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“Sa'Moana you saved the day.... Many, many thanks” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sa'Moana Resort
Ranked #11 of 31 Hotels in Apia
Certificate of Excellence
Broadbeach, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Sa'Moana you saved the day.... Many, many thanks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

We had booked a 2 week surf trip to the Solomon Islands, but a severe weather event meant we had to cancel that trip at the last minute. As we would not get holidays together again in a long time we decided to find another location, and quickly as we were already 4 days into our trip. We telephoned Sa'Moana and were able to book in the next day, so we changed our flights and off we went. Samoa is paradise. Beautiful, friendly and safe. The staff and management at Sa'Moana went above and beyond the call of duty to make our stay a great one. We surfed 5 out of the 7 days - thanks Ferani - and the other days we visited some of the natural beauty (you must visit Tu Sua) thanks Samoa. When we decided to extend our stay the resort was full so the management and staff cleaned out the house at the back for us to stay in. Nothing was too much trouble for these guys. So a BIG thank you from us to Steve, Ferani, Samoa, Mountain and the rest of the management team and wonderful staff. You saved our surfing holiday..

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014

We stayed here for almost a week on our honeymoon back in 2007 and it was absolutely devine. Kept the husband busy with the surfing charters, and kept me happy being able to chill out by the pool.

The bungalows are just gorgeous, nicely furnished, making them feel modern without taking away from that tropical island feel, with awesome outdoor shower!

The staff are friendly and go out of their way to please you.

My only (good) gripe was probably putting on a bit of weight due to the absolutely fantastic food that is on offer!!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014

We just spent 5 beautiful nights on Honeymoon at Sa'Moana Resort. It was the perfect place to relax! The amazing staff went above and beyond to make our stay special. We stayed in the Pool View Bungalow which had amazing views of the ocean through the palm trees, and an awesome outdoor lava rock bathroom. The tours and service from all the staff at Sa'Moana Resort was exceptional and we highly recommend this resort to others!

Room Tip: For couples, the Pool View bungalow was fantastic!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank PipBR
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Kirstin M, Manager at Sa'Moana Resort, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Thanks Phillipa for your lovely review.
That's fabulous that you had a great time and loved our amazing staff.
Congratulations on your marriage and we're so glad you chose to spend your honeymoon with us!
Warm regards,
Kirstin
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Currumbin, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

I want to start out by thanking Steve the manager , Daniel, one of the owners and all the staff from Sa'Moana Resort - particularly Friani - Surf Guide / Adventure Man - for making our stay a most memorable one. Right from the start with some frantic phone calls from Brisbane after our surf trip to the Solomon Islands was washed out - Steve and the crew were so helpful and accommodating going above and beyond what was required to help us out . I have been to Tonga , Fiji ,the Maldives and Indonesia and I would have to say that Samoa would be the cleanest and possibly the most picturesque of them all. We went for the surf and like with any surf trip it can be luck of the draw , we got some good waves , not epic but fun and Friani showed us the surf potential of the area. The Resort itself was very nice , clean and well kept and the outdoor enclosed showers were a great touch. The food was fantastic and the local beer went down very easily after a long day of surfing or exploring some of the natural wonders.I have not stopped talking about Sa'Moana Resort and Samoa to any body that will stand still long enough to listen. Well done Steve and all the Staff - we will be back.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Tony M
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Kirstin M, Manager at Sa'Moana Resort, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Thank you Tony for your lovely review.
I'm sorry about the Solomon Islands, really really terrible for them, but at least you found us. :-)
I'm so glad you had a great time and especially loved our awesome staff!
Warm regards,
Kirstin
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

Without a doubt the best place to stay in Samoa. Private bungalows located on a beautiful lagoon amongst swaying cocononut palms. Beautiful infinity pool to swim in, excellent food, excellent everything. Kirsten the Aussie owner was a total delight and very helpful along with the staff members. We stayed 16 nights and even that was not long enough at this paradise. My favourite thing was the outside shower. Fantastic. Thoroughly recommend this resort. We looked at a number of other resorts and this by far outweights any others. We will definitely be going back.

