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Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 May 2014

We booked a studio room (24) which turned out to be quite a large room, double bed (thin sheets), Modern Sony TV (only analogue stations/a few/poor quality) no DVD player attached nor Library at reception (why not?), MW/Toaster/Kettle sink/fridge only aka typical NZ arrangement, small bathroom(only shower), basin no plug!, plenty of hot water, thin towels. The room had a balcony which looked out into the nice gardens and was a few steps from both the reception and the beach front. So spec wise average rating but sadly also the room felt all a bit dated and tired. It never felt great to go back to. Looking around the estate there are other units that look a bit more contemporary and fresh, which we understood to have been refurbished a while back- however these come at a significantly higher price.
Breakfeast was also very basic with a limited choice as far as the standard buffet went, ok you could pay extra for a decent coffee or a cooked add on dish but it meant you didn't feel spoilt.
However we had a lunch and a couple of dinners at their Barefoot Restaurant on the beach and will say they were all very good quality and good value and the service from Billie and her staff was great..
Beach wise they have dedicated loungers and large bean bags for exclusive guest use but (as for all R. beach side) the beach is accessible to all so depending on your attitude this is either good or bad/ interesting to people watch +dogs/no privacy from onllookerrs and not so quiet.
The view of the islands from the hotel beach is attractive with the sight and sound of the waves crashing over the lagoon edge in the distance, and the water is so safe as it hardly comes above your waist for much of the distance.
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Do check out the hotel web site as we did get a good package deal in staying 5nights.
We did enjoy our stay, the staff were all friendly and helpful. Regretfully the standard of rooms/resort quality and value for money does not compare well with the resorts in many of the Asian countries which can also offer the Hot sandy beaches/warm seas and humid inland countryside package/experience.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We had our wedding ceremony and reception at the Pacific resort and can only say the most amazing things! We stayed for 7 nights in the premium beachfront suite... it was gorgeous & probably the best option for a couple getting married. It was the downstairs room which meant you could literally walk a few metres out of your room and you were on Muri beach. We had our two year old with us aswell and it meant he could just play on the grass outside the room and we didnt have to worry too much. The general service of the resprt was excellent, everyone is so friendly and welcoming. From a wedding perspective, you leave Auckland feeling stressed as a bride (as you have so much to still do once you get to the resort) but once you arrive your wedding planner (ours was Leilani) takes you through all the things that need to be done, drives you to the registry, the celebrant, the florist etc and makes you feel calm and excited about the upcoming day. The venue for the ceremony and reception is beautiful... if you are wanting a romantic island wedding then this is definitley the perfect spot. the only negative I have to say is that the music/reception has to be turned off at 10.30pm but thats completely understandable as you are in a resort with other guests. We had 40 guests at our wedding, whom pretty much all stayed at the Pacific and everybody loved the location,cleanliness, service and general atmosphere!The night before the wedding I realised that I hadnt requested the wedding cake so Leilani told me not to worry and took care of it. I dont know where & how she found a wedding cake at short notice but there was one and it was so yummy! When we got back to our room on the wedding night, it had been decorated with flowers and towels and complimentary wine!oh and the cocktails you get to drink while lying on the lounges on the beach - WOW! Pina colada anyone!! We cannot wait to return for our anniversary! Thank you Pacific for the best holiday we have had to date!

Room Tip: The premium beachfront suite in my opinion is the nicest for a couple. Many of our friends stayed in...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Nadine70
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Yummy food
Awesome cultural night
Delicious cocktails
Super Friendly staff

This was a really awesome place to head down and enjoy happy hours, dinners and beautiful scenery! the staff were always welcoming and i highly recommend the culture night! such nice food on the menu too!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

We travelled to Rarotonga and Aitutaki for a wedding/ honeymoon package. We had an absolutely wonderful time on both islands! We stayed for the first 7 nights at Pacific resort Rarotonga and it was beautiful. A bit more noisy and more family friendly, but we were aware of this before booking :)
The service was excellent and the location was beautiful. The breakfast was a bit disappointing and we had a slight problem with cockroaches, but besides that it was a lovely experience.
Our wedding was wonderfully arranged and everything was so easy and stress free.
We recommend visiting Captains Jack's restaurant as well as Vaima.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We have just returned from our wedding and honeymoon. We stayed at Te Manava which is run by pacific resort and we couldn't fault our stay there. We had wedding guest stay a pacific and they were extremely happy. The location is absolutely perfect and we had so much fun kayaking and snorkelling in muri lagoon. The gardens are truly beautiful. Sandals restaurant was a great place to eat. The staff are so welcoming and attentive. Our wedding was absolutely perfect thanks to our wedding planner, Nan. We couldn't of asked for more. Everything we wanted was taken care of and nothing was too much trouble. Would high recommend Pacific Resort.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Wow what a lovely resort that we stayed at. This property is beautifully kept from the lush and manicured gardens to the well appointed and spacious rooms. Muri Beach is a good spot to be and having Sandals restaurant and the Barefoot bar right on the beach means you have a relaxed beach atmosphere when dining or enjoying a cocktail or two. A perfect place to kayak or paddle board or just to chill on the beach and read a book. Couples and families will thoroughly enjoy their time and most definitely wont want to go home. The staff are amazing and so friendly and the food is divine. Make the Pacific in Rarotonga as a must stay next time visiting and I am sure you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Pacific Resort Rarotonga is the best option if you want to stay in the Muri Beach area in Raro. It is highly recommended, whether for couples or families. The rooms are modern, but still with a Cook Island feel to them. The restaurant serves superb food every night. But the best thing about this resort is the staff. Everyone is very friendly and accommodating. Pacific Resort is the definitely the top choice for a great couple or family holiday in Raro.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank PatrickAblir
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Additional Information about Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Address: Muri Beach, Muri, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Muri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Muri
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Muri
#3 Luxury Hotel in Muri
Price Range: £220 - £362 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pacific Resort Rarotonga 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authentic Boutique … Pacific Resort Rarotonga, superbly situated on 5.5 acres of manicured beachfront, our 4-star full service authentic boutique resort, offering an intimate collection of just 64 rooms, suites and villas. Each room is tastefully decorated in a contemporary Polynesian style overlooking either the flourishing tropical gardens or the gorgeous white sands of Muri Beach and lagoon. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Pacific Resort Rarotonga Hotel Muri
Pacific Hotel Rarotonga
Pacific Hotel Muri
Raratonga
Pacific Resort Rarotonga Muri, Cook Islands

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