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Traveller - REDISCOVERING SAMOA

Samoa has everything you need for the ideal post-COVID getaway. Despite its relatively small size as an island nation in the South Pacific, Samoa offers a huge range of accommodation options to suit every type of traveller and budget.



The two main islands of Upolu and Savai’i are where you’ll find the most choice when it comes to places to stay. Savai’i is regarded as the quieter of the two, although both islands are known for their dramatic volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches, serene tropical rainforests, and the many exciting cultural experiences and activities you can do around them.

No matter where you choose to stay, though, the beauty of Samoa is that nowhere ever feels overcrowded – even when hotels are full. If you’re hoping to beat the post-pandemic rush to escape, Samoa will always guarantee the tranquil slice of paradise you’ve been dreaming of. 

Top Samoa accommodation, from budget-friendly to luxe

You don’t have to spend big to have an authentic and comfortable accommodation experience in Samoa. Some of the most budget friendly accommodation options are highly sought-after by visitors keen to engage with the less complicated and most relaxed side of the Samoan way of life. At the same time, Samoa is an ideal destination for visitors looking to indulge in some of the most luxurious breaks away while there are also plenty of options in between for those who want a bit of both.  

 

Beach Fales

A Samoan Fale is a traditional style house, usually built with a thatched or tin roof and without walls. Roll down blinds are a feature of most Fales and they’re all you need to protect you from the elements in Samoa’s warm comfortable climate. With most of Samoa’s Fales found lining the white sandy beaches and positioned close to the ocean, you’ll fall asleep at night to the sounds of rolling waves and be greeted by the most stunning and uninterrupted water views every morning. 

Dating back thousands of years, the experience of sleeping in an open-air traditional Fale is probably one of the most inexpensive and immersive ways to experience Samoa. An authentic Samoan Fale stay can be found at many hotels and villas or in the traditional villages dotted throughout the islands. 

 

Budget accommodation

Aside from Fales, there are plenty of other types of budget conscious accommodation options in Samoa – especially if you’re planning to spend some time away from the coast and further inland. Without the frills of the larger resorts but perfectly comfortable and packed with traditional charm, Samoa is home to a selection of cottages, eco lodges, motels, bed & breakfast inns, and even homestays for those looking for a truly authentic local experience. 

 

Mid-range

Mid-range accommodation options are scattered all over the islands of Samoa and are popular among couples and families who want the comfort and conveniences of a resort-style holiday without spending too much. Samoa’s hotels offer standard and superior standard apartments, chalets, or rooms with most featuring air-conditioning, swimming pools, spacious lush tropical surrounds, and easy access to beaches and water activities. Samoa’s hotels are also known for their restaurants serving high quality food ranging from traditional to international cuisine. 

For something a little more private, smaller guesthouses can be found tucked away in secluded bays and are considered a true reflection of fa'a Samoa (the Samoan way) when it comes to accommodation. Guest houses are mostly found on the larger but less populated Savai'i island where fewer tourists go.

 

Deluxe resorts and hotels

If you’re planning an occasion or you just want to make your first post-pandemic escape extra special, then Samoa is the destination for you. With no shortage or private locations, secluded beaches, and awe-inspiring backdrops, the islands of Samoa have become a haven for some of the world’s most exquisite hotels and resorts. Imagine relaxing in manicured tropical gardens and waking up to the sights and sounds of clear turquoise waters lapping at the beach in front of your luxurious room or villa. 

From well-known global brands to boutique operators, all Samoa’s top resorts and hotels have mastered exactly what it takes to give guests the most exclusive and intimate experiences during their stay. Perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking a private slice of paradise, you could be spoiled with award-winning dining options under the stars, ocean-fronting infinity pools serving delicious cocktails, spa treatments, or your very own beach villa with 24/7 room service.  

Whether you dream of traversing the islands or hunkering down in one spot for a week or two, you’ll always find a place to stay that works for your itinerary and budget, no matter how active or chilled you’re planning to be. And wherever you choose to stay, you’ll always be met with the unique charm and friendliness that’s so characteristic of Samoan culture.      

Whatever you imagine your Samoan escape will look like, you can explore Samoa’s full range of accommodation options here