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Lagoon View Room upgrade completed
in first half 2019

OUR Thoughts on The Edgewater Resort & Spa, Arorangi, Rarotonga.
There is no doubt that The Edgewater does have a very good location and a wide range of services, tourist facilities and accommodation types and styles. It is the biggest resort in Rarotonga with 280 rooms, apartments, suites and villas and every time we go there, there seems to be up-grading and refurbishing going on. The Edgewater rates itself at 3.5 to 4-star overall, but, in our opinion, some accommodation and services rate higher than that. If you are happy with what is a pretty good, middle-of-the-road place for a holiday which has, all round, a very good standard of accommodation and services, excellent entertainment facilities and inclusions and very friendly people, you will be very happy indeed with The Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga.

The whole resort faces to the west and this ensures guests enjoy the most amazing sunsets which can be equally enjoyed from the balcony of your room or from almost everywhere else throughout the resort and the beach.  There is a good white-sand beach in front of The Edgewater which runs down to a shallow coral lagoon which is a great spot for swimming and snorkelling. The reef which shelters the lagoon is not a major distance off-shore and during the whale migration season, it is often possible to see whales passing and playing.

Cook Islands cultural activities are a feature of any stay here.  Not only are there Island Nights twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays) where Cook Islanders of all ages come to entertain with their exciting and rhythmical dancing and singing, but every day you and your family can participate in a different cultural experience if you wish. 

Continental breakfast is included in the tariff.  Breakfast can be enjoyed in the main restaurant or taken out to the tables that line the foreshore and enjoyed outside in the warm tropical mornings.  For the remainder of the day, there is the pool, the spa, the tennis courts, snorkelling, and more.  Cars, scooters and bicycles can be rented on-site and the Circle Island buses loop through the resort to pick-up and drop-off Edgewater guests.

There are two restaurants on site and several other restaurants and shops are located well within walking distance.  While Tropical Breakfast is included in the accommodation tariff it is possible to pre-pay for an upgrade to Cooked Breakfast each day, we also offer Full and Half Board Meal Plans and also the ability to pre-pay for the Island Night Umukai Feast and Cultural Dance Show on Tuesday and Saturday nights and the Sunday Night “BBQ Under the Stars”. All this can be organised through Our Specialists and prepaid which is helpful for those looking for “all-inclusive” holiday arrangements.

At The Edgewater There is a marvellous Kids’ Club, and “marvellous” is also a great way to describe the Happy Hour cocktails at the bar!

Edgewater Resort & Spa Rarotonga offer 2 good Wedding Packages; The Tipani Wedding Package and the Jasmine Wedding Package, as well as a Vow Renewal package.  We have full details under our “Weddings” Tab, but would also refer you to “Specials” below, where a discounted or free “Tipani Wedding package is offered subject to certain easy conditions.

The Edgewater certainly has every base covered for a fantastic Rarotonga experience.

Bullet Complimentary Inclusions at The Edgewater Resort & Spa
● Tropical Breakfast Daily
● Free use of tennis courts and tennis equipment
● Free use of snorkelling equipment
● Free daily on-site cultural activities
● Portable cots are available free of charge
● Coconuts Kids Club, free for children aged 4 to 12

What The Edgewater Resort & Spa Say About Themselves
The Edgewater Resort & Spa is the best-known Cook Islands resort, offering affordable luxury on the sheltered west coast of Rarotonga. The Edgewater’s prime location puts Rarotonga’s natural splendor front and center; the magnificent sunsets, the surrounding lush green mountains and the view over the white sandy beach and deep blue lagoon. Yet it’s not just the backdrop that makes The Edgewater Resort & Spa the best accommodation Rarotonga has to offer. What sets this premier Rarotonga resort apart is what Edgewater brings to this stunning island location: great dining, first-class entertainment, a dedicated kids’ club, health spa and sparkling pool. As the largest Rarotongan resort, Edgewater has more space, more activities and more to offer than any other Cook Islands holiday. 

Pamper yourself
Treat yourself to an hour – or a day – at our Rarotonga spa, with treatments to make you look and feel totally relaxed during your luxury Cook Island holiday. Try our creamy coconut lotions, nourishing hand-made soaps or body scrubs to leave your skin radiant and your mood mellow. Make time for that extra touch of beauty when you visit our Rarotonga salon: our expert hair stylist can provide a cut or colour – or book ahead and our spa and salon can cater for your entire wedding party.

