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What makes a traveller want to return to a destination that they have visited several times before? Here I am, back in Samoa for another visit and I am excited about it!
But I am not the only one, for over 3,000 years people have been coming to the magic islands of Samoa.
Being a Polynesian society, friendship, love and harmony are part of the mainstay of life, add some very spectacular Pacific Island scenery and easy access from Australia adds up to an ideal destination for travellers who like to relax and enjoy life.
The natural beauty of the ten islands allows one to pick and choose between slow and rewarding in modern resorts and hotels to a beachcomber style Fale on a sensational beach.
The two main islands of Upolu and Savaii are the most popular, with the capital of Apia on Upolu. Here you find the wonderful colonial architecture that has survived the test of time and weather. The main shopping precinct and markets provide both local and visitor with highly colourful and aromatic adventures.
Being of a volcanic ancient history, the scenery is spectacular, from rugged wave washed coastlines, crystal lagoons with fringing reefs and white sand beaches. The littoral tropical forests rise into the skyline offering jagged peaks to the heavens. Many waterfalls cascade down these mountains, offering more wonderful food for our eyes and cameras.
Robert Louis Stevenson spent his last years living in Vailima, his estate in Apia.
Revered by the locals as Tusitala, the teller of tales. His home has been restored and turned into a museum. To not visit would be a crime.
Seabreeze Resort is one of our favourites and has been recognised as the number one hotel in Upolo and was ranked 11 out of 25 for the Top 25 small hotels in the South Pacific in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Hotels.
“To be recognised as the number one hotel in Upolo, Samoa is what the team at Seabreeze have been working so hard to achieve. We are incredibly proud that our guests have rated and reviewed the resort and our service so highly and we are honoured to be the only Samoan resort featured in the Top 25 small hotels in the South Pacific.” Says Wendy Booth, Owner, Seabreeze Resort, Samoa.
Fale’s over water
Seabreeze Resort is the ultimate in boutique luxury, gently nestled into a private secluded bay on Samoa’s famous south east coast of Upolu. The resort provides the ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and couples or those seeking luxury and intimacy.
Featuring 12 air-conditioned villas including the ultimate Honeymoon Point House, all with ocean, lagoon or reef views and are designed to provide guests with a sense of relaxation and tranquillity.
They have a recipe for relaxation, “when hungry you eat, when thirsty you drink, when tired you sleep and be pampered at every opportunity”.
A legend of the South Pacific, often quoted as ‘Samoa’s most famous address since 1933’. Worth the visit to look at all the historic photos.
Sinalae Reef Resort and Spa
This is my second visit and within about 15 minutes, the feeling of bliss and relaxation was overtaking me. How would I be if I stayed a week or so?
If you needed another reason, children under 12 are not allowed!
A short voyage across to the island opens the door to more of Pacific paradise. Slightly more laid back than Upolu, but with many sensational beach and lagoon side resorts and restaurants.
The Taga Blow Holes, the old volcanic flow has gaps where the full force of the Pacific Ocean waves punch into the coast and send columns of spray many metres into the air. Very spectacular and drenching if the wind turns.
Other points of interest are ‘swimming with the turtles’, the Saleaula Lava Fields and the Sapapalli Church.
The quality of the restaurants has dramatically improved, with an organised programme to utilise local fresh produce.
Space does not allow me to tell you all, so go to: www.samoa.travel or see your licensed travel agent.
The author was a guest of the Samoa Tourism Authority.
Feature supplied by www.wtfmedia.com.au
Written and images by Michael Osborne