island join us daily for this special offer, with glorious sunsets in motion.

Our turquoise lagoon features large coral heads that are perfect for snorkeling to see lots of colourful fish and coral. Our gardening team comb the beach daily to remove stones and debris that washes ashore.

All in all, it was a pleasure to have you stay with us and we do hope to see you again.
Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Well what can i say but the no 1 place to stay be a country mile. We stayed from the 10-16 June, the first 3 nights in a 1 br villa then they upgraded to a beachfront villa. WOW the beachfront villa was outstanding large rooms and a spapool, i thought to myself why have a spa pool but we used about 2 times a day, best after riding around in the rain to come back for a spa and happyhour. Happyhour is a must 2 for 1 cocktails yum...... The sunsets WOW the best place to view is on the beach sipping away on some cocktails, the staff were great very helpful and the barstaff really made the nights enjoyable. We do a scooter crawl around quite a few different resorts and crown came out on top, its so quite and the grounds are well maintained (everyday). Thanks heaps we will be back at some stage.
Jono and kelly bavin
p.s go for tea at the windjammer best food on the island.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay in our One Bedroom Villas, and later, the spacious Beachfront Villa with private spa pool, direct views of the sandy beach & turquoise lagoon, and front row seats to daily spectacular sunsets!

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your meals at our restaurants and that you particularly loved your meals at Windjammer Restaurant with modern Italian cuisine.

Our daily happy hour program from 3-6pm is open to everyone on Rarotonga to take advantage of a the 'buy 1 get 1 free' deal on soft drinks, beers, spirits & mixes, cocktails and wines.

It was a pleasure looking after you two and we hope to see you again, soon.

Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

We had 4 days with Crown. Loved the resort and location. Very relaxing and clean . We were stayn in one bedroom villa. Happy hours for drinksis an awesome deal.
We had a really great time.
Airport pick up and drop off was excellent!
Thanks.



  • Stayed: May 2013
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay in our One Bedroom Villa set amongst the tropical gardens and the main pool. Our villas feature a warm earthy interior accentuated with island tribal art with hues of creams & beige.

We are equally pleased to read that you enjoyed all the amenities & services at our small boutique resort from your pick up at the airport, through to having cocktails on the beach at sunset.

We hope to see you both again, soon.

Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Myself and my partner were lucky enough to spend 3 nights in a Villa with a private Pool at the Crown Beach - We had previously stayed on the Muri Beach side of the island but found Crown Beach to be far superior. The gardens were immaculate, staff friendly and the atmosphere relaxing. the Triple Happy hour was fab and watching the sun set over the beach a great way to end each day. Both restaurants were fabulous, some of the best food we ate while in Rarotonga. Beakfast was a great selection of Continental and hot options too. Crown Beach is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. I would definitely recommend and hope to be back!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that you loved the ultra private Courtyard Pool Suite with the high stone walls, private swimming pool and outdoor dining gazebo.

We are equally pleased to read that you enjoyed all the amenities, products and services on offer including but not limited to, 2 restaurants, dive centre, gym, conference centre, gift shop, concierge, 5 acres of manicured gardens and so much more.

Our team of 85 ooze the art of hospitality with service straight from the heart: Warm. Unpretentious. Island Style.

We hope to see you both again, soon.

Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We recently stayed here as part of our Wedding package. Had 5 nights in a courtyard pool room (the only way to go). The staff at the resort were outstanding - always friendly, willing to help and they looked happy. We had 34 ppl at our Wedding and Nicole & her team ran a seamless operation to perfection. The food was excellent & all guest agreed! You made our special day PERFECT!

Our room was luxurious, clean, tidy spacious. Spa service was to a very high standard. Happy hour daily 3-6pm with buy 1 get one free and a magical sunset if your lucky enough! We ate at Oceans Restaurant 3 times and never had a bad meal! Didn't get the chance to try Windjamers as the Maitre'D turned our group away twice (obviously didn't want to work those nights) but we found excellent restaurant close by.

Overall this is an amazing place to stay - we have already said we are coming back.

For those of you thinking of getting married in Rarotonga - i can highly recommend the Crown as an excellent choice of venue - they know what they are doing.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that your wedding ceremony on the beach and reception dinner flowed beautifully from start to end; and that your group of 34 enjoyed their meals by the team at Oceans Restaurant.

We apologise about the 'turn away' from Windjammer Restaurant, as we had firm reservations lined up throughout the first night; and the kitchen had closed early on the 2nd night due to a light trade.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your ultra private Courtyard Pool Suite complete with high stone walls, private swimming pool and outdoor dining gazebo.

Our team of 85 love the roles they play at our small boutique resort with hospitality straight from the heart: Warm. Unpretentious. Island Style.

We hope to see you both again, soon.

Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
General Manager
Crown Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, South Pacific Islands

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Stayed here April 2012 and found it good. This trip (May 13) even better. Food had improved at both restaurants (absolutly beautiful at Windjammer) and our room (courtyard with private pool) as good as last time. Happy hour sunsets wonderful and we also found 'Island time' had improved to provide a speedier level of service (not to NZ speed but who is looking for that when on an island holiday anyway) Only downside was the gym. Treadmills slipped and some other equipment not working but I have been assured this is being addressed. We will see because we will be back.

Room Tip: private courtyard/pool well owrth the extra money. Try to get 23/24/25/26 as they get full sun if yo...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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CBR-GM, General Manager at Crown Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2013

Kia Orana,

Thank you for your kind words about your recent stay at Crown Beach Resort & Spa.

We are pleased to read that you found your 2nd experience better than your inaugural stay - with better cuisine on offer at our restaurants; stunning villas; speedier gracious polynesian service by our team of 85 (though thankfully not as fast as NZ service); and so much more.

'Island time' or more effectively known as the process of 'tuning' ones heartbeat with that of Rarotonga, is the best way for visitors to calm their nerves, breathe, relax and rejuvenate.

The gym is a bone of contention at present. There are good arguments to remove it as well as equally strong arguments to keep & improve this facility. Our key issue is that the gym is rarely used by house guests and could be transformed into another guest amenity that attracts greater guest use.

All in all, we will resolve the gym issue soon, and we hope to see you both again, soon.

Best wishes,

Rohan Ellis
General Manager
Crown Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, South Pacific Islands

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Address: Beach Road, Sunset Coast, Arorangi 682, Cook Islands
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Arorangi
Price Range: $293 - $447 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Crown Beach Resort & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Cook Islands leading luxury beachfront romance resort on Rarotonga's sunset coast...an exclusive haven for only 42 couples. 5 acres of manicured gardens, 100 meters of icing sugar beach, a crystal clear lagoon, 3 restaurants & bars, day spa & beauty clinic, gymnasium, scuba dive centre, conference & business centre, 3 wedding coordinators, 15 swimming pools + 9 spa pools...so much more than meets the eye. ... more   less 
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