Advice on Choosing Accommodation in Samoa for Your Wedding or Honeymoon
A wedding and honeymoon only come once in a lifetime (in theory), so you want to get this right. Samoa might be home to a breathtaking assortment of resorts and hotels, but boy, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one! Luckily with this guide, we’ll give you some food for thought and make the path clearer for choosing the perfect wedding and honeymoon accommodation in Samoa.
5 Tips for Choosing Wedding and Honeymoon Accommodation in Samoa
- Don’t just compare accommodations, but compare wedding and honeymoon packages too
- Tell your accommodation that it is your honeymoon when booking; they might just have a freebie for you when you arrive
- Some honeymoon packages require you to provide proof that you have gotten married within the last year or six months
- Accommodation standards are a little lower than what you might be used to, especially for the price – learn more about setting your accommodation expectations right in How to Pick the Best Resort in Samoa for You
- The high season is between June and August, as well as Easter and Christmas, so be sure to book early if visiting at these times to avoid disappointment – see the 10 Reasons to Travel in the Low Season in Samoa for more advice.
Types of Honeymoon or Wedding Accommodations in Samoa
Of course, couples shape their own wedding/honeymoon to how they want it to be, whether it’s a budget getaway or a luxury island escape. If you’re looking for something on a budget, get advice from How to Find Cheap Accommodation in Samoa. Those looking for wedding venues or something more “special” for their honeymoon, however, tend to either choose one of Samoa’s resorts or hotels. The difference between these accommodation categories is subtle, but we’ll explain nonetheless…
Lining the coast of the islands of Upolu and Savai’i, Samoa’s resorts not only serve the greater crowd of holidaymakers but tend to have special services for couples, whether it be a honeymoon suite, couples’ spa treatments, private dining or even honeymoon packages and a wedding venue. Some resorts are even exclusively for adults, but the choice is very limited in this category.
We have listed the most couple-centric resorts in the 20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations in Samoa, while more options are listed in The Top 25 Resorts in Samoa.
Apia‘s answer to resorts, Samoa’s hotels are mostly centred around the country’s most developed area. Although the list of facilities is not quite as extensive as a resort, hotels typically boast a swimming pool, attractive gardens, room upgrades and a restaurant for honeymooners to make the most of. What’s more, many hotels in Apia also offer their venues for weddings.
Check out the most endearing hotels, again, listed in the 20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations in Samoa, while more can be found in the 30 Best Hotels in Samoa.
By no means a luxury accommodation, beach fales are nonetheless a beautiful experience that couples should try at least once during their honeymoon.
Samoa’s most iconic and cheapest accommodation type, beach fales are simply constructed huts raised on the beach and can be found all over Samoa. They are typically equipped with a woven mat, foam mattress, a mosquito net each and perhaps a tarp or woven blinds for privacy/rain protection. Think of it like beach glamping! Toilet and shower facilities are usually shared at a bathroom block, while breakfast and dinner are served at a communal dining fale.
Take a look at some of your beach fale options in the 20 Best Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa. Plus, find out more about what it’s like to stay in these unique accommodations in the Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa.
Location, How to Get There and What is Nearby?
Once you know what sort of accommodation you’re looking for, you should either pick a main destination that you’d like to visit (the relaxing option) or plan an itinerary around the islands to ensure more attractions are hit (the adventurous option). Luckily, we have you prepared for both!
There are couple-friendly accommodations on both of Samoa’s main islands, while a substantial choice can be found in the capital city. Compare the destinations using the following guides:
- The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Upolu
- The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Savai’i
- The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Apia
Note that getting between the islands and even travelling around the islands of Samoa is relatively inexpensive, perhaps with the exception of fuel prices. So, if you’re renting a car, look at reducing travel times by either staying close to attractions that you’re interested in visiting – see the 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa – or consider staying in different accommodations as you travel around the islands. For the latter, take a look at these itineraries especially curated for couples:
- Samoa Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 14 Days
- Samoa Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 10 Days
- Samoa Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 7 Days
- Samoa Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 5 Days
- Samoa Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 3 Days
Each itinerary also has romantic accommodation recommendations.
What’s Included in Your Honeymoon Stay?
When comparing wedding and honeymoon accommodation in Samoa, there are three types of inclusions you might want to compare if they are available: the facilities and services of your accommodation, the wedding packages and/or the honeymoon packages.
Many of Samoa’s resorts and hotels are not just about having a bed for the night but a full holiday experience. A price might be “high” but check what the price actually includes, such as kayak, SUP and snorkelling gear rental, daily breakfast, a swimming pool, a beach, or cultural activities program, for example. Compare the inclusions to the facilities you would otherwise pay for. Note that some accommodations in Samoa may offer these services but extra charges apply.
Check out some typical Samoa resort facilities in How to Pick the Best Resort in Samoa for You.
Wedding packages take the guesswork out of planning an overseas wedding, offering a range of inclusions. There are typically two or three tiers of wedding packages, ranging from a simple wedding with just the essentials to a full-blown celebration. Wedding packages typically include a wedding planner, help with obtaining a wedding license, tropical flower head or neck garlands, a decorated ceremony venue (usually on the beach), a minister/celebrant, sparkling wine and more.
Check out the 10 Best Wedding Packages in Samoa for an example of resort and hotel wedding packages and what’s included.
Honeymoon packages in Samoa are typically complimentary as long as you meet the requirements of a minimum stay period. For instance, a honeymoon package for staying a minimum of five nights might include an accommodation discount, welcome cocktail drinks, a bottle of sparkling wine and a private dining experience.
Check out more examples in the Best Honeymoon Packages in Samoa.
More About Choosing a Wedding or Honeymoon Accommodation in Samoa
That’s it for our guide on how to choose a wedding or honeymoon accommodation in Samoa, but that’s by no means the end of our advice for couples! Check out more guides below:
- 20 Most Romantic Things to Do in Samoa
- Samoa Proposal Ideas: 5 Romantic Ways to Propose
- 10 Reasons a Wedding in Samoa is a Must!
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’ll probably find it in The Wedding, Honeymoon & Romantic Getaway Guide to Samoa.