Sunhaven is a small family operated, adult only property, located on the western beach of Rarotonga. It offers eight beachfront rooms and one garden room, ranging from studio layout to one bedroom bungalows and suites. Each beachfront room has a clear view of the lagoon, a fully equipped kitchen, UV treated tap water, hob cooker, microwave, fridge/icebox and insect screens. Air-conditioning is available in some rooms. The lagoon directly in front of the property is a haven for all sorts of marine life and makes for excellent snorkelling. The white sand beach lined with coconut palms offers plenty of opportunities for an idyllic afternoon nap in a tree strung hammock while watching the sun set over the horizon.
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A small room ideal for singles or couples on a budget. Cosy, private and fully self contained with full kitchen facilities including microwave and bar fridge. TV/DVD/CD player. Lie in the king-size bed and watch the waves crashing over the reef. 30 sq mtrs.
BEACHFRONT DELUXE STUDIO
BEACHFRONT DELUXE STUDIO
BEACHFRONT DELUXE STUDIO
A self contained open plan studio with fully equipped kitchen. En-suite bathroom features see through glass shower. Ceramic tiled floor for coolness. Over bed ceiling fan plus coin metered A/C if needed. TV/DVD/CD player. Lie in bed and watch the waves crashing over the reef. 40 sq mtrs.
A private, individual free-standing building with covered verandah. Super-king bed has split twin option. En-suite bathroom features see through glass shower. Cane furniture with see through glass dining and coffee tables. TV/ DVD/CD player. Fully equipped kitchen includes bench top cooker and microwave plus bar fridge. 50 sq mtrs.
BEACHFRONT STUDIO SUITE
BEACHFRONT STUDIO SUITE
BEACHFRONT STUDIO SUITE
A self contained spacious open plan studio with fully equipped kitchen featuring cane furniture with see through glass dining table, TV/DVD/CD player. Coin metered A/C if needed. En-suite bathroom includes see through glass shower. Lie in bed and watch the waves breaking over the reef. 60 sq mtrs.
These large suites are ideal for four adults. Separate bedroom with king-size/split twin option. Fully equipped kitchen including bench-top cooker & microwave plus bar fridge. TV & DVD/CD player. En-suite bathroom features see through glass shower enclosure. Modern cane furniture with see through glass dining and coffee tables. Coin metered air-conditioning if required. 65 sq mtrs.
The Beachfront Bungalows are Individual free standing buildings with a covered verandah plus sundeck. Super-king or split twin option. En-suite bathroom features romantic see through glass shower. Cane furniture with see through glass dining/coffee tables. TV/ DVD/CD player. Fully equipped kitchen includes bench top cooker and microwave plus bar fridge. 50 sq mtrs.
We live in NY and chose Sunhaven for a complete unwind after a stressful and exhausting 1st quarter. We stayed there for a week mid March. It was one of the most (if not the most) relaxing vacations we'd had in a long time! The bungalows and facilities are clean, thoughtful in their amenities and have just the perfect location with palm trees and the beach 10 steps away from each bungalow. Once we figured out the logistics (early vs late check in, transportation around the island, groceries etc), we enjoyed the unbelievably calm, peaceful beach area. We took our beach towels to stretch/run in the mornings. Had fresh fruit (left in our room each day), for our breakfast on our porch table. It was an unforgettable experience, feeling the gentle breeze and the sound of the waves on the beach. We spent some afternoons in the hammocks on the beach, watching the turquoise ocean waters in front of us. Sigh! On our last day of this beautiful vacation, my husband unknowingly left his phone behind in the rental scooter. We had to fly out to Auckland at 5am the next morning. But the local scooter rental company (BT rental) found the phone, and returned it to our hosts at Sunhaven. We were just so grateful for the integrity of these kind folks!! The Sunhaven hospitality took a new level from thereon. They offered to mail it to us. However just a note to others if it ever happens (you cannot mail electronic devices if the battery cannot be removed for the mailing). So Sunhaven was able to request one of their NZ based guests to take the phone with her and hand it over to us in Auckland. We are beyond grateful to Dennis and Patty for their thoughtful, practical and timely help throughout our vacation. It was a memorable one for us at so many levels.