Dine in style
Our two in-house restaurants – another way that The Edgewater Resort & Spa stands out from other Rarotonga resorts and hotels. Choose from the Brasserie or the Spaghetti House for an ever-changing menu of exciting flavours from the Pacific and Europe. And our twice-weekly Island Nights feature local specialities and live Rarotongan entertainment. Grab a drink at any time at the poolside Mal’s Bar, a great location to meet friends or watch the sunset over a tropical cocktail.

Play all day
The white-sand beach and tropical waters of the sunset coast mean there’s no shortage of activities, from laid-back living to high-adrenalin adventure. Right on-site you’ll find: a swimming pool and two tennis courts and a games room. Each morning our friendly reception staff put up a daily programme for the Edgewater resort activities, which include island tours, trips to the local markets and snorkelling in the lagoon. In addition, our Rarotonga beach resort is the perfect base from which to take in the huge variety of activities available all over the island.

What ever the reason...whatever the season, make this your home away from home. Well appointed Garden View Rooms, absolutely Deluxe Beachfront Suites or Spacious 3 Bedroom Garden and Beachfront Villas - all making the Edgewater Resort & Spa the ideal option for your Rarotonga holiday.

Our Specials
Bullet Seniors Special Offer

The Edgewater Resort and Spa offer SuperGold Card Holders special bonus inclusions with their compliments.
One Room Grade Upgrade:
Subject to availability at time of check-in, SuperGold Card holders are offered a "one room grade" upgrade – e.g. Garden Superior Room to Lagoon View Room.
● Discount on Island Night & Show:
A 10% discount on the resort’s Island Night dinner and show.
● Spa & Salon Discount:
A10% discount at the resort’s Spa and Salon.
 - SuperGold Card details are reqired by Our Specialists
   at time of booking accommodation.
 - One room grade upgrade is subject to availability of a
   1 grade higher graded room at time guests check-in.
 - Valid for stays all year

Honeymooners’ Special Bonus
Honeymoon couples staying a minimum of 5 consecutive (paid) nights receive the following with the compliments of Edgewater Resort & Spa:
A complimentary one room grade upgrade
A complimentary Fruit Basket in your room
A bottle of wine.
Upgrade Examples:
Book a Studio Apartment – upgrade to a Garden View Room. Book a Lagoon View Room – Upgrade to a Beachfront Deluxe Suite.
Note: Upgrade is not available between a VIP Suite and a 3 Bedroom Villa.
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Conditional on there being a minimum 5 nights
   paid accommodation.
 - Honeymooner status to be established at the time
   of booking accommodation 

Bullet Discounted Wedding Packages
Bullet 50% Discount on Tipani Wedding Package
Normal Price of Tipani Wedding Package is $1699
Book a minimum of 5 paid nights in any accommodation category and qualify for 50% discount off a Tipani Wedding package.
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Conditional on 5 nights paid accommodation

Bullet Free Wedding Package Special
Book 5 rooms for at least 7 paid nights each and qualify for a free Tipani Wedding Package.
 - Valid for stays all year
 - Conditional on booking a minimum of 5 rooms for
   7 nights paid accommodation each

Bullet Free Wedding Package plus free accommodation for Bride and Groom
Book a total of 110 paid rooms nights and receive the Tipani Wedding Package free
● The Bride and Groom receive 7 free nights
     accommodation in a Beachfront Deluxe Suite.
 - Valid for stays all year in any combination of
   accommodation types.
 - Conditional on there being 110 nights paid
   accommodation until 31 March 2020.
This could be 22 rooms for 5 nights each or a range of stays and rooms as long as the total of 110 paid room nights is reached.

Your Accommodation Options
As you would expect in a resort of this size there is a wide range of accommodation options. All accommodation is air-conditioned. All 2 level and 3 level blocks are “walk-up” (no lifts).

Standing at Reception and facing the lagoon and ocean, the earliest built resort buildings are to your left (south) and comprise several 3-level blocks of hotel-style rooms, each with a balcony. The 2 original hotel blocks (the Garden Rooms), are furthest away from the beach, but really, hardly any distance from the beach at all.  The Lagoon View Rooms are on the front of the resort overlooking the beach, or the pool and the beach; the Garden Superior Rooms are located between the Garden Rooms and the Lagoon View Rooms.

