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“Whales every day”
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Sunset Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avarua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We really liked this place, we had a beachfront villa, which was great. Snorkeling was great right off the beach as in most parts of Raro. The whales were putting on show most evenings, which was wonderful. Breakfast was included, pretty basic, after first day we paid $10 for scrambled eggs on toast which was very nice.

Room Tip: beachfront if you can afford it
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

This is our second stay at Sunset Resort, last time was with a group of friends and this time just family. The resort accommodates both really well.

Firstly, it's only 30 odd rooms, but it feels bigger because it's spread out over a reasonably large area, beach front, two pool areas and spacious rooms. So even with what we discovered was 3 different groups of 8-10 people staying it didn't feel busy.

The pools are lovely, we did the free introduction to diving and followed it up with a 45 min lagoon dive - fabulous experience.

Sitting on the beach or in a hammock watching the sunset is just so relaxing and recharging for the soul.

The rooms are big and spacious, personally we liked the first story poolside rooms - the one bedroom end units are fab! All the amenities are top, air con, kitchenette, comfy beds. Some of the shutters needed a little attention and there was a bit of wear and tear but I had to think real hard to point out that.

The Location is away from the hustle of Muri, which is what we wanted. It was quiet and at a good pace. Of course the island is only 32km around so you can go join the hustle anytime.

We did one outing, loop of the island each day. Whether it was markets, snorkelling spots, lunch at moorings - too easy.

The on site restaurant has a fresh - very awesome fresh fruit! - breakfast daily. On Sunday nights the BBQ is fun with some of the staff / family in training for Polynesian Dance it's a great way to get to know them.

Room Tip: We like the space and quietness of the upstairs poolside rooms
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Sunset R, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia orana

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. You have written some great information for other potential guest to see if they are looking at staying with us at the Sunset Resort. As this was your second stay with us, I do hope we see you again soon

Metaki

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

Everything about the stay was brilliant. Very helpful staff, great food, cheap cocktails. always a plus. Complimentary daily breakfast is a wonderful bonus. Plenty of eating establishments nearby, had a number of very good meals at The Anchorage at the Sunset Resort. We will return. Enjoyed the whale watching.

Room Tip: Lagoon view is wonderful
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

There are many resorts big and small and accommodation on offer on Cook Island so choosing where to stay depending on the price and what your looking for needs some research, I all ways check trip adviser for reviews and decided on Sunset resort and was pleased we did, its not a big complex as some others and found mainly a lot of couples there not so manly families and just a nice distance from the main town with free pick up shuttle from the airport .We had booked a garden unit near the pool which it was, but up a fight of stars over looking the pool unit 32, rooms was very spacious well appointed, no free Wifi but can be bought at office every modern except old style TV only one station any way and used it only to watch DVDS on a few wet days which are available for free, location is right on a beautiful beach lagoon for snorkeling in lovely clear waters with palm trees dotted along the beach, The restaurant is nice and meals and drinks were good at a reasonable price for a resort and a tropical breakfast was included, staff very friendly, we walked to a few other bigger resorts to try other meals which were ok but no better then Sunset. You can get around the Island on the public bus at five NZ dollars a trip or buy a $30 10 trip voucher which we did but having to wait around for each bus back forth wasted a lot of time, a hire car is another option to come and go and stop where you want. The resort and Island life is very laid back with lots of wlid chooks roam the island We enjoyed our stay and would recommend Sunset resort as nice peaceful relaxing stay.

Room Tip: when booking ask for a ground level unit near pool.
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2017

This resort is not too big to be impersonal. Our room (unit 35) was spacious, clean and well appointed. With a small kitchen and basic equipment you could save money and cook your own meals if you want to (we didn't). Do take your own milk for the sachet coffees as the milk powder sachets were appalling. I'd recommend taking your own coffee too. Our deal had the tropical breakfast daily which was delicious! Meals purchased through the restaurant were great too and I loved the manioto (local arrowroot) chips! The lovely lawn right by the sandy beach with deck chairs and hammocks between the palm trees was idyllic. The water out from the resort is not too deep, clear and great for beginning snorkelers. Being able to use the goggles and snorkels provided was great. The hotel pick up service from the airport was convenient but I believe the price per person is too high. It's only a short distance from the airport (about 10 minutes drive) and to charge 8 of us $15 each is ridiculous profiteering. I'd recommend this resort to anyone. It's in a handy position with a bus stop right by the driveway (although I'd recommend hiring a car or scooter from the outfit just across the road) and a yummy bakery just across the road. The roosters are dreadful!! They crow any time of night and keep crowing all night long. Sounds like they're right outside the doorway! Roosters and chickens are all over the island. If you think it will annoy you then take earplugs. People from other resorts mentioned them too. We had a fabulous stay and I'd recommend this resort to anyone.

Room Tip: Choose a room with sea view because the roosters are louder by the other rooms. Take earplugs to dr...
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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Sunset R, Manager at Sunset Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia orana

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We value all feedback and I will be sure to hand on your feedback to each department that you have mentioned.

We hope to see you again soon and if you wish to stay updated on what is new at the resort you can email us at welcome@thesunsetresort.com to receive our quarterly newsletter.

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Additional Information about Sunset Resort

Address: Ara Tapu | Nikao, Avarua, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Avarua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Avarua
Price Range: €161 - €227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sunset Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sunset Resort is a 3.5 star property and is idyllically situated on the sheltered western side of the island only minutes from Avarua township. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga's crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breathtaking sunsets. This personally managed, privately owned resort has an intimate atmosphere that will make every guest feel welcome and ensure they experience the magic of Rarotonga and its people. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Hotel Arorangi
Sunset Resort Rarotonga
Sunset Resort Cook Islands/Avarua, Rarotonga

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