we have just returned from our 4th trip to samoa, we are a family of 2 adults with 2 teenagers and we travelled for 2 weeks with our friends and there 19mth old baby.
the surprise of our holiday was staying at a new place called - manumea.(CHECK OUT REVIEW AND PHOTOS) it's a 12 room hotel. it is just out of apia ( about 5 minutes and up near the robert L stevenson place) it was amazing, so clean great food, friendly staff, it was reasonable priced we paid about $400tala for the 4 of us, our friends paid $300tala double.
stayed 3 days each place
we hired a mini bus form discovery rentals, and had no problems with them, the bus costs us $225 tala a day.
next placed we stayed at was virgin cove, last year we all stayed here and it was our favaourite. but since then they have made a few changes, selcluded fales have a double bed ( instead of mattress on floor) no kids under 12 allowed (management alowed us to stay as we were returning guests, and we booked out the 3 end selcluded fales, so the bby wouldn't disturb anyone ( but they have since built a beach bungalow up there !) the prices have gone up, but the main problem is the food, is was terrible!! we paid $125 tala per person ( so for us family of 4 $500tala a night!)
next stop Sa'Moana resort, we all loved this place, the room was door type and all us us in together, great beach , great food, kayaking, swmming pool. we all had a ball.
the guys went fishing a few times with different fishing charters during our stay - the black pearl at salani resrot and troppos'
we then cauaghat the ferry to savaii.
we we got off we drove to agnora bay ( had lunch and swim ) very pretty place, then we saw the blow holes and AFU waterfall 9 totally amazing and worth a stop for a swim.
we stayed at le lagoto resort , we booked a bungalow ($260USD/ night for the 4 of us) and our friends stayed in the upastairs apartment ($90 USD/ night for 2) it was old and very small , but did have small ensuite and air/con.
our room here was beautiful, the beach here is great and there is a whaterhole right out the frount . we went out with dive savii on a snorkleling trip and got to snorkle at 3 sites and even snorkelled with a turtle , loved it!!!
we were all very disapointed with the food, for the price we expected better. we stayed here 4 nights and for 2 nights we drove 45minutes to a suifagag resort and ate there, delicious and much cheaper.
the other problem we had was as all accomodation was pre paid, we paid for our meals /drinks as we went. and at the end they tried to charge us again!!! we weren't happy, since talking to a few people (owners of other resorts ) they have heard of similar things happening to other guests, as you are never given a receipt . amnagement eventually sorted things out, but is was a shame to end on. so be careful and ask for recipts as the money isn;t reaching the till !!!
then the ferry back to upolo and back to manuea for a night ( our friends left the next day) and we went on to litia sini beach fales at lalamono beach, i love this place cheap, best beach, so relaxed. we all had a great time ($90 tala per person a night with breaky and dinner).
for lunch one day we went to boomerangs resort and had lobster $55tala so good. also went to the ocean trench, great amazing place.
then we stayed at seabreeze for 3 nights. lovley clean rooms, nice hammocks in fales to relax on , the beach here isn;t the best, but you can kayak to a nice beach, great snorklling. and amazing food!!
a discovery here was if you want a great beach , 5 minute dive and go to vavau beach, this place is amazing !!! aparently the fales here a run down as a big resort chain the warrick are going to build a resort here.
we got lots of souviners form the markets and a place called plantation house, they have lovely made printed giftware/ bedding/ teatowels etc.
then back to maunmea and then sadly home !!!!
we all love samoa so much, and are looking forward to next year.