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The Top Adults-Only Accommodations on Rarotonga

If you’re retreating to Rarotonga to get away from it all, then the last thing you need is overenthusiastic younger travellers ruining the tranquil getaway you had envisioned. Cue the adults-only resort, a resort exclusively for over 16 or 18 year-olds where you don’t need to worry about the vibe. All you need to worry about is: which cocktail to order at the bar, whether you’re going to swim in the lagoon or pool, and whether you’re going to self-cater or treat the tastebuds to the on-site restaurant. It’s easy in Raro. We’ll show you; this is the list of the best adults-only resorts in Rarotonga.

Before we dive in, be sure to bookmark The Adults-Only Travel Guide to Rarotonga for an easy go-to to plan your whole trip.

1. Little Polynesian

A five-star boutique resort set on the sandy shores of southern Rarotonga, Little Polynesian provides an idyllic escape for couples. Indulge in a delightful breakfast around the chic infinity pool which reflects the beach’s swaying coconut palms. Each of the 14 intimate studios feels private enough between the tropical gardens and on the beachfront. The interiors are modern with subtle Polynesian touches to remind you that you’re on island time. One of the best adults-only resorts on Rarotonga for couples, Little Polynesian is also listed in the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in Rarotonga.

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2. Manuia Beach Resort

On the western side of Rarotonga, Manuia Beach Resort is the adults-only resort on Rarotonga with the best sunsets. Bask in views from the beachfront suites or save a little by choosing a suite among the tropical gardens. There are plenty of opportunities to feel your toes in the sand between the acclaimed  On The Beach Restaurant & Bar and the beach massages available. Enjoy this relaxed adults-only stay without the pretentiousness. See how Manuia Beach Resort compares with the 20 Best Resorts in Rarotonga.

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8 Best Adults-Only Resorts in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands [2023]© Manuia Beach Resort

3. Crown Beach Resort & Spa

A short drive from Rarotonga’s airport, Crown Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal retreat for a fly-and-flop getaway. Transition effortlessly to island time with each villa featuring tasteful design-driven furniture and artwork. Some offer private pools while others circle a courtyard pool or are scattered throughout verdant gardens. For dinner, choose from the relaxed Ocean’s Restaurant, fine dining at Flambé, or a private dinner with your loved one on the beach. The resort also hosts unforgettable island nights.

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4. Muri Beach Hideaway

Stay at one of Rarotonga’s most popular destinations yet feel away from the hustle and bustle at the adults-only Muri Beach Hideaway. What’s more, Muri Beach Hideaway is a self-catering accommodation, allowing you to save on the cents by sprucing up your own meals in your well-appointed villa. Aside from the kitchenette, each open-plan villa has a king bed (which can be split into two) and lounge furniture, as well as a private outside deck to soak in the tropical sun. While Muri Beach is on your doorstep, you also have the option of an on-site swimming pool. Discover more self-catering options in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Rarotonga.

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5. Moana Sands Lagoon Resort

One of three resorts by the Moana Sands Group on Rarotonga, Moana Sands Lagoon Resort is their 18+ offering. This ultra-modern resort treats guests to gorgeous sea views from almost anywhere on the complex at the southern end of Muri Beach. Take a dip in the central pool, be pampered at the Hibiscus Spa, and dine at the charming Laguna Restaurant and Bar (also open to the public for 10+ years guests). See similar resorts in the 20 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in the Cook Islands.

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6. Aro’a Beachside Inn

Nestled in its own verdant corner of Rarotonga’s sunset coast, Aro’a Beachside Inn might be compact but that’s all part of the charm. The beachside accommodation offers decent snorkelling off its beach, as well as good times from its popular Shipwreck Hut beach bar. While the studios and apartments aren’t winning any style points, they are comfortable, functional and offer self-catering amenities. It’s a true boutique accommodation experience! See more like this in the 10 Best Boutique Resorts on Rarotonga.

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7. Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach

Find a spot on Rarotonga that feels all yours at Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach. Situated on the shores of Aroa Beach and lagoon, the four-star adults-only resort gives you the option of a refreshing dip in the lagoon or their pool with a swim-up bar. Their casual restaurant, Bluewater Grill, is a highlight, while the airy high-ceiling suites on the beachfront are irresistible. There’s a generous array of in-resort activities between free cultural workshops and marine snorkelling tours, yet you’re in a convenient place on the southwest side of the island to explore Raro’s attractions. Tip: Ask for an upstairs room for real “beach views”.

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8 Best Adults-Only Resorts in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands [2023]© Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach

8. Castaway Resort

Another fabulous option on the western side of Rarotonga, Castaway Resort is a resort exclusively for guests aged 16 years and over (except for their hugely popular restaurant) ensuring the right tone is set for your Cook Islands getaway. The resort is all about the fun with a diverse theme at their on-site restaurant every night, a beach bonfire on Sundays, and a “Whale Bell” to ring if you spot a humpback from their deck! Villas and studios are modern and inviting, if not a little compact, giving guests the option to also self-cater if they want to.

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9. Arcadia Retreat

Adult groups or two couples travelling together, yet still want the benefits of an adults-only getaway, should consider Arcadia Retreat. The adults-only two-bedroom villas surround a shared lagoon-style pool nestled among the coconut palms. Moments away are the sandy shores of Arorangi, while the Beluga Cafe is just down the road and will no doubt be your favourite coffee stop by the end of your holiday. Self-catering is an option, however, where you can enjoy a barbecue with friends or make use of your full kitchen inside your colonial-style villa.

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10. Ikurangi Eco Retreat

For couples seeking something a little different, Ikurangi Eco Retreat does not only offer the unusual location of an inland stay but also safari tents for an adults-only glamping experience on Rarotonga. Be treated to a different contemporary breakfast delivered to your deck each morning and make use of the garden swimming pool and bikes to explore the Rarotonga backroads. Your outside bathroom has a composting loo, as well as other policies in place to ensure a more sustainable stay – just make sure you have plenty of mosquito repellent! Check out more sustainable accommodations in the 10 Best Eco Resorts on Rarotonga.

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More About Adults-Only Resorts in Rarotonga

That’s it for our complete list of the best adults-only resorts on Rarotonga. Plan more of your adults-only getaway using the following guides:

Finally, compare more accommodations in Where to Stay on Rarotonga and Top 50 Resorts in the Cook Islands.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Cook Islands Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as the Cook Islands. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Raro’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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