The Top Luxury Accommodations on Upolu
With dramatic volcanic peaks and verdant jungles leading to the sandy or lava rock shores, Upolu is one of the most striking islands in the South Pacific. Such a destination deserves a stay beyond the ordinary and Samoa’s main island has the luxury resorts and boutique accommodations to complete the picture. Whether you see yourself staying over the water of a turquoise lagoon or prefer to stay poolside within arm’s reach of the spa or fine dining restaurant, we go through a variety of lavish stays in this list of the best luxury accommodations and resorts on Upolu.
It’s important to note, however, that Upolu does not do “five stars”. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled a list of Savai’i’s most premium four-star accommodations that will suit most discerning travellers seeking paradise on the island.
1. Seabreeze Resort
You may have seen in The Complete Luxury Guide to Samoa how Samoa doesn’t do luxury to the standards you might expect in the South Pacific. Well, Seabreeze Resort is the exception. 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 – learn more about the latter in the 5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Samoa.
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2. Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Made with luxury, romance and beauty in mind, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is certainly one of your most upmarket resorts on Upolu. Design your own getaway, whether it’s private dinner setups on the beach, treatments available at the Tui–I–Lagi Spa or making use of the resort’s very own 9-hole golf course. Dining here is quite the event as you make your way down the lantern-lit pathway to the lagoon-edge Ava I Toga Restaurant for fresh seafood and South Pacific fusion dining. Meanwhile, any one of the villas decorated with soothing tones and rustic luxury interiors is sure to impress, whether it’s among the lush tropical grounds or basking in the absolute beachfront. For more effortlessly romantic stays like this, also check out the 10 Most Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Resorts on Upolu.
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3. Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
Through the water garden entrance and past the open restaurant, lagoon-style swimming pool and real lagoon beyond are Samoa’s only true overwater bungalows connected by a winding walkway. Definitely Coconut Beach Club‘s most attractive offering, the overwater fales maximise individual privacy with expansive sun decks, airy bedrooms with king-sized beds, and an ensuite with rock wall interiors and a sunken bathtub. Alternatively, retreat to dry land in one of the spacious beachfront “fales” (more like a luxurious villa than a fale) with lava rock bathrooms and attractive bamboo furniture. Nestled in the gardens are also the lavish “Royal Villas”, two storeys of luxury complete with in-the-ground bathtubs and an observatory balcony accessed by a spiral staircase. While Coconuts is the most upmarket overwater accommodation, check out alternatives in the 5 Best Overwater Bungalows in Samoa.
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- Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa on Booking.com
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4. Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
Providing a South Pacific resort holiday that is familiar to most, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa has the beach, the pool, the restaurant, the accessibility, as well as upscale villas. If you’re going to book here for a special occasion, make it the “Matai Villa” located in a more quiet corner of the resort and beach. The ultra-spacious accommodation’s main enticement is its outdoor garden bathroom complete with a stone bath. Alternatively, the spacious family villas with separate bedrooms for the kids are soon to become your home away from home. The resort organises a range of island tours to make all of your holiday exploits effortless, while the on-site restaurant and bar provide an airy setting for fresh local flavours with an international twist.
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- Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa on Booking.com
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5. Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Offering the convenience of its location near the airport and wharf with ferry connections to Savai’i, yet boasting the standards of an international resort, the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort might just fit the bill for a luxurious escape to Upolu. There’s plenty of room for relaxation along the beach with thatched shade umbrellas and the lagoon-style pool, while the elegant outdoor settings of the Apolima Fale open for breakfast (one of the best breakfast buffets on the island, might we add) and the evening venue of the South Pacific Restaurant make dining as easy as an island breeze. Guests also can’t miss a rejuvenating spa session at the Manaia Polynesian Spa, which easily makes it onto our 10 Best Spas in Samoa.
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- Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort on Booking.com
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6. Taumeasina Island Resort
Its own private island yet moments away from Apia‘s bustling city centre, Taumeasina Island Resort is the perfect go-to for travellers who want to be close to the action. It is also Upolu’s largest resort so you won’t be stuck for things to do between the two resort pools, Fofo Spa & Sauna, tennis courts, watersports equipment and very popular fiafia nights (see the 10 Best Cultural Shows (Fiafia) in Samoa). There are three restaurants on-site to choose from, although they’re not our favourite at least you’re never too far from Apia’s finest places to wine and dine. As for rooms, the “Oceanview Hotel Rooms” will meet the requirements of most guests, boasting contemporary interiors of what you would expect of an international-style hotel. Alternatively, treat yourself to the full home-away-from-home experience in one of the two- or three-bedroom villas complete with a modern kitchen and plenty of space for your family or group. For more places to stay in Apia, check out the 25 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Apia.
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- Taumeasina Island Resort on Booking.com
- Taumeasina Island Resort on Expedia
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7. Aga Reef Resort
Your most upmarket offering at the highly sought-after Lalomanu end of Upolu, Aga Reef Resort offers a selection of 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 your loved one or friends 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. You may want to treat yourself 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 small-scale resorts like this, check out the 10 Best Boutique Resorts & Accommodations on Upolu LI.NK#A007
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More About Luxury Accommodations and Resorts on Upolu
That’s it for our top picks of the best luxury resorts and accommodations on Upolu. If you didn’t find “the one”, however, discover more stays in these listings:
- 10 Best Luxury Accommodations & Resorts in Samoa
- 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Savai’i
- 20 Most Unique Accommodations in Samoa
Finally, you might also be interested in The Complete Luxury Guide to Samoa in case there’s anything you’re missing in your vacation plan.