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Return to Paradise Resort & Spa

Matautu, Lefaga, Upolu Samoa
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Return To Paradise Resort, winner of the 2019 Supreme Award of Excellence, is on a spectacularly beautiful private beach which was selected for the Hollywood movie Return to Paradise starring Gary Cooper movie 1954. With white sand and a rich coral garden, but just 25 minutes drive on a sealed road from the International Airport, the feeling is of being transported into a Samoan village. The Resort is owned and operated by a large extended Samoan family who have been guardians of this land for hundreds of years which makes it the only larger resort in Samoa that is still in Samoan hands. Selected for Masterchef NZ 2014 and holder of the Prime Minister's Cup for best culinary dish, the international and local team of chefs create world class dishes with a tropical twist. Dine with stunning views in the Rock Pool Bar, or amongst the spectacular carvings of Fine Dining Paradise Kitchen, or by the pools in the Cabana Cafe, and enjoy a range of signature cocktails, all served by an extended family who feel genuine priviledged to serve you. There a wide range of ethical local tours available including swimming with turtles in a secret location, and snorkelling in the village's own giant clam reserve. Open daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Day guests are welcome and may swim at the beach if dining in the restaurants. A romantic and picturesque wedding location with a spectacular marble chapel and a dedicated wedding coordinator. Come as a guest, and leave as a part of the family.
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Free parking
Paid wifi
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Saltwater pool
Shallow end in pool
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Poolside bar
Bicycles available
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Hot spring bath
Makeup services
Neck massage
Waxing services
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Chapel / shrine
Currency exchange
Gift shop
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Room service
Seating area
VIP room facilities
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Eleanor C wrote a review Mar 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand1 contribution
What an amazing place. During extremely difficult circumstances with the world changing by the hour, our stay here was truly Paradise. At the time of our departure there were only 14 people left at the resort, but you would not have known it. All facilities were open, the staff were truly welcoming as the world was closing down around us. While the setting on the beach is beautiful, the food fantastic, the cocktails amazing, it is truly the people of this resort that make it Paradise. From Aunty Pisupo's hillarious daily news - 'this is the first Wednesday we have had all week so isn't that exciting," to Patu's wonderful story of the how the coconut tree came to be, to Fatu's ever present smile and friendly conversation to so so many more wonderful warm welcoming men and women who are truly genuine. They are the people that make Return to Paradise - truly paradise. Thank you so much. I cannot wait until we Return to Paradise.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Saini Tuitupou, Owner at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Responded Mar 24, 2020
Talofa and thank you for your kind review. It was lovely having you here with us and we have shared your review with all our remaining staff and it has lifted their spirits. Yes, our family of staff are truly genuine in their love and care for you. Yes the world is shutting down around us and now we have reluctantly had to go into hibernation as well. We have created some part time work for 40 staff, but as our workers are almost all the sole breadwinners for their households, it has been heartbreaking to have to let go of over 100 of our family of staff. There is no Government bailouts here in Samoa and no benefits for the workers we have let go so we are supplying weekly food parcels for each family for as long as can manage it. We are heartened by you saying you can't wait to Return to Paradise and we humbly ask you and all others reading this response that as soon as the world is safe again, please come back and help us get back on our feet. Until that time be safe, wear a smile and carry on Alofa tele The Return to Paradise Family
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Denyse W wrote a review Mar 2020
Wellington, New Zealand69 contributions30 helpful votes
Congratulations to Ramona and her Aiga team at Return to Paradise. Sue and I loved our stay there. From the wonderful team who welcomed us to the resort, to the fabulous barman at the Rocks who made beautiful cocktails and served us so well,to Maria and others at reception who put up with our queries with a smile, the housekeeping team, the spa ladies with magic massage fingers Such a warm friendly place. The accomodation in an Ocean Breeze room had everything we needed and the 5 pools and sea gave us plenty of options. The meals were excellent and we enjoyed the FiaFia night. When we heard the story of this locally owned resort who employ locals and their resilience and tenacity to achieve their vision we were dlighted we had chosen this resort. Thanks so much for having us. Denyse and Sue
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Saini Tuitupou, Owner at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Talofa and thank you for your kind review. We are so glad you found so much to enjoy about our Resort. You are right in that it has taken a lot of resilience and tenacity to build a 100% Samaon owned and operated resort and the enjoyment and feeback we get from wonderful guests like you make it all worthwhile. We hope to see you again soon when you Return to Paradise with even more friends Alofa tele The Return to Paradise family
