Are There Hotels in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands?
As a tropical holiday hotspot, Rarotonga favours much more the “resort” style accommodation rather than hotels. That being said, there are a couple of accommodations that list themselves as hotels, but you’ll find that most accommodation falls under the category of resorts, holiday villas or holiday homes. Regardless, this list of the best hotels in Rarotonga, Aitutaki and the Cook Islands is a great place to start your search for the perfect stay!
New to this whole “Cook Islands” thing? Head to The Best Cook Islands Travel Guide when you’re done and get more tips from the 30 Tips for Travelling in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
1. Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel
Starting with one of the “official” hotels in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel is a three-star hotel with an idyllic setting right on the sands of Tikitaveka Beach. While rooms are unimaginative compared to the resorts in the Cook Islands, they make up for the fact by all being on the beachfront! The hotel caters to just about anyone with deluxe rooms for couples, interconnecting rooms for families, as well s kayaks, barbecue facilities and an on-site restaurant to keep everyone entertained. See how the hotel compares to others on the island in the 20 Best Resorts on Rarotonga.
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- Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel on Booking.com
- Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel on Trip.com
- Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel on Expedia
2. Muri Beach Club Hotel
Reserved for guests aged 18 and above, the Muri Beach Club Hotel offers 30 harmless hotel rooms on the shores of Muri Beach, around their courtyard and their large central swimming pool. Play a game of giant chess, enjoy your complimentary breakfast by the pool, and lounge on the beachfront where snorkelling gear is available or you can get a massage on the sands from the on-site spa. See how their spa compares to others across the Cooks in the 10 Best Spa Resorts in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
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- Muri Beach Club Hotel on Booking.com
- Muri Beach Club Hotel on Trip.com
- Muri Beach Club Hotel on Expedia
3. Edgewater Resort & Spa
Welcome to Rarotonga’s largest hotel (that’s actually a resort but boasts hotel-like facilities). Set along the palm-lined beach of Arorangi, the Edgewater Resort & Spa not only has a prime position for glorious sunsets but it happens to have everything couples, groups and families need for a fun yet relaxing stay in paradise. Rooms are simplistic in their design but airy with service making up for the lack of aesthetic luxury. Hotel-like facilities include conference rooms and restaurants, while holiday fun can be experienced through the Activities Hut and the Coconut Kids’ Club. Learn more about the best resorts for families in the 20 Best Family Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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- Edgewater Resort & Spa on Booking.com
- Edgewater Resort & Spa on Trip.com
- Edgewater Resort & Spa on Expedia
4. Crown Beach Resort & Spa
A short drive from Rarotonga’s airport, Crown Beach Resort & Spa is another resort with hotel-like amenities and an ideal retreat for a fly-and-flop getaway. Transition effortlessly to island time with each room of the adults-only resort 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 features some of the best conference and business facilities on Rarotonga. See more adults-only hotels in the 20 Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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- Crown Beach Resort & Spa on Booking.com
- Crown Beach Resort & Spa on Trip.com
- Crown Beach Resort & Spa on Expedia
5. The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Set on the shores of Aroa Beach and a marine reserve, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium is not only one of the best resorts for snorkelling but offers the most comprehensive facilities that hotel-regulars will dig. Couples have their own quiet hideaways in the resort with the Honeymoon Suite boasting its own private pool and sauna, while families adore the Moko’s Kids’ Club and the fact that children ages 11 and under can stay for free! There’s no group too big or too small for The Rarotongan, with rooms able to interconnect. The resort also features conference facilities, a restaurant and more. See how The Rarotongan stacks up in The Top 50 Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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- The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium on Booking.com
- The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium on Trip.com
- The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium on Expedia
6. Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort
For the closest hotel-like accommodation on Aitutaki, the five-star Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort is a bold choice with its overwater bungalows but even its lowest tier of accommodation literally sits on the white sands of the resort’s own private island. There’s easy access to Aitutaki’s main island with a short resort ferry, but we’ll forgive you for feeling that the resort, with its included in-house activities and paid extras such as the spa and restaurant with a private dining pavilion, has everything you need. The effortlessly romantic resort also features in our 20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Resorts in the Cook Islands.
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- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort on Booking.com
- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort on Trip.com
- Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort on Expedia
7. Kuru Club Aitutaki
Kuru Club Aitutaki brings island living to the 21st Century with a selection of contemporary hotel-style rooms with a minimalist design. The beachfront property near Aitutaki Airport has everything you need to enjoy the outdoors from free watersport equipment rental to an infinity pool. Experience activities on the lagoon on the resort’s private boat or rent one of the property’s electric vehicles for a tiki tour around Aitutaki. Either way, you’ll enjoy a more sustainable stay with the accommodation using 100% solar energy and recycled irrigation water. Check out more environmentally friendly stays like this in the 9 Best Eco Resorts in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands.
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8. Central Motel
Right in the heart of Avarua, Central Motel offers affordable hotel-style accommodation within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the bus station. The 14 rooms of the motel are, of course, super basic but are well-kept with standard breakfast-making facilities and an ensuite. A nice little touch is the spa pool is the gardens. Note that there are only rooms for a maximum of two guests. See more cheap hotels in Rarotonga in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in the Cook Islands.
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9. Vaima Beachfront Apartments
These contemporary boutique apartments/hotel rooms in Vaimaanga are right on the beach where you can step out of your apartment and feel your toes in the sand. Each sleek and modern apartment at Vaima Beachfront Apartments is tastefully decorated and fits up to four guests across a large double bed and two singles. Your well-equipped kitchen has a stovetop, microwave and dishwasher, while one of the largest supermarkets, Wigmore’s Superstore, is within walking distance. Check out more accommodation with kitchen facilities in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in the Cook Islands.
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10. Atiu Villas
It could be described that Atiu Villas is the closest thing to a “hotel” on Atiu, but an ultra-boutique one at that. You have everything you need for an effortless stay on this less-visited island: a restaurant and bar, self-catering facilities in your villa, a larder in your room to buy grocery supplies, a tour desk, bicycle, scooter and car hire and even 500Mb free WiFi a day (trust us, that’s generous in the Cook Islands)! There are also excellent corners of the property to unwind island-style, whether it’s the swimming pool or the tennis court. See how the accommodation compares to the limited selection on Atiu in The Best Atiu Accommodations.
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More Hotels in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands
Now that we have exhausted the offering of the most hotel-like accommodations in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands, check out some alternative stays, such as resorts, holiday villas and more, in the lists below:
- The Top 50 Resorts in the Cook Islands
- 25 Best Villas in the Cook Islands
- 10 Best Holiday Apartments in Rarotonga & the Cook Islands
Finally, if you haven’t yet found the perfect place to stay, start from square one with Where to Stay in the Cook Islands: The Best Cook Islands Accommodations.