Your Hosts: Tim & Colleen Darby

Sunset Resort is an intimate, beachfront property, providing you with a relaxed, casual holiday on one of Rarotonga’s premier beaches.

The secluded beachfront location provides guests with an unspoilt view of Rarotonga’s crystal clear aqua blue lagoon. And the property truly lives up to its name, delivering breath-taking sunsets. Now, just picture yourself relaxing on the beach, with a cocktail in hand and toes in the sand, witnessing that magical moment when the sun gently kisses the horizon. This is why you visit Rarotonga, and this is why you stay at Sunset Resort.

The resort offers 35 spacious Suites and Studios, situated either on the beachfront overlooking the lagoon, or amongst our tropical gardens and beside either of our two swimming pools. A variety of room types allow you to to select that perfect accommodation that suits your needs, whether it be singles, couples, adult families or groups.

Please note that Sunset Resort is an adults-appropriate resort, and we have a strict policy of no children less than 12 years of age.

Hammock on Beach Sand and pergola Sunset Resort Aerial copy

What helps make Sunset Resort such a special place is our friendly, local staff. We are so very proud of our team, some of whom have worked with us for many, many years. Guests are greeted by name, special care is provided in ensuring individual needs, and our staff are quick to show off and explain their local Cook Islands culture and heritage.

Sunset Resort prides itself on being an environmentally friendly resort. A great deal of consideration, time and investment has been expended to ensure that Sunset Resort is actively assisting the minimisation of waste and natural resources on our island paradise.

The Anchorage restaurant is where you will enjoy your complimentary Tropical Buffet Breakfast every morning. In addition, you can dine in this open-air restaurant, enjoying fresh, innovative island cuisine for both lunch and dinner. Every afternoon, make your way to our poolside Drumbeat Bar where you will enjoy special Happy Hour cocktails.

Looking to relax and recharge? Sit back and enjoy our quiet, white sandy beach overlooking the lagoon, or simply lounge by one of our two swimming pools. Want a bit more activity? Enjoy some free resort activities, including snorkeling amongst the colorful reef fish. Or, take advantage of fun and exciting tours and excursions around Rarotonga. Check out  all of the Sunset Resort Facilities.

Don’t take our word for it. Read what our guests have to say about Sunset Resort:


A Truly Wonderful Vacation
Just arrived home after spending 10 days at the Sunset Resort. It was probably the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. From the moment Kimmy collected us from the airport, we were in paradise. The staff are amazing and make you feel so welcome. Violet is worth her weight in gold. Met some wonderful people who were staying there also – because it only has 35 rooms it has a very personal feel and a very friendly environment. The sunsets were breathtaking, and just being able to sit and watch with a glass of wine was fantastic. Can’t wait to return.

Died and Gone to Heaven – Part 2
Sometimes when you go back to a place, it just doesn’t seem quite as good as the first time. Not so with our return visit this week. It was everything and more and we have come home refreshed and ready for a New Year. Quiet and clean. We found the beach and swimming at Sunset to be really good. Some places on the island are quite rocky but not here. Another bonus is the two pools, and they never seemed busy. The wonderful staff helped us with enquiries and gave us advice about the island activities. Of course the no children under twelve policy adds to the peace and quiet. Superb!

Location and Accommodation
My first time in Rarotonga and I had the pleasure of staying at the Sunset Resort. The location, accommodation and the facilities were spot on. The cocktails were yummy and the staff were friendly and helpful. The pools were lovely and overall really enjoyed my stay there. Have recommended the Sunset Resort to many family and friends. I will definitely stay there again.

Paradise in Paradise
The Sunset is, truly, Paradise in Paradise. The actual property is amazing, but the staff, who act like family, are over the top wonderful. Nana, who kept our room spotless and inviting, Kimi, who was always quick with a smile and a laugh, Kaiei, who always had a sincerely warm greeting and was full of information.