Finding your perfect hotel on Rarotonga

beach front accommodation on rarotonga island

Overview

The majority of accommodation on Rarotonga Island is located along the coast and usually beach front. There are concentrations along the west coast and around Muri Beach on the south-east side of the island, and to a lesser extent along the secluded beaches of the south coast. There are a couple of large hotels and a dozen or so smaller motel style units , but the majority of accommodation is beach bungalows, usually with some self-catering. There are plenty of good restaurants around the island so dining out is always available.

Please view our favourite Rarotonga hotels from our directory for detailed information including room interior photos and independent reviews, or click on an accommodation from the map below.

Rarotonga Accommodation - Our Top Picks

. Rumours Luxury Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
5 rooms
Villas
$$$$$
. Pacific Resort Rarotonga
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
43 rooms
Resort
$$$$$
. Little Polynesian
South Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$$$$$
. Crown Beach Resort
West Rarotonga
38 rooms
Resort
$$$$$
. Rarotongan Resort
South-West Rarotonga
156 rooms
Resort
$$$$
. Manuia Beach Hotel
West Rarotonga
24 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$$$$
. Magic Reef Bungalows
West Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$$$$
. Muri Beachcomber
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
22 rooms
Units
$$$
. Aroa Beachside Inn
South Rarotonga
3 rooms
Bungalows
$$$
. Palm Grove
South Rarotonga
21 rooms
Resort / Units
$$$
. Tiana’s Beach Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
6 rooms
Units
$
. Backpackers International
West Rarotonga
20 rooms
Units
$
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Other Accommodations on Rarotonga to Consider
. Moana Beach Villas
South Rarotonga
6 rooms
Units
$$$$$
. Sea Change Villas
South Rarotonga
5 rooms
Villas
$$$$$
. Raro Beach Bungalows
South Rarotonga
5 rooms
Bungalows
$$$$
. Royale Takitumu
South Rarotonga
10 rooms
Villas
$$$$
. Muri Beach Club Hotel
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
32 rooms
Resort
$$$$
. Moana Sands Hotel
South Rarotonga
22 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$$$
. Sunset Resort
West Rarotonga
35 rooms
Resort / Hotel
$$$
. Raina Lagoon Villas
West Rarotonga
6 rooms
Bungalows
$$$
. Muri Beach Resort
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
15 rooms
Motel
$$$
. Apartments Kakera
East Rarotonga
3 rooms
Apartments
$$$
. Muri Beach Hideaway
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$$$
. Sunhaven Bungalows
West Rarotonga
9 rooms
Bungalows
$$$
. Edgewater Resort
West Rarotonga
250 rooms
Resort
$$$
. Lagoon Breeze Villas
South-West Rarotonga
21 rooms
Units
$$$
. Castaway Beach Villas
Arorangi Village, West Rarotonga
12 rooms
Motel
$$
. Sokala Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
10 rooms
Villas
$$$
. Manea Beach Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
8 rooms
Villas
$$$
. Puaikura Reef Lodge
South-West Rarotonga
12 rooms
Units
$$
. Holiday Homes
Rarotonga
Private
Houses
$$$
. Club Raro Resort
North Rarotonga
68 rooms
Resort
$$
. Kings Beach Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
2 rooms
Bungalows
$$
. Cooks Oasis
West Rarotonga
8 rooms
Units
$$
. Paradise Inn
Avarua Town, North Rarotonga
16 rooms
Motel
$
. Aroko Bungalows
East Rarotonga
6 rooms
Units
$
. Islander Hotel
Airport, North Rarotonga
9 rooms
Motel
$
. Kia Orana Bungalows
West Rarotonga
4 rooms
Bungalows
$
. Kura's Kabanas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
7 rooms
Bungalows
$
. Maurua Beach Bungalows
South Rarotonga
3 rooms
Bungalows
$
. Rau's Guesthouse
South Rarotonga
5 rooms
Guesthouse
$
. Te Manava Villas
Muri Beach, Rarotonga
8 rooms
Bungalows
$
. Whitesands Villas
South Rarotonga
3 rooms
Bungalows
$

Cook Islands Hotels Overview

There are only a dozen or so all inclusive hotels on Rarotonga, with the largest hotel having 250 guest rooms. However, the most popular style of accommodation is local styled bungalows, usually open living with high ceilings and sometimes thatch roofing, with the average property having between 5 and 20 bungalows. Most accommodation on Rarotonga is beach-side of the coastal road with some offering absolute beach front rooms / bungalows and a little further back ocean-view or garden rooms / bungalows. A few motels are found on the mountainside of the coastal road, but the road is not busy and generally such accommodations offer better affordability.

The larger hotels and motels usually have a swimming pool, restaurant, tour desk and 24-hr reception for guest convenience, with the Rarotongan Resort, Pacific Resort and The Edgewater Hotel also having tennis courts, a kids club and a small boutique shop selling convenience items like sunscreen, postcards, hats and small souvenir gifts. However, over half of the accommodation on Rarotonga smaller accommodations have individual bungalows offering a more intimate atmosphere but fewer amenities, and usually no restaurants. Holiday homes are also popular, with the majority found in the and around the villages of the beach-less north and east coast of the island.

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