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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Apia & Upolu 🍽️ [2023]
10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Apia & Upolu 🍽️ [2023]

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Apia & Upolu 🍽️ [2024]


The Top Accommodations with Cooking Facilities in Apia and Upolu

Any savvy traveller knows that a surefire way to reduce a travel budget is to cook your own meals. Luckily, Samoa‘s capital has a wide range of accommodations with private or communal cooking facilities. Unfortunately, the greater area of Upolu has far fewer choices when it comes to self-catering. We give you all of your best options in this list of the best self-catering accommodations in Apia and Upolu!

For more self-catering advice, be sure to check out A Guide to Supermarkets & Food Shopping in Samoa.

1. Insel Fehmarn Hotel

If you seek private cooking facilities, then you can hardly do better than the Insel Fehmarn Hotel for its compact but one of the city accommodation’s most functional kitchenettes complete with a full oven included in each room. What’s more, you don’t even have to spend your whole time self-catering with a breakfast buffet included in the rate and an on-site restaurant should you want to indulge further. Enjoy the swimming pool on-site, as well as the hotel’s alternative position in town close to some of our favourite dining options. Prices are also very reasonable considering the private facilities available.

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2. The Samoan Outrigger Hotel

A cute and quintessentially Samoan hotel on the outskirts of Apia, The Samoan Outrigger Hotel provides affordable rates and Samoan smiles. Rooms are well-maintained, better so than some of Samoa’s more premium hotels, and come in a range of layouts for solo travellers up to families. Choose from air-conditioning, ensuite and shared bathroom facilities. Otherwise, there are open fales in the garden should you want to get the real Samoan experience! With a well-equipped communal kitchen, swimming pool and gorgeous gardens to relax in, what else could you need in Apia? Speaking of, see how this accommodation compares to the 25 Best Hotels in Apia & Upolu.

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3. Return to Paradise Resort & Spa

Just about your only self-catering option outside of Apia, Return to Paradise Resort & Spa offers a secluded retreat on the island’s southwest coast. There are four individual swimming pools, a sheltered Samoan-style concrete pool on the coast, and a beach and reef containing turquoise lagoon water for interesting snorkelling at low tide. Otherwise, guests are kept entertained with weekly fiafia nights, table tennis and book exchange, garden walks and more. Dine or enjoy sundowner cocktails at the attractive waterfront restaurant. As for accommodation, choose the multi-bedroom villas among its manicured gardens for full self-catering facilities. Discover more resort stays in the 16 Best Resorts on Upolu.

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4. Samoana Boutique Hotel

Particularly good for families, friends or small groups, each room type of the Samoana Boutique Hotel fits no fewer than four guests. Choose one of the two- or three-bedroom apartments if you want self-catering facilities. Whether you feel like cooking or not, however, the on-site Black Pepper Cafe makes for an easy option for lunch, while the attractive albeit small swimming pool provides 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. Plus, for more family-friendly suggestions, take a look at the 20 Best Family Accommodations on Upolu.

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5. 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 Samoa’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 self-catering is very viable and even fun in the spacious and modern two- or three-bedroom villas. For more upscale stays like this, check out the 7 Best Luxury Resorts on Upolu.

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6. Talofa Inn

Another affordable hotel well worth considering is Talofa Inn. Offering an ultra-convenient location in the heart of Apia, as well as irresistible prices, there’s not much reason not to choose Talofa. Rooms are compact but are all uniquely styled with characterful bedding and furniture. Most have an ensuite, but be sure to double-check on booking. Choose from single rooms or double/twin rooms each with air-conditioning. There are two lounges, as well as a communal kitchen with a fridge and microwave/convection oven. You also have laundry facilities and free WiFi! See more places with free internet in the 8 Accommodations in Samoa with Free WiFi.

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7. MKR Serviced Apartments

Experience real city living at the MKR Serviced Apartments. All you need for an easy stay in Apia is within walking distance, including supermarkets where you can make the most of your purchases for your apartment’s very own kitchenette. Cooking facilities range from simple electric hotplates to full ovens, so be sure to enquire if you need something specific. Whether you’re a group or a couple, there are sleeping arrangements to suit, while apartments are also fully and modernly furnished with air-conditioning for a more comfortable stay.

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8. Lotopa Home

Don’t rule out holiday homes when looking for self-catering accommodations in Apia and Upolu. For instance, Lotopa Home is a four-bedroom house sleeping up to 10 people in the suburban outskirts. The holiday home is renovated with relatively modern furniture and fixings, from its open-plan kitchen to its two bathrooms. Keep cool with the tiled floors and air-conditioning, and keep clean with home appliances such as a washing machine. There’s parking on-site, as well as a garden. For more holiday rentals to choose from, check out the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Apia & Upolu.

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9. Talanoa Fales Accommodation

For something a little different, escape to lush gardens nestled in mountain views at Talanoa Fales Accommodation. On the quiet foothills of Mt Vaea in the village of Moamoa, approximately 10 minutes from Apia, the family-run accommodation is abundant in fruit and vegetable plants ideal for cooking using your fale’s very own self-catering facilities. Your garden fale is vibrantly decorated and also features an ensuite, a living area and a verandah to enjoy watching the birds. You can take a day off on Sunday, as a free lunch is served by your hosts. For more great-value stays, check out the 20 Best Budget Accommodations on Upolu.

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10. Tivoli Aparthotel

Surrounding a Mediterranean-esque pool area with ornate iron furniture under cute gazebos, Tivoli Aparthotel offers an alternative ambience in Apia. Your ultra-spacious unit has colourful modern fixtures, as well as useful amenities like cooking facilities for a true home away from home. You are also supplied with reusable glass bottles so you can keep hydrated using the hotel’s filtered water and reduce your plastic water bottle impact – yay! Note that there is a security bond to pay upon check-in (so return those bottles!) For more ways to travel more sustainably, check out the 31 Ways to Travel More Sustainably in Samoa.

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More Self-Catering Accommodations in Apia and Upolu

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Apia and Upolu, but there are more stays with kitchens that you can find in the following articles:

And if you’re still having trouble finding the perfect place to stay, be sure to also check out Where to Stay in Apia: The Best Accommodations in Apia and Where to Stay on Upolu: The Best Upolu Accommodations.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor-in-chief and co-founder of Samoa Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in the South Pacific over 10 years ago with nothing but a backpack and a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to explore a paradise such as Samoa. She knows the islands inside out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience Upolu and Savai’i’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also the editor of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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