We stayed at Golden Palms in jan/feb of 2013. Some travelers prefer resorts however me, not so much part of the reason for me to go on an overseas holiday is to have lots of quiet downtime especially on a beautiful tropical island such as Rarotonga.
Golden palms hit the mark here, we had 1 visit on the sunday to make sure all was well and we were ok (appreciated as we weathered 2 tropical storms during our stay). We loved the view from the deck and the fact that we were a 5 min ride from downtown Avarua.
The amenities were just what we required at a very good price, I enjoy cooking so having a decent kitchen helped us balance eating out with cooking at home.
We never felt stressed or over-managed while there and this allowed us to truly enjoy "Island time" we would definitely stay again value for money was very good.
May not be everyone's ideal accommodation but it was perfect for us.
John and Vai - Auckland