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4.0 out of 5

"The place feels clean and fresh. A nice balance between a beachside house and a touch of luxury " More

By a verified traveller on Fri 28 Feb 2020

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Hotel Description

A romantic stay in Rarotonga awaits you at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only. You'll be steps from Aroa Beach and 3.7 km (2.3 mi) from Wigmore's Waterfall. Highlights at this beachfront resort include a private beach, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Furnished balconies or patios, sitting areas, and WiFi are featured in all 49 soundproofed rooms. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and room service. Nice touches to enhance your stay include bathrobes and free toiletries, while pillowtop beds and premium bedding invite a good night's rest. Flat-screen TVs, coffee/tea makers, and in-room massages are also available.

A day of pampering can include deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, and detox wraps along with aromatherapy and Ayurvedic treatments. The restaurant, Blue Water Grill Pacific, serves local and international cuisine and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. At the resort's own poolside bar or bar/lounge, you can enjoy a drink. Enjoy the fitness center, outdoor tennis court, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and pool loungers. Business amenities include a conference center, a meeting room, and a business center. Plus you'll find WiFi in public areas, a snack bar/deli, and coffee/tea in a common area. Continental breakfast is available daily between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Sights within a 10-minute drive of this 4-star Tapere of Rutaki resort include Rarotonga Golf Club and Tikioki Beach.

Suite, Beachside

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
AU$212* Per night/room 23 Oct. - 24 Oct.

Suite, Beachfront

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Honeymoon Suite (Spa)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only ratings based on 53 Verified Reviews

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Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

Everyone (28) Couples (21) Family (3)
5 out of 5
The place feels clean and fresh. A nice balance between a beachside house and a touch of luxury

Posted by , from Gisborne on 28 Feb. 2020

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28 Feb. 2020 by Haimona

Kia Orana, Thank you for your kind review. I am pleased to hear you had a lovely stay and that you enjoyed the beachfront location and facilities. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager

4 out of 5
I liked that all the sporting equipment was freely available . Pleasant staff . Beautiful position with the snorkeling on your doorstep

Posted by on 25 Sep. 2019

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26 Sep. 2019 by Haimona

Kia Orana Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the beachfront location of the resort as well as the amazing snorkeling directly in front of your suite. The resort enjoys a prime location directly on Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary with beautiful white sand beaches, the island’s best all tide snorkeling with abundant tropical fish and occasional turtles and eagle rays as well as stunning sunsets. Guests can explore the marine sanctuary with complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, snorkels & masks, etc. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager

3 out of 5
Very clean and tidy with good equipment for activities. Swimming pools very disappointing, rooms are small.

Posted by on 22 Jul. 2019

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22 Jul. 2019 by Haimona

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your recent stay with us. I am pleased to hear that you found the resort to be very clean and that you also enjoyed the complimentary activities equipment. The resort enjoys a prime location directly on Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary with beautiful white sand beaches, the island’s best all tide snorkeling with abundant tropical fish and occasional turtles and eagle rays as well as stunning sunsets. Guests can explore the marine sanctuary with complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, snorkels & masks, etc. To assist guests select their preferred accommodation, there are 360 degree images, photos, room maps and detailed descriptions of all accommodation options available online. The Sanctuary Rarotonga – on the beach is the only adults-only resort with a swim-up bar pool on the island. It is located among lush, tropical gardens. This offers two separate spaces to offer our guests two different experiences; the beach and lagoon and the tropical garden swim-up bar & pool. Thank you again for choosing to stay with us. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager

5 out of 5
The staff were very friendly & obliging. We dined at the in house restaurant on two nights of our stay & had great meals.

Posted by on 3 Jun. 2019

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5 Jun. 2019 by Haimona

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to post of a review of your recent stay with us. I am delighted to hear that you had a lovely stay and that you also enjoyed your dining experiences at our restaurant. I am also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the warm hospitality from our staff. Thank you again for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager

5 out of 5
What an amazing place to visit. Photos on website are exactly how the resort is. Great staff, great meals at great prices. Can sit relax and enjoy free activities.

