Samoa’s Most Stunning Resorts: The Ultimate List!
Choose a South Pacific holiday that’s out of the ordinary. Forget your Hiltons and InterContinentals, Samoa‘s resort scene is much more down-to-earth which effortlessly adds to the charm of this South Seas paradise. From locally-run boutique resorts with traditional beach fales on the sands to “treat yourself” adults-only or private island retreats, there’s a sea of vibes to choose from. We go over our favourites, including the most popular to the hidden gems you’ve never heard of, on this list of the best resorts in Samoa.
Before we dive in, just note that the standard of resort rooms and services might be a little lower than what you’re used to. It’s not uncommon to find the odd broken appliance, a trail of ants in the bathroom, or part of the restaurant menu unavailable. It’s best to go to this developing country with an open mind and set your expectations accordingly. We go more into detail in How to Pick the Best Resort in Samoa for You. Without further ado, let’s get into the best resorts in Samoa!
1. Seabreeze Resort (Upolu)
Easily Samoa’s most luxurious offering, Seabreeze Resort is the place to treat yourself. A boutique resort that’s exclusively adults only, Seabreeze 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. If luxury is what you crave, how about checking out the 10 Best Luxury Resorts in Samoa?
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2. Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa (Upolu)
Rustic luxury awaits at the Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa. Design your own getaway, whether it’s private dinner setups on the beach, treatments available at the Tui–I–Lagi Spa or teeing off at the resort’s very own 9-hole golf course. Dining here is quite the event as you make your way down the lantern-lit pathway to the overwater Ava I Toga Restaurant for fresh seafood and South Pacific fusion dining. Meanwhile, any one of the villas decorated with soothing tones and island-inspired interiors is sure to impress, whether it’s among the lush tropical grounds or basking in the absolute beachfront. For more effortlessly romantic stays like this, also check out the 20 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations in Samoa.
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3. Amoa Resort (Savai’i)
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. For more resorts on Samoa’s big island, take a look at the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i.
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4. Le Vasa Resort (Upolu)
For a low-key resort holiday offering an idyllic balance of relaxation and adventure (not to mention, is much kinder on the holiday budget), choose Le Vasa Resort. Looking out to the Apolima Strait islands of Manono, Nu’ulopa and Apolima, the resort offers experiences to visit some of these islands, as well as accommodations that happen to bask in front-row views of them. The boutique resort boasts just 13 bungalows uniquely decorated with their own colour scheme and traditional materials. When you’re not relaxing in your bungalow, retreat to the generously sized swimming pool or Cocolin’s by the Sea Restaurant, which offers some of the best resort food on the island (see The 10 Best Restaurants on Upolu).
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5. Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa (Upolu)
Through the water garden entrance and past the open restaurant, lagoon-style swimming pool and real lagoon beyond are Samoa’s only true overwater bungalows connected by a winding walkway. Definitely Coconut Beach Club‘s most attractive offering, the overwater fales maximise individual privacy with expansive sun decks, airy bedrooms with king-sized beds, and an ensuite with rock wall interiors and a sunken bathtub. Alternatively, nestled in the gardens are also the lavish “Royal Villas”, two storeys of luxury complete with in-the-ground bathtubs and an observatory balcony accessed by a spiral staircase. While Coconuts is the most upmarket overwater accommodation, check out alternatives in the 5 Best Overwater Bungalows in Samoa.
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- Coconuts Beach Club Resort & Spa on Booking.com
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6. Le Lagoto Resort (Savai’i)
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 4 pm to 6 pm – 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 boutique stays like this, take a look at the 10 Best Boutique Resorts in Samoa.
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7. Aga Reef Resort (Upolu)
One of the rare resorts along the highly sought-after Lalomanu and Saleapaga stretch of Upolu, Aga Reef Resort offers a selection of contemporary hotel-style rooms and lagoon-front villas. Although it doesn’t have much of a beach itself, it has several endearing spots to share with friends or your loved one between its private islet connected to the mainland by a pier walkway and its public areas like its airy bar and restaurant behind the infinity pool. Travellers may want to treat themselves to a “Deluxe Villa” with its very own private outdoor plunge pool, ensuite with a twin vanity and standalone bathtub, and a high-ceiling bedroom with large ranch sliders soaking in the ocean views. Otherwise, the timber-lined “Waterfront Villas” are nothing to snuff at, providing unbeatable reef views while watching the sunrise or sunset. For more resorts on the main island, take a look at the 16 Best Resorts on Upolu.
