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The Sunset Resort in Rarotonga, Cook Islands: The Perfect Hotel for Families

The Sunset Resort in Rarotonga in the Cook Islands is such a wonderful hotel for families with older children. If you are looking for hotels in Rarotonga, this one is right on the ocean, close to the airport, and the perfect place to stay!

The Sunset Resort ocean front lawn with sweeping views of the Pacific

Best hotels in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

When planning your trip to the Cook Islands, it’s important to research all of your options to make the best hotel choice. I definitely spent a lot of time looking for the best hotels in Rarotonga, and it looks like my research paid off! The Sunset Resort was the place we ended up choosing, it was really everything we wanted in a resort!

Sunset Resort Pool #1 & 2 Bedroom Suites (1)

Our Sunset Resort Cook Islands hotel review

The Sunset Resort is a beautiful, modern accommodation that embodies the look and feel of an island paradise. This lush, boutique resort features gorgeous oceanfront rooms, garden, and pool view rooms, stunning views of the sunset each evening, two luxurious swimming pools, an open-air restaurant and sits in a great location near the airport in Avarua, on the west side of the island. It’s true, here you can kick back, relax and take in all of what paradise has to offer!

The Sunset Resort check in, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Beautiful oceanfront accommodations

We stayed in an ocean-front studio, the room was very nice with updated amenities, tropical decor, and a full kitchen. There are also one and two bedrooms for larger groups.

Self accommodating rooms are always a good idea in Rarotonga, you can cook your own meals when you need to and have lots of the comforts of home while you’re away. The best thing about this room is that you can walk out onto your patio and take just a few steps to the beach!

The Sunset Resort, view from ocean front studio number 2

Here are some of my favorite photos from my stay at The Sunset Resort, this is the lobby where you check-in.

The Sunset Resort entrance and lobby Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Here’s a look inside an ocean-front suite. I thought it was a great amount of space for two. If you are looking for larger-sized family accommodations in Rarotonga, I would recommend the one or two-bedroom suites at this property for more people. The Sunset hotel accommodates families with older children, 12 and up.

The Sunset Resort Inside the Ocean Front Suite Room 2

I loved the clean, modern look of the kitchen. Our room had stainless steel countertops and appliances, and a simple arrangement of flowers. Just the way I like it!

The Sunset Resort has simple modern kitchen - stainless steel countertops in beach front suites

The pools and restaurant at the Sunset Resort

There are two sparkling pools at this Cook Islands family hotel. Here is the main pool at the Sunset Resort in Rarotonga…

The Sunset Resort, the main pool on the property

This is the second, smaller pool at the resort. With full bar offerings and happy hour specials every evening, I think it’s great for adults!

The Sunset Resort, second pool with full bar

The Anchorage Restaurant is spacious, open-air, and right on-site, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. Guests of the hotel will receive a complimentary breakfast each day. It includes coffee, cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, and more. This was great for us, we had stuff to do each morning (check out our post with 5 things to do in Rarotonga, Cook Islands), and grabbing a quick bite to eat was very necessary!

The Sunset Resort, daily complimentary breakfast at The Anchorage Restaurant

More amenities at the Sunset Resort Hotel

As you wander around the property, the amenities seem endless. These palm trees that overlook the ocean had hammocks tied to their trunks. These were the perfect pieces to create paradise, I’m pretty sure I fell asleep in one of these hammocks daily. It’s almost impossible not to, once you sit in one, the ocean sounds and serenity lull you and take you away!

The Sunset Resort Hotel Cook Islands, swaying hammock in a peaceful paradise, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

End your day on the beach in front of the Sunset Resort in Rarotonga and watch the sun slowly set, beautifully. This was one of my favorite parts of the day.

The Sunset Resort, enjoy a beautiful Pacific sunset

Stay at The Sunset Resort Cook Islands in paradise!

We loved everything about this resort, it was small enough to deter huge crowds but large enough to have all of the luxury amenities that we desire. The staff is amazing, the rooms were very clean, and we had a great stay!

Relax, stay and play at The Sunset, they have plenty of things to do and can help with booking tours, in-room massages, give scuba lessons, coordinate airport transportation, and will let guests borrow snorkels and reef gear to hit the ocean! Thanks for hosting us, Sunset!

The Sunset Resort offers lush grounds and a beach front paradise in Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Contact The Sunset Resort


P.O. Box 377

Telephone: (+682) 28028


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1 Comment

  • I love traveling but haven’t had much opportunity recently. This looks exactly like what I would want in a hotel. Beautiful suite and beautiful views.

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