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OUR Thoughts on Sunset Resort, Arorangi Beach, Rarotonga
Sunset Resort self-rates ast 3.5 star resort, but in the Cook Islands context, (especially since the major upgrade to the central facility which took place throughout 2018) we think that perhaps it could be rated a little higher.  With only 35 units, the resort offers a wide range of accommodation types and services for such a small property, for example, bathrobes in the Beachfront Studios and the Beachfront Suite, in-room safes, a restaurant which is open for all meals, air-conditioning in all units and a range of complimentary services and activities. The use of resort snorkelling gear and daily tropical breakfasts are both included in the tariff and upgrades to cooked breakfasts are available at a reasonable price

We particularly like the personal meet and greet and airport transfers.  As many of the flight arrival times in Rarotonga are either late at night or very early in the morning, being greeted by a person from the place you are staying at and having that same person check you in, is very welcome indeed at that time of night.

The “no kids under 12 years of age” policy ensures Sunset Resort is generally a quiet and relaxing place to stay, so it’s ideal for honeymooners and a great spot for weddings too.  For those guests looking for more action, the Edgewater Resort is only a short walk along the road (better still, a walk along the beach), where they have regular Island Nights etc. Enjoy a night out and then wander back along the beach in the moonlight to the Sunset Resort.

The beach and the lagoon at Sunset Resort are beautiful and as you would expect, at a place bearing the “Sunset” name, the sunsets can be spectacular – just grab a cocktail from the Resort’s Bar and head down to the Beach Pergola to enjoy nature’s spectacular show.

One of the many features to like about Sunset Resort is its great location; Right on Arorangi Beach for perfect relaxation and within easy walking distance of a whole range of services and facilities.  Having a decent little restaurant and bar on site is welcome if you just want to "stay home” and chill and having 2 more good local restaurants (Alberto’s with its Swordfish and Salad Bar and The Kikau Hut which is well known for its Seafood platter), virtually right outside the resort’s driveway is a huge bonus.

What Sunset Resort Say About Themselves
“Sunset Resort is a personally managed and privately-owned resort idyllically situated on the sheltered western side of Rarotonga only minutes from Avarua township. The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear aqua blue lagoon and breath-taking sunsets.

The resort offers 35 spacious rooms situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon or beside either of our two swimming pools set amid lush tropical gardens. A wide variety of room types allow us to accommodate the needs of singles, couples, families or groups. However, we do have a policy of no children less than 12 years of age.

Sunset Resort prides itself on being environmentally friendly resort. A great deal of consideration, time and money has been expended to ensure that Sunset Resort is actively assisting the minimisation of waste and natural resources on the island. 

Everyone knows beach weddings in paradise are very romantic and are the things from which dreams are made. However, weddings at a small beach resort like ours can sometimes be disruptive to our in-house guests who are not part of a wedding group. So, after much consideration Sunset Resort will no longer be hosting weddings. Of course, we continue to welcome romance couples from around the world, whether celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary or simply just wanting to spend quality beach time together.

You can dine at our open-air restaurant ‘The Anchorage’ open for breakfast, lunch and dinner or enjoy Happy Hour cocktails at our poolside bar ‘Drumbeat’. Relax on the beautiful white sandy beach overlooking the lagoon or swim and snorkel amongst the colourful fish over the coral reef.

Our Specials
Bullet The Black Pearl Experience 10 Nights Stay Special
Stay 10 consecutive nights and receive with the compliments of Sunset Resort Rarotonga:
A Guest Advantage Card offering discounts on
    selected tours, rentals, attractions, restaurants,
● A certified unique Black Pearl in a sterling silver
     or gold pendant setting valued at NZ$500
OR as an alternative to the Black Pearl
A $300 Food & Beverage Credit issued by the resort
 - Valid for stays of a minimum of 10 consecutive nights.
 - A Maximum of 1 Black Pearl provided per room/villa.
 - The alternative $300 Food & Beverage Credit can only
   be used at the resort's Anchorage Restaurant.
 - This special is not combinable with the 5 and 7 Night
   Black Pearl Specials below but is combinable with all
   short-term specials offered from time to time for stays
   of at least 10 nights.

