The Resorts with the Best Restaurants and Foodie Activities in Samoa
Travelling is an experience for all of the senses, so don’t neglect your sense of taste by staying in of the best resorts in Samoa for foodies. Whether it’s the restaurant that delights the palate or the food-related experiences, the resorts and accommodations listed in this guide bring the best of Samoa’s cuisine to the fore. If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, first, make sure you have The Food Guide to Samoa bookmarked. Second, book yourself into one of these foodie accommodations in Samoa!
1. Ifiele’ele Plantation
For something completely out of the ordinary, yet food-orientated experiences are a highlight of your stay here, set your sights on Ifiele’ele Plantation. With just two ensuite “plantation rooms”, one family-style villa and one self-catering studio, you’ll not only find tranquillity but be in one of the rare self-catering accommodations on Upolu. 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.
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2. Florence’s Place
Savai’i‘s only bed & breakfast accommodation, Florence’s Place is a multisensory experience from start to finish! After a warm welcome, 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 stays with amazing breakfasts, take a look at the 10 Best Guesthouses & B&Bs in Samoa.
3. Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
Made with luxury in mind, Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa is certainly one of your most upmarket resorts in Samoa, complete with a fine dining restaurant that leaves many other resort restaurants in the dust. 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. You can even make food part of your holiday activities with a Samoan cooking class, fishing and private dining experiences on the beach. Meanwhile, any one of the villas decorated with soothing tones and rustic luxury interiors is sure to impress. For more lavish stays like this, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Samoa.
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4. Seabreeze Resort
Samoa’s other luxury resort, Seabreeze Resort also boasts a reputable fine dining restaurant. The boutique resort on Upolu that’s exclusively adults only 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 – learn more about the latter in the 5 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Samoa.
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5. Le Vasa Resort
A low-key resort holiday offering an idyllic balance of relaxation, adventure and surprisingly decent resort meals, Le Vasa Resort proves that not all of Samoa’s mid-range accommodations have restaurants that you crave to escape after day #3. Cocolin’s by the Sea Restaurant notably puts more effort into its ingredients and presentation compared to other resorts our team have visited, whether it’s in the more exotic “puttanesca pasta” or the more classic burger. As for accommodations, the boutique resort boasts just 13 bungalows uniquely decorated with their own colour scheme and traditional materials. See how it compares to the rest of the country’s resorts in the Top 25 Resorts in Samoa.
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6. Amoa Resort
Savai’i‘s most complete resort experience awaits just a mere 20-minute drive from Salelologa Wharf. The airy dining fale of the Amoa Resort might offer one of the better dining options on Savai’i, but that’s not the aspect of this resort that you’ll want to write home about. Their cultural experiences, including a koko Samoa demonstration and “Village Walk” gives an interesting insight into Samoan village plantations and natural produce that foodies will totally dig. When it comes to choosing a place to stay, the most enticing is the Polynesian-inspired “Poolside Villas” complete with carved architectural features, a mezzanine bedroom and a garden shower. Discover more of Savai’i’s stays in Where to Stay on Savai’i: The Best Savai’i Accommodations.
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7. 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 foodies who want to be close to the eclectic array of the capital’s eateries, yet have some foodie experiences at the resort to engage in. Most notable are the Samoan cooking classes and very popular fiafia nights complete with traditional Samoan dishes. There are three restaurants on-site to choose from, although, again they are unlikely to be your favourite after meandering in Apia. As for rooms, the “Oceanview Hotel Rooms” will meet the requirements of most guests, boasting contemporary interiors. 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. For more of the top places to stay in Apia, check out Where to Stay in Apia: The Best Accommodations in Apia.
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- Taumeasina Island Resort on Booking.com
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8. Lava Hotel
Head down into the industrial-style foyer designed with timber, iron and attractive ambient lighting and you’ll find the Lava Hotel‘s elegant 1905 Restaurant spilling out onto the poolside. Named after the historic Mt Matavanu eruption, the menu also erupts in choices between creative salads, fish, steak and lamb shank (with your choice of weight), pizzas and a range of lunch items that can be arranged for dinner. What’s more, plates and cocktail glasses are gorgeously presented (even if the portions are a bit OTT). The hotel also presents the option to try Samoan dishes during their Sunday To’onai, a traditional Samoan Sunday lunch. With contemporary rooms containing free WiFi, 45″ smart TVs and tasteful furnishings, there’s not much reason not to choose the Lava Hotel.
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9. Amanaki Hotel
Another Apia hotel that shines through its cuisine, Amanaki Hotel is one of the top seafood dining spots in the city. Sure, the rooms here are pretty underwhelming providing just the basics, but the restaurant with an array of fish, chicken, beef, pork and vegetarian dishes just begs for you to come back time and time again. In between wining and dining, relax by the hotel’s rock garden swimming pool and enjoy the location on the Mulinuu Peninsula conveniently close to town. For more stays across Samoa’s main island, check out Where to Stay on Upolu: The Best Upolu Accommodations.
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10. Alternative Foodie Accommodation: Beach Fales
For a true foodie accommodation experience, we encourage you to spend at least one night at a beach fale. These traditionally constructed huts raised on the beach not only provide a unique and beautiful place to sleep but a Samoan breakfast and dinner are almost always included in the rate. Beach fale stays give you the opportunity to try authentic meals, whether they are traditional recipes or contemporary using local ingredients. Meals are shared family-style in a communal dining fale, making for a fun and social experience. Check out some of our top fale recommendations in the 20 Best Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.
More Resorts for Foodies in Samoa
That’s it for our list of the best resorts for foodies, including the resorts with the best restaurants in Samoa. For more tips for foodies, check out more of our guides:
Finally, if you still haven’t found your place in paradise, start from scratch with Where to Stay in Samoa: The 50 Best Accommodations in Samoa.