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03/09/2021 By : Priti Gadhia

Beautiful Samoa: Getting Pampered in Paradise

 BEAUTIFUL SAMOA: GETTING PAMPERED IN PARADISE

While visitors to Samoa can - and should - stay in a traditional no-walled fale on the beach as part of any authentic experience, there are also plenty of luxury options available for those looking to get pampered in paradise. Samoa's luxury resorts easily compete with other similar properties around the world. Many look out directly on pristine white sand beaches in impossibly idyllic locations, with unforgettable sunsets, poolside bars, lush tropical gardens and innovative, world-class cuisine. Whether you seek luxury city resorts in Apia, boutique beach retreats in Upolu or exotic hideaways in Savai'I, there are many high-end options on offer.

Close to  Faleolo International  Airport, Apia is Samoa's only town and it is home to both the

Taumeasina Island Resort and the Tanoa Tusita la. Opened in 2016, the Taumeasina is Samoa's newest resort and it is situated on its very own exclusive island; the first of its kind in Samoa,

making it the ultimate unique travel experience. Connected to Apia by a short causeway, ■

resort is one of the country's largest, featuring 80 rooms and a mix of three to four bed villas, various dining options, a cascading swimming pool, tennis courts, water-sports pavilion, cooking classes, weekly cultural shows and meeting space.

Tanoa Tusitala was built on Apia's waterfront, in the middle of 6 hectares of lush tropical gardens and a few minutes' walk from the central business district. The hotel reflects key elements of Samoan architecture and culture such as its central courtyard dominated by hand-tied tales (traditional Samoan houses), housing the hotel's lobby, restaurant and bar.

 On Upolu ' s South Coast, discerning travellers will also find a choice of boutique luxury accommodation options including Ago Reef Res ort, Seabreeze Reso rt, Sinalei Reef Resort & Sp a , Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa, Return to Paradise Resort and Coconuts Beach Club Reso rt.

As the only over-1Ss resort in Samoa, the Seabreeze Resort caters exclusively for adults with a total of a dozen bungalows. The property has accumulated World Travel Awards over the years, including Oceania's Most Romantic Resort in 2019 and 2020. Its Waterfront restaurant has also been the recipient  of many Trip Advisor  accolades. The intimate and exclusive beachside resort is currently refurbishing the main pool and spa pools as part of  their  full  maintenance programme, ready for the reopening of the island to international travellers!

 Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa combines luxury and comfort with the natural splendour of the island, located in a sheltered bay. A white, sandy beach and breathtaking, tranquil blue waters provides the perfect setting for this stunning island retreat nestled amongst exotic tropical flowers and lush greenery - suitable for the whole family. Guests can rejuvenate at its on-site spa whilst leaving the children to soak up the local culture at the kids entertainment programme . The resort is currently upgrading and making improvements on its gardens and hotel using recycled materials, proving why Beautiful Samoa is at the forefront of sustainable tourism.

On the island of Savai'i, travellers can  live in the lap of luxury, surrounded by the lush wilderness of Samoa, Le Lagoto Resort & Spa and Amoa Resort. Amoa Resort stands across from one of the most exquisite turquoise lagoons in magical Amoa . With 11 contemporary Polynesian Deluxe Bungalows and Poolside  Villas  centred  around  a spectacular pool and bar, the resort also boasts an open-air restaurant featuring the best in Samoan nouveau cuisine. The menu is co-designed  by award-winning  chef  Joe Lam which features  delicious local Samoan flavours in a contemporary setting.

Samoa's COVID 19 vaccination programme entered into its next phase last week with the roll out of the 2nd dose. To date, more than 40,000 people have received the first jab of the vaccine, including many resorts' staff who have also been trained to follow health protocols designed to keep guests safe.

For updated information  on future  travel to Samoa visit www.samoa.travel, www.samoagovt.ws as well as the UK FCO website

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