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Seabreeze Resort
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Upolu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 November 2012

We had the pleasure of staying at this resort for seven nights recently. We went for Seabreeze as it had good reviews on Tripadvisor and it was relatively close to the best beaches on the island and other attractions of interest.

By now you would have probably realised that the resort is a good 1.5 hour drive from the airport, but the trip is worth it. It does mean that if you want to explore Apia and surrounding attractions you will need a rental car to make the hour long drive, which is easily arranged through Chris.

One of the nicest things about this resort is the intimacy it provides. It is hidden away within a cove and away from the main road. There are only about ten villas in total, so the place didn’t feel crowded or busy at any time. The resort’s distance from everything else also adds to its sense of intimacy.

We stayed in one of the Reef View villas (number 5) which was literally only a few steps to the pool. It came with a queen and single bed which were perfectly comfortable. The air-conditioning worked well (but you had to make sure all the windows were shut obviously). There was plenty of hot water and a good water pressure in the shower. The large covered deck in front of the room was a lovely place to spend time in the shade, and the hammock that comes with every villa is wonderful to have a wee relax in.

The restaurant is built such that it is surrounded by the waters of the lagoon. Our travel agent arranged a meal plan for us which included an allowance of 30 Tala for lunch and 60 Tala for dinner per person (doesn’t include drinks) for five days. We could order anything from the menu and if we exceeded that allowance then we just paid the difference. We ended up exceeding the allowance more often than not as we are fairly big eaters, but the meal plan provided us with a saving on the cost of food anyway so we were happy with it.

The food itself was excellent and there was enough variety on the menu that we didn’t feel bored despite eating at the restaurant for seven days. We are puzzled at the earlier comments about the breakfast being small, as you are provided with a fruit platter, a full cooked breakfast and juice or tea/coffee every morning.

Most of the villas surround the central infinity pool, which is of a good size and has a fantastic view out to the lagoon and little island. We spent a fair amount of our time relaxing in the pool or on the deck chairs around the pool. There is also a swim up bar from which we ordered a few drinks to enjoy while soaking in the view.

In terms of the attractions and things to do nearby, we hired a rental car for four days to explore the island. We enjoyed Lalomanu but were even more taken by the beach that you pass just before you get to Lalomanu. We thoroughly recommend looking out for this less populated beach as it’s just as gorgeous as Lalomanu but less crowded. The other attraction we really enjoyed was the To Sua Ocean Trench which was spectacular.

On a different day we made the trip into Apia via the northern coastal road. We were fairly underwhelmed with the town and the heat made it difficult to be outside for any length of time. We also stopped by to have a brief look at Coconuts beach club and Sinalei reef resort, and looked at a waterfall or two. A seven day stay is longer than most but we had no trouble filling in the time with either by exploring the island or relaxing at the resort. There were kayaks and snorkelling gear provided free of charge. We saw other couples taking advantage of them but didn’t use them ourselves.

Seabreeze resort is a lovely place and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2012

Our desperately needed and long awaited holiday was everything we had hoped for. We had great hosts (Chris and Wendy), an immaculately presented and beautifully decorated faile set in idyllic tropical surroundings. All the wonderful staff, from the room cleaners, to the waiters and waitresses, simply added to the peaceful surroundings through their friendliness , and genuine warmth and kindness.

Whilst at the Sea Breeze, our host Chris arranged a guided tour tailored to our needs. Our tour guide, Matt, not only provided us with a very informative and delightful commentary, he enlightened us on his very rich Samoan culture and history. When I lost my wedding and eternity rings while snorkeling, many of the staff (and guests) volunteered to help us find them. After 3 days of exhaustive searching, my beloved wedding ring was found by Sone, a young man who will have my undying gratitude for as long as I live. This loss served to demonstrate the genuine caring and kindness of a wonderful people, and we will be sure to return to Samoa the next time we need a peaceful and tranquil holiday retreat.