Bullet The Black Pearl Experience 7 Nights Stay Special
Stay 7 consecutive nights and receive with the compliments of Sunset Resort Rarotonga:
● 2 Complimentary tickets to Highland Paradise
     Sunset Feast and Show valued at NZ$178 

A Guest Advantage Card offering discounts on selected
   tours, rentals, attractions, restaurants.
 - Valid for stays of a minimum of 7 consecutive nights.
 - A Maximum of 2 complimentary tickets to Highlands
   Paradise provided per room/villa.
 - This special is not combinable with any other
   special offer.

Bullet The Black Pearl Experience 5 Nights Stay Special
Stay 5 consecutive nights and receive with the compliments of Sunset Resort Rarotonga:
● 2 for the price of 1 tickets for a Koka Lagoon Cruise
     valued at NZ$79 
A Guest Advantage Card offering discounts on
    selected tours, rentals, attractions, restaurants.
 - Valid for stays of a minimum of 5 consecutive nights.
 - A Maximum of 1 complimentary ticket for a Koka Lagoon
   Cruise when 2 guests take the same lagoon Cruise. 
 - This special is not combinable with any other special offer.Our Specials

Bullet Honeymoon Bonus
Honeymoon couples staying a minimum 5 nights
   are given a chilled bottle of sparkling wine on arrival
   with compliments of Sunset Resort Rarotonga.
 - Honeymoon status to be established at time of
   booking accommodation.
 - Offer is subject to a minimum stay of 5 nights.

Your Accommodation Options
Reception at the Sunset Resort is centrally located in the Resort grounds.  Between Reception and the round island road there are three two-storey blocks and a small block of single storey rooms which surround the main swimming pool on three sides.  These buildings house the Poolside 2 Bedroom and the Poolside 1 Bedroom Suites and the majority of the Garden/Poolside Studios. The lovely, covered outdoor restaurant is straight ahead and between Reception and the beach is where you find the Beachfront 2 Bedroom Suite, the 7 Beachfront Studios and a block containing 4 more single storey Garden Studios. The second swimming pool is handily located to these rooms. All accommodation is air-conditioned. Please note the term “Studio” denotes an open-plan space combining living and sleeping areas.

Room Categories (in ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Poolside/Garden Studios: 
The majority accommodation category at Sunset Resort.  The tropical garden at Sunset Resort is a magical place full of colourful plants and beautiful flowers.  The ground floor Garden/Poolside Studios open directly to the gardens and the main pool is just a few steps away through the gardens. From the first floor Garden/Poolside Studios guests enjoy a pretty view over the gardens and the pool.  All studios are a good size, modern, light and bright and include a kitchen which contains a fridge/freezer, a microwave oven and a 2 burner cook top. There is plenty of room for a small dining table and 2 chairs and 2 comfortable lounge chairs plus a coffee table. Each Studio has a private patio or balcony complete with outdoor furniture.
Minimum Stay Policy: 2 nights stay required.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated.

Bullet Poolside One Bedroom:
Enjoy the extra space.  The 2 Poolside 1 Bedroom category offers a separate bedroom and living/dining area, but be quick, there are only 2 of these units at Sunset Resort and their tariff is only a few dollars more than the Poolside Studios, so they sell out quickly. The kitchen includes a fridge/freezer, microwave oven and 2-burner cook-top. 
A minimum 3-night stay is required to book this room grade.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds plus a Sofa Bed in the living area.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated.

Bullet Beachfront Studios:
Beachfront Studios are similar to the Garden/Poolside Studios in size and appointments. They also include a kitchen with fridge/freezer, microwave oven and 2-burner cook top.  Where they differ is in their location which is in a row of ground-level blocks facing a beautiful lawn, the beach, the lagoon, the reef and the ocean beyond.  The sunsets viewed from these rooms and their private covered patios can only be described as “spectacular”. 
A minimum 3-night stay is required to book this room grade.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet Poolside Two Bedroom:
Ideal for 2 couples sharing or a family with teen/adult children, the 2 Bedroom Poolside units provide 2 separate bedrooms as well as a sizeable living/dining area.  There is one bathroom, but there is the added convenience of a second toilet in a separate room complete with hand basin.  The kitchen includes a fridge/freezer, microwave oven and 2-burner cook-top.
A minimum 3-night stay is required to book this room grade.
Maximum Occupancy: 5 Adults
Existing Bedding: A King Bed in each bedroom either or both of which convert to 2 Single Beds.
Additional Bedding: 1 Sofa Bed in the lounge may be utilised for the 5th guest.

