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“Paradise in Heaven”
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Amoa Resort
Ranked #3 of 15 Hotels in Savai'i
Certificate of Excellence
Red Deer, Canada
1 review
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“Paradise in Heaven”
Reviewed April 6, 2011

The reason I 'titled' my review "Paradise in Heaven" is because one of the local buses on the island has it written in bold letters on it. There is no better way to sum up Savai'i....it truly is paradise in heaven!

My husband and I are a young couple from Canada. We chose Samoa as our destination as a result of several enjoyable visits to the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu in Hawai'i. There, the Fa'a Samoa (the Samoan way) is portrayed as very friendly and happy. We absolutely love Hawai'i but love to backpack and go to places with less tourism and more culture.

It was a total of 21 hours of just flying time to reach our destination. Once we reached Upolou and hired a taxi, the fun began. The air smelled like camp fires (from the underground umus) because the local people were cooking supper at the time. The humidity felt great and we were greeted with smiles. We stayed at "the Outrigger" and went snorkeling to the Marine Reserve which was the best snorkeling I have ever seen...and extremely cheap. Make sure you bring your own snorkel gear and a set of travel fins are very handy as well. Since our destination was Savai'i, we took the ferry after two days on the mainland.

We arrived in Savai'i and took a taxi directly to Siufaga (as I had researched this place on the internet). We were greeted by Taga and taken to our absolutely lovely room!!! My husband has a spinal cord injury so we need to stay in places with our own bathroom facilities. Our room had one queen bed, and two twin beds. There was a sitting area, t.v., kettle (you can drink the water---which is wonderful---you just have to boil some each night), mini-fridge, air conditioning, and a spacious bathroom with an amazing outside shower all done in stone!! You couldn't ask for anything better. We went to town and found a great deal on a rental car and drove around to all of the sights as well. The local bus was a lot of fun since everyone is so friendly. The transportation is very easy on this island. The pool was extremely clean (as was everything), a very nice size for swimming and relaxing, the swim up bar was a nice touch, and the water temperature was perfect----not cold which was nice. The grounds were immaculate!! It truly is a little resort. There was a spa which we did not utilize. The restaurant was good. The food was average and fairly expensive for the portion sizes. We ate there a few times but I would encourage you explore as well if you have time. The continental breakfast is free and it includes fruit and toast. They are very generous with this and we really enjoyed having this each morning. They also serve local fare called "Cocoa Samoa" which is a warm rice pudding-ish dish" which is very good. They have wonderful bag lunches that you can take out as well. They also offered some tours out of the resort. We took part in a visit to a local artist which was really neat to see and my favorite was going to a local village. They cooked us breadfruit in the umu and had a dip that consisted of banana leaves, onions and coconut milk. I wish I could have some of that here in Canada!!

We stayed at Siufaga for 14 nights and I cried when we had to leave. I grew very attached to the wonderful staff there. Taga was amazing and catered to your every need. He is such a special man! I really miss Malia who worked at the reception desk (we keep in contact now) as she was helpful and kind. Beta was wonderful to chat with, and I looked forward to seeing her each morning. Breakfast was always one of my favorite times. I cannot remember the guy's name who served us almost every morning (he had a limp from a recent car accident) but his service was fantastic! We were there during the Tsunami evacuation and I felt very safe with Taga looking after us.

We met some wonderful people at this resort including the guests that we will forever keep in touch with. We traveled the island and saw many other accommodations and trust me, this is the best place for the best value! If you stay here and are not happy with the resort, perhaps you should stick to Hawai'i where it is packed with tourists. This place is peaceful and the most gorgeous views I have ever seen. It is still hard to believe that we had such an opportunity to visit such a beautiful country with such an amazingly generous, happy and friendly culture. I would go back there in a second if I could.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2011

This was our first visit to Samoa and we really enjoyed our stay at Siufaga. The staff are very accommodating and friendly. The Rooms are private from each other surrounded by beautiful gardens. Restaurant was great and the entertainment was fun. Thanks for helping make our stay in Samoa a fun stay.

Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Nice, France
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Very comfortable villa accomodation on the East coast of Savai'i, about 15 minutes drive from Salelologa ferry wharf where the boat arrives from Upolu. The place is very clean, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The villas itself are nice and comfortable. We stayed here for 4 nights and were happy to have a concrete roof and wall as it was raining heavily. The location of the resort is right by the famous turquoise waters of Savai'i, you only have to walk across the street. The price was very reasonable for this type of accomodation, much cheaper than anything in Manase. If you are looking for some comfort and don't want to stay in a beach fale, this is a pretty good option.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 24, 2011

The room was lovely, the service exceptional, the staff friendly, the location perfect, and the drinks especially tasty. The food was very very well done, especially the fish and the fresh bread! What I most enjoyed was relaxing in the pool every day. The only downside was the lack of activities, which is not down to the staff but more down to our lack of initiative in finding them (i.e. I'm certain there was more we could have done but it was our choice to have a leisurely holiday and we definitely were not bored).