We would like to thank Dennis, Patti & the boys for making our first trip to Rarotonga a memorable one. The bungalows & chalets are impeccably clean, fresh towels daily & Patti's attention to detail inside the bungalows & the beautifully kept grounds is unrelenting, Dennis' advice on everything about the island (including where to have my new tattoo) was great & nothing too much trouble for him to organise. Our chalet (chalet 9) had cooking facilities for light meals, under bench fridge (plenty of room to chill the wine) micro wave, tv & DVD player, water pressure in the shower literally blew me away. I believe that our choosing the Sunhaven, albeit by chance, had a huge contribution to our holiday being so very enjoyable. Once again a massive thank you to all at the Sunhaven Beach Bungalows. Ant & Sam
There are lots of bungalows on Rarotonga, but Sunhaven is a true jewel. The gardens are beautiful, all the amenities are so well maintained, staff very helpful in looking after your needs, and a great location. Really enjoyed the peacefulness and relaxed atmosphere of an adults only, smaller resort. Took tons of sunset photos, the pool so clean and refreshing. I made use of the hammocks, watching the waves crashing against the reef. The snorkelling is good, about a 5 minute walk down the beach. Saw lots of fish at our beach, just sitting in the water cooling off. We spent 3 weeks at Sunhaven and cooked most of our meals at the resort, the BBQ is well situated and lots of cooking utensils etc. are supplied. So great to have screens on the windows, kept the mosquito’s at bay. We relied on the local BSP store for a few groceries, open on Sunday's, and only 200m down the street. About 100 metres the other direction is a new Fish 'n Chips take out, called Pacific Fish ' Chips; very reasonable, fresh tuna, but be prepared to wait. It is very popular, but worth it. We highly recommend Sunhaven as a quiet and relaxing getaway.
There are only nine bungalows, most on the beach front, metres from the lagoon and swimming pool. This is not a slick resort but a haven from people, noise and bustle. I was in holiday mode from the moment we arrived. I could slip into the pool or walk along the beach or just look out across the water. Come evening, we sat on our wide, deep verandah and watched the sun set. The location is perfect, the accommodation spacious and "beachy" Our unit was absolutely spic and span. There are only a few staff and they are lovely. Patti scrupulously oversees everything. There are plenty of ways to sit and enjoy the uninterrupted view. Sun loungers, park benches and hammocks are discretely placed around and alongside the pool. I was expecting something a little like The Sanctuary, also child free, but Sunhaven is much more relaxed and makes much more of its beach side location. We did a lot of snorkelling but we drove two kilometres to the beach opposite the Dive Shed, otherwise you can walk five minutes to enjoy some snorkelling. The kayaks are on the beach and have the paddles attached so you can just slide into the water when you feel like it. I will definitely stay there again.
My husband, myself and adult son stayed for 2 weeks at Sunhaven in early August and loved everything about it. The best feature of the property is the location. It is superb, absolute beachfront and we had the added bonus of seeing whales from our deck on most days. Sunhaven is also very quiet and peaceful and with the pool and view to the reef as the central feature, we met up with other lovely guests appreciating the beautiful sunsets through the coconut palms. The best feature of the bungalow for me was its cleanliness and attention to detail, thanks to Patti and her team. It was wonderful watching the waves breaking over the reef from our deck and our son enjoyed making use of the kayaks. Sunhaven appears to be on the least windy part of the island, with good swimming and snorkelling beach just 5 minutes walk away, restaurants within walking distance with a couple even offering a pickup and drop off service. Dennis and Patti were very helpful with providing local information and any requests or issues we had were dealt with effectively and efficiently. The whole team work hard to ensure their guest's stay is a memorable one. We would love to go back one day.
Check-in/Check-out: Check-in from 4pm. Check-out 10am
Airport transfers: $25pp each way
Payment policy: A 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. The balance is payable 30 days prior to arrival. The property will confirm your booking and deposit, and advise you by email when the balance is payable.
Fees: Credit card fee of 3.5% applies to refunds only. No hidden fees. All local taxes included in rate.
Cancellation policy: Cancellations 30 days or more prior to arrival - 50% of total accommodation.
Cancellations 30 days or less prior to arrival, or no show - 100% of total accommodation.
We always recommend Travel Insurance to cover any change of plans.
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