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7 of The Best Samoan Resorts

When it comes to the best Samoan Resorts, there is a range of great options from small luxurious boutique resorts to large resorts sprawled across massive gardens as well as more budget-friendly chalet style options.

During a week-long trip to Samoa, I visited numerous resorts on the main island of Upolu as well as nearby island Savaii.  Some of the resorts I stayed in a night or two while others I visited for a meal and was provided with an inspection of the resort.  I have compiled all this information obtained from my own experiences of the resorts to put together this guide to assist in you finding the best Samoan resort for your upcoming Samoan trip. 

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7 of the Best Samoan Resorts

1. Aga Reef Resort

Located approximately 2 hours from the airport on Samoa’s Southeast coast, the Aga Reef Resort offers beautiful overwater villas around a quiet protected lagoon.  Originally built by a local family in the village, this resort is still proudly owned and operated by the same family today.   

There are 20 guest rooms at Aga Reef Resort which are made up of overwater villas and resort style rooms.  Rooms and villas are extremely spacious and have a traditional style.  The villas have a large bed, with a spacious sitting area, huge bathroom and large private balcony looking over the lagoon.  Amenities in the rooms and villas include TV, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, refrigerator and balconies with sea views.

The resort has a stunning infinity pool, which is a great spot to watch the sunset.  There is also a restaurant, bar and spa onsite.  Guests also have free use of kayaks and snorkelling equipment.

Aga Reef is well situated for visiting sites such as Lalomanu Beach (8 minutes’ drive), To Sua Ocean Trench (15 minutes’ drive), Vavau Beach (12 minutes’ drive) and Sopo’aga Waterfalls (20 minutes’ drive).

I loved my stay at Aga Reef; it’s the perfect place for both sightseeing and relaxing whether you choose to relax in the privacy of your balcony overlooking the lagoon or the stunning deck around the pool – perfect for watching the sunset. 

Why we love it? 

The overwater villas are absolutely stunning, and their private decks offer a great place to relax and unwind. 

Not so great parts? 

Bring your own snorkelling equipment as the equipment on offer is old and mostly broken, and if you wish to use the spa be sure to book well in advance as the staff only work on certain days. 

Summary 

For those looking for an overwater villa, in an intimate boutique resort, the Aga Reef Resort is a great choice. 

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Aga Reef Resort.

2. Seabreeze Resort 

If you’re looking for the ultimate romantic getaway – look no further than the Seabreeze Resort.  Built, owned and operated for the past 13 years by an Australian couple – these guys know how to make their guests feel like royalty!

These guys have a stack of awards under their belt – TripAdvisor 2019 Traveller’s Choice Winner of the Top 20 Hotels for Romance and Service in the South Pacific, Winner of the Samoa Tourism Award for the best deluxe accommodation in 2017, 2018 and 2019 as well as Samoa’s leading resort for 6 consecutive years during 2013-2018. 

This adult only resort is on Upolo’s Southeast coast is a small resort offering only 12 villas able to accommodate up to 28 guests.  There are a variety of room types to choose from including the entry-level ocean room rooms to the luxurious honeymoon suite perched high on the hill which has spectacular panoramic views across the Pacific Ocean and resort.  Most rooms accommodate two guests, but some rooms can accommodate up to four.

All Seabreeze Resort rooms include air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, small fridge, balcony with sea views, hammock and the best bit – a complimentary mini bar!!!  Yes, that’s right tell them what you want (including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as nibbles), and they will ensure your mini bar is stocked up.  Plus a two course a la carte breakfast is included each morning.

Facilities at the resort include an infinity swimming pool with pool bar, overwater restaurant, private beach, spa and car hire.  Seabreeze guests can participate in activities such as snorkelling, weekly cultural evenings and use of glass bottom kayaks.

The Seabreeze Resort is only a 10-minute drive from the Aga Reef Resort, so like the Aga, it is within easy reach of attractions like Lalomanu Beach, To Sua Ocean Trench, Vavau Beach and Sopo’aga Waterfalls.  You can even walk to Vavau Beach and the Trench.

While I only had lunch and a walk around Seabreeze, I was instantly in love!  This place is the ultimate getaway for anyone looking to have a romantic holiday or even just a relaxing trip with friends. 

Why we love it? 

This place is located in an absolutely stunning location and has one of the best beaches and snorkelling areas of all the resorts listed in this article.  Not to mention the first-class service – you will be treated like royalty at this Samoan resort.  Oh and free mini bar!!!! 

Not so great parts? 

This is an expensive resort, so you will need deep pockets, but it’s well worth it, and there are plenty of extras included which you don’t get elsewhere.  Unfortunately, though you will probably never want to leave this tranquil oasis– I certainly didn’t. 

Summary

For couples wanting a secluded, luxurious and romantic resort – hands down Seabreeze is the resort for you.  This is a fantastic resort choice if you are looking for somewhere to spend your honeymoon.

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Seabreeze Resort. 