Posted by on 21 May 2019

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22 May 2019 by Haimona

Kia Orana, Thank you for your kind review. I am delighted to hear that you had an amazing stay and that you also enjoyed your meals and the warm hospitality from our staff. I am also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the complimentary activities as well. The resort enjoys a prime location directly on Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary with beautiful white sand beaches, the island’s best all tide snorkelling with abundant tropical fish and occasional turtles and eagle rays as well as stunning sunsets. Guests can explore the marine sanctuary with complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, snorkels & masks, etc. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager

4 out of 5
Very relaxing & peaceful, quiet Meals were delicious & great value for money Staff friendly Accommodation excellent with plenty of room We’d be happy to stay there again

Posted by , from Cummins, South Australia on 17 May 2019

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22 May 2019 by Haimona

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time a post a review of your recent stay with us. I am delighted to hear that you had a relaxing and lovely stay with us, and that you also enjoyed your meals and the warm hospitality from our staff. I am also pleased to hear that you found your accommodation to be spacious and excellent. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager

4 out of 5
Very accommodating staff friendly and helpful. Lovely location,

Posted by on 29 Apr. 2019

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29 Apr. 2019 by Haimona

Kia Orana, Thank you for your review. I am pleased to hear that you had a wonderful stay and enjoyed the lovely beachfront location of the resort. The resort enjoys a prime location directly on Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary with beautiful white sand beaches, the island’s best all tide snorkeling with abundant tropical fish and occasional turtles and eagle rays as well as stunning sunsets. Guests can explore the marine sanctuary with complimentary kayaks, paddle boards, snorkels & masks, etc. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the warm hospitality from our staff and will pass your comments onto our team. Thank you again for staying with us and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind Regards, Haimona Browne Resort Manager.

5 out of 5
Great staff , friendly and knowledgeable, the rooms was clean and well equipped. Could do with more tv channels and cheaper wifi ( but that’s Raro for ya ) . Would definitely be back , great resort!

Posted by , from Tauranga , New Zealand on 5 Nov. 2018

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5 Nov. 2018 by Freddy

Kia Orana, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at The Sanctuary Rarotonga. The Resort offers 12 TV channels including CNN, BBC, ESPN, Discovery, Discovery Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, Cook Islands Television, as well as live coverage of many international sport events, particularly those popular in New Zealand and Australia such as rugby, rugby league, netball, soccer, etc. These are the maximum available channels in the Cook Islands. Additionally, many guests bring their own movies on a portable hard drive which plugs directly into the TV. We look forward to welcoming you back to Rarotonga in the future. Kia Manuia Freddy Webb -

4 out of 5
Nice place but seemed open to the wind. This is next to Rarotongan and you can use their facilities. Very close to beach. Relaxing holiday.

Posted by , from Christchurch, nz on 24 Oct. 2018

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5 Nov. 2018 by Freddy

Kia Orana Dave, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at Sanctuary Rarotonga. The resort enjoys a prime location directly on Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary on the south-west side of the Island with beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets and abundant tropical fish. We provide complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boards, snorkels & masks, etc. for guests to explore the lagoon. The prevailing wind is south west and affects the other side of the island, so it was unusual that the wind would have been an issue. Our swimming pool and swim up bar are fully protected from the wind. We look forward to welcoming you back to Rarotonga in the future. Kia Manuia, Fred Webb – Resort Manger

4 out of 5

Ocean view room

Rooms didn’t fail in the view department Wow Room exactly as it looked on website Very quiet resort ✅✅ Staff only to happy to accommodate your every need Credit on your hotel account if you didn’t use housekeeping and made your own bed ( again ✅✅)

