3-Day Luxury Trip to Samoa
Are the powdery sands, wonderful waterfalls and captivating culture of Samoa calling your name? It’s time to explore paradise with nothing less than pure indulgence in mind. This is your luxury escape, after all. Whether you’re celebrating something special or “just ’cause”, this Samoa luxury itinerary for three days will ensure your wanderlust and rejuvenation needs are seen-to even if, may we add, three days is nowhere near enough time to enjoy Samoa! Nevertheless, this itinerary not only squeezes in Samoa’s cosmopolitan and cultural capital of Apia but explores Upolu and its natural wonders.
While you’re here, don’t forget to peruse The Complete Luxury Guide to Samoa; your bible to luxury in Samoa!
Overview: Samoa Luxury 3-Day Itinerary
- Day 1 – Arrival in Samoa + Relax on Upolu
- Day 2 – Upolu South Coast Sightseeing
- Day 3 – Apia Day Trip + Departure.
How to Get Around Samoa in 3 Days
This Samoa luxury itinerary for three days includes travelling to various destinations on the main island of Samoa, Upolu. Here’s a quick rundown on how to get around Samoa in three days.
Road Transport in Samoa
Upon arrival in Samoa, you can either get your rental car delivered to the airport or this itinerary allows for the option to take an airport transfer and have your vehicle delivered to your accommodation once you’re ready to hit the road on Day 2. See airport transfer options in the 10 Best Airport Transfers in Samoa.
When you’re ready to hit the road, car hire offers the most flexibility and convenience. Get advice on car hire, including premium car hire, from What You Need to Hire a Car in Samoa. Alternatively, this itinerary is doable by a hiring private driver from your resort; see How to Hire a Driver in Samoa for more advice.
For all of your transport options across the islands, not limited to the most “luxurious”, check out our Samoa Transport Guide: 14 Best Ways to Get Around Samoa.
Day 1 – Arrival in Samoa + Relax on Upolu
Travel time: 1-2 hours (depending on which resort you are staying at).
Welcome to Samoa and the start of your escape to paradise! After the arrivals process of going through customs and biosecurity, you’ll step outside of the arrivals area to where your airport transfer to your chosen resort, whether it’s organised through your accommodation or simply a private taxi transfer (see your options in the 10 Best Airport Transfers in Samoa).
South Upolu Luxury Accommodations
- Seabreeze Resort
- Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa
- Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa
- Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
- Aga Reef Resort
Discover more about each accommodation in the 7 Best Luxury Resorts on Upolu.
Luxury Experiences on the South East Coast of Upolu
As you have limited time to enjoy Samoa, don’t waste any time jumping into the indulgence:
- Treat yourself to your resort’s day spa
- If you’ve brought your surfboard, jump on a surf boat to catch some waves
- Reel in the big ones on a fishing charter
- Tee off at Sinalei Reef Resort‘s very own golf course.
Learn more about these experiences in the 10 Best Luxury Experiences on Upolu.
Each of the resorts stated above has a reputable restaurant, so make things simple by dining at your resort’s restaurant for this evening. We’ll provide some alternative recommendations for tomorrow.
Day 2 – Upolu South Coast Sightseeing
Travel time: 1-2 hours (depending on the resort stayed).
It’s normal to have itchy feet when first arriving at a new and exciting destination, so make the most of this energy by doing a day tour of Upolu’s magnificent south coast!
Sights on the South Coast of Upolu
- Take a day trip to the uninhabited island of Namu’a
- Spend the day at Lalomanu Beach…
- … Or the hidden Vavau Beach
- Swim at Samoa’s iconic To Sua Ocean Trench
- View Sopoaga Falls and watch their coconut demonstrations
- Enjoy a road trip in the mountains of Le Mafa Pass.
Many of these south coast sights are highlights on the 50 Best Things to Do on Upolu so take a look to familiarise yourself with them.
The great thing about the south coast’s luxury resorts is that their restaurants are all open to guests and non-guests alike, so you don’t necessarily have to eat at your chosen resort for your whole stay.
For lunch, the Waterfront Restaurant and Bar at Seabreeze Resort turns comfort food into fine dining accompanied by breathtaking bay views.
For dinner, Ava I Toga Restaurant of the Sinalei Reef Resort is a must-do for fine dining on its over-the-water restaurant, boasting an array of creative cuisine for all diets. Alternatively, elevate your evening meal by treating yourself and your partner, family or friends to one of Upolu’s private dining experiences. Choose a private decorated setting at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa or have a candlelit dinner with a personal waiting service on the deck of your luxury villa at Seabreeze Resort.
Learn more about the restaurants mentioned in the 10 Best Restaurants on Upolu.
Day 3 – Apia Day Trip + Departure
Travel time: 1 hour and 15 minutes – 2 hours (depending on the resort stayed).
You can’t visit Samoa without experiencing its cosmopolitan and cultural capital. Plus, there are numerous sights to admire on the journey, so make your way back to Faleolo International Airport an eventful one by discovering the following sights.
Begin your journey getting some height on the Cross Island Road, stopping by Papapapaitai Falls to marvel at one of Samoa’s highest waterfalls. Further down the road are the Tiapapata Art Centre and the neighbouring Baha’i Temple – one of only eight in the world. Finally, before entering Apia, visit the manicured grounds and historical villa of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.
Once you’re in the capital, experience the cultural ambience of the Fugalei Market and browse high-quality Samoan-made crafts and sit down for lunch at Pacific Jewell Gift Shop & Garden Cafe. Those feeling more active could enjoy snorkelling at high tide at Palolo Deep or chasing those views from atop the Mt Vaea Tomb Trail. See all of your options in the 25 Best Things to Do in Apia.
Either visit some or all of these attractions independently, perhaps with the help of A Self-Guided Trip Around Apia: One Day Itinerary. Otherwise, we highly recommend a private day tour for ease and knowledgeable insights from a local guide, as listed in the 5 Best Day Tours of Apia.
Remember to arrive at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled departure so that you have enough time to check in, go through security and browse the retail offerings, as listed in The Guide to Shopping in Samoa + The Best Places to Shop. You may even want to wait for your flight in style at the Faleolo Airport Lounge with a refreshment buffet, unlimited WiFi, a shower, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and more.
For anything else you need to know about leaving Samoa, it’s all listed in our guide, Leaving Samoa: Departure Tips & Checklist.
For lunch, sitting among the lush garden setting of Pacific Jewell to a tempting menu of bagels, all-day breakfasts, crepes and more works effortlessly with the itinerary stated above. Take a look at the 10 Best Cafes in Apia & Upolu for more about this establishment plus alternative recommendations.
Should you need any refreshments before your flight, relaxing in the Faleolo Airport Lounge provides a comfortable option.
And it’s “Tofa Soifua” from Samoa!
Alternative Samoa 3-Day Itineraries
Is this three-day luxury itinerary for Samoa not quite speaking to you? How about checking out our alternative itineraries for three days:
- Samoa Honeymoon & Romance Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Adults-Only Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Food Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Family Itinerary: 3 Days
- Samoa Budget & Backpacking Itinerary: 3 Days
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed from this Samoa luxury itinerary, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Luxury Guide to Samoa.