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Sanctuary Restaurant

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Rarotongan Beach Resort | Aroa, Cook Islands
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sanctuary restaurant also known as blue water grill is amazing for dinner. The food is very great quality and the setting looking out on the beach is great. I loved the live music they offer a few times we were there and the casual sand floor. The chefs very talented and really loved the ahi tuna. It is expensive... More 

Thank 123cherylcra
Geelong, Australia
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234 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

April 16 th Saturday We made a booking after seeing the menu and what the restaurant looked like,adults only restaurant.This restaurant is a 10 min walk away from our resort lagoon breezes villas. We all had seafood platter for 4 person ,2 large platters !! It was delicious and a huge size for 2 with champagne bottle included.it had some... More 

Thank Elisa S
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

We had mocktails by the pool then had a lovely platter for 2 in the on the beach restaurant, it is an indoor restaurant with a lovely white sand floor which opens onto a private beach

Thank suejohnwo
Auckland, New Zealand
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

We enjoyed a fish meal at the Sanctuary while staying elsewhere in Rarotonga. The food was thoughtfully created and tasty though the fish was overcooked. The service was friendly and very slow. It was Island Night through at the Rarotongan Resort and as the two facilities share the same kitchen, I am guessing they must have been run off their... More 

Thank KiwitravellerAkl
Nelson, New Zealand
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40 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

WORST dining experience of my entire career! Myself, partner, and another couple ate here and I can honestly say that out of the hundreds of restaurants I have inspected and dined in throughout my career, this was by far the most terrible place experience I have ever come across. We waited 2hours for 3 soups and oysters. We were never... More 

2 Thank Leah G
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103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014 via mobile

Very disappointed. We were told to book book book . So we booked for 7 and arrived waited for a drink . Had to go back and forward for gluten free which is great I like people to check and make sure if they are not sure . However after waiting 2hours and my meal came out covered in what... More 

1 Thank Helena M
Auckland, New Zealand
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47 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2013

Honestly, I am speechless at this place, it was so bad. To put this in perspective, it rates itself 4 stars - so you have high expectations, but I would rate it at 1 given the prices, lack of service and poor food quality. If it rated itself two stars, and did not market itself as part of a 'luxury"... More 

2 Thank Rabbity1
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171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 463 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

Having called in to look at the dinner menu, we phoned to make a booking. When we arrived there were a couple of staff at the bar serving drinks to a group of customers. So we waited. Then we walked over to the restaurant tables to see if there were any “Reserved” signs. There were not. We returned to the... More 

3 Thank nzlilibet
Port Macquarie, Australia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

decorated beautifully located right on the water with a sandy floor, service was excelent, very friendly staff, & the food is just as good. we ate here most of the time we were in Raro. can not wait to go back.

Thank Kylie M
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2013

We ate really well at both the Ginger Garden and the Bluewater Grill at the Sanctuary Resort on Rarotonga. Service was a bit hit and miss, we found it easiest to place our own orders with the kitchen staff sometimes! But patience paid off, and the food was pretty good if you are staying at the resort. The pace here... More 

Thank Ronny D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rarotongan Beach Resort | Aroa, Cook Islands
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Cook Islands  >  Southern Cook Islands  >  Rarotonga

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?