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8. Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa (Upolu)
Providing a South Pacific resort holiday that is familiar to most, Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa has the beach, the pool, the restaurant, the accessibility, as well as upscale villas. If you’re going to book here for a special occasion, make it the “Matai Villa” located in a more quiet corner of the resort and beach. The ultra-spacious accommodation’s main enticement is its outdoor garden bathroom complete with a stone bath. Alternatively, the spacious family villas with separate bedrooms for the kids are soon to become your new favourite home away from home. The resort organises a range of island tours to make all of your holiday exploits effortless, while the on-site restaurant and bar provide an airy setting for fresh local flavours with an international twist. Discover more resorts ideal for taking little ones in the 25 Best Family Resorts in Samoa.
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9. Taumeasina Island Resort (Apia)
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. There are three restaurants on-site to choose from, although they’re not our favourite at least you’re never too far from Apia’s finest places to wine and dine. As for rooms, the “Oceanview Hotel Rooms” will meet the requirements of most guests, boasting contemporary interiors of what you would expect of an international-style hotel. 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 and plenty of space for your family or group. For more places to stay in Apia, check out the 25 Best Hotels in Apia.
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10. Stevensons at Manase (Savai’i)
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 20 Best Beach Fale Accommodations in Samoa.
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11. Le Uaina Beach Resort (Upolu)
Swap international resort chains for a locally run operation with the best resort rates in Samoa at the Le Uaina Beach Resort. Enjoy South Pacific cuisine at the on-site restaurant and spend your days snorkelling or kayaking by the excellent reef just off the beach. There’s a substantial swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers if you’re looking for a more relaxing aspect to your holiday. Rooms all have an ensuite, while layouts fit couples up to large families. Find this resort in Faleapuna village, right by the Piula Cave Pool and approximately 20 minutes from Apia. And for more reasonably-prices accommodations, take a look at the 25 Best Budget Accommodations in Samoa.
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12. Savaii Lagoon Resort (Savai’i)
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 of Savai’i in the village of Fagamalo. For more resorts with kitchen facilities, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Samoa.
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- Savaii Lagoon Resort on Booking.com
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13. Bayview Resort (Savai’i)
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 on Savai’i. 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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14. Return to Paradise Resort & Spa (Upolu)
Based on Upolu‘s most famous beach, 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, where a night under the rockpool cabana is always a highlight (as long as you’re prepared with insect repellent). As for accommodation, you have a wide array of beachfront and garden options, from one-bedroom beachfront suites boasting rock-wall bathrooms to three-bedroom villas with self-catering facilities. For more stays with apartments, take a look at the 10 Best Holiday Apartments in Samoa.
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15. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge (Savai’i)
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. 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.
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16. Litia Sini Beach Resort (Upolu)
Escape to one of Samoa’s most popular beaches, especially with the locals, Lalomanu Beach. While traditional beach fales make up the majority of accommodation lining this idyllic stretch of white sand and turquoise lagoon, Litia Sini Beach Resort offers a slight step up in their fully-enclosed bungalows. Choose from either a garden bungalow or on the beachfront with direct access down the steps to Lalomanu’s white sands. Rooms are compact, fitting beds for up to four or five people, with each equipped with a mosquito net. You can easily get a bit more space, however, on your private deck where watching the sunrise or sunset is simply magical. Home-cooked Samoan-style cuisine is served for breakfast and dinner, included in the rate.
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17. Salani Surf Resort (Upolu)
Nestled in an enclave on the south coast of Upolu yet moments away from quality waves, Salani Surf Resort is an immediate go-to for a surf stay in Samoa. Each of the eight elevated units boasts estuary views from its private deck, while air-conditioning and an attractive ensuite bathroom with a waterfall shower are also part of the parcel. When you’re not making use of the surf boats and guides taking you to the most pumping waves, retreat to the resort’s saltwater swimming pool, dine at the restaurant specialising in fresh and responsibly sourced food or hop on one of the resort’s island excursions. Find out more about Salani’s sustainability principles in the 5 Best Eco Resorts in Samoa.