Bullet Beachfront Two Bedroom:
There is only one Beachfront 2 Bedroom unit at Sunset Resort Rarotonga.  This marvellous unit has the same features and facilities as the Poolside 2 Bedroom units with the added advantage that it is located on the beach frontage and is only separated from the sand by a lovely expanse of lawn.  Enjoy the sunsets from your patio and in the season, watch the migrating whales passing just outside the reef. Two separate bedrooms and 1½ bathrooms
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults
Existing Bedding: 2 King Beds each of which converts to Single Beds if required.
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated

Getting to and from Sunset Resort
Sunset Resort have a policy of meeting all international arriving guests at Rarotonga Airport and providing transfers to and from The Resort.  There is a charge for this service and we will include this in package arrangements as appropriate.   

This property is quite handily located to the Airport and Avarua Town.  The Yellow circle island buses run hourly during the day and take only 8 minutes to town, via the Golf Club, Airport and Market.  The return journey stops at a couple of extra stops and takes 14 minutes.

Due to the proximity to town Sunset Resort is a great location from which to venture out on foot, by bicycle, battery-powered eco bike or motor scooter.
NEW - Electric Bicycles
Electric Bicycles are available to hire via Our Specialists.  Rarotonga is ideal for battery-powered bicycles and we can pre-book these for you.  With pedal assistance, e-bicycles will go twice around the island on a single charge and batteries may be recharged using a standard power plug. Try something new in this friendly environment, after all, isn’t that what holidays are for!

Kids’ Policy
Sunset Resort Rarotonga is an Adults-Only Resort.
Children aged under 12 years are not accepted as guests at this property.

Check-in/Check Out
Standard check-in and check-out times are as follows:
Check In Time: 12:00noon
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Early check-in between 6:00am and Noon may be available on application at 50% of your accommodation nightly cost. Early check-in may be requested but can only be confirmed at time of check-in.
Early check-in prior to 6:00am is at the cost of an extra night’s accommodation.
Late check-out between 10:00am and 6:00pm may be available on application at 50% of your accommodation nightly cost.
Late check-out after 6:00pm is at the cost of an extra night’s accommodation. 

Early Arriving Flights
Several flights each week from Auckland arrive at Rarotonga between midnight and 2:00am. It is recommended that all guests arriving prior to 6:00am should consider booking and paying for their room from the night before to guarantee access to their room at the time they arrive. Not doing this could result in a wait of around 12 hours to gain entry to your accommodation.

Cancellation Policy
Bullet All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of 50%
     of the total cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Cancellations made 14 days or less prior to scheduled
     arrival including no shows, incur a cancellation fee equal
     to 100% of the total cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Should the Resort be able to resell cancelled
     accommodation, charges will only apply to the
     unsold nights.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance

The information on this page is correct as at 22 October 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2021.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities (charges may apply)
 Restaurant & Bar
Bullet Two Swimming Pools
Bullet Poolside Bar
Bullet Complimentary Use of DVD Library
Bullet Daily Happy Hour
Bullet Hammocks
Bullet Luggage Storage
Bullet Complimentary use of snorkelling gear
Bullet Complimentary Scuba lessons in resort pool
Bullet Guest Laundry
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet Free Transport to local Church on Sunday
Bullet Internet Kiosk & Wi-Fi Hotspot

Room Facilities
Bullet Air-conditioning
Bullet Modern kitchen including cook top, microwave oven, fridge/freezer
Bullet TV, DVD player on request
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Insect Screens throughout
Bullet Private Outdoor Living Area
Bullet Telephone
Bullet In-room Safe
Bullet Wi-Fi access
Bullet UV Filtered Water
Bullet Beach Towels