Paradise found – Samoa

Paradise found – Samoa

Samoa is somewhere I’d only vaguely heard of before moving to New Zealand – a tropical, distant Pacific Island with palm trees, beaches and a hot humid climate.

Saletoga Sands Resort, Samoa

It was all of these things and so much more. A three and a half hour flight from Auckland, we were soon landing in Apia – the main city on the island of Upolu.

We couldn’t have picked a better accommodation than the Saletoga Sands Resort. Set on a former coconut plantation, beach bungalows line the shores of the beach and surround a large, inviting swimming pool.

Saletoga Sands Resort, Samoa

A long jetty reaches out to sea and for a romantic evening for honeymooners the hotel can arrange a dinner out there.

Saletoga Sands Resort, Samoa

Or you could always get engaged out there like our new friends Amy and Dan.

Saletoga Sands Resort

Our days were spent lounging in the pool……..

Saletoga Sands Resort, Samoa

Having lunch in front of our beach bungalow……

Saletoga Sands Resort

With the obligatory bottle of bubbles (or 2) of course!

Saletoga Sands Resort, Samoa

The pool bar situated inside the pool became a regular haunt of ours (served by our favourite bartender Maa) as well as The Landing Bar where the whole resort seemed to gather for 4pm happy hour cocktails.

Our friend Sili would even climb up one of the palm trees and bring down a coconut if you asked him nicely!

Saletoga Sands Resort

For the kids (and bigger kids), situated just next to The Landing Bar are these huge inflatable toys. Lots of fun after a cocktail or 2……

Saletoga Sands Resort

I would recommend staying on the part of the island that Saletoga Sands Resort is based which is on the South East coast of Upolu, around a one hour drive from Faleolo International Airport. The resorts closer to or in Apia itself do not have the same quality of beaches.

Faleolo International Airport

A picture always speaks a thousand words and if I could sum up my feelings about Samoa, it would be this.

Saletoga Sands Resort

My next post will cover our day exploring the island of Upolu including swimming in the famous ocean trench and a trip to an uninhabited island so stay tuned…….

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