Neville and Barbara Lewis

Room Tip: Choose a boutique reort like the Sea Breeze on the southside - right on the water front with mild tr...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

Just back from a week at Seabreeze - given the glowing reviews, expectations were high, and they certainly didnt diasappoint. Awesome setting, friendly and welcoming staff and very clean and comfortable accommodation.

We stayed in Villa 9 - lovely views but you are in full view of the restaurant so privacy is a little lacking in this one compared to others - Villa 8 was hidden behind palms but I'm not sure how much of the ocean they blocked.

Defintiely hire a car and explore the island, it's a beautiful place. Food choices are limited so you'll have to eat at the resort - that's no bad thing, the food is very good - but I am curious why these islands are so insistent on serving western cuisine all the time (looking at the same menu options for a second week would've been pushing things) when their own oka's and curries are so good. More local recipes would be preferred if possible. The cultural night was an absolute hit...

I would definitelty recommend Seabreeze to others and wouldnt hesitate in going back....if you're reading this and you've booked in, I'm sure you wont regret it.

Room Tip: Room 9 is is full view of the restaurant so lacks privacy over Room 8 - that being said, carefully p...
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

We have recently returned from 7 nights at Seabreeze Resort Samoa. It was amazing from the helpful emails from Chris and Wendy prior to our arrival to our no fuss check in. The staff were polite, helpful, friendly and went out of their way to make our holiday perfect. The restaurant is 5 star , the food extraordindary from the fully cooked breakfast to the pool bar lunches, pizzas and dinner time dining were unbelievable quality , choice and all tastes and needs catered for. Our room Ocean Front No 8 was faultless with views to die for, immaculately clean, serviced daily with a hammock, day bed, fresh flowers , the list goes on. I would not hesitate to recommend this amazing resort, you can rest, relax, go snorkelling, kayaking, rent a car go sightseeing, walk around the villages, go to Lalamanou Beach, we didnt want to leave. Thanks Chris and Wendy for a holiday experience we will never forget.

Room Tip: Rooms 8 & 9 are the pick being Ocean Front but any of the rooms have a view of the waterfront
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Have recently returned from 9 nights at the Seabreeze, it was fabulous.
Great service from everybody, right from the start emailing Chris and Wendy, the friendliness and kindness of the cleaning staff, the lads at the restaurant, the chefs, and the wonderful ladies who make the best coffee and cocktails.
The setting is simply magnificant and you feel like you are a part of the lagoon. The pool is great, definitely sizeable enough for lengths for those who like that and plenty of room to feel private, with spots to chill and gasbag with other guests if you enjoy that instead.
The pool bar is great, the cocktails are divine and great care is also taken to make them just perfect. The Vailima (local beer) makes a good start to lunchtime.
The food is fabulous, especially the tuna and masimasi - lots of fresh fish and vegetables if you like, or fries and salad if you have a bloke that perfers it that way. Pizza on sat and sun is super tasty, especially the seafood extravaganza. FiaFia night was so amazing and the staff practice so hard to make this a great experience for guests.
Don't listen to the odd comment about small meals. I don't know how much some people expect to eat, but the food was plentiful at all meals.
We stayed in Beachfront Villa 9 - the privacy is a little less than Villa 8 ( with the palms in front), but the view from every spot is crazy good - even in the shower. There are trees planted which will grow in time. So it really is personal choice. If you are worried, you can always keep a sarong on. The villas are lovely, as are all the rooms types, we managed to have a look at them during our stay.
There is lots to do if it takes your fancy, can hire cars, or take taxi's which is relatively in-expensive. Whatever you like, Chris or Wendy will explain and sort it for you. Or like us, you can just chill and feel like you are part of the furniture. You can snorkel out front very easily and the clear bottom kayaks are great for exploring the local coastline.
I sound a little gushy, but the holiday was so needed and so amazing that I can't stop telling people about it.
Everyone at this place will go out of their way, the staff are a credit to the managers and to Samoa. They are as friendly as you want them to be, or will stand back if you prefer. They helped make our holiday, they were all so lovely.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

We recently had lunch on a visit to Seabreeze Resort, to check out the facilities. My family all enjoyed the beautiful setting from the restaurant, which is well appointed and a credit to the resort.
We had amazing tuna which is our favourite and will go back for next time we return to Samoa.
The staff member was very nice, friendly and attentive. Without seeing in the accommodation inside it is a perfect spot for a lovely quiet holiday, honeymoon or retreat with only limited rooms it is a perfect size not to get too busy. Lovely pool area overlooking the small but adequate beach area.
Would highly recommend a visit even if only to dine or have a cocktail!
Slightly daunting long driving could do with an upgrade with pot holes, and maybe a more noticeable sign on roadside would attract visitors!

