Our Thorough Guide To All The Top Resorts In Rarotonga

Rarotonga view of water and island from beach

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Published 27 November 2020


It's official, the Cook Islands are open for business! And if you’re needing a tropical island escape (like literally everyone in NZ right now!), look no further than Rarotonga. Don't know where to stay in Rarotonga? We’ve put together our recommendations to help you decide on the best place to stay in the Cook Islands. Now just sit back, relax and pick your tropical paradise...

Edgewater Resort & Spa - Rarotonga Family Resort


Edgewater Resort & Spa
Snorkelling right in front of the Edgewater Resort & Spa.


With stunning views of the white sand beach and picturesque lagoon, the Edgewater Resort & Spa is one of Rarotonga’s best resorts. Located on the sheltered side of Rarotonga, you’ll experience beautiful sunsets as you enjoy the outdoor swimming pool overlooking the beach. As one of the largest Rarotonga hotels there is plenty of space with a range of affordable accommodation options, with a choice of garden or beachfront views and self-contained villas, two restaurants, a bar and health spa. If you’re looking for one of the best Rarotonga family resorts, the Edgewater Resort & Spa is the perfect choice with a dedicated kids’ club, plenty of activities and family dining options. With everything you need in one place, your stay will be memorable with regular Cook Island cultural events at the resort.

Moana Sands Lagoon Resort - Adults Only Rarotonga Resort


Moana Sands Lagoon Resort
The amazing pool at Moana Sands Lagoon Resort. Image credit: Peter Bellingham


Located on famous Muri Beach is Moana Sands Lagoon Resort, a modern adults only 18+ resort with deluxe room options, perfectly situated to wake up to Rarotonga’s spectacular sunrises. Like the name suggests, the view from the resort is of Rarotonga’s pristine lagoon making this an ideal spot to experience this island paradise. The large swimming pool, cabana, sun lounging deck, kayaks, spa, restaurant and bar, all let you relax and soak up the tropical climate. The resort is close to Muri where a shopping hub, night markets and a range of restaurants are close by, making Moana Sands Lagoon Resort a convenient accommodation choice.

Muri Beach Resort - Self-contained Rarotonga Accommodation


Muri Beach Resort
Lagoon view at Muri Beach Resort. Image credit: Muri Beach Resort


Muri Beach Resort is one of the best beach front accommodation options in Rarotonga, this island style resort situated on popular Muri Beach overlooks the famous Ta’akoka Island with stunning lagoon views. This intimate Rarotonga accommodation offers self-contained villas and apartments with access to a large range of facilities including resort pool, poolside cocktail bar and resort restaurant. The villas, which have either garden, poolside or lagoon views, all boast spacious living areas with a kitchen and dining space, a spa bath and outdoor table, chairs and sun loungers to make sure your stay is as comfortable as can be!

Crown Beach Resort - Adults Only Rarotonga Resort


Crown Beach Resort, Rarotonga
Bird's eye view of the Crown Beach Resort. Image credit: Crown Beach Resort


Positioned on the sunset coast, Crown Beach Resort is only a short drive from the Rarotonga International Airport. As an adults only 16+ resort, Crown Beach Resort is perfect for a romantic getaway. Some of Rarotonga’s top restaurants are near so if you’re looking for where to stay in Rarotonga there are plenty of dining options close by as well as romantic dining at the resort including candlelit dinners on the beach. With a range of villas and suites including beachfront luxury and secluded rooms with private pool options, there are many room choices to make your Rarotonga escape one to remember. Crown Beach Resort has its own private beach overlooking the lagoon where you can enjoy snorkelling in the crystal clear waters or relax on the sun loungers on the beach.

Nautilus Resort Rarotonga - Luxury Rarotonga Resort


Nautilus Resort Rarotonga
Relax in your private plunge pool at Nautilus Resort. Image Credit: Nautilus Resort Rarotonga


Stay at the Nautilus Resort and experience one of the best Rarotonga luxury resorts! This tropical island oasis is a great boutique accommodation option located right on the beachfront against a stunning mountain backdrop. All rooms feature a beautiful private salt water plunge pool, your own outdoor stone shower and a tropical garden courtyard, perfect to cool off from the island heat! The resort overlooks famous Muri Lagoon and offers complimentary use of stand-up paddle boards, snorkels, reef walking or kayaks. As one of the top Rarotonga family resorts, Nautilus Resorts also offers a fantastic family experience with a kids concierge on site!

Te Vakaroa Villas - 5 Star Rarotonga Resort


Te Vakaroa Villas, Rarotonga
The stunning pool at Te Vakaroa Villas. Image credit: Te Vakaroa Villas


For one of the top Rarotonga 5-star resorts, look no further than Te Vakaroa Villas with this beachfront luxury resort on Muri Beach. The contemporary villas overlook the infinity pool and jacuzzi, giving you an ideal place to sip a tropical cocktail and take in the views of Muri Lagoon. Designed with comfort and privacy in mind, you can choose a villa with fully hosted service or be self-catered with the in-villa kitchen facilities. Some of the island’s renowned restaurants are only a short walk along the beach making Te Vakaroa Villas the perfect spot to experience more of Rarotonga.


For more information on where to stay in Rarotonga, get in touch with our Travel Experts and they’ll be able to help you plan and book your perfect Rarotonga escape!

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