Why book with us?

Slip off your watch, your shoes, your cares, and immerse yourself in paradise. You’ve arrived at the Cook Islands’ iconic Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa for your best beach vacation ever. Here’s why . . .

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All-in-one resort for your all-in-one vacation ~ this is indeed ‘the resort with the mostest’. It’s all right here for your supreme relaxation and enjoyment, be it restaurants, spa, huge range of complimentary activities, gym, salon, personal wedding planners, function catering, self-contained luxury villas, the list goes on. Enjoy your best beach resort experience ever!

 
Authentic Rarotongan resort. Soak up the unique and distinctive ambience and aesthetic of this independent resort. Here you’ll really feel like you’re in the Cook Islands, in a very special place amongst a very special people, soaking up a very special magic. The Rarotongan is Rarotonga’s most Rarotongan resort.  Staying here, you definitely won’t feel like you could be anywhere …


Satisfying resort atmosphere. The Rarotongan is laid out on a kilometre-long stretch of prime beachfront, famous Aroa Beach. You can choose to have as much privacy and seclusion, or fun and excitement as you want – there’s plenty of options! Some areas of The Rarotongan’s beachfront – especially in front of the new Beachfront Suites – are very quiet, private and secluded – perfect for deep relaxation under the sun. Or by evening, you can choose to dine-in by ordering Room Service, another great way to relax into each other’s company. Other areas of The Rarotongan such as around the Activities Hut, the Games Lounge, and TE VAKA Restaurant in the evening, are hubs of exciting diversions or entertainment. Because The Rarotongan offers so much, you can easily ‘go with your mood’, whether you be feeling like mixing and mingling with other resort guests over sunset cocktails or taking in a show, or more like relaxing in your room or suite with a great in-house movie and ordering in. Great options make for a great, stress-free South Seas getaway!


Largest range of facilities. The Rarotongan is not the Cook Islands’ largest resort, but it definitely offers the most. And that all adds up to maximizing your vacation enjoyment.


Largest range of activities. It’s all laid on! Each evening you’ll receive a copy of our informative and entertaining Guest Newsletter outlining the following day’s complimentary Activities Programme – in our experience, easily the most extensive activities programme in the whole of the South Pacific! This way you can dip in and out of the huge range of activities options on the programme, as well as ‘doing your own thing’ when the mood takes you, such as trying your hand at outrigger canoeing, kayaking, tennis, feeding the fish by hand, doing some self-guided snorkelling, having some shut-eye time in a beach hammock, or booking in some me-time at the spa.


Best resort accommodations / Beachfront Suites. The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa’s new Beachfront Suites are simply stunning, and simply the best resort accommodations on Rarotonga. Set apart by their unique and distinctive ‘South Seas island flavour’, the gorgeous Beachfront Suites are lined with rattan and feature super-king beds which face directly onto superb views of Aroa Beach and Aroa Lagoon (the Lagoon of Love). They even come complete with designer bathrooms accented with black pearl shell tile, and designer handmade lighting made of coconut! Spoil yourself, book yourself and your honey into a Beachfront Suite for your South Seas vacation, right on the beach!


Best location / Aroa Beach. Prime, pristine white sand beachfront for your best beach vacation ever. Aroa Beach is the beach lover’s beach – a long swathe of white sandy beach lapped by the crystal clear blue lagoon. The beach here is groomed and carefully tended by our grounds staff to keep it looking its best. An extra plus to those seeking privacy and seclusion is that The Rarotongan is the only resort or accommodator on Aroa Beach – no jostling with a passing parade, just you, the sun, the sand and the sea. In fact, The Rarotongan is well away from ‘hotel mile’ on the eastern side of the island, perfect for those seeking privacy and exclusivity.


Best snorkelling / Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve. The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa is the guardian of the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve, declared by local traditional elders as a protected traditional marine reserve (raui) 8 years ago. Today the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve and The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa offer guests an incredible array of ways to really make the most of this world-class snorkelling location. Step out of your room and you are just a few steps away from a stunning snorkelling adventure. Snorkelling is fun and easy when you know how. Take advantage of The Rarotongan’s snorkelling lessons in the swimming pool or the lagoon itself. Join the regular fish feeding and guided snorkelling tours. For something really special, book yourself on our popular and unique Night Snorkelling Tour. Or check out our guest Snorkelling Map and take yourself off on your own self-guided snorkelling tour any time the mood takes you. For so many of our guests here at The Rarotongan, snorkelling has become much more than a pastime, it’s a passion, something they like to do at least once or twice a day (or more!) while on vacation.  It’s so good knowing that by being a guest of The Rarotongan, the option’s yours to take yourself off for an easy, enjoyable snorkel excursion any time the mood takes you. It’s all right here.


