The Best Boutique Resorts, Hotels, B&Bs and Beach Fales in Samoa
We’re no mind-readers, but we’re guessing you’d much prefer a tranquil South Seas experience in Samoa than a chaotic place to stay. Luckily, almost all of Samoa’s accommodations can be classed as “boutique” but we’ve handpicked the boutique resorts, hotels, B&Bs and beach fales with the most relaxing or even homely ambience to reflect the true benefits of a small-scale stay. Discover them with us in this list of the best boutique resorts and accommodations in Samoa!
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1. Seabreeze Resort
If luxury combined with tranquillity is what you are looking for, Seabreeze Resort is the place to treat yourself. A boutique resort on Samoa’s main island, Upolu, Seabreeze is exclusively adults-only. It has just 12/13 contemporary villas ranging from elegant rooms by the infinity pool and bar to the elevated “Honeymoon Point Villa” boasting a private plunge pool and enviable position in the cliffs overlooking the resort’s picturesque bay. Spend your time here exploring the lagoon in the provided clear-bottom kayaks, indulging in a massage, and dining on contemporary cuisine at The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar. For other luxurious offerings, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations & Resorts in Samoa.
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2. Le Lagoto Resort
Boasting only 10 spacious high-ceiling bungalows among manicured gardens on the lesser-visited island of Savai’i, Le Lagoto Resort‘s architectural aspects can’t help but wow. This continues all the way to the airy dining fale backing a gorgeous sandy beach where kayaks and SUP boards are free for guest use. After you’re done exploring the lagoon and pockets of coral right off the beach, retreat to the infinity pool and Hans Poolside Bar for a local beer or creative cocktail (happy hour is from 4 pm to 6 pm – you’re welcome). With a true boutique feel, not to mention an array of attractive spaces to unwind between the beach, poolside daybeds, overwater deck and garden cabana, Le Lagoto Resort is your top choice for relaxation on Savai’i. For more romantic options like this, take a look at the 20 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts in Samoa.
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3. Le Vasa Resort
For a low-key resort holiday offering an idyllic balance of relaxation and adventure (not to mention, is much kinder on the holiday budget), choose Le Vasa Resort on Upolu. Looking out to the Apolima Strait islands of Manono, Nu’ulopa and Apolima, the resort offers experiences to visit some of these islands, as well as accommodations that happen to bask in their views. The boutique resort boasts just 13 bungalows uniquely decorated with their own colour scheme and traditional materials. When you’re not relaxing in your bungalow, retreat to the generously sized swimming pool or Cocolin’s by the Sea Restaurant, which offers some of the best resort food on the island (see The 10 Best Restaurants on Upolu).
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4. 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. For more options in the capital, take a look at the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations in Apia.
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5. Aga Reef Resort
One of the rare resorts along the highly sought-after Lalomanu and Saleapaga stretch of Upolu, Aga Reef Resort offers just 15 contemporary hotel-style rooms and lagoon-front villas. Although its beach pales in comparison to its neighbours, the boutique resort has several endearing spots to share with friends or your loved one between its private island connected to the mainland by a pier walkway and its public areas like its airy bar and restaurant behind the infinity pool. Travellers may want to treat themselves to a “Deluxe Villa” with its very own private outdoor plunge pool, ensuite with a twin vanity and standalone bathtub, and a high-ceiling bedroom with large ranch sliders soaking in the ocean views. Otherwise, the timber-lined “Waterfront Villas” are nothing to snuff at, providing unbeatable reef views while watching the sunrise or sunset. For more boutique stays on the same island, check out the 10 Best Boutique Resorts & Accommodations on Upolu.
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6. Florence’s Place
It doesn’t get more boutique than Savai’i‘s only bed & breakfast accommodation! After a warm welcome to Florence’s Place, you’ll be treated like family with shared dining and sleeping arrangements (choose from one of the four double beds, three single beds or mattresses for additional guests). Take a tour of the property’s 300-acre farm and learn about “fa’a Samoa” from your host, Ruth, who grew up in the B&B’s village, Fa’ala, while her husband, Kelvin, can share what it’s like to live as a palagi (foreigner) in a Samoan village. In between adventures, relax in the breezy open living room decorated with all sorts of books and trinkets. For more small-scale stays on Samoa’s “big island”, check out the 10 Best Boutique Accommodations on Savai’i.
7. Ocean Club Maninoa
For a boutique stay in a Samoan fale, choose from one of the four uniquely designed half-enclosed fales or two fully-enclosed ensuite fales of the Ocean Club Maninoa. This cute accommodation in between Sinalei Reef Resort and Coconuts Beach Club on Upolu provides a much more affordable experience of this popular beach area. Each fale has a private deck and steps leading onto lush grass under shady coconut palms, yet are mere steps away from a white sand beach and protected lagoon. The accommodation even has a beach cafe and bar with an a la carte menu and a casual vibe. Fancy a stay in a beach fale? Be sure to also check out the 20 Best Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.
8. Ifiele’ele Plantation
For something completely out of the ordinary, set your sights on Ifiele’ele Plantation. With just two ensuite “plantation rooms”, one family-style villa and one self-catering studio, you’ll struggle not to find tranquillity here. Your hosts provide plantation tours, while you can opt for breakfast and tastings of the plantation’s products in the open-air kitchen and dining area – definitely one of the 10 Best Foodie Experiences in Samoa. Should you need more entertainment, there’s a large outdoor pool that offers a welcome respite from Samoa’s hot temperatures. Discover more accommodations with food at the fore in the 10 Best Resorts for Foodies in Samoa.
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9. Bayview Resort
Nestled on the bay’s edge surrounded by the dramatic formations of the Saleaula lava flow on Savai’i, Bayview Resort offers a small selection of uniquely-designed units. Choose from a fan or air-conditioned fale, each with an indoor and an outdoor bedroom. Most units have an ensuite bathroom but some share a bathroom, so be sure to specify your preference. There are kayaks to explore the bay on your doorstep and turtles are regular visitors to the rock pools. The restaurant/bar is open 24/7, so you’ll never go hungry (or thirsty; you may even get enticed to join in some of the local discos or karaoke nights happening once or twice a week). For more of Samoa’s beautiful resorts, check out the Top 25 Resorts in Samoa.
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10. 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 affordable stays in the 25 Best Budget Accommodations in Samoa.
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That’s it for our list of the best boutique resorts and accommodations in Samoa. For more boutique-style stays, check out more of our accommodation listings:
Finally, if you’re still undecided on where to stay, be sure to check out Where to Stay in Samoa: The 50 Best Accommodations in Samoa.