For the first 5 nights of our recent trip to Samoa we stayed at beautiful Sa'Moana Resort. We chose this place because 2 of our party of 4 are surfers and the guided trips were very appealing to them. Don't be put off if you are a non-surfer because the resort offers lots for you too - over half the people that were there during our time were not surfers. If you are a surfer this place looks after you very well with 2 live in surf guides and boats - our 2 surfers went by boat to the reefs every day and had some fantastic waves.
Sa'Moana is in a a bit of an 'out of the way' spot and is a small scale resort with only 7 fales (maximum 26 guests) which we really liked. However, we had a rental car so we could explore the area too (about an hour from Apia) but they also offer trips to places of interest every day except Sunday if you don't have your own wheels and want to see some of the island. Mixing with the other guests (particularly in the evening) in the central fale was great and we made a number of new friends.
The food was excellent and well priced and our fale was very comfortable. It had an outside shower area in a walled garden that was amazing - currently only 2 fales have this but they are going to progressively introduce these to the other fales. The grounds are lovely with lots of shade, and hammocks and deck chairs for relaxing in.
We kayaked around to Virgin Cove exploring the inner reef and a lagoon not meeting another person. We also snorkelled right off the resort and saw a lot of fish and good coral (I thought the coral was better than at Lalomanu but probably not quite as many fish). The only problem is the snorkelling is quite tide dependent - too shallow at low tide and often have too many waves at high tide so you have to time it right.
I was tempted to give this resort 5 stars but I thought I would mark it down a couple of things - it doesn't have a swimming beach (although they make up for this by having an excellent infinity swimming pool) and that it doesn't except bookings in advance of less than 5 days duration. The access road from the main road is also pretty rough in parts. If I could give it 4 and half stars I would.
If you want to come to a place that is small and relaxing, has great staff that make you feel special and has delicious food - this is the place for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small 3.5 star remote, idyllic beach resort located at the end of the long, windy Salamumu beach road (about 6km track off main road). Our simple colorful wooden bungalows are all absolute beach front with their own private outdoor lava rock bathroom, private deck and of course fabulous beach and Pacific Ocean views. We are the perfect location for active families, couples and singles who want to totally switch off from the World for the length of their stay and be "Off The Grid" and see the real Samoa and maybe want something a little different from the standard "out of the brochure" vacation. We have an all-day bar and restaurant with comfortable seating for a sunset cocktail, good music including traditional Samoan tunes and great vibes. All our staff are local so can share their knowledge of the best places to visit, and the stories of the real Samoa. We do a weekly cultural show and a traditional Samoan Fire Dance and Haka display every Thursday - free to our guests. Guests are welcome to surf out front - its intermediate to advanced level and you need to bring your own board. Surf Tours can be arranged with local operators when you are here. There are several within 20/30 minutes of our resort. Car hire is highly recommended so you get to see the best of our beautiful island and discover your own magical parts of it - we can recommend lots for you to do and provide a map and some local advice. Please note we are not near any public transport, shops or other resorts / restaurants - we are literally a tropical island hideaway! If this is what you seek - you won't be disappointed! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sa Moana Hotel Apia
- Sa'Moana Resort Samoa/Apia