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Joana wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a great time at this resort. The food was good. The staff and management were amazing. We did have a few problems with the hot water, however the manager, Mike went out of his way to help us and upgraded us, which was amazing! The Staff was the best thing about the resort. The entertainment was top-notch. Reccomend. thank you for a great stay, Matt and Joana New Zealand
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Saini Tuitupou, Owner at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Responded Mar 13, 2020
Talofa and thank you for your kind review. Our family really enjoyed having you here with us. We are very blessed with such a beautiful place that our family have been guardians of for 1000 years and we love sharing it. It means a lot to us to hear you say that the best thing about our resort is our family of staff. thank you for coming and we hope one day soon you will Return to Paradise Alofa tele The Return to Paradise family
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Chloe Jones wrote a review Mar 2020
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When I arrived at Return to Paradise, I was greeted with 'Welcome to Paradise'. How true this turned out to be. The beach setting is the most perfect view I've ever seen, the water is so clear and perfect snorkeling conditions. The food and drinks were delicious and the entertainment open my eyes to the beautiful Samoan culture that is at the true heart of Return to Paradise. The staff at Return to Paradise welcomed us with open arms and straight into their family. They are genuine, kind and will go above and beyond to serve your needs. I left with the warmest memories and Samoa will always hold a special place in my heart, thanks to Return to Paradise.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Response from Saini Tuitupou, Owner at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Talofa and thank you for your kind review. It was just wonderful for our family to look after you and your friends while you were here in Paradise.We are very proud of our beautiful beach which has been in our family for 1000 years and we love sharing it with great guests like you. We thank you so much for coming and hope that one day you will Return to Paradise Alofa tele The Return to Paradise Family
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AmyStcc wrote a review Feb 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
When we arrived in Apia at 1am (after a five-hour delay) we weren’t sure there would be anyone to pick us up. But as we wearily walked through the arrivals door, we were greeted with the smiling face of Mike, our reservations manager, who had stayed up especially to pick us up. Upon waking up we were met with the idyllic picture of gorgeous beach bungalows, a white sand beach, and a million and two coconut trees. Not to mention the intricately maintained gardens, and traditional Samoan architecture. We were introduced to Kaps and his incredible food and beverage team who took care of us for the duration of our team, all of whom, despite us both having particular dietary restrictions, greeted us with a smile and by name every time. As we navigated the unfamiliar territory that was Samoa, we had an incredible tour guide who we fondly nicknamed the Samoan Superman, he drew us detailed maps when we wanted to venture out alone, and guided us through an incredible experience of swimming with turtles and diving down to clams that were almost as big as us. He also scaled a coconut tree in 30 seconds flat, which is what earned him the nickname. Apart from venturing into the wild outdoors, we also had to pay a visit to the resort’s spa, and the incredible Faybe, who worked out any tension remaining in our backs with sweet smelling oils, and experienced hands. There are many more staff to mention who made this trip a roaring success. We cannot recommend Return to Paradise Resort enough. Our stay there was nothing short of incredible. And if we may say so far too short. Thank you to each and every staff member at the resort for making us feel so at home and welcomed, we hope to return as soon as we can!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from travellover848, General Manager at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Responded Feb 14, 2020
Talofa and thank yoou for your kind review. We will pass on your positive remakrs to Mike, Kaps. Faybe, and Samoa Superman (aka Tupu). His tour to the giant clams and to say hullo to our resdient turtles is a very highly rated experience by all our guests. We are very proud of our beach and feel very blessed to have it - our family have been guardians of this special place for over 1000 years and we all love sharing it with you. Our SPAradise is becoming very popular with people coming from all over to experience the massages and other treatments from Faybe and the team. thank you for your high recommendation, and we are delighted to hear that as soon as you can, you are goiing to Return to Paradise. Make it soon, the same warm welcome awaits you Alofa tele The Return to Paradise Family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Return to Paradise Resort & Spa
Which popular attractions are close to Return to Paradise Resort & Spa?
Nearby attractions include Giant Clam Sanctuary (2.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Return to Paradise Resort & Spa?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Return to Paradise Resort & Spa have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Return to Paradise Resort & Spa offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Return to Paradise Resort & Spa offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Does Return to Paradise Resort & Spa have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Return to Paradise Resort & Spa accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.