3. Taumeasina Island Resort 

Taumeasina Island Resort is a massive resort located on an exclusive 14.8-acre private island which is connected to the mainland by a causeway.  The resort is only 3.5 km from the centre of town and one hour from the Faleolo International Airport.

The Taumeasina Island Resort is perfect for those who love expansive modern-day resorts with plenty of onsite facilities.  At this resort, there are two swimming pools, day spa, gym, sauna, tennis court, private beach, restaurant and bar.  Guests can also go kayaking snorkelling and use catamarans directly from the resorts private beach.   If you are around on a Saturday night, be sure to attend the Fia Fia evening where you can see Polynesian dances as well as fire twirling and more.

If you are travelling with kids, there is plenty to keep the little ones occupied too.  The resort runs a daily children’s program for kids aged 5 to 15 with most activities being free.  Onsite, there is also a children’s playground, and kids pool are too.

There is a range of accommodation options at the Taumeasina Island Resort with rooms suitable for between two guests right up to the three-bedroom apartments which are suitable for groups of six.  All rooms include air conditioning, TV, private balconies with sea views and outdoor furniture, seating area, tea and coffee making facilities, fridge, and mini bar. 

The Taumeasina Island Resort is well situated for anyone wanting to explore the tourist attractions around Apia such as the Samoa Cultural Village (7 minute drive), Robert Louis Stevenson Museum (11 minute drive), Fugalei Fresh Produce Market (10 minutes’ drive) and the Papaseea Sliding Rocks (20 minutes’ drive).

I spent two lovely nights here at Taumeasina Island Resort and thoroughly enjoyed having access to all the luxuries of a modern resort. 

Why we love it? 

Lovely modern resort with, nice pool area and modern rooms with great views across the ocean. 

Not so great parts? 

The service at both the bar and restaurant was very slow during my visit, and in many cases, items ordered simply never came.  My stay was during a special event which could have contributed to the issues.  If you prefer more intimate style accommodation – this resort is not for you. 

Summary 

Taumeasina Island Resort is a massive modern resort which is well suited to travellers who enjoy staying in expansive resort style accommodation.  There is heaps to do here and being close to the centre of Apia it is well placed for exploring local attractions.

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Aga Reef Resort. 

4. Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort 

For those that want to be close to the airport and within easy to the wharf for visiting Savaii Island, you can’t go wrong with the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort.  As can be expected with a name like Sheraton – this is an expansive resort offering an all-inclusive resort style holiday.  You could easily spend your entire holiday here!

The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is massive, sprawled across 224 acres of stunning tropical gardens, this place is like a village of its own.  The resort has its own stunning stretch of beach with plenty of sun loungers for relaxing.  Other facilities on site include a lagoon style swimming pool with swim-up bar, volleyball court, kids club, casino, day spa, fitness centre, watersports centre, games room and restaurant.  There is also a range of activities that guests can participate in such as lava lava printing, yoga, Zumba, basket weaving, movie nights and more.  For times of various activities, be sure to pick up a timetable upon arrival.

Also onsite is Pure Ocean which can arrange day trips for you, including dive trips, snorkelling trips as well as the hiring of kayaks and stand up paddle boards.

The first thing I noticed about the Sheraton was how spacious the rooms were.  Rooms either have a king size bed or two queen beds and so can accommodate two to four guests with ease.  Also in the rooms, you will find a sitting area, private balcony with views across the ocean, as well as a spacious bathroom.  Each room includes everything you need for a comfortable stay such as tea and coffee making facilitates, air conditioning, TV, safe and plenty of toiletries including toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash.

The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is well situated for anyone wanting to be close to their airport as it’s only 3kms away.  It’s also only 2 km away from the Mulifanua Wharf making it perfect for visiting nearby Savaii Island.  With the city centre of Apia being an hour drive away, it’s not the ideal location for visiting the main island’s tourist attractions.

I only spend the one night at the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort, which was the night before I left Samoa.  This was ideal though as I had a super early flight and with the resort being only a 5-minute drive away it meant I only had to get up at 4 am, rather than 3 am if I stayed elsewhere on the island. 

Why we love it? 

The resort has a large stretch of sandy beach with plenty of sun lounges – the perfect spot for catching the sunset. 

Not so great parts?

 The resort is very large and takes time to walk from one area to another, plus the swim up pool bar and happy hour close at 5 pm. 

Summary 

The Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is a stunning resort, with large spacious rooms and is the perfect location for those wanting to be close to the airport or wanting to experience an all-inclusive resort style getaway.

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort. 

5. Levasa Resort 

If you like the location of the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort but prefer a smaller resort, then the Levasa Resort is definitely worth considering.  With only 16 villas on site, this is an intimate resort located near the airport (9 km away) and the Mulifanua Wharf (6 km away).

Levasa Resort faces a lovely lagoon which is surrounded by coral reefs, perfect for snorkelling.  The property also features a swimming pool, a private beach and restaurant.  Other activities guests can participate in include kayaking, paddle boarding, bike riding or take a trip to the neighbouring Manono Island and Bat Island.

