Aro'a Beachside Resort
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#1 of 3 resorts in Arorangi
4.9 of 5 bubbles
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Kia Orana, welcome to the Aro'a Beachside Resort an adult only (16+) resort. Located on western sunset side of Rarotonga, on a stunning white sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling. We have a great beach bar & restaurant, the Shipwreck Hut, on property which offers a menu with variety for all & local dishes. Live music 3 times a week (Tues, Thurs, Sat) from 6pm onwards. We have 12 self-contained units, tastefully decorated island style. Breakfast complimentary and daily housekeeping service.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Massage
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Snack bar
Canoeing
Snorkelling
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Adults only
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
Room features
Private beach
Housekeeping
Safe
Bottled water
Kitchenette
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English

Location

Main Road, Arorangi Cook Islands
239Reviews20Q+A76Room tips

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Peter B wrote a review Feb 2020
Ullesthorpe, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here in February 2020, just the two of us. Wanted a quiet few days and the over 18 tag appealed to us.

Absolutely fabulous place, and from the moment we arrived we felt welcomed and well cared for.

The owners took time to ensure we could enjoy our short stay on Rarotonga, which was much appreciated.

Fresh fruit and home baked breakfasts every day, inexpensive bar food at night also added to our enjoyment.

The staff are all lovely, welcoming, friendly and helpful.

You can pretty much be in the warm ocean in about 5 seconds from any of the rooms, can’t beat that👍😊!

And live music several times every week, despite us being here low season.

So if you’re thinking of Rarotonga, think “Aro’a Beachside”

Kia Orana 😊
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Steve Marson, General Manager at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Kia Orana Peter, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this fantastic review. Your comments and feedback are much appreciated. We are all very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to see you back again. Many thanks, meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.
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Rosemary S wrote a review Jun 2021
Torbay, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was the second time my friend and I have stayed at Aro’a Beachside Inn. I’ve never stayed anywhere else in Raro and have no intention of doing so, now that I’ve stayed at Aro’a which is owned and managed by onsite owners, Steve and Geraldine, a delightful Kiwi couple (and their lovely dog Dexter), who really make the place the special place it is.

Aro’a is an 'adults only' resort which would appeal to anyone wanting a quiet break, and is situated right on the white sandy beach beside the crystal clear water where it’s safe to swim and snorkel, amongst the colourful fish and coral. The units are spotlessly clean, and are well appointed for sea views and sun, and the gardens and grounds are beautifully maintained. The staff are friendly and welcoming and really help to give the place a ‘family feel’. The Shipwreck Hut & Beach Bar is the hub of the resort where a complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit and muffins is available in the mornings and drinks and delicious dinners served up in the evenings. Aro’a is definitely a resort with a difference, with a ‘homely’ feel that you don’t get at a large touristy resort. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms are quiet, although the roosters that roam the property do crow in the early hours.
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Response from Steve Marson, Owner at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 26 Jun 2021
Kia Orana Rose, Thank you for your amazing review, your comments are really appreciated. So happy that you enjoyed your holiday with us, it was a absolute pleasure, and lots of fun, having you both here. I think Priest has just about recovered haha. We hope to see you back again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the awesome A Team.
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Margaret W wrote a review May 2023
Hamilton
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our 4th visit to Rarotonga and each time we've had different accomodation. The search for our happy place is over and we will be coming back to Aro’a Beachside Inn for sure. The room was great, we could cook our own meals, bed very comfy, great dressing room and bag storage, excellent shower with solar hot water always available. Bathroom large and private. The deck looked straight onto the beach and was so spacious. The Shipwreck Hut is part of the complex and is a great place for the included breakfast, a yummy lunch or a very economical and delicious dinner. It’s very popular with people from other resorts and locals. We eat a vegan/plant based diet and as soon as we told the manager there were items added to the menu for us. Delicious fresh fruit and cereal for breakfast with toast and spreads as well. Tea and coffee available as well. A great start to the day. Live music every night except Sunday finished at 8:30. The snorkeling right out front is very good. We even got to swim with a turtle. The staff are wonderful. They make you feel like you’ve come to stay at a second home. The manager Lisa is awesome. You just have to mention something that you need and she goes the extra mile to make sure you have it. We stayed 12 days and we didn’t want to leave. Already looking forward being back there next year.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you have dietary requirements tell them about it. They go the extra mile to cater for you.
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Response from Rachael Southey, Marketing at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 23 May 2023
Kia Orana, What great feedback and a great read! Everything you could ask for, for your holiday in paradise! We are so pleased that you had a great stay and experience with us. We will be sure to pass your comments onto the staff and Lisa. These are the reviews that make our day! Meitaki maata and we hope to see you back soon. Aroa Beachside Resort Crew
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Andrew H wrote a review Feb 2020
Melbourne, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely place on the west side of Raro. I only spent a single night here but was warmly wlecomed. The rooms have everything you need or want, the location is perfect and the hosts lovely. You can't beat the view from the bar on the beach. I didn't eat here except for breakfast. The included breakfast was lovely - fresh local fruit, coffee, toast and a pipng hot muffin.