  • Stayed January 2011
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savaii1, Guest Relations Manager at Amoa Resort, responded to this review, January 28, 2011
Talofa Lava KiwiKiki,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review, we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay here with us.

Thank you also for mentioning our food and drinks, we are continuously trying to improve our menus to be fresher and tastier than ever before. Theres lots of yummy additions coming to our menus in the comming weeks so, we hope that you will be back to try it soon!

One of the most common remarks our guests is "We know you had all the activities but we were relaxing to much to try them!" so KiwiKiki, you are not alone with this comment.

For any potential guests out there, rest assured we have a 7-Day Activities timetable along with our Petalani Spa and swimming pool to keep you occupied. Youll be able to participate in activities such as Local Bus Tour to the market, Plantation Drive in our hotel pick up truck, Coconut Demonstration as well as our popular Art Tour to meet a very talented local artist here on the island. All our tours are informal, and operated by our very special team of friendly staff.

A big "Faafetai Tele" and thank you for your review and we hope that we will see you back at Siufaga Beach Resort again soon.

All the staff at Siufaga Beach Resort
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

We thought we'd made a terrible mistake when we drove into the Resort, but all the wonderful features are hidden away behind pretty flowering bushes and trees. Unfortunately we only had 1 night at Siufaga Resort so couldn't take up any of the daily activities offered. The swim-up bar is very cool, as are the unique showers. Dinner was accompanied by an awesome group playing a mix of local and known tunes. The Day Spa was also just what tired bones needed after a couple of nights at a beach fale elsewhere. Everyone was extremely friendly, and we regretted having only a very quick visit here.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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Lake Hawea, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Initially we were disappointed that there is a road between the resort and the ocean but in the end this didn't matter as the village life was part of the experience and the overall friendliness and good vibe of the place made up for it. A beautiful beach, great pool, excellent staff. The food in the restaurant was a bit disappointing, and our room was a bit dated but it was very comfortable. Air con is a must as there is no sea breeze. The gardens are beautiful and the pool was wonderful, especially with the swim up bar. Their website does not do them justice, it is better in reality than the photos would suggest. This is a charming and relaxing mid range resort.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

My husband, myself & our mother took a 3 day holiday on Savai'i and stayed at Siufaga Beach Resort. We were so impressed by the cleanliness of Savai'i & the beautiful beach just across the road. If you are looking to get away from the busy world, this is certainly the place to go. It is about a 30 minute drive from the Wharf & located in the Faga village which allowed us to see first hand the culture and every day Samoan living. We loved taking a evening walk after dinner along the roads or just sitting at the picnic tables overlooking the ocean. We could hear the village kids singing & playing in the evening & watched a great game of volleyball played by the village teens just across the road-we watched from our dinner table. I do wish they served more classic samoan dishes, but the food that was prepared was made with good quality & generous portions. The staff are extrememly friendly, helpful and were easy to communicate with. Dinner in the evening was set in a fantasic atmosphere with indoor or outdoor eating, a view of the ocean and a fantastic live band from the village. It was great to mingle with other guests & to share our stories with one another about the days activities.

The bungalow was big, private & had great curb appeal-we stayed in #4. Our favorite part was the outdoor shower, it was beautiful & was great at night, when you could shower under the stars. The beds were comfortable & the furniture was well maintained. We had fresh flowers laid around our room when we first arrived & had a spacious fridge with complimentary bottles of water. The fridge was spacious enough to fit our bottles of waters & snacks that we purchased at a cute village shop just a 5 minute walk down the road. There is AC but we wished it was in a better position because we could not catch the cool air from our bed-but it did work & felt great when you walked in from a day in the heat.

The pool was a good size with a swim up bar. The first day the water was a bit green, but they cleaned it up & we were able to swim in there just fine. It had great shade, comfy lounging chairs & it was accessible from various pathways that lead from the 13 bungalows. We were impressed with it all & so was our mother who travels significantly & has a high bar of standards set when it comes to accommodations.

When we go back to Siufaga, we will stay here again! The price was reasonable & the service was excellent.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Amoa Resort
Address: Faga Village, Savai'i 8002, Samoa (Formerly Siufaga Beach Resort)
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Location: Samoa > Savai'i
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Savai'i
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Amoa Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set amidst exotic tropical garden and fringed by the most magnificent blue lagoon is Amoa Resort. Newly renovated our restaurant overlooks the stunning lagoon and swimming pool. Intimate bungalows and villas with shady terraces are scattered over hillside gardens, and emblazoned with brightly colored hibiscus blossoms, tropical flowers, swaying palms and manicured lawns. The ambiance is more like that of a private house than a resort. The relaxing environment of Faga village and the tranquility of its lazy days must be experienced. ... more   less 
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