What are the Best Resorts on Savai’i?
Looking for your next island escape? Culture combined with some of the most breathtaking natural attractions in the South Pacific is a truly enticing prospect. All your holiday needs is a glorious place to stay and Savai’i’s resorts are certainly up to the job. From boutique resorts to quintessential Samoan resorts to huts over the lagoon, there’s something for everyone (at least with an open mind) on Savai’i. Let us guide you through the top picks in this list of the best resorts on Savai’i.
1. Amoa Resort
Savai’i’s most complete resort experience awaits just a mere 20-minute drive from Salelologa Wharf. Surrounding a lagoon-style pool with a swim-up bar is a small selection of Polynesian-inspired Poolside Villas complete with carved architectural features, a mezzanine bedroom and a garden shower. If a crisp and contemporary hotel-style room is more what you crave, you’ll find them in the Garden Villas lining the attractive garden walkways also complete with outdoor showers. While Amoa Resort offers an array of cultural experiences and crowd-pleasing yet upscale dining for guests within the resort grounds, you’ll no doubt feel an allure to cross the road to the lagoon deck to watch breathtaking sunrises and where kayaks are available to launch from the manmade beach.
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2. Le Lagoto Resort
Boasting 10 spacious high-ceiling bungalows among manicured gardens, 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 4pm to 6pm – 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, take a look at the 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations on Savai’i.
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3. Stevensons at Manase
If you’re looking for that “beach fale” experience without sacrificing comfort, check out the idyllic fales and beachfront villas of Stevensons at Manase. The pride of the resort are its unique “eurofales” giving you the Samoan accommodation experience along with the luxury of a spacious ensuite bathroom with drink-making facilities and a private deck boasting lagoon views. Should you have more in your tribe or you want to turn the comfort up a notch, choose one of the uniquely styled suites decorated with local art and stone walls to reflect the natural environment. There’s plenty of beach to comb, while the large swimming pool and restaurant brasserie overlooking the lagoon are gorgeous places to unwind. All in all, Stevensons provides idyllic accommodation for a low-key holiday. For more beach fale stays, head to the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Savai’i.
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4. Savaii Lagoon Resort
Sitting firmly in the three-star category, Savaii Lagoon Resort offers pleasingly modern bungalows by the beach that meet the requirements of most visitors. There are room layouts to suit all groups, from villas with separate bedrooms to more affordable studios. Either way, each bungalow comes with the rare feature of self-catering facilities, while the Barefoot Bar and Restaurant offers an idyllic setting on the beach. You can always work off your lunch by making use of the kayaks available. However, you will need to bring your own snorkelling gear or hire some from Dive Savai’i across the road. Find the Savaii Lagoon Resort on the northeastern coast in the village of Fagamalo. For more family-friendly offerings across the island, check out the 10 Best Family Resorts on Savai’i.
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5. Bayview Resort
Nestled on the bay’s edge surrounded by the dramatic formations of the Saleaula lava flow, Bayview Resort offers a 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). On a final note, the road getting in is extremely rough but at least short so a high-clearance vehicle is preferable.
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6. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
Offering much more than a bed for the night, Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge might be called a “lodge” but the variety of rooms plus activities and dining on offer certainly provide a more resort experience. The lodge is one of the top places on the island for fishing charters, but they also have kayaks, snorkelling gear, bikes, fishing rods and SUP boards for guests to hire. Not to mention, some of Savai’i’s top cultural experiences depart here, from their highly recommended Koko Plantation Tour to their Village Walk, massage and so on. Breakfast is included in the rate and served at the on-site restaurant, which also has an a la carte menu for dinner (note that food orders are done at reception before 5pm).
As for the accommodation, choose your level of comfort from the traditional open fale on the waterfront to one of the spacious ensuite bungalows. Either way, it’ll be a charmingly rustic experience that’s kind to the budget. Speaking of budgets, find more cheap stays in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations on Savai’i.
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7. Satuiatua Beach Resort
Despite the “beach resort” name, Satuiatua Beach Resort is better described as a beach fale accommodation and it’s the only one on Savai’i’s southern sunset coast. Stay in traditional open fales with woven panel blinds for privacy with some beds on bedposts and some with mattresses on the floor. Dinner is served in their temporary dining fale (the old one, unfortunately, burnt down), which is a mix of local fair and international favourites. The most impressive feature is their banyan tree deck, but there’s plenty of rustic lounging furniture to sink into across the beach. Learn more about what it’s like to stay in a beach fale in our Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa.
8. Aganoa Lodge
Don’t leave this piece of paradise just to the surfers. Although it’s primarily advertised as a surf camp, Aganoa Lodge offers one of the most upscale faux-beach fale experiences on the island with resort-like facilities. Your stylish and spacious oval fale has its own private deck leading straight onto the sands, while out the back is your ensuite rockwall shower. Meals are all-inclusive and served in the dining fale with the Tafua Rainforest Reserve out the back and the Pacific Ocean out the front. There’s more to do here than surf, with massages, fishing, kayaking, SUPping, yoga and eco tours available (note that some require prior notice). For more upscale options like Aganoa Lodge, check out the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Savai’i.
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9. Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets
Unique in its style and rustic in its execution; if you’ve dreamed of staying in an overwater bungalow (but can’t afford the Mariott’s and the likes overseas), then Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets is here to serve with its Samoan version. Sure, there are holes in your deck and the standard is what you’d expect of budget accommodation, but there’s no denying the beauty of being right on the lagoon with a private ladder for snorkelling and being surrounded in lush rainforest. Lusia’s also offers a range of garden chalets and hotel-style rooms, should you prefer. Local specialities are served for breakfast, while the on-site CC’s Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with limited choices that will meet the minimum requirements of most travellers. What’s more, Lusia’s is effortlessly moments away from Salelologa and its wharf.
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10. Jet Over Hotel
Within easy reach of Salelologa town centre, Jet Over Hotel is set up for travellers both for leisure and business. The swimming pool is rather inviting on those blistering days, while the waterfront villas are definitely the most enticing room option for holidaymakers, hanging over the lagoon’s edge with uninterrupted ocean views. Sleeping arrangements here, however, will easily fit most groups between the hotel-style ensuite rooms to the multi-level “Terrace Suite” including basic kitchen facilities. Not that you’ll need to worry too much about cooking, as breakfast is included in your room rate and the on-site restaurant serves food for even the fussiest eaters all day long. What’s more, Jet Over Hotel has conference facilities and meeting rooms, making it one of the most popular choices for travellers on business. For more hotels ideal for business, check out the 10 Best Conference Centres & Venues in Samoa.
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More Resorts in Savai’i and Samoa
Now that we have exhausted the offering of the most resort-like accommodations in Savai’i, check out some alternative stays across the islands of Samoa, in the lists below:
Finally, if you haven’t yet found the perfect place to stay, start from square one with Where to Stay on Savai’i.