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“Relaxing environment”
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Castaway Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Christchurch, New Zealand
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26 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Relaxing environment”
Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 10 night stay at the resort; our Villa was comfortably appointed and it was a very peaceful location for a holiday. We recommend them to anyone visiting Rarotonga! The staff and owners were exceptionally friendly and could not do enough for us. Their on-site restaurant and Wilson's Beach Bar were both well worth patronising and it was great to be able to sit on the beach with a drink and watch the magical sunsets. The lagoon area by the resort is a great safe place to snorkel and observe the colourful fish.

Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2014

This resort is a hidden gem. Unspoiled, laid back, on the beach, tropical gardens, gorgeous sunsets, charming happy staff, delicious restaurant (the young chef is excellent), and a beach bar/restaurant - eat on the beach with feet in the sand surrounded by coconut palms, a delightful buzz, and the sun setting over lagoon - fab! I'm going back.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Me and my partner both under 25yrs old, stayed at castaway resort for 3 days for the 2nd half of our stay in rarotonga, we stayed around the low season end of march/beginning of april so there was less people (which I reckon is the best time) we felt welcomed as soon as we arrived, we stayed in the downstairs poolside villa which was so spacious clean and all round amazing (especially that air con) our room was serviced daily with clean towels, clean rooms and perfectly made beds. They provided free breakfast to guests which had a range of fresh local fruit and avacado, toast, juice, cereal which was enough to get us going. We loved the pool right to our room, we got to have late night swims as its still warm enough and we really enjoyed wilsons beach front bar for those get together with mates for a drink. We became good mates with the bar tender haha. Everyones so friendly and willing to go that extra mile to make you have a great stay - defs coming back to stay! had a wonderful and romantic stay, loved it. thanks paul and michelle

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Castaway was everything we hoped it would be and more. The facilites were amazing with just a quick walk to the bar, restauran,t pool or beach, all less than a minutes stroll away. The staff were lovely and so friendly and helpful and the food was outstanding. With an area to snorkel and get up close and personal with the colourful fish you can reach out and touch. With so few rooms the privacy was ideal and peace and quiet was so fantastic. Can't rave about it enough and can't wait to go back!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

This is our 4th trip to Castaway. We love the location, the on site bars and restaurant, accommodation that is really comfortable and the great staff. Best of all are Michelle and Paul, the owners and on site managers. They make everyone feel welcome and go above and beyond to make the stay an outstanding experience. Wilson's beach front bar at Castaway is our favourite bar on the island. We will be back as soon as we can!!!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

I took my two son's (18 & 19years old) and my nephew (19 years old) to Rarotonga for a week for the younger sons 18 birthday. We spent the week at the Castaway and I have to say everything I read on Tripadvisor about the resort prior to leaving was 100% correct, Paul & Michelle who are the owner operators were the best hosts you could ask for. the facilities were bang on the pool and pool bar were a welcome sight after a day out in the hassle and bussle and the beach bar at the waters edge was just the best place to watch the sunset. The diving directly out front of the resort was as good as anywhere else on the island with tonnes of tropical fish around. Paul & Michelle from me and my boys I thank you very much for an awesome stay and wonderful memories.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2014

The Castaway Resort was just what was needed after a long, cold and snowy winter. Although our flight arrived at 6am, we were driven right to the hotel and settled in our room - told to just check in later after we had a chance to shower, relax, eat breakfast - no rush- take your time. We stayed in room 7 which did have a direct view of the beach / ocean from the porch. The swimming area, while somewhat small was great for snorkeling - just like having an aquarium but being able to walk with the fish.

Restaurant - breakfast had all the essentials including fresh fruit, juice and a variety of bread. We did eat one evening at Castaway eating the "catch of the day" - a serving size that was more food than really needed. When checkout day arrived, we were able to stay in the room until 2pm - great benefit and well appreciated.

A couple of things to be aware of:
- the hotel does have outside lights controlled by motion sensors. Great idea however they were activated throughout the night by chickens, dogs, people and whenever the wind caused the palm trees to move. With lightweight curtains - very annoying especially from Room 7. And there are lots of dogs and chickens (standard fare on most islands and not the fault of the hotel) but they like to "talk" especially early in the morning.

I would stay at Castaway again, just not in the same room.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Property: Castaway Resort
Address: Arorangi, Cook Islands (Formerly Castaway Beach Villas)
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Location: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 76 Specialty Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Castaway Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castaway Resort - located on the sunset and sheltered west coast of Rarotonga, this small adult only resort offers fully self catering accommodation at cost effective rates. Featuring a mix of rooms and villas with views over the pool, white sandy beach, and pristine lagoon, Castaway has something to suit any traveller. All rooms are air conditioned for comfort and are equipped with full amenities. Castaway boasts two restaurants and bars; poolside dining at Crusoes Restaurant & Bar with a themed night menu or dine on the beach with your toes dipped in the sand at Wilsons Beach Bar, fantastic beach location, relaxed ambience, swimming pool, complimentary daily tropical breakfast, snorkelling equipment, kayak, and beach towels. In 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 for guests who want to take a bus ride to main town Avarua or a circle tour of the island. Castaway Resort was voted a finalist in the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Industry Awards in 3 categories; Best Self Contained 3 Star Property, Best Bar & Restaurant, and Best Customer Service. ... more   less 
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