Posted by , from Bawley Point South Coast Nsw Australua on 1 Jul. 2018

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9 Jul. 2018 by Freddy Webb

Kia Orana Shazzee, Thank you for your review. I am delighted to hear you loved your absolute Beachfront Suite, and found the view out over the Aroa Lagoon Marine Reserve to be amazing. It is wonderful to hear that our staff were accommodating and friendly, and that you appreciated our efforts to preserve the beautiful Rarotongan environment and resources with our new housekeeping initiative. We look forward to welcoming you back to Rarotonga. Kia Manuia, and all the best for 2018. Freddy Webb, Resort Manager

About the Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

Location Aroa Beach & Marine Reserve, Rarotonga,

Property Features

Simply walk outside to smell the salt air and watch the ocean waves from the white sand beach. Have fun in the sun at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only with summer activities like snorkeling, kayaking, and rowing/canoeing. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a swim-up bar and a bar/lounge. WiFi is available in public spaces for a fee. This beach resort also offers an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a fitness center. You'll have access to the outdoor pool at a partner property. Self parking is free. A complete renovation of Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only was completed in November 2018. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Rarotonga resort.

  • 49 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 4 buildings
  • Built in 2010
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Swim-up bar
  • Bar or lounge
  • Deli
  • Beach lounge chairs
  • Towels for the beach
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Television in lobby
  • Onsite shopping
  • Smoking in designated areas

Internet

Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)

Parking

Free self parking , Free parking nearby

Transport

  • Airport: Rarotonga (RAR-Rarotonga Intl.) (9.6 km / 6 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and shopping center shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only offers 49 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. Rooms open to furnished balconies or patios. These individually decorated and furnished accommodations have separate sitting areas. Pillowtop beds feature premium bedding. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Bathrooms include bathrobes, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Rarotonga resort provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and in-room massages can be requested.

  • Private balcony or patio (furnished)
  • Sitting area
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Premium channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Sound-insulated rooms
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Unique furnishings
  • Unique decor
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wardrobe or closet

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy continental breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Blue Water Grill Pacific - This beachfront restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered. Reservations are required.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Spa Services

  • Body treatments
  • Number of treatment rooms 2
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Massages on beach
  • Body wraps
  • Body scrubs
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Thalassotherapy treatments
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Massages
  • Hot stone massage
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Prenatal massage
  • Reflexology
  • Sports massage
  • Detoxification wrap

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 16
  • Check-in time ends at anytime

Special check-in instructions:

Guests will receive an email 24 hours before arrival with check-in instructions and an access code. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Guests will receive an email 24 hours before arrival with check-in information and an access code. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • 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 available for NZD 95.0 per night.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only

Policies

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

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit 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. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. Parties and events are allowed on site. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.Disinfectant is used to clean the property.Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests.Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer.Contactless check-out is available.Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and also through room service.Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings, and can be accessed from outside the building via exterior corridors.

  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Minimum guest age is 16
  • Caters to adults only
  • Debit cards
  • UnionPay
  • Events/parties allowed
  • Guests will receive an email with special check-in instructions
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff 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
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Individually wrapped food options are available through room service
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available

Fees

Optional extras

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

  • Fee for continental breakfast: NZD 28 per person (approximately)
  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 10 per night (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 10 per night (1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle fee: NZD 60 per person (roundtrip)
  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 95.0 per night

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

Hotel Names

  • Sanctuary Hotel Rarotonga-on beach
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on beach
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on beach-Adults Resort
  • Sanctuary beach-Adults Resort
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on beach-Adults
  • Sanctuary beach-Adults
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga On The
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only Resort
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only Rarotonga
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only Resort Rarotonga

You should know

  • To get to the property, guests need to transfer by airport shuttle. Transfers need to be confirmed by contacting the property at least 72 hours before travel at the number on the booking confirmation.
  • Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults Only 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.
  • The seasonal pool will open in January and close in December.
  • Pool access available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Reservations are needed for massage services and spa treatments. For reservations, contact the resort before arrival using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 16 years old aren't allowed.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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