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Aroa Beach & Marine Reserve, Rutaki, CK Rarotonga, Cook Islands – Show map
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Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach's staff speaks: Filipino, English
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Sunset Resort is situated just 4 miles from Avarua in Rarotonga. Its spacious, self-catering studios and suites either boast a beachfront location, or overlook the 2 outdoor swimming pools.
Score from 23 reviews Very good
Offering direct access to Muri Beach, Muri Beachcomber is just 5 minutes’ walk from Rarotonga Sailing Club. Guests enjoy free use of kayaks, paddle boards, snorkelling equipment and BBQ facilities.
Score from 60 reviews Excellent
This beachfront resort is set among beautiful mosaic pathways, swaying palm trees and tropical gardens. Guests can relax around the swimming pool or enjoy cocktails at the swim-up bar.
Score from 76 reviews Good
Surrounded by tropical gardens, Muri Lagoon View Bungalows are just 5 minutes’ walk from the Muri Beach waterfront.
Score from 82 reviews Good
January 4, 2015
Quality of rooms, cleanliness ,service , value for money , information from staff (none)
Do not travel here expecting a 4.5 star resort as advertised it is closer to 3. The rooms are old and rundown with mould running down the room walls for air conditioning leaks. Staff are uninterested and have no motivation as the place is for sale.
November 13, 2014
The venue is shabby. The pool is too cold. There is no enthusiasm. There was no fun. No integration help from staff. Really disappointed all round and will not return or recommend to others. The menu is limited - absolutely no allowance for vegetarians. The tennis court is a mess.
The staff were friendly but lacked management and leadership. The lagoon/snorkelling.
November 3, 2014
The staff weren't necessarily rude or anything but I expected the staff to be a lot more friendlier and welcoming. Average service.
I liked the location and the good food,the pools were really nice as well. Lots of activities planned daily.
October 19, 2014
Good options were limited
Housekeeping staff were incredibly friendly
September 30, 2014
Nothing really, all good, will go back again.
Warmth, beach, snorkelling, kayaking, relaxing by the pool. The cocktails were awesome, the staff friendly. The view from my room.
September 28, 2014
Staff at Sanctuary a big step up from those at Rarotongan - at main hotel ie the associated Rarotongan there appeared to be major understaffing - staff seems stressed, lacking enthusiasm & inefficient . Service painfully slow at restaurants & even though an item on Sanctuary daily news sheet ( & all meals came from same restaurant ) you were unable for some unfathomable reason able to order the special of day as only available at restaurant at The Rarotongan - whatever !!
Our room was very nice with great view . Great free canapés & a drink by pool on a Tues night
September 15, 2014
The lack of service in the bar and restaurant, and the time it took to get a meal delivered. The room was pretty small and felt very cramped. The only resort that charged separately for airport transfers, $50,00 each way! They did not know how to male a pina colada cocktail either.
The location was good, we got what had been requested, a ground floor beach room, but that is where it stopped. The food was pretty good in the Bluewater Grill but the service was shocking.
September 8, 2014
breakfast can be improved upon with greater variety.
Everything: location, service, comfort, other meals, activities.
September 1, 2014
Food service always slow. Food was okay but never exceptional. Weather was really bad for most of the week but, of course, they don't control that.
Beautiful location on the water. Staff was generally very friendly. Comfortable facilities.
August 26, 2014
We loved the friendly service beautiful view from each room (we stayed twice) lovely swimming and snorkelling
August 18, 2014
It is starting to show its age. Our room was only surface clean. Disappointed with breakfast. Coffee Luke warm every morning.
August 13, 2014
The booking staff made a number of fundamental and basic errors, which caused some anxiety prior to the trip. Thankfully, this didn't continue when I arrived
The staff at Sanctuary were fantastic. Friendly, always remembered my name (that counts for a lot). Beautifully appointed rooms and outlook. I recommend block 7.
August 12, 2014
Never, anywhere, have I encountered such inept and atrocious service. Staff seem utterly untrained, unmotivated and uncaring. There are literally hundreds of better and cheaper places that reflect the real charm of Rarotonga and its people.
The location, the quality of the cooking at dinner (when the food could actually make it to the table)
August 6, 2014
Airport transfer price to the hotel was more expensive than major international cities, adult dining facilities were not open for dinner and breakfast had limited offering, beds were comfortable but had a plastic cover. Daily cleaning was late afternoon and cursory. Treats that you would expect for such a high price resorts were lacking, e.g. bath robes.
August 5, 2014
The weather was really bad.
We had a great 8 days there, lovely people lovely place, they had all the amenities we needed including snorkel gear, kayaks and paddle boards, didnt get to use the kayaks as we had bad weather but loved the island time.