Accommodation is provided in villas which can accommodate between two to four guests.  All villas include air conditioning, seating area, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar, private balcony.  Other options include the more rustic fale which provide basic amenities, the more spacious two-bedroom villas or the overwater luxury fales.

I only had a short visit to Levasa Resort, but I liked the look of the more traditional style bungalows and the smaller size of the property, giving it a more intimate feel.

It’s also worth noting that the resort welcomes day visitors, so if you need somewhere to pass the time while waiting for a flight or ferry across to the Savai’i this is a great place to come. 

Why we love it? 

Spacious, traditional style villas dotted throughout the vast tropical gardens with beautiful views across the lagoon. 

Not so great parts? 

If you’re looking for a luxurious hotel, this isn’t it – but this is perfect for those that prefer a more intimate setting. 

Summary 

The Le Vasa Resort is the perfect holiday spot for all sorts of travellers which offers lovely traditional style bungalows in a tropical garden setting.  This is the perfect place for those wanting to be close to the airport or within easy reach of other the other Samoan islands.

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Aga Reef Resort. 

6. Stevensons at Manase 

Located on Savaii Island, Stevensons at Manase was my favourite resort of all the places I stayed at during my time in Samoa.  For me this, Stevenson’s was the perfect balance of rustic, yet with all the home comforts with the most glorious stretch of beach along the

There is a range of different accommodation options available.  I stayed in a beachfront villa which is suitable for up to three people and can also be interconnecting so perfect for larger families or groups.  The villas include a spacious private balcony with outdoor seating and the most amazing views of the sea, one single bed, one queen bed, air conditioning, indoor seating area, fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, indoor and outdoor showers and direct access to the beach.

Other accommodation options at Stevensons include the more traditional Samoan beach fales or larger luxurious suites which accommodate up to five people.

The highlight at Stevenons is, without a doubt, the beach.  The water here is crystal clear turquoise colour and is flat as a pancake so perfect for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding – all of which is available at the resort free of charge.  If you remove yourself from the water, go up to the stunning pool area, which has a lovely deck looking out over the water.  This is where I was most nights just before sunset, wine in hand ready for the beautiful entertainment put on free of charge by mother nature.

Stevensons at Manase is well situated for anyone wanting to explore tourist attractions such as the Sale’aula Lava Fields (10 minutes away), Falealupo Canopy Walkway (1 hour away) and Falealupo Beach (1 hour and 20 minutes away).  Also, the Alofaaga Blowholes are around 2hours drive from the resort, and the Salelologa Wharf which takes you to Upolu Island is only an hours drive away.

Why we love it? 

A gorgeous stretch of beach – with accommodation that is set up in such a way that it feels you have your own private beach. 

Not so great parts?

Leaving!  For me, this place was perfect.  However, if you’re looking for luxurious accommodation, this is not it. 

Summary 

Stevensons at Manase is the perfect place to stay while visiting Savaii Island.  There is a range of accommodation on offer to suit all different sized groups and having direct access from your villa to turquoise crystal clear water is absolute paradise.

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Aga Reef Resort. 

7. Le Lagoto Beach Resort 

Only five minutes down the road from Stevensons at Manase is Le Lagoto Beach Resort another excellent choice for those looking for accommodation on Savaii Island.

With only ten bungalows on site, this is another great intimate resort for those looking for accommodation in Savaii.  Each of the bungalows all have beautiful ocean views and can accommodate between two to four people.  The bungalows all feature air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, TV and a balcony with sun loungers.

The resort includes a small swimming pool, day spa, restaurant and bar.  The main attraction though is the vast white sandy beach which surrounds the expansive lagoon.  Here guests can go kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and paddle boarding.

Le Lagoto Beach Resort is well situated for anyone wanting to explore tourist attractions such as the Sale’aula Lava Fields (4 minutes away), Falealupo Canopy Walkway (1.25 hours away) and Falealupo Beach (1.5 hours away).  Also, the Alofaaga Blowholes are around 1.75 hours’ drive from the resort, and the Salelologa Wharf, which takes you to Upolu Island is only an hour’s drive away.

I only visited Le Lagoto Beach Resort for lunch, but also spend a few hours before that just relaxing around the property.  It is just a stunning resort, offering accommodation in modern bungalows and just the perfect place to have a relaxing holiday.

Why we love it? 

Lots of spots dotted around the property such as hammocks and sun loungers where you can relax in the beautiful surrounds on your own. 

Not so great parts? 

Hopefully, this is was just the day I visited, but the pool didn’t appear very clean. 

Summary 

With only ten bungalows on site, this property is perfect for those looking for an intimate setting to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Savaii Island 

Click here to check the current price and availability of the Aga Reef Resort.

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7 of The Best Samoan Resorts

7 of The Best Samoan Resorts

7 of The Best Samoan Resorts