01 Jun 2013 - 02 Jun 2013
Samoa became independant in 1962, being the first island nation in the Pacific to achieve this status. The country takes time out to reflect and celebrate its independance from colonial rule. The fiercely contested "Fautasi Race" (Long boat race) usually wraps up the celebrations for another year.
Samoa is a small independent island nation located in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, in the region called Polynesia. These volcanic islands have a narrow coastal plain and a rocky and rugged mountainous interior. The Samoan way of life is very laidback, not surprising considering its isolation from the rest of the world. With its palm lined beaches, relaxing Samoa hotels and accommodations, white surf and tropical rainforests with misty clouds, Samoa has the kind of beauty that makes location scouts for Hollywood go berserk! You could say that relaxing is a form of art in Samoa.
Slow down, take a deep breath and relax. This is Samoa, where time stands still. Literally!
The Independent State of Samoa, formerly Western Samoa, is a true South Pacific Island paradise. Samoa is a group of small islands that lie halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand. This scenic anthology has inspired literary classics such as Robert Louis Stevenson's, 'Treasure Island' and cinema at its very best in James A. Michener's masterpiece, 'Return to Paradise' starring Garry Cooper.
With nine islands to choose from, there are a lot of things to see and do in Samoa on and around the islands. The largest island Savaii has been called ‘Polynesia at its truest’ and offers an authentic look at the beauty and life of Polynesia. The second largest island is Upolu, which is the most populated island. The capital Apia is located on its northern coast. Nearby is Vailima, where Scottish novelist and poet Robert Louis Stevenson built a house and lived from 1889 till his death in 1894. Apia has a rich variety of places to stay including Samoa hotels and accommodations, guesthouses and hostels. You can also find the main offices of most local Samoa tour operators, car rental companies and banks.
Samoa’s most beautiful part is Aleipata, where you will see both incredible waterfalls and beautiful white sand beaches. Driving from Apia, you’ll find about 65 km (40 miles) away the Falefa Falls, Fuilisia Falls and Mafa Pass, all of which have stunning beaches and freshwater swimming spots. A great way to explore this area is on a tour in Samoa.
If you’re interested in snorkelling or diving, Samoa has a wonderful range of locations to offer – Palolo Deep Marine Reserve located on Upolu Island, the beaches along Safotu and Manase, and those between Lesolo Point and Tuasivi located on Savaii Island. All equipment including boats, nets, spears etc can be hired for snorkel fishing or for deep sea diving.
This being an island paradise, you can travel to Samoa any time of the year. December - February is usually the rainy season, but with the effects of Climate Change, there have been years where we have not seen any rain or if we are lucky, some scattered showers. From November to April, the humidity might be a bit too much to handle as well. Isolated Tropical storms visit the islands usually from November to March. The best time of the year to visit Samoa is between May and October, which is the high tourist season, though there isn’t a difference in prices charged at other times of the year.
Hotels and accommodations in Samoa outside Apia, around Upolu and Savai'I, lie mostly along the coast and are quite scattered. Booking a hotel in Samoa, if only for the first night, is highly recommended so you don't end up in a small community with only a hand full of Samoa hotel providers to choose from! You can even use our Samoa map to book your hotel based on its location. And with many budget airlines now operating within the Pacific - a holiday to Australia, Fiji or Vanuatu is a great addition to any holiday to Samoa.
The Samoa Hotel Association which owns and operates this site has accommodation ranging from budget Samoa hotels, guesthouses and traditional beachside fales to the best resorts and hotels in Samoa. Browse through the hotels Samoa has on offer and call on us for the latest travel information from our local Samoan team.
If you haven't booked accommodation around the islands before your arrival in Samoa, you can drop by the office of the Samoa Hotel Association in downtown Apia. Our friendly staff would be happy to help you out with useful information and could easily book accommodation for you around this beautiful country. Samoa Hotel Association will make sure your Samoa island holiday is a breeze.
Give Samoa a try and experience fa’a Samoa or the Samoan way, which remains the most vibrant culture in Polynesia!
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Welcome to Faimafili Village Resort. We are located on the South Coast of Uplou next door to Return Paradise Beach. On offer are 17 fales, and 4 Enclosed Units which can comfortably accommodate up to 4 pax in one room.
Beach Fales are traditionally built accommodation in a very quiet location with a wonderful ocean view.[more info]
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Janes Beach Fales is a mixture of white sandy beaches and low maintenance grass shaded by the swaying coconut trees is a classic feature of this 7 year old establishment. The fales are half opened and half closed and the location allows the occupants a glimpse of sunset with breaking waves and cool southerly winds.
Jane’s Beach is your home away from home.
Are you looking for a truly original beach experience? Jane’s Beach is a family-friendly, authentic secluded beach with a downright fun personality.
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Lauiula Beach Fales is located on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Lano on Savaii Island and is family owned and operated. Experience Samoan Style living and let us look after you whilst on the beautiful Savaii Island.[more info]
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Welcome to Manusina Beach Fales! We are located on the white sandy beaches of Saleapaga with a stunning mountain range backdrop. We offer warm hospitality, delicious homecooked meals and comfortable accomodation.[more info]
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Taumesina Hideaway is a family owned and managed property and is the only beach fales in the city of Apia. Situated on a lagoon in Taumesina Reserve in the village of Moata'a, we are tucked away in a quiet little corner with lagoon and harbor views and cooling sea breeze for those balmy Samoan day and nights[more info]
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A relaxed, informal and friendly family run hotel close to the centre of Apia, just a few minute walk to the CBD and all the shops and restaurants, and not to miss the Produce Market. It is an ideal place for the business traveler or for families and friends who wish to spend time in Apia, close to all the conveniences without paying a fortune.[more info]
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Aniva's Place Bed & Breakfast is a warm and friendly establishment close to town, with simple neat, clean, bright and comfortable rooms and an outdoor pool to enjoy. The real soul of Aniva’s Place is the owner, a witty, cheerful and very helpful lady. It is an ideal base for both tourists and business travelers alike. A complimentary tropical breakfast is also included in the rates. It is "Highly Recommended" as "Author's Choice" by Lonely Planet.[more info]
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The all-new Amanaki Hotel is the definitive Apia address for urban relaxation. This new 3-storey hotel is ideal for the corporate traveler or the holidayed who wants to be close to all the activities and action in Apia or base his daily visits from.[more info]
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Samoan Highland Hideaway is one of the few remaining place, an untouched paradise, ready to be discovered. A land of lush vegetation mountains and beautiful coastlines and beaches.
Samoan Highland Hideaway is nestled in the Highlands of the Alesia area of Upolu. It is an place unlike any other. Quiet, tranquil, and very private. Live the life in a tropical paradise.
Your Local Connection
Meet the lively team at Samoa Hotel Association, we are your local connection in Samoa. We will be happy to help make your stay in Samoa enjoyable and memorable. We can assist with hotel bookings, tours, advice on attractions around the islands, and good places to eat and drink!
Not all travellers think the same way, each have different expectations and desires. Some wish to escape to relax in a beach hammock, some need an action-packed holiday full of fun and adventure, some wish to explore the beautiful Samoan environment... whatever your needs, the SHA team are here to help.
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Customer FeedbackThe booking service was excellent. They had some good suggestions and put quite an effort in.
Mr Tjeerd B. - New Zealand