Looking right (north) from Reception is where you find the more recently added accommodation.  The rule-of-thumb being that the further along to the north, the more recent the addition.  Being further away from the resort’s dining/entertainment venues means this area is usually a good choice for those people seeking a quieter location.  Immediately across the tennis courts you will find three, 3-level blocks on the beachfront which have balconies facing the lagoon and the amazing sunsets.  The first and third blocks are classified "Beachfront Deluxe Suites" and the middle block houses the "VIP Deluxe Suites". 

Immediately behind the third block is a newer 2-level block which has Studio Apartments and a limited number of 2 Bedroom Apartments.  Apartments differ from hotel rooms in that they do not have balconies, but do have light cooking facilities. (Kindly note that the term “studio” is used to describe an apartment or hotel room which comprises a single open-plan sleeping/living space). Unlike the hotel rooms and suites which are serviced daily (except Sunday), apartments and villas are fully serviced every 3 days with light linen service provided daily. A light linen service comprises towel change, rubbish collection and light cleaning only. 

Next along the beachfront are four, 2-level buildings, each floor being a 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villa, and behind these, quite a big area of 3 Bedroom Garden Villas, some of which are accessed directly off the circle island road.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Studio Apartments:
Large, modern and airy, the Studio Apartments include “light” cooking facilities.  This means, that in addition to tea and coffee making facilities they include a microwave oven with single-burner cook-top and kitchen utensils.  There is space for a table and chairs, 2 easy chairs and beds.
Studio Apartments are fully serviced every 3 days.  A daily light service comprising towel change and rubbish removal is provided daily.
Maximum occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed or 3 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed or cot can be added for a second child aged under 12.

Bullet Garden Rooms:
Bullet Garden Superior Rooms:
With plenty of space and balcony or patio facing the tropical gardens, Garden Rooms are only around 50 metres from the beach. Garden Superior Rooms are located closer to the beach between the Garden and Lagoon View Rooms and have balconies or patios with garden views. There is an interconnecting room option which is a great feature for families or 2 couples travelling together.
Maximum occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed or 3 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed or cot can be added for a second child aged under 12.

Bullet Lagoon View Rooms
Completely refurbished in first half 2019. Bright, colourful and airy,  balconies or patios with views out over the lagoon. Interconnecting rooms option.
Maximum occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed or 3 Single Beds
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed or cot can be added for a second child aged under 12.

Bullet Beachfront Deluxe Suites:
Bigger and more modern, the Beachfront Suites have big, spacious balconies from which to view the lagoon, the ocean and the magnificent sunsets. Good-sized bathrooms feature a spa bath which is a feature enjoyed by romantic couples and honeymooners. 
Ground floor Suites offer disability accessible option.
Maximum occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed & 1 Single Bed
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added in addition to one baby cot

Bullet 2 Bedroom Apartments
Located only a short stroll from the white sandy beach, the Two Bedroom Apartments are modern and self-catering, each apartment features a dining table and chairs, sofa, and full cooking facilities. Two Bedroom Apartments are ideal for families seeking the convenience and comfort of separate bedrooms, with the addition of a sitting room and a kitchen, all at a very economical rate. Two Bedroom Apartments do not have patios or balconies. They are fully serviced every three days and fresh towels supplied daily and sleep up to 4 people comfortably.
Maximum occupancy: 4 guests of any age.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in each bedroom, 1 or both of which can be substituted for single beds.
Additional Bedding: A cot may be substituted for 1 of the single beds.

Family Garden Rooms:
Made up of 2 interconnecting Garden Rooms which have been specially set-up for families and sold as one complete unit.  In addition to the normal room inclusions in The Edgewater Garden Rooms (a balcony, bar fridge, iron/ironing board, hairdryers, safe, fan and air-conditioning), Family Garden Rooms offer:
● A microwave oven
● Crockery and cutlery for up to 4 people
● Coffee/team making facilities.
Maximum occupancy: 2 Adults and 2 children aged under 15 years.
Existing Bedding: 1 Double  Bed in one room and 2 Single Beds in the second room.
Additional Bedding: A cot may be added.

