The Best Boutique Resorts, Hotels, Beach Fales, B&Bs and Guesthouses on Upolu
A tropical setting with waves rolling on the reef or birds chirping in the forest deserves a tranquil place to stay. Swap Samoa‘s larger resorts for a resort, hotel, beach fale, B&B or guesthouse with only a handful of rooms to ensure a much more intimate experience in paradise. Samoa’s most popular island to visit, Upolu, boasts a neat little selection of boutique resorts and accommodations that you’re about to discover in this list…
… Before we begin, though, be sure to open the 50 Best Things to Do on Upolu and The Food Guide to Upolu: Places to Eat & Food Tours to plan more of your island getaway.
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 that’s exclusively adults only, Seabreeze 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 couples’ massage, and dining on contemporary cuisine at The Waterfront Restaurant and Bar. For other luxurious offerings, check out the 7 Best Luxury Resorts on Upolu.
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2. 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. Looking out to the Apolima Strait islands of Manono, Nu’ulopa and Apolima, the resort offers experiences to visit the uninhabited Nu’ulopa island, as well as accommodations that happen to bask in front-row views of the islands. 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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3. 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 it doesn’t have much of a beach itself, it 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.
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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. Manusina Beach Fales
On the expansive stretch of sand of Saleapaga Beach, Manusina Beach Fales is a boutique fale operation with just six open fales and two closed fales. Notably, the fales here have a power outlet. Otherwise, the fales include all your expected fale amenities, including woven blinds for privacy, mosquito net, bedding, etc. Breakfast and dinner are usually included, but just be sure to double-check upon booking. Some nights of the week are umu nights, where food is cooked in a traditional hot-rock oven, while there are sometimes fiafia nights with cultural dancing. There’s a shop and restaurant on the premises for your other basic needs/drinking needs. See alternative beach fales in the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Upolu.
6. Ocean Club Maninoa
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 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. There are fine dining restaurants at the resorts nearby should you want to “elevate” the experience. Due to the endearing yet unique beach fale design, we also list this one in the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Upolu.
7. 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. It’s only a five-minute stroll into Apia town centre, located in the Togafuafua/Lalovaea suburb. After a day on the town, 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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8. 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. For more family-friendly suggestions, take a look at the 20 Best Family Resorts & Accommodations on Upolu.
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- Samoana Boutique Hotel on Booking.com
- Samoana Boutique Hotel on Expedia
- Samoana Boutique Hotel on Trip.com
9. 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 on Upolu. 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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- Ifiele’ele Plantation on Booking.com
- Ifiele’ele Plantation on Expedia
- Ifiele’ele Plantation on Trip.com
10. 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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More About the Best Boutique Resorts and Accommodations on Upolu
That’s it for our list of the best boutique resorts and accommodations on Samoa’s main island, Upolu. 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 on Upolu: The Best Upolu Accommodations.