The Top Boutique Hotels, Guesthouses, Fales and Lodges in Apia
Don’t be just another guest assigned to a long list of room numbers. Get the attentive experience you deserve at one of Apia‘s boutique hotels, guesthouses, fales or lodges. These are the type of accommodations where you know your hosts’ names and you’re treated more like an honoured guest than, well, yet another tourist. From boutique hotels with all of the fixings to budget guesthouses that provide a more family-like experience, there are certainly some enticing boutique accommodations in Apia. Check them out with us in this list – just after you’ve also opened the 25 BEST Things to Do in Apia, so you also know what to do during your time here as well.
1. Vaea Hotel Samoa
Perfect for that boutique hotel vibe in Apia, Vaea Hotel Samoa provides excellent value for money from their 10 stylish rooms to the garden swimming pool. You don’t have to worry about rowdy families here, as the hotel is exclusively for guests aged 11 and up, making your cocktail from the on-site Bora Bora Garden Bar all the heavenlier. After a day on the town, only a five-minute stroll away, retreat to your garden and mountain-view room complete with an ensuite, air-conditioning, balcony or patio and tea/coffee-making facilities. Learn more about adults-only accommodations in The Best Adults-Only Resorts in Samoa.
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2. Le Manumea Hotel
A vibrant family-run boutique hotel/resort radiating Samoan flair, Le Manumea Hotel offers a fun and characterful stay in Apia. Your room (one of only 12) is decorated with natural materials, including woven panelling across your kitchenette’s cabinetry and hand-carved doors. Outside is your ensuite shower in a rock garden setting, while shared areas consist of an attractive lagoon-style swimming pool, a bar that has one of the best happy hour deals in town, and an airy fale restaurant where one of Apia’s most popular fiafia nights take place. If you prefer more of a hotel stay, also check out the 25 Best Hotels in Apia & Upolu.
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3. Samoana Boutique Hotel
Particularly good for families, friends or small groups, each room type of the Samoana Boutique Hotel fits no less than four guests. Choose from two grades of hotel-style rooms or enjoy the convenience of your own kitchen in the two- or three-bedroom apartment. Whether you feel like cooking or not, the on-site Black Pepper Cafe makes for an easy option for lunch, while the attractive albeit small swimming pool offers a refreshing place to cool off from Apia’s hot climate. The hotel is a little way out of town, but car rental is easy enough to organise through the hotel’s sister company, Samoana Rentals – see the 10 Best Car Rentals on Upolu. Plus, for more family-friendly suggestions, take a look at the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Apia.
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4. Aniva’s Place
Enjoy the family atmosphere, unmatched hospitality and irresistible rates of Aniva’s Place on the outskirts of Apia. Despite only having nine rooms, there are layouts to suit most needs whether you’re a group or travelling solo. All of the vibrantly decorated rooms have a fan to keep you cool, while some have air-conditioning and an ensuite. You’ll be treated to a tropical breakfast each morning with Samoan and international favourites, while there’s also a well-equipped communal kitchen should you want to cook for yourself. Aniva’s also boasts a bar, a charming garden with a pool, as well as a book exchange. Check out more B&B-style stays in the 10 Best Guesthouses & B&Bs in Samoa.
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5. Ulalei Lodge
Also offering a welcoming guesthouse accommodation in Apia, Ulalei Lodge is located in the quiet suburban village of Vaiala, adding to the tranquillity of this boutique stay. Choose to either dine at the on-site cafe or you’re only minutes away from the Apia Marina and its eateries. You can afford to treat yourself when the rooms are this affordable, boasting the options of single, double, triple and family rooms. Note that bathrooms are shared. For more lodge-style stays, check out the 10 Best Lodges in Samoa.
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6. Eden’s Edge Hotel
Only a short walk from the city centre, yet feeling truly away from it all thanks to the lush gardens, Eden’s Edge Hotel provides an alternative vibe in central Apia. Although the 13 guest rooms, ranging from economy single to two-bedroom family rooms, are pretty basic, most of your time here will be around the small but usually quiet swimming pool where you can order cocktails or relax with a book. Alternatively, mingle at the bustling bar and restaurant with local beers on tap and a pool table to entice a game or two.
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7. Olivia’s Accommodation
A no-frills yet perfectly comfortable accommodation on the outskirts of Apia, Olivia’s Accommodation is a family-operated bed and breakfast where you’ll instantly be made to feel at home. Relax in the outdoor garden lounge where you can meet fellow travellers or read a book in a hammock. When you’re not enjoying the included tropical breakfast or cooking meals in the communal kitchen, retreat to your ensuite double or triple room with either air-conditioning or a fan. Enquire about their dormitory beds and shared bathroom to save even more. Check out more ultra-cheap stays in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Samoa.
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8. Vaiala Beach Cottages
Nestled in a secure compound at Vaiala Beach, Apia’s only beach, are seven quaint self-contained cottages providing a comfortable and convenient stay in Apia for independent travellers. Each of the one-bedroom cottages faces the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by gardens with hammocks and space to lazy around in the sun. Vaiala Beach Cottages also has kayaks on-site should you want to explore further off the beach, while the Palolo Deep snorkelling spot is within walking distance. Although facilities include an affordable laundromat, note that there is no WiFi, air-conditioning or hot water.
9. Taumeasina Hideaway
Get that “beach fale” experience but in a sleepy suburb of Apia at the Taumeasina Hideaway. Choose from one of the three fully enclosed fales with shared facilities or four fully self-contained fales with an ensuite and cooking facilities. As the accommodation is located within the village of Moata’a, staying here provides a true slice of Samoan paradise. Otherwise, the Taumeasina Island Resort with all of its restaurants and entertainment are just a short stroll away. Taumeasina Hideaway also boasts a popular bar with a deck perched on the edge of a placid lagoon.
10. Talanoa Fales Accommodation
For something a little different, escape to lush gardens nestled in mountain views at Talanoa Fales Accommodation. On the quiet foothills of Mt Vaea in the village of Moamoa, approximately 10 minutes from Apia, the family-run accommodation is abundant in fruit and vegetable plants ideal for cooking using your fale’s very own self-catering facilities. Your garden fale is vibrantly decorated and also features an ensuite, a living area and a verandah to enjoy watching the birds. What’s more, a free lunch is served on a Sunday. For more options with kitchens, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Apia & Upolu.
More About the Best Boutique Accommodations in Apia
That’s it for our list of the best boutique accommodations in Apia. For more boutique-style stays, check out more of our accommodation listings:
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Finally, if you’re still undecided on where to stay, be sure to check out Where to Stay in Apia: The Best Accommodations in Apia.