All-tide swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and outrigger canoeing. What makes Aroa Lagoon so special as a snorkelling location is that it’s a fish breeding lagoon. For fish to breed and thrive they need the right water temperature – not too hot (ie shallow), not too cold. Aroa Lagoon is perfect for fish . . . and for people. Because it’s a crystal-clear, dynamic lagoon (ie not too shallow or slow-moving, and sparkling clean) it’s always available for swimming and snorkelling - at any tide. So as our guest, you don’t need to worry about the tides for your swimming or snorkelling enjoyment – just go when you’re ready, as Aroa Lagoon’s right here ready for you, anytime.  And another thing, Mother Nature was thinking ahead when she put Aroa Lagoon together, because it’s very friendly to both swimmers and snorkellers. As you enter the water, the entire area in front of Aroa Beach is sandy and clear of any corals – making for perfect swimming conditions. Then further out, there’s plenty of coral to keep the fish happy – ideal snorkelling conditions. Couldn’t be more perfect really. And as our guest, you get to enjoy this incredible facility right on your doorstep, every day of your stay here with us at The Rarotongan. How cool is that.


All-day sun. Something easily taken for granted in the tropics when you’re not in the know about local conditions. The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa is blessed by being located on the sunshine southwest coast of Rarotonga, the drier side. Picture this – the island of Rarotonga, with its very high majestic mountain peaks in the centre. After the sun has risen in the east and traversed the sky, it goes behind the mountain for the east coast of the island around mid-afternoon during our winter (ie  June – September), and the eastern beaches are in shadow from around 3.30pm onwards. By being on the southwest coast, Aroa Beach though is blessed by being bathed in glorious tropical sunshine all day long, right through to …


Stunning sunsets. You have a real sense of completion and satisfaction when you can enjoy each full day here in paradise, right through to our renowned, glorious tropical sunsets. Kick back on the lagoon deck or in a hammock with a cool cocktail in hand and witness the island sun dip into the shimmering horizon. Then, take a deep sigh of satisfaction as another perfect day in paradise comes to a close. As our guest at The Rarotongan, you have box-seats for the island’s best sunset views, which of course are only visible from Rarotonga’s southwest coast.


Warm island hospitality. So many of our guests return again and again, in love with the friendliness and warmth of the staff they’ve met here over the years, who have become their friends, almost like family. Many of the staff have been at The Rarotongan for a number of years, and look forward to welcoming back our return guests by name with a warm “Kia Orana! Welcome home!” Once you’ve been a guest of The Rarotongan, you’re part of our Rarotongan family, and will always be welcome to return, anytime.


NEW!! LUXURY POOL VILLAS! The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa has now launched the Cook Islands’ only luxury villa estate, the super-luxe Tiare Taporo ‘Lime Blossom’ Villa Estate, a heritage home complete with a vast entertainment deck, villa-wide music system, swimming pool, spa pavilion, daybed pavilion, luxury bathhouse, sauna, open-air shower, 3 bedrooms each with ensuite and LCD TV, formal dining and sitting room, casual dining, full kitchen, laundry … the list goes on. Absolutely ideal for corporate retreats or the discerning searching for something very, very special.  The resort also offers the new Villa Onemaru (‘Soothing Sands’ Villa), a superb, spacious private pool villa with 2 master bedrooms each with an LCD TV and ensuite bathrooms, a 3rd bedroom with PlayStation, a separate bathroom with large spa bath, sitting and dining room, full kitchen, swimming pool, outdoor dining or daybed pavilion, outdoor BBQ, open-air shower, children’s playground, kayaks and Games Room with full-size pool table, table soccer and card / board games table. A stunning family or couples retreat. Guests of both villas can enjoy everything offered by Tiare Taporo Villa Estate or Villa Onemaru, along with all of the services (eg function catering) and facilities of The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa. Where else can you get all that? Simply, unbeatable.


Award-winning resort. Over the years The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa has been recognized by many awards – but none are held as close to our hearts as the reward of knowing there are many satisfied guests of the resort scattered far and wide around the world, who we always hope will one day be able to return to us.


The TOTAL beach resort. As the Cook Islands’ iconic signature resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa is much more than the sum of its parts – it is the total beach resort, the resort with the mostest, offering guests the best beach resort experience on Rarotonga for your best beach vacation ever, right in the heart of the South Seas.


...for a TOTAL breakaway! Remember, any time of year is perfect in Rarotonga, never too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry – always, just right. So anytime you yearn for some great time-out in the tropics, book that ticket and come on over, we’ll be right here waiting for you. What are you waiting for?

“I had the best beach holiday ever!
Can’t wait to come back!!”