This was our first visit to Samoa and we were guided by the TripAdvisor. Initially we tried to book at another resort on the south coast but they were full, so we went for the Seabreeze instead. Much to our surprise the package price was cheaper for a better room (more about that in a moment!) and breakfast and airport transfers included.
The Seabreeze is a small resort - around 13 or 14 Fales total, which means that there are up to about 30 guests if the place is full. We had the Honeymoon Suite which was the only accommodation available. This is a stunning Fale set aside from the others, built on a rocky outcrop with the sea on three sides. The room was spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed. Every thing works - you can drink water from the tap (should you choose to do so) - plenty of hot water; telephone; internet is available (via the Samoan digital network rather than through the hotel); tea/coffee; aircon etc. Housekeeping is prompt and thorough. The furnishings were excellent and the outlook and facilities also excellent.
We were initially worried about how small the resort is - we thought we would run out of things to do. The beach is very small and the reef that is exposed at low tide was damaged by the 2009 Tsunami so is not too exciting yet (it is actually regenerating). Snorkling gear and canoes are available on request. It was easy to allow a few days to slip away, however, just eating, reading, lying on the beach (or on the beautiful deck to our accommodation) or chatting to the staff who are marvellous. There is a bigger beach about five minutes walk away. You can't walk to other resorts, and the only local shop is very limited. You will need a car if you want to eat elsewhere and/or see something of the island.
Hiring a car is therefore essential for longer stays and this was easily achieved as Chris (who co-owns the resort) is a marvellous host and was very knowledgable on what to do around the island. He arranges car hire if you are prepared to pay the transfer fee to and from Apia - about WST$75 (approx AUS$32) each way unless you can take up a car that is already there. We had to pay a one way transfer and together with a full three days of hire it cost AUS$260, so prices are not dissimilar to Aus. Driving is easy (speed limit = slow!) and there is a lot to see around the island.
We thought the food was good, and we didn't get fed up with the choice at all. We ate dinner in every night for a week and there was sufficient variety for us. Breakfasts were good too, and although the helpings were not huge they were sufficient (and you can always ask for extra toast etc).
The staff are wonderful - really helpful, friendly people who start off as staff but finish as your friends, without exception.
Interestingly, we went to the Resort that we tried to book and was really glad that we didn't get in - the accommodation there was tired and it was a much bigger, more impersonal place. The meal we had there (lunch) wasn't a patch on Seabreeze's food.
So - all in all, we have NO hesitation in recommending the Seabreeze. Chris and Wendy are wonderful hosts; the accommodation is great and the resort is small enough for you to quickly get to know other guests. We left after a week having made some good mates and enjoyed several nights of great company with them. All in all, FIVE STARS! (We'd be happy to provide more detail for any prospective visitors). Carol and Marcus.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With the completion of an extensive multimillion dollar re-build & refurbishment, Seabreeze, is now Samoa’s NEWEST BEACHFRONT Resort. Situated on the South East coast of Upolu, nestled in a small sandy bay directly on the beach, this stunning new resort is designed for couples on that totally romantic vacation that require the ultimate in Samoan Boutique Luxury. Enjoy a cocktail by the pool whilst relaxing in a double daybed, laze on the beach or take a dip within the protection of our pristine lagoon, experience the culture, watch the local fishermen on the reef, swing in a hammock, kayak to the small islets that surround this historical bay, or relax in tranquil surroundings while the waves lap around you. Guests enjoy the use of non motorized water sports equipment at no charge. Seabreeze is small & personal, our friendly staff know every guest by name, you are not a room number you are our VIP. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Seabreeze Hotel Upolu
- Seabreeze Resort Upolu
- Seabreeze Resort Samoa/Upolu