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“Fabulously faultless, fresh and fun!”
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Castaway Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Te Puke, New Zealand
1 review
“Fabulously faultless, fresh and fun!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

We went to Rarotonga in June as a group of 12 with 3 of us celebrating our 40th birthdays. 6 of us stayed at Castaway for a week. We all have young children, so having a holiday with child free sleep ins was magical! Every day was busy but relaxing for us and the breakfast of fresh tropical fruits, cereals and toast was more than enough to start our days. The bar staff were friendly and made the best cocktails for us to drink on the beach (although the sunset never quite looked like the postcards!). The menu of a different theme for dinner every night was a good idea as it enabled the 12 of us to sort what we wanted to do for dinner. Many, many thanks to the fabulous waitress who came in on her night off to cook all of us chop suey! What a legend. This shows what a great team of people work at Castaway resort :) Thanks guys, we will be back.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

On the sunset side of 'Raro', a short 8km bus ride from town, is this little jem of a resort! Delightful owners Michelle & Paul will welcome you & provide advice for the best possible stay. The limited no. of rooms, will often have you feeling like you have the place to yourself. And the snorkeling- WOW!

Stayed July 2014
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

I am writing this very belatedly as I had computer probs after leaving and never got to do this once home for some unknown reason for which I apologise to all.
I stayed for a week in January and Michelle and Paul certainly make you feel very welcome and are most thoughtful. I was given a 2 double bedroomed apartment with kitchen when I arrived rather than one of the rooms on the ground floor as a group of young ladies were partying in the pool area most nights and it was felt I wouldn't get much rest. Probably would have joined them though but they seemed to have done most of their partying by the time I settled in!! .I found this a most peaceful and relaxing location and the food was very good, The barman Rob and the team looked after us well and I belatedly thank him for sending me some Cook Islands Bank Notes that i wanted for a collection. Well was hoping I might have been back again before now to say thanks personally Rob!! The town is easily accessible by the "Circular Route" bus. Please attend the Sunday Church service,the church is just across the road and you will hearing hymns sung as never before!! The beach is great and although the sea is calm because of the reef the coral can play havoc on the feet so wear shoes in the water. By all means take a flight to Aitutaki and tour Big Foot island,and the other islands by catamaran. It is well worth the money and the sea is so delightful to be in. Watch out for your fingers when the BIG Fish are being fed, You have been warned, but then so was a Chinese American guy who decided to take little notice and got badly grazed! The team on board the catamaran give a great cabaret!
So I hope to go back to the Castaway Resort again although from the UK it is half way round the world!!
Thanks all for a memorable stay. RAW

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stayed at Castaways for two nights and didn't spend a lot of time there but we thought it was great. The room was simple with lovely tiled floors and white walls and very clean. The resort is right on the beach, small and very personal. We only had breakfast there which was juice, fruit, cereal and toast. The owners were very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Nice spacious cabins mostly all with beach views. Very clean. Staff were friendly and helpful. The bar is a cool place to hang out at sunset. The beds were quite hard though and the location was a little far from Muri, popular snorkelling spots and other restaurants at night time.
Over we had a great stay though.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our 10 night stay at the resort; our Villa was comfortably appointed and it was a very peaceful location for a holiday. We recommend them to anyone visiting Rarotonga! The staff and owners were exceptionally friendly and could not do enough for us. Their on-site restaurant and Wilson's Beach Bar were both well worth patronising and it was great to be able to sit on the beach with a drink and watch the magical sunsets. The lagoon area by the resort is a great safe place to snorkel and observe the colourful fish.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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76 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This resort is a hidden gem. Unspoiled, laid back, on the beach, tropical gardens, gorgeous sunsets, charming happy staff, delicious restaurant (the young chef is excellent), and a beach bar/restaurant - eat on the beach with feet in the sand surrounded by coconut palms, a delightful buzz, and the sun setting over lagoon - fab! I'm going back.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Thank you very much for your review! Your feedback is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to host you again in future :)
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Property: Castaway Resort
Address: Arorangi, Cook Islands (Formerly Castaway Beach Villas)
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Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 77 Speciality Lodging in Rarotonga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Castaway Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castaway Resort - located on the sunset and sheltered west coast of Rarotonga, this small adult only resort offers fully self catering accommodation at cost effective rates. Featuring a mix of rooms and villas with views over the pool, white sandy beach, and pristine lagoon, Castaway has something to suit any traveller. All rooms are air conditioned for comfort and are equipped with full amenities. Castaway boasts two restaurants and bars; poolside dining at Crusoes Restaurant & Bar with a themed night menu or dine on the beach with your toes dipped in the sand at Wilsons Beach Bar, fantastic beach location, relaxed ambience, swimming pool, complimentary daily tropical breakfast, snorkelling equipment, kayak, and beach towels. In walking distance to nearby restaurants, car rental companies, and a convenience store located opposite the Resort for your last minute supplies or grocery needs. Onsite parking is available with access to street parking nearby. A bus stop is located directly outside the resort for guests who want to take a bus ride to main town Avarua or a circle tour of the island. Castaway Resort was voted a finalist in the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Industry Awards in 3 categories; Best Self Contained 3 Star Property, Best Bar & Restaurant, and Best Customer Service. ... more   less 
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