I recall reading a review on how the breakfast wasn't substantial enough. I can only imagine those particular reviewers may be used to a full buffet breakfast. It is not that, but well enough.

Lovely stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Steve Marson, Owner at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Kia Orana Andrew, Thank you so much for your fantastic review, much appreciated. Be great to see you back again in the future. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.
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Helene Thygesen wrote a review May 2021
Lancaster, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful and well-equiped rooms, everything perfect, including the beds and the moscito-proofing :)

Extremely friendly staff and owners. They found tours for us, and one of the staff sourced eggs for us while there were no eggs in the shops on the island!

Excellent food - and very flexible, they made food suited for my partner's dietary requirements.

Good location at one of the widest parts of the lagoon.
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Date of stay: May 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Steve Marson, Owner at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 29 May 2021
Kia Orana Helene, Thank you so much for your fantastic review. You guys were an absolute pleasure to host. We are all very happy to see your feedback and we really hope that you'll make it back to see us again in the future. It was very special to have you as our first guests after the border opened. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.
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kiwibrit2009 wrote a review Sept 2023
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed here last week with friends and this was my first stay at Aro'a Beachside Resort. This place is right on the beach and has amazing views. The units are self contained with their own kitchen. The staff are lovely, especially the manager Lisa. She even helped me with the snorkelling. The beach is safe and a great place to snorkel, as it is near some reefs. Aroa Beachside Resort, has its own restaurant/bar. The food is lovely. I had a couple of dishes; the Fish and Chips (the fish was beautifully cooked) and the Chicken burger was delicious. There is a good range of drinks. The Pina Colada I had was reasonable at $15, while other bars charge $17 to $18. Lisa also organised transfers to the airport, which was very helpful.
I highly recommend this place, and will be my go to place when I next visit the lovely Rarotonga.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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japi77 wrote a review Oct 2023
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our first trip to Rarotonga and we stayed at Aro'a Beachside which was perfect as a couple being adults only accommodation. Really helpful & friendly staff. The units have everything you need and are comfortable & just a few steps away from both the beach & the bar/restaurant (Shipwreck Hut). Good value food & drinks & live music at the bar some nights. Great views everywhere & the beach is beautiful.
Being September, we were able to see whales cruising past regularly at breakfast or in the evenings from the accommodation - truly amazing! The snorkelling in front of the accommodation was pretty much as good as anywhere on the island & we were in there most days. Borrowed kayaks as well.
If you are without transport, the bus stops right outside and there's a supermarket a few minutes walk down the road. Other bars/restaurants etc are a bit more spaced out on this side of the island but there are a few other places within an extended walking distance along the beach or road - the Rarotongan, Beluga, Castaway, Falafel Shack, On the Beach etc....just might need to taxi back at night.
Overall, we would totally recommend & wouldn't hesitate to stay here again!!
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There is no pool here but the sea is very close by.....
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CHC_Travel_Junky wrote a review Jul 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
With Covid19, my trip was cancelled multiple times, but Geraldine and Steve were very accommodating with all the date changes and flight number changes over the nine month period before I finally managed to return.
They've been very busy with the paint brushes whilst the Cooks have been closed to tourists.
I made it back a few weeks after the bubble opened, so the Island was quieter than normal for obvious reasons.
But the shipwreck hut still had its live music on the Tuesday and Thursday night during the week which was lovely - as was the fish curry on the menu (which I don;t remember from last time).
Very friendly staff, 18+ and a great place to relax and unwind.
With flights booked already, I can't wait to go back!
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Steve Marson, Owner at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 18 Jul 2021
Kia Orana, Huge thanks for taking the time to write a fantastic, and informative, review. We really appreciate your comments. You are right, the fish curry (now our most popular dish) is new this year, very happy that you enjoyed it. We look forward to seeing you back again soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.
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ZenShell wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gorgeous garden setting flowing right onto a beach where you are lucky to see another person passing by. Great snorkeling, great bar food at great prices, comfy nicely appointed thoughtful accom. Don't miss the fish curry for $20 - swordfish one night, marlin the next.

