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Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Muri
Certificate of Excellence
Queenstown, New Zealand
1 review
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“Great location - nice facilities - awesome staff - nice menu - we'll be back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2010

We enjoyed a really relaxing break here in late Nov/early December. The weather was generally nice with the occasional burst of rain to cool things down although we got a quick reminder how easily sunburn can occur even on an overcast day !
This was our first time at Pacific Resort Rarotonga and we found that it was a perfect location to base ourselves for the duration of our stay. Muri lagoon provided a really nice environment for windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking and swimming; the Fruits of Rarotonga just around the corner is a brilliant spot also for viewing the fish life when snorkeling; the resort grounds and gardens were very clean and tidy; the service from the resort staff was excellent - attentive but not intrusive; rental cars could be hired at Reception; the dive company we went with picked us up from the hotel foyer; there were small convenience stores, petrol stations and souvenir shops close by for the all the small incidental items.
Our accommodation was in a Garden Villa for a couple of nights, it was very clean and nicely appointed throughout, and also close to all the resort amenities and the lagoon - very comfortable and quiet overall. The balance of our stay was in a Lagoon Villa which was incredibly spacious, very comfortable, equally well appointed and in close proximity to the beach, restaurants, bar and all the water toys at the Beach Hut.
The island breakfast buffet provided an appealing and varied selection of fresh fruits, cold cuts and breads each day. Although we did check out a few other restaurants during our stay but we most enjoyed dining at Pacific Resort on the beach under the marquee at night - the ambience was delightful, the menu options appetising and filling and the service was a much higher standard than we experienced elsewhere.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2010

Nice place this. Fantastic pool which we enjoyed many quiet wines around. We went in low season, got a great deal, and were really well treated (it was very quiet there). Breakfast was superb, as was dinner.
Staff were fine.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2010

Spent a week here and had a great holiday. Our room was next in line for an upgrade so was quite tired looking .. was very underwhelmed when we arrived. The location of this resort is definitely the best feature. Muri beach is fantastic for children with the shallow lagoon.
I found the reception staff very helpful and we had a service man reply very promptly anytime we needed something fixed etc. Was quite disappointed with meal staff. Most mornings we were greeted with a grunt of 'room?' .. no hello or good morning and twice we had to set our own table with cutlery. Getting served was a mission in itself let alone any friendly conversation!
Wasn't particularly impressed with the resort, but loved the holiday all the same.. you can't really have a bad day at the beach!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2010

Fabulous spacious beachfront room. Friendly happy staff. Delicious food.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2010

Pretty much a perfect island resort - especially for young families. Great location; spacious, well-designed rooms and facilities; friendly and accommodating staff - but it's the gardens that set it apart. We looked around the island a bit and nowhere else did we find the same luxuriant tropical garden feel as at Pacific. Greg and the staff were all courteous and efficient and let our son play around in the fishpond without so much as a "please be careful." We stayed in Room 208, which, along with 207, have a great view of the lagoon and are perfect if you don't need a separate or second bedroom. Breakfast is varied and satisfying, lunch is best eaten out and about on the island and there is a fairly pricey restaurant for dinner, but there is live music most nights to compensate and the staff is happy to recommend and book other restaurants around the island for you.
There are one or two more up-market places to stay in Rarotonga (one under the same management) but the locations are not clearly superior. If you want extreme solitude, then this isn't your place, but we couldn't have been happier with out stay. And did I mention the gardens?!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Pacific Resort for 7 nights. We found all the staff there to be extremely helpful and very friendly no matter what the request.

The grounds are absolutely beautiful as is the beach out the front of the resort. The free use of kayaks, snorkelling equipment and beach towels was fantastic.

Would highly recommend staying there.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank smithy1709
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Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2010

On our Doctor's advice of need for a holiday, we ended up one week later at the Pacific Resort Raotonga and certainly returned fully engerised back to face a hectic 6 week lead up to Christmas. Rarotonga was a holiday, just the way they used to be - uncomplicated, safe and extremely relaxing. We found the staff at Pacific Resort outstanding in the level of care and sharing local knowledge - Ieaving with a receipe shared by Margie who took the time to hand write her family secrets out for me. Big thanks to everyone - we happily recommending others follow in our footprints.
We will return.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Property: 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
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Muri
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Muri
#3 Spa Hotel in Muri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Pacific Resort Rarotonga 4*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Authentic Boutique….Rarotonga’s leading full-service authentic boutique resort is nestled discreetly in one of the world’s most spellbinding spots. Stretching one kilometre along the south-eastern coast of Rarotonga, Muri beach is laden with glorious white sand, fringed by palm trees and lapped by the gentle waters of a shallow, safe lagoon. This boutique resort offers a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. A place where simple, lazy days meet luxurious evenings. And where the friendly, gracious staff meet your every request. Dining at the resort is a fine experience. Be tempted by succulent fresh seafood, Pacific and international dishes, or be summoned by beating drums to an authentic Cook Islands feast.No matter how you choose to fill your days and nights at this breathtakingly beautiful place that is Pacific Resort Rarotonga, one thing is certain. You’ll leave feeling rested, restored and renewed. And above all, determined to return. ... more   less 
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