August 4, 2014
Breakfast was extremely poor Staff not very friendly Room was not cleaned at 3pm
Rooms were fantastic
July 23, 2014
-No mini bar in the room -No menu list for food or alcohol delivery -Service at dinner was exceptionally slow, especially with drinks, 10+min to have a standard beer delivered to our table. -Could hear discussions in other rooms, People being woken to catch early flights with knocking on doors, dragging suitcases along the floor above.
-Location -Restaurant food nice
June 28, 2014
Reception staff at Sanctuary were not the friendliness. Our door key had to be changed everyday as it wouldnt read once you left the room. Ran out of yoghurt for 3 days and brown bread. Didn't like to get charged $20 corkage for drinking our own alcohol at pool when there is no signange to say that you can't and also the fact that others drank wine of their own and were'nt charged.
Loved the housekeeping lady Sosi. She was a darling. Full of fun and laughter when you met her.
June 24, 2014
Front desk staff grumpy as, wouldn't communicate or be welcoming. When asked everything was a problem! Length of time to get anything (including food) was a disgrace. Food when it finally arrived was of a good standard. Front desk staff would put us off staying again.
Location, snorkelling and also the cleaning staff were friendly and helpful Beachfront rooms were nice and comfortable
June 24, 2014
Breakfast was appalling. Stale cereals, tinned fruit salad with dead flies...cold coffee and not enough of anything, We gave up and went out for breakfast to local cafes. Check in was bad. One guy at the bar trying to see to everyone.Cleaner of our room was lovely but apart from her rest of staff weren't too friendly. On check out someone had put a meal and drinks on our room and shuttle to airport came to pick up 8 people with only room for 6.
Location was good, great for snorkeling.
June 17, 2014
The staff were unfriendly, unhelpful and it was all too much trouble. The food was disgusting. One meal of seared scallops I ordered looked like vomit (truly) my seafood was almost raw, it was on Melba toast - soggy from raw seafood juice then topped with this slime chunks of pawpaw in a slime sauce or something, truly slop on a plate. I didn't eat it and they didn't care or ask why. My surf n turf was ok but prawns were nor cooked thru and all the guts from prawn heads had run onto my steak YUKKY! The units are dated, the bed rock hard, breakfast was pathetic, juice tasted off on some days, some canned fruit, runny yoghurt, lump of porridge or muesli, usual toast & croissants, few slices of wilting fruit, few dry cereals etc but NOT a tropical fruit platter as you would imagine, or eggs or cheeses (except for extra $17+) plus NEVER forget to bring your breakfast voucher or no food for you! I have an allergy & ordered a drink on the menu that had no alcohol in it - oops they put alcohol in! Imagine if this went to a child! The resort is not enticing and old fashioned. There is no friendliness or encouragement to enjoy the place by anyone. Staff are slow and not helpful it just lacks personality. The grounds and outside table/huts were not cleaned after guests and looked sticky & dirty and littered with rubbish. This was our 2nd visit there and we thought that maybe it had changed, sadly we were so disappointed and would NEVER return again. It is far to overpriced and a horrible place to stay. They really need to work on presentation of food as well as the overall resort & get staff to take on an a attitude of "sure, no problem - with a smile" like they care about the guests and are keen to make the guest feel important want to be a part of making their holiday a special for time for them. Not just ignore them and make the guest feel guilty for holidaying while they are there working for low money.
The location was brilliant. The Spa Polynesia treatments & staff were excellent although I would have liked the day spa to be more user friendly and offer a drink before or after as well as being offered use of the pool or cabanas. Our room was cleaned well daily.
May 25, 2014
Service of staff was disappointing compared to the location and potential of this resort.
Great swimming and snorkeling. Would stay here again purely based on location. Just a shame that service of staff can't meet the same standard.
May 15, 2014
All for continental/tropical fruit breakfasts however wasn't stocked very well (i.e. not a lot of fruit variety & only rices cereal available for the first couple days!). noise could be an issue during peak season but i'm particularly fussy. other than that my partner and i had a great trip. much happier vibe here than Fiji and would return to Raro in a heartbeat.
staff across the sanctuary, rarotongan & spa were friendly and helpful. didn't spend a lot of time in the resort as we were out with friends & family most days. resort seemed half full or less so nice and quiet. basic rooms for what you pay but good enough for a tropical getaway. excellent coral setup right out front for beautiful snorkelling, perfect.
April 26, 2014
The staff were exceptional and really made the effort to remember you and treat you personally.
April 15, 2014
Location on Lagoon - best snorkeling at your door step
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