Bullet VIP Deluxe Suites
Big, bright, modern suites with extra-size balconies, VIP Deluxe Suites are located between the two wings of Beachfront Deluxe Suites on the beachfront and only metres from the beach.  Bathrooms feature a spa bath. There is an option to have Interconnecting Suites.
Maximum occupancy: 3 Adults or 2 Adults & 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding: 1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added to a room with a King Bed for a second child aged under 12. A baby cot may also be added.

Bullet 3 Bedroom Garden Villas:
Bullet 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villas:
The Resort describes their 3 Bedroom Villas as ‘A home away from home’. Each Villa has a full kitchen with modern appliances, breakfast bar, fridge/freezer, 4-burner stove with oven, dining suite, air conditioned living area and covered patio with outdoor furniture. The bedrooms are fan-cooled. The main bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and there is a second bathroom to service the other two bedrooms. Villas are fully serviced every 3 days.  A daily light service comprising towel change and rubbish removal is provided daily.
The 3 Bedroom Beachfront Villas are in 2-level blocks, each containing only 2 villas – one on each floor. 
The 3 Bedroom Garden Villas are stand-alone individual buildings.
Maximum occupancy: 6 guests
Existing Bedding: 2 Queen Beds & 2 Single Beds or 6 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  A baby cot may be added.

Getting to and from The Edgewater Resort & Spa
We will normally include, as agreed/required, an airport meet and greet and a coach or private car arrival/departure transfer between Rarotonga International Airport and Edgewater Resort & Spa in package arrangements.

Cars, scooters and bicycles can be rented on-site and the Circle Island buses loop through the resort to pick-up and drop-off Edgewater guests.

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 & Families
The Edgewater Resort & Spa cater for families really well.  The Resort’s Coconuts Kids Club is an excellent facility and is open daily except Sunday.

Bullet Kids Stay Free
Up to 2 children aged up to 12 years stay free when sharing with adults (subject to room occupancy maximums).
Portable cots for infants aged under 2 years are provided free of charge when available (subject to room occupancy maximums)

Bullet Kids Play Free
Coconuts Kids’ Club is a complimentary service for children aged 4 to 12 years. 
Open daily except Sunday
         9:00am to 12 Noon
         2:00pm to 5:00pm
         7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Club operates out of a new, purpose-built, secure indoor/outdoor venue which features audio visual entertainment units, three spacious themed rooms and an outdoor recreation area fitted with play equipment.
Activities include:
●  Interactive lessons on local culture and customs
●  Rarotongan drumming lessons
●  Cook Islands dancing
●  Costume making
●  Creating local souvenirs
●  Crab hunting
●  Post-card painting
●  Painting a coconut
●  Tie-dying fabric
●  Also available: electronic games and indoor

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel check-in and check-out times:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 10:00am
Early Check-in and Late Check-out
Late Check-Out up to 6:00pm may be pre-booked and costs 50% of nightly room rate
Early Check-In between 6:00am and 12 Noon may be pre-booked and costs 50% of booked nightly rate
Early Arriving Flights
Several flights each week from Auckland arrive at Rarotonga between midnight and 6:00am. The Resort recommends that all guests arriving prior to 6:00am should book and pay 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 12 hours or more to gain entry to your accommodation.

Resort Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations received between 8 and 14 days prior to
     scheduled arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to
     staying 2 nights at the accommodation rate booked
Bullet Cancellations received within 7 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of
     total accommodation booked.
Bullet No-shows: No Shows incur full cancellation fees.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 22 July 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities (charges may apply)
Bullet Two Restaurants
Bullet Health & Spa Salon
Bullet Tours
Bullet Jungle Quad Adventure
Bullet Snorkelling
Bullet Cultural shows
Bullet Games Room
Bullet Swimming Pool
Bullet Two International-size Tennis Courts
Bullet Business Services
Bullet Wi-fi Hot Spots
Bullet ATM
Bullet Self-laundry Facilities
Bullet Disabled Access & Parking

Kids Facilities (charges may apply)
Bullet Kids Club

Have your wedding at the The Edgewater Resort & Spa!
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A minimum 3 night stay at the Resort is required.

All guests identified as honyemooners at time of booking will be
provided with an upgrade to the next room category (minimum 5
night stay), a fruit basket & bottle of sparkling wine.