The award for best service and hospitality during the week would definitely go to the Oceans Restaurant at the Crown Beach Resort in Rarotonga. Their Island Night was truly world class. At $55 per person you are treated to dinner, dessert and an authentic cultural show by the Akirata Dance Team. Dinner music and commentary provided by Harry & Tina was top-notch, world-class, funny yet professional. Our MC was goofy, funny, entertaining and very hospitable. He involved the crowd in coming up to the stage to do various dances and activities. Several times during the evening, the serving staff asked if everything was in order. We shared a $30 fishbowl which is great value and recommended as it is basically three drinks for the price of two. Dinner and dessert was very good, many choices of items available and good flavors. The dancing was also quite good, probably not up to Vegas standards but nonetheless very entertaining. You also have an opportunity to take pictures with the crew after. Everything was top notch. For $70 per person total with drinks, we felt it was a great deal considering the other independent shows in Rarotonga cost more and I don’t see how they offer much better.
HINT: I suggest you make reservations ASAP, even before arriving. I emailed the resort two weeks prior to arrival and managed to score a front-row private table. However, being up front comes at a price – you might have to participate!!! Also if you make it early enough around 6pm, you might be able to catch a beautiful sunset on the beach!
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