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4.7 out of 5

"Very friendly relaxed atmosphere, the outdoor table settings are on the sand which creates a beautiful atmosphere while watching the sun set. The sta ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sat 22 Sep 2018

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Hotel Description

At Castaway Resort you'll be within just a 15-minute stroll of Black Rock and Rarotonga Golf Club. Highlights at this beachfront resort include a private beach, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

All 12 individually decorated rooms feature WiFi, TVs, and coffee/tea makers. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and microwaves. Additionally, free local calls, free bottled water, and ceiling fans are available.

A day of pampering can include beachside massages and mani/pedis. The restaurant, Wilson's Restaurant, serves local and international cuisine and is open for breakfast and dinner. Wilsons Beach Bar is the resort's own cocktail bar, serving drinks along with dinner and light fare. Enjoy the pool loungers along with access to kayaking and snorkeling. Plus you'll find WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning free continental breakfast is offered between 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Within a 30-minute drive of this 3-star Arorangi resort, attractions include Muri Beach and Aroa Beach.

Studio, Poolside

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$193* Per night/room 11 May - 12 May


Bed Count 3 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 8 Max

Villa, Poolside

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Villa, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Studio, Ocean View

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Poolside

Bed Count 5 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Castaway Resort ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.7 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 5.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Castaway Resort

Everyone (8) Couples (2)
5 out of 5

Posted by on 26 Aug. 2019

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5 out of 5
Very friendly relaxed atmosphere, the outdoor table settings are on the sand which creates a beautiful atmosphere while watching the sun set. The staff and owners are very helpful and happy which makes your holiday more enjoyable.

Posted by , from Sydney on 22 Sep. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

26 Sep. 2018 by TheCastawayCrew

Kia Orana! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Castaway Resort. We appreciate your description of our little resort and our staff and team send their gratitude for your compliments. We hope to have you back again soon!

4 out of 5
Very relaxed staff are amazing Rooms pretty tired could use some updating

Posted by on 25 Jun. 2018

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5 out of 5


Pros: Loved our room. Very clean and had everything yo needed.Beach right there in front, Bar was awesome.
Cons: Nothing
Location: Very handy to everything and the bar location there is fantastic
It was a pleaure to stay here, our room was great (11) The staff are a credit to the Establishment they made our stay so enjoyable every one of the bar and food staff are a real credit to this place very helpful and such happy people. Sandi, Mal, Apu? you guys are the bomb, Office staff freindly and helpful you all deserve a pat on the back!!! Cant wait to come back there we are already planning another visit! Cant fault anything here!! Cheers to all of you! Jason and Kym Bye

Posted by , from NZ on 10 Nov. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

19 Nov. 2017 by Anita

Kia Orana Jason and Kym, Once again, thank you both so much for the lovely compliments and for posting a wonderful review. Wilsons misses you both. Cant wait til next time. Cheers The Castaway Resort Team

4 out of 5

Quiet smaller resort for a great holiday

Pros: Lovely casual feeling, able to chat with other guests and staff, while still able to be private. Very helpful with local info.
Cons: Lounge seating was only just serviceable. Somewhere to hang wet things to dry would have been useful.
Location: By a nice bit of beach, great for sunsets. Close bus ride into main town. Easy access to other beaches by bus, scooter or car.
Castaway hosts made sure we had a great holiday. Resort poolside room was clean and adequate, good access to the beach, bar/restaurant on the beach and under cover by the pool. Restaurant had a variety over different nights and bar was popular. Breakfast by the pool was a great reminder that we were on holiday! All staff were friendly and helpful, certainly made us feel welcome. Chickens were friendly too.

Posted by , from Victoria on 14 Jul. 2017

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22 Jul. 2017 by Michelle

Thank you so much for taking the time to do a lovely review and we are glad that you were happy here at Castaway Resort. Love the photo of BBQ and the jandals. Regards Michelle & Paul

5 out of 5

Great affordable accommodation - great staff

From the moment we arrived we noticed how helpful and nice the staff were. Most attentive bar staff in Raro. Accommodation is good if you are after some cooking facilities and a nice beach bar. They try and accommodate odd flight times as well - we were very impressed with this as no where else in Cook Islands did that for us.

Posted by , from canberra on 8 Oct. 2016

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4 out of 5

A relatively small resort on the beach

Pros: No children under 16, small resort but on the beach and with a pool. Self catering. Happy hour at the beachside bar from 3 - 6 pm with live music.
Lived up to expectations. Only negative was gluten free was offered but none was available.

Posted by on 16 Jul. 2016

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5 out of 5

Visit to Rarotonga for my Nephews wedding

Pros: Privacy and peace and such helpful hosts Paul and Michelle
Cons: TV network not great only one channel which was generally not my cup of tea
Location: The location of this resort was great with the bus right outside the door and a convenience store across the road, and the ocean so close
Great place to stay I loved the tranquil peaceful atmosphere, with lots of shrubbery and landscape areas it was exactly what we had hoped for. Breakfast was fairly average but still a treat not to have to worry about doing it yourself, the cafe/restaurant Crusoe's was top class in all areas, Wilsons bar on the beach was also a great place to chill out overlooking the ocean we loved it. The pool was outside the door and generally we had it to ourselves. Well worth a visit in my opinion.

Posted by , from Auckland on 18 Nov. 2015

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5 out of 5
Great place, evenings with drinks yakitori skewers and sunsets-enough said

Posted by on 18 Sep. 2015

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5 out of 5

An excellent stay at Castaway

Pros: Lovely beach. Flexible check in and checkout
Location: Great beaches and snorkelling.
A relaxing week at Castaway. Thanks to Castaway staff for a great time.

Posted by , from Sydney on 16 Aug. 2015

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About the Castaway Resort

Location Arorangi, Rarotonga, 0

Property Features

Simply walk outside to feel the sun on your face at the white sand beach. Have fun in the sun at Castaway Resort with summer activities like snorkeling and kayaking. Free breakfast is available daily. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a beach bar and a bar/lounge. Public spaces have WiFi for a fee. This beach resort also offers an outdoor pool, a garden, and a terrace. Limited free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 3-star Rarotonga resort.

  • 1 floor
  • 12 guestrooms or units
  • 4 buildings
  • Built in 2000
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar on the beach
  • Bar or lounge
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Free self parking , Limited onsite parking , Free parking nearby


  • Airport: Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.) (4.1 km / 2.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Castaway Resort offers 12 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and complimentary bottled water. Each accommodation is individually furnished and decorated. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include phones along with free local calls (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and complimentary toiletries. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Television
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Wilson's Restaurant - This poolside restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.

Wilsons Beach Bar - This beachfront cocktail bar specializes in local and international cuisine and serves dinner and light fare. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Spa Services

  • Massages on beach
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Massages

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 2 PM. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 8 AM - 2 PM.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children younger than 16 are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests 16 and older are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Minimum guest age is 16
  • Caters to adults only
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Gloves are available for guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 5 (for 5 minutes, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 5 (for 5 minutes, rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: NZD 50 per person (roundtrip)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 3.5 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Castaway Rarotonga
  • Castaway Resort Rarotonga
  • Castaway Resort Resort
  • Castaway Resort Rarotonga
  • Castaway Resort Resort Rarotonga

You should know

  • Castaway Resort offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation 72 hours prior to arrival with your arrival details.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 16 years old aren't allowed.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.