We have just returned from a 7 day holiday, staying at the Sanctuary. We chose this resort, as family members had stayed there before and recommended it. Things we liked: very clean & tidy rooms (no bugs seen!) with everything in good working condition; great location right on the beachfront/lagoon. (You really couldn't get any closer to the water!) Very comfortable huge bed; Things we didn't like: some of the staff were a bit "indifferent" and we sometimes felt ignored or as if we were interrupting in some way; the resort pool was very cold and should have been heated during the winter months (the sea was warmer!); the food was mostly average at both the Sanctuary & the Rarotongan restaurants, except for the Ginger Garden which was only open on Tues and Thurs nights - the food was a m a z i n g! Breakfast got a bit boring, being the same every single day. The SpaPolynesia across the road (which is affiliated to the resort) was lovely - had the BEST massage ever by the Asian lady there. Great that the island buses stopped right outside our resort. LOVED that no kids were allowed at the Sanctuary!! That was the best part :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A true taste of the exotic Cook Islands in the heart of the South Pacific, Sanctuary Rarotonga is an adults-only resort located on the pristine white sand shores of Aroa Lagoon. All suites are absolute beachfront. Tropical buffet breakfast, many resort activities, and daily activities program are included in the nightly rate. The perfect location for a romantic honeymoon or a relaxed beach holiday. Three effortless Weddings in Paradise packages. A true South Pacific paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Rarotonga-On The Beach Hotel Aroa Beach
- Sanctuary Rarotonga-On The Beach Aroa Beach