18. Samoa Tradition Resort (Apia)
A favourite with the locals who have family visiting from overseas (and want to impress), Samoa Tradition Resort is all about family: family-owned, family-run and you’re sure to feel like aiga (extended family) too by the end of your stay. Choose between hotel rooms with breakfast included and affordable rates or upgrade to one of the villas decorated with hand-carved poles and exposed rock walls complementing the nature embraced from your forest balcony. There are full apartments with cooking facilities should you want to add your family to the Samoa Tradition Resort’s. Not to mention, one of the highlights of the resort is its famed fiafia night every Thursday!
19. Tanoa Tusitala Hotel (Apia)
A hotel with resort vibes and a convenient location in the island’s capital, Tanoa Tusitala Hotel is well worth considering as your resort in Samoa. The magnificent dome rooves along the Mulinuu Peninsula are a striking introduction to this Apia hotel. Just try to pull yourself away from the large outdoor pool or the kids from the shaded toddlers’ pool. Meanwhile, enjoy a hot buffet breakfast served each morning in the Fala Restaurant and al fresco dining at the Deck Restaurant by the pool. As for rooms, expect your usual hotel-style offering, each with air-conditioning, an ensuite and either a private balcony or patio. There’s even free (limited) WiFi, which is a rarity in Samoa. If a hotel stay is definitely your thing, be also sure to check out the 30 Best Hotels in Samoa.
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20. Satuiatua Beach Resort (Savai’i)
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.
21. Le Manumea Hotel (Apia)
A vibrant family-run boutique hotel/resort radiating Samoan flair, Le Manumea Hotel offers a fun and characterful stay in Apia. Your room is decorated with natural materials, including woven panelling across your kitchenette’s cabinetry and hand-carved doors. Outside is your ensuite shower in a rock garden setting, while shared areas consist of an attractive lagoon-style swimming pool, a bar that has one of the best happy hour deals in town, and an airy fale restaurant where one of Apia’s most popular fiafia nights take place.
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22. Faimafili Village Resort (Upolu)
A charming village-run resort on the shores of Matautu, Faimafili Village Resort provides friendly and tentative hospitality for a true Samoan experience. The bungalows either raised on the beach or nestled in the gardens are very basic but what you’d expect for a budget-style accommodation. Menus at the dining fale are limited if you’re the only guest staying there, but weekends and public holidays usually mean locals gather at this popular spot with events like Sunday to’onai (see the 10 Best Foodie Experiences on Upolu) that make this a more likely place to be. There are accommodation options suitable for both couples/solo travellers and families. For more resorts in villages, check out the 10 Best Village Stays in Samoa.
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23. Orator Hotel Samoa (Apia)
On the quiet village and plantation outskirts of the city, Orator Hotel Samoa might have an unassuming sign at its entrance, but once you go down the palm-lined driveway to the gorgeous gardens and the greetings of a Samoan song upon checking in, you’re instantly made to feel special. Between the garden pathways and surrounding a deck-lined pool are a number of villas that, although need a facelift, have endearing features like tiled floors and rock-lined ensuite bathrooms. Enjoy a tropical breakfast included in the rate and more Samoan delights available to order at the restaurant.
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24. The Samoan Outrigger Hotel (Apia)
A cute and quintessentially Samoan hotel in the suburbs of Apia, The Samoan Outrigger Hotel provides affordable rates and friendly Samoan hospitality. 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?
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25. Aganoa Lodge (Savai’i)
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 in Samoa 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 rock wall 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 stays specialising in surfing, take a look at the 8 Best Surf Resorts in Samoa.
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More About the Best Resorts in Samoa
That’s it for our list of the best resorts in Samoa, but it’s by no means the end of our advice on choosing the perfect resort. Check out these lists for more specialised resort options:
Finally, if you’re still struggling to find the perfect place to stay on the islands, start from scratch with the Where to Stay in Samoa: The 50 Best Accommodations in Samoa.