Was given a surprise upgrade to deluxe so I could be near a friend. Adjoining decks perfect. This is a small adults venue with a personable feel vs. resort. No need for a pool. Hammocks, quiet & sheltered from occ. rain. Staff are so warm & friendly & a nightly drink at the Shipwreck Hut is a must. Steve & Geraldine are the owners. There is nothing they won't help you with. Anna is Office Manager and is the same. Just awesome people and an awesome place.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Steve Marson, Owner at Aro'a Beachside Resort
Responded 20 Jan 2022
Kia Orana, Thank you so much for your amazing review. We really appreciate you taking the time to give us your feedback and we're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us. It was an absolute pleasure to host you, it was even more special as you were one of our first arrivals after the frustration of the second lock-down. We really hope that you'll come back and see us very soon. Meitaki ma'ata, Steve, Geraldine and the A Team.
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Chris M wrote a review Oct 2023
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a beautiful spot to have accom and eating area. Right on the beach. The gardens are kept immaculate. The rooms are clean. They will clean every day or only if you need.
totally self contained
Locker with padlock. You have the key

Al is the boss. This bloke will do anything to make your stay easy and comfortable. He unlocked our room twice, drove us around to find a car rental. The staff are awesome, always ready to help, give you a heads up on what activities are top of the list to do

The food from the shipwreck bar is always good. The vibe is just right

People come in from all over to eat there but it’s never overcrowded
Also whales every day out front (spot a whale. Get a free cocktail). Snorkeling right out front
This place is the bomb
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book your tourist activities early, we missed. A couple The ladies in the office will help. Get...
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Hi guys, we have 1 Queen bed and 2 Single beds in all Beach front Units Ocean view have 1 Queen and 1 Single Kia Manuia Lisa
John W asked a question Dec 2020
Auckland, New Zealand8 contributions11 helpful votes
I would like the Aroa Beachside Inn email address please.
Nicola asked a question Dec 2019
Hastings, United Kingdom9 contributions2 helpful votes
Hi, I have a booking with you in Feb, can you tell me the closest boat or sea scooter tour around you please
Answer from Kevin C
9 contributions
There is a boat cruise down on Miri Brach that is really well done. But the best BY FAR. Is the Vaka Cruise on Aitutaki. The staff at the Aroa can help you set up either.
Answer from Steve M
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution7 helpful votes
Kia Orana, Steve here, owner of the Aro'a Beachside Inn. We are constantly improving our property. This was the first ever comment that we had about pillows. We had ordered replacement pillows for all rooms (before this comment was made...) they should be here any day soon. As is often the case, guests leave comments on this public forum anonymous website. If people are not happy with something it is far better to say something at the time, then we can rectify any problems, if we don't know we can't do anything.
Jill R asked a question Nov 2018
Norfolk, United Kingdom44 contributions14 helpful votes
How far away is the resort from a supermarket,
Answer from Steve M
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution7 helpful votes
Kia Orana, the closest little supermarket is about 250 m away.
yippopotamus wrote a tip Apr 2024
Wellington, New Zealand278 contributions88 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"music plays at the bar most of the day. is this is a problem, make sure you ask for a quiet room. insect repellent is a must!"
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peggypiwills wrote a tip Feb 2024
Island of Hawaii, Hawaii25 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Pool is wonderful but e careful, the tile edge gets hot in full sun."
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Chris M wrote a tip Oct 2023
1 contribution5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book your tourist activities early, we missed. A couple The ladies in the office will help. Get a rental car for your stay at the begining"
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japi77 wrote a tip Oct 2023
Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is no pool here but the sea is very close by....."
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Stephen J wrote a tip Jul 2023
5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unit 10 is our pick as it is upstairs and looks out over the beach."
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PRICE RANGE
£105 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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LOCATION
Cook IslandsSouthern Cook IslandsRarotongaArorangi
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Aro'a Beachside Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Nearby attractions include Tik-e Tours (1.8 miles), Aroa Marine Reserve (0.8 miles), and Cook Island Christian Church (CICC) (1.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Beluga, The Waffle Shack, and Wilson's Beach Bar & Restaurant - Castaway Resort.
Does Aro'a Beachside Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Aro'a Beachside Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Aro'a Beachside Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Wreck of the Matai (4.2 miles).
Does Aro'a Beachside Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Aro'a Beachside Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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