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Seabreeze01, Owner at Seabreeze Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2012

Thanks for sharing your experience of Seabreeze, we will make sure we pass your compliments onto the staff at our next meeting they appreciate feedback & revel in praise. Seabreeze was the winner of the 2012 NZ food & wine challenge, so we are thrilled that you found our food "amazing".

We agree & understand your issues with the road & are expecting to have this fixed in the near future. We have experienced a fair bit of heavy rain & the road has suffered but with plans in process to renew the entire driveway, we will soon have an entrance to be proud of.

We also have our photographer here at the moment whom is taking images of the resort, we already have plans for two signs one at the entrance to our driveway & another on the headland with vinyl images of the resort, so next time you visit us Seabreeze will be in a better position to meet welcome you, but our tasty cuisine & spectacular views will of course be the same.

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Reviewed 3 November 2012

We have just returned from a week's holiday at Seabreeze and have to say it was the best holiday we have ever had. We have travelled quite a lot in the Pacific Islands but Samoa winds hands down and Seabreeze would have to be one of the nicest most relaxed resorts we have ever stayed in.

Chris and Wendy go out of their way to help and advise of places to go, car hire etc and the staff at Seabreeze just make life fun with their constant singing and happy smiles.

We had beachfront unit number 8 and I have to disagree with a previous review that the palms block the view; yes there are palms but they just provide privacy particularly for the outdoor area at the side of the unit. We had a wonderful view of the lagoon from our bed with just palm trees waving to the side. Looking from the restaurant, number 8 was completely private but number 9 not so much so. The whole unit was amazing. Beautifully furnished with everything we could want including a fantastic outdoor shower.

We hired a car with Chris' help for 4 days and drove around the whole island as much as we could. The most impressive part of Samoa apart from the people are the fantastic gardens. It is easy to see how much pride they take in their gardens, absolutely beautiful.

The snorkelling at Seabreeze wasn't brilliant, but only because of the devastation from the tsunami. Great to see the coral starting to regenerate and the fish are returning in droves. We found pretty good snorkelling near Apia at the Marine Reserve.

Amazing food cooked by two amazing chefs. The main chef had had an accident when we arrived so a lot of our meals were cooked by the number 2 chef and I have to say, he did an absolutely fantastic job. His masi masi in a white wine cream sauce was out of this world!

Thanks all at Seabreeze, we loved you all and we will definitely return.

Room Tip: If you want a beachfront unit, definitely ask for number 8, much more private than number 9.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Seabreeze Resort

Address: Paradise Cove, Upolu 1234, Samoa
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Region: Samoa > Upolu
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Upolu
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Upolu
#1 Luxury Hotel in Upolu
Price Range: £151 - £267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Seabreeze Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With the completion of an extensive multimillion dollar re-build & refurbishment, Seabreeze, is now Samoa’s NEWEST BEACHFRONT Resort. Situated on the South East coast of Upolu, nestled in a small sandy bay directly on the beach, this stunning new resort is designed for couples on that totally romantic vacation that require the ultimate in Samoan Boutique Luxury. Enjoy a cocktail by the pool whilst relaxing in a double daybed, laze on the beach or take a dip within the protection of our pristine lagoon, experience the culture, watch the local fishermen on the reef, swing in a hammock, kayak to the small islets that surround this historical bay, or relax in tranquil surroundings while the waves lap around you. Guests enjoy the use of non motorized water sports equipment at no charge. Seabreeze is small & personal, our friendly staff know every guest by name, you are not a room number you are our VIP. ... more   less 
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