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Sanctuary Rarotonga on the Beach, Rarotonga

Sanctuary Rarotonga-on the beach-Adults-Only is a superior boutique resort located in the village of Aroa on the south-west coast of Rarotonga. The Resort is adults only (16+) and is secluded right on an exclusive white sandy beach with spectacular views of the lagoon and South Pacific ocean beyond. Drive time is approximately 15 minutes from the Airport and 20 minutes from Avarua town centre with less than a minute’s walk to the stunning turquoise lagoon.
Located in front of the property is the long-established Aroa Lagoon Marine Sanctuary, recognized as Rarotonga’s best off-beach snorkelling for its abundance of colourful tropical fish, making it the perfect choice for couples yearning to explore the fascinating underwater wonderland that Rarotonga has to offer, protected from the open ocean by the natural coral reef. Resort facilities include a swimming pool with a swim up pool bar, spa, tennis court and Blue Water Grill restaurant & bar which serves quality Pacific and European cuisine and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner for guests aged 16 and over. Choose to dine with your toes in the sand or nestled in the gardens under the poolside pavilion. Beverage options include cocktails, wines, spirits and cold beers. Guests of Sanctuary can also use all the facilities next door at her full-service sister resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium.
The Resort offers 49 stylish suites boasting contemporary Pacific-inspired décor and modern amenities, located either on beach-level or one level up. There are Beachside Suites, Beachfront Suites with full-frontal beach and lagoon views and the Honeymoon Spa Suite with private sauna and Jacuzzi on the outdoor veranda. All suites are airconditioned with private bathroom, veranda or balcony with outdoor furniture, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities and in-room safe.
Relax by the pool and enjoy a cool cocktail from the swim-up pool bar, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage or rejuvenating facial to revitalize your body and soul at Spa Polynesia. The lagoon is rich with marine life so take time to explore the exotic underwater world via the complimentary snorkelling, kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding – and you can even hand-feed the tropical fish! Or explore the local culture through the Resort’s complimentary activities – learn to dance the hula, make a lei, tie an island pareu (sarong), play the ukulele and island log drums or husk a coconut. Sanctuary Rarotonga offers a stunning natural setting right on a private beach and lagoon creating the ideal environment for guests to deeply relax and rediscover their zest for life.
Top Features
Intimate Rooms
The Honeymoon Spa Suite was designed with couples in mind. It offers such features of a spa
complex such as a steam room and Vicky shower, but in the comfort of your own private hotel
room. A great place to relax and reconnect with your beloved.
Absolute Beachfront
Or if you’re after absolute beachfront, then the Beachfront Suites are set directly on the secluded prime white sandy beach with spectacular beach and lagoon views. Step from your ground-level Beachfront Suite directly onto the soft white sands and into the sparkling clear blue lagoon.
Next door to The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium
Guests of Sanctuary also have full access to all the facilities and services next door at sister full service resort, The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Lagoonarium. Choose to dine at the Sanctuary’s Blue Water Grill or take the short stroll to Captain Andy’s Beach Bar & Grill or Te Vaka Restaurant with its lagoon front deck at The Rarotongan for beach casual cuisine.
Sanctuary Rarotonga
Beachfront Suite
Swimming Pool + Swim-up Pool Bar

Child Policy

  • No children under 16 years


  • Daily Tropical Breakfast, Welcome
  • Drink upon arrival
  • Invitation to Managers Sunset Cocktail Party
  • Free use of Snorkelling Gear, Stand-up Paddle Boards, Kayaks
  • Air-conditioned Gym, Fitness Trail
  • Sun Loungers, Hammocks, Beach Towels
  • Free Daily Activities Programme including snorkelling lessons, ukulele lessons, pareu tying, ‘try scuba’ sessions in resort pool and more (some activities are conducted at the adjacent Rarotongan Beach Resort).
**Due to our Covid-19 precautions, we recommend guests bring their own snorkelling gear and face mask, or buy locally.

Room Configuration & Layout

Room Categories

Total Rooms

Bedding Configuration

Max Pax

Beachfront Suite


1x King Bed or 2x Single Beds or 1x King Bed + 1x Single Bed


Beachside Suite


1x King Bed or 2x Single Beds or 1x King Bed + 1x Single Bed


Honeymoon Spa Suite


1x King Bed or 2x Single Beds or 1x King Bed + 1x Single Bed


Property Layout & Room Images

Room Facilities

Air Conditioning

Bath in Room

Honeymoon Suite

Ceiling Fan

DVD Player

Filtered + UV Purified Water

Fire Extinguishers

Full Ocean View

Beachfront Suites

Cooking Facilities

Hair Dryer

Interconnecting Rooms

Iron/Ironing Board


Luggage Storage


On Request

Partial Ocean View

Beachside Suites

Radio/Alarm Clock


Room Service

Safe in Room

Satellite TV + Movies


Stove Top

Tea/Coffee Facilities

Telephone – IDD

Toilet in Room

Property Facilities

Baby Sitting Services

Next Door @ The Rarotongan

BBQ Facilities

Beach on Site

Beauty/Health Services

Conference Room

Full Ocean View

Garden View


Gift Shop

Internet Connection

$$ Charges Apply (Wi-Fi Hotspot)


Laundry Service/Facility


Safety Deposit Box

Snorkelling gear

Swim All Tides

Swim Some Tides

Swimming Pool

Tour Desk

Vehicle Rental

Can be Arranged

Waiting Lounge

Wedding Co-ordinator

Property Location

Proximity To

Drive/Walk Time


15 Minutes Drive

Avarua Township

20 Minutes Drive


Blue Water Grill

On Site

Te Vaka Restaurant &
Captain Andys Beach Bar & Grill

Next Door

Vaima Restaurant

3 Minutes Drive

Grocery Stores

5 Minutes Drive

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Additional Travelers

Above 12
Ages 2-12
Under 2
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