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Reviewed January 25, 2010

Staff were very helpful and greeted us with flowers at Raro airport. They were happy to organise transport options for us.

The room was clean, spacious and comfortable.

The pools were great, and the restaurant was clean and served great food.

Located on a lovely beach with hammocks and deck chairs for guests use.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alle_28
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Reviewed December 16, 2009

I had always wanted to go to the Cook Islands and in particular Aitutaki was a dream for me.
We had planned on staying in Rarotonga for a couple of days (either side of our trip to Aitutaki) After endless research on Trip Advisor, I had decided to book us into The Sunset Resort as it was in my price range and it was highly rated on the site.

We arrived from Sydney (via Auckland) at the ungodly early morning flight we were greeted with leis, which was so wonderful. Back at the Sunset Resort we were excited but due to it being in the middle of the night we couldn’t see anything.

We awoke to a gorgeous view from our Beachfront Room, the position is perfect and the Beachfront Rooms have a wonderful deck looking towards the ocean. We only stayed a couple of nights, but would look at going back again.

The only problem we had while we were there, was the screen doors were broken and this therefore lets some mossies in – this was my only gripe (only small)

We will be back in the Cooks next year and want to spend more time exploring Rarotonga.

I am halfway through writing a more detailed Trip Report which I hope to post soon, which will have even more detail of The Sunset Resort, Rarotonga and Etu Moana, Aitutaki.

Thanks all for reading

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Aussie_Girl_09
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Reviewed October 16, 2009

We arrived in Rarotonga after a wonderful flight from LA and were greeted at the Airport by Aunt Kimi...with her infectious smile. We had stayed at the Rarotongan Sunset resort 14 yrs ago and loved it and although its been renovated since, the warmth and hospitality has not changed.
We had a great beachfront studio which opened up to a fantastic ocean view. At night we would sit on our balcony with a glass of wine and watch the sunset before heading to dinner. The food served at the restaurant was wonderful and the staff were friendly and very helpful. Every day except Sundays, Happy Hour takes place poolside at 4pm where the guests gather for drinks and conversation. We met some wonderful people while enjoying the Happy Hour. (Not to be missed)
During our stay in Rarotonga, there was the Mini Pacific games with athletes from all over the South Pacific competing in events. It was great seeing all of the different countries mingling in town and how the Cook Island people opened their arms for everyone. Truly the example of Warmth and Hospitality.
We rented scooters for our 9 days on Rarotonga and would ride into town each day and also ride around the Island to admire the views and enjoy the experience of everyday life on the Island.
Since our last visit to the Cook Islands, an organization has arrived on the Island to help spay and neuter cats and dogs and they have been doing a fabulous job. These vets are all volunteers who rely on donations. We stopped by their office several times to donate food and money and we hope all tourists would do the same. That organization is called the Ester Honey Organization,
Finally, we would like to thank all of the staff at the Sunset Resort for their hospitality and warmth during our stay and we look forward to many more visits.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank SUELISA_9
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Reviewed September 15, 2009

Spent 5 wonderful nights. Food from restaurant was beautiful. Staff provided excellent service. Nothing seemed too much trouble. Would love to go back and stay in one of the beachfront units. Visited the Rarotongan as my parents/brother were staying there. It was dirty, staff were unhelpful, emails sent to my brother were delivered to the honeymoon suite 2 days after the wedding, and it was very windy. The Sunset is on the sheltered side of the island. The family wished they had all booked at the Sunset. Smaller resort so great for relaxing and with 2 pools you can enjoy without the crowds.
Tamarind house and Trader Jacks well worth a visit too.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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3  Thank J0C71
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Reviewed September 11, 2009

We chose Sunset after looking at reviews and pricing for all other hotels in Rarotonga; for the money Sunset looked like the best option. As soon as we arrived I knew it was. We were picked up from our midnight flight by the lovely Kiki and shown to our poolside studio room, everything was ready despite the late arrival and nothing was a problem.

The bed was firm but not hard and though there was only a small TV Rarotonga only has one TV channel so not a problem. Seriously if you're in Raro and you watch TV then you're missing out on some good relaxation anyway. The resort has DVD's at reception complimentary - Three Days of the Condor was perfect for a rainy afternoon. Not the largest selection but a great range.

The bathroom was spacious and clean, the shower was powerful and hot. Most of Raro has solar water heating to save power. The room had a kitchenette with a gas burner, as well has pots pans and utensils. We made lunch everyday from food bought at the main food store in town as well as some dry pasta meals we bought over (nice and cheap lunch). Breakfast was included in the room rate, continental with choices of cereal, toast, fresh fruit, juice, coffee and at times additional options like muffins and yogurt. We had dinner once at the Anchorage restaurant and while the food was reasonable for the price I would recommend getting out and trying some of the other places close by (Kikau Hut is really good just down the way with the best live music, just as long as you don't mind the two resident cats)

There are two pools at the Sunset, the larger one salinated which we looked over and the smaller chlorinated and next to the bar. We swam in the main one everyday and it was lovely. The beach was accessible through a walkway between the beach front studio's and was groomed every day by the Sunset staff, keeping the beach clear of coral and rocks. The snorkeling is great right outside the Sunset however the best on the island is south a little over the road from the fruits of Rarotonga.

We hired a scooter for a couple of days from Solomon and his daughter at CarWorx directly over the road from Sunset - they helped us out with a great price for the time we had left and I recommend you wander over and say hi. Scooters are the best way to get around, helmets optional. While there are a few accidents everyone toodles around at 30 - 40 km's/ hr; you're on island time so there's no such thing as a rush! If you do get a scooter take a look at the inland back ring road for a taste of true Rarotonga. You could also take a 4X4 tour and get some great views and some hard case guides (thanks Mr Hopeless!)

We were happy choosing Arorangi to base ourselves from - it isn't as touristy as Muri Beach and was handy to town. Muri was lovely with the best beach but also has most of the tourists and tour operators. I liked being away from the bustle and just doing a day trip down there on the scooter.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank ThomNZ
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