Room Tip: Try to get the honeymoon bungalow, right at the end of the resort and so private.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Anthony O
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Kirstin M, Manager at Sa'Moana Resort, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Hey Anthony,
Thanks for your lovely review. I did respond earlier to you & a few other above so I'm not sure what happened there.
The weather is getting colder in Sydney... I think you should come back!
Warm regards,
Kirstin
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

Having only returned from my Samoan holiday by one week, and I can still smell the fresh ocean breeze that surrounded me at Sa'Moana Resort. Upon arriving after a night flight from Sydney, as we pulled into Sa'Moana the sun was actually rising as though it had been waiting to unveil this beautiful place. Located at one of the most southern ends of Upolu stands this gorgeous boutique resort that caters for absolutely anyone! I was there on a romantic getaway but as my stayed progressed, crazed surfers and young families arrived...to which I was none the wiser. With only a few beach front bungalows... all ocean facing, this resort is schmik!! Our bungalow was immaculate and contained all you would find in any other 5 star resort....bar fridge, tea and coffee facilities, wardrobes ect but what topped it was the outdoor lava rock bathroom. The bed and pillows were super comfy too. I big one in my books! The staff were unbelievably friendly and completely sincere... and in every department. Wether it be thorough knowledge of the island for amazing adventure tours, an afternoon cocktail by the pool or just for a little chat, I felt like a movie star throughout my stay. Compared with other pacific island resorts, I found the pricing to be rather reasonable....and we ate and drank A LOT :) And speaking eating, both the lunch and dinner menus were just to die for!!! I wouldn't hesitate in returning to Sa'Moana and am spreading the word!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank Jayell79
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Kirstin M, Manager at Sa'Moana Resort, responded to this review, 6 May 2014
Thank you so much for your lovely review. I did respond earlier to you & a few other above so I'm not sure what happened there.
The weather is getting colder in Sydney... I think you should come back!
Warm regards,
Kirstin
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013

Sa'Moana is set in a beautiful location, with pristine waters to snorkel over a fascinating underwater world just meters from the beach. There are kayaks available to borrow which are good quality and an abundance of hammocks to laze about in. It's the quintessential pacific island hideaway.

The rooms are well appointed with refrigerator, fan, special outdoor (private and walled) showers and comfortable beds. Could benefit from bedside lamps to read by in the evenings.

Staff are friendly and helpful. We were there for Christmas and it was made really special with Santa coming to visit via canoe and climbing a palm tree in search of presents. The children at the resort were clearly thrilled and the adults were pretty excited too.

Food and drink are great quality, although the cocktails are a little on the pricey side.

With only six bungalows in a large area it seems like you're the only guests there. Highly recommed a stay here.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Elizabeth H
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Kirstin M, Manager at Sa'Moana Resort, responded to this review, 27 January 2014
Hi Elizabeth,

I hope you are well. I just wanted to say a quick thank you for your lovely review here on Trip Advisor. We look forward to seeing you again here soon!

Kind regards,
Kirstin
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Property: Sa'Moana Resort
Address: End of Salamumu Beach Road | Salamumu Village, Apia, Upolu, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Upolu > Apia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Apia
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Apia
#3 Family Hotel in Apia
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Apia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sa'Moana Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small 3.5 star remote, idyllic beach resort located at the end of the long, windy Salamumu beach road (about 6km track off main road). Our simple colorful wooden bungalows are all absolute beach front with their own private outdoor lava rock bathroom, private deck and of course fabulous beach and Pacific Ocean views. We are the perfect location for active families, couples and singles who want to totally switch off from the World for the length of their stay and be "Off The Grid" and see the real Samoa and maybe want something a little different from the standard "out of the brochure" vacation. We have an all-day bar and restaurant with comfortable seating for a sunset cocktail, good music including traditional Samoan tunes and great vibes. All our staff are local so can share their knowledge of the best places to visit, and the stories of the real Samoa. We do a weekly cultural show and a traditional Samoan Fire Dance and Haka display every Thursday - free to our guests. Guests are welcome to surf out front - its intermediate to advanced level and you need to bring your own board. Surf Tours can be arranged with local operators when you are here. There are several within 20/30 minutes of our resort. Car hire is highly recommended so you get to see the best of our beautiful island and discover your own magical parts of it - we can recommend lots for you to do and provide a map and some local advice. Please note we are not near any public transport, shops or other resorts / restaurants - we are literally a tropical island hideaway! If this is what you seek - you won't be disappointed! ... more   less 
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