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OUR Thoughts on Saletoga Sands Resort, South East Coast Road, Matatufu, Upolu
One of the newest resorts in Samoa Saletoga Sands opened in April 2014, the owners made an immediate success of the new resort and in 2016 took over the management of the smaller resort next door.  The small resort has been totally refurbished and upgraded and, in 2017, both properties have been seamlessly amalgamated and the result is a super little resort with a wide range of accommodation options and services including a small conference facility, spa, gym, Wedding Chapel, Kids Waterpark and more, all set on a magnificent bay on the south coast of Upolu.  We’ve visited Saletoga Sands several times since it opened (including the amalgamated resort) and have experienced all its great facilities and services.  Be assured, this is a really good resort and well worth considering in any Samoa holiday plans. 

The Central Complex is a superb fusion of traditional Samoan, colonial and modern architecture.  The Reception area steps down to the restaurant which faces over the “fabbo free-form swimming pool” with swim-up bar and which has a pizza oven right alongside for great pizza snacks during the day.  There are views of the ocean from everywhere.  The intimate on-site spa provides a welcome range of treatments. Right in front of the resort there is delightful swimming in the sea where the lovely soft sand slopes away (but not too quickly) and you can get some nice depth without having to go out too far.

We are most impressed with the beautiful hand-carved rocks around the resort grounds and the traditional Samoan carvings and decorations on the fale-style villas. These add lovely touches and help build on the modern-Samoan ambience of the whole place. 

Saletoga Sands offers a choice of restaurants - The award-winning Ocean View Restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and the beachfront “The Bungalows” restaurant which is open daily for lunch and for dinner nightly excluding Wednesday – the Fia Fia Night) featuring good quality food at affordable prices and a casual dining atmosphere. Both restaurants are a delight with their range of menu options and their stunning views.

Tropical Continental Breakfast is included in the daily room tariff and a meal plan is available for those guests wishing to prepay lunch and dinner.  

Saletoga Sands has a nice jetty which gives access to deep water at the end.  The end of the jetty is marked by a thatched open-sided fale which is a pleasant spot to sit and take in the scenery during the day, but which, in the evening becomes a romantic location for a special occasion private dinner with personal waiter.  You dine off the resort menu and there is a small set-up fee for the jetty table etc and although we didn’t have time to experience dinner on the jetty when we visited, we could see that it would be a very impressive arrangement for a special occasion. 

Saletoga Sands Resort has been officially recognised as an authorized Land Transport Association location. This means it’s now easier for you to hire a car from the resort without the worry of driving to town to get your driver’s licence validated. The cost for validation at the resort is WST$21. (Subject to change if government charges increase).  Rental cars available at the resort are Toyota 1st, Toyota Rush and family-sized Toyota Seranas which comfortably seat 7.

In addition to daily Continental Buffet Breakfast other tariff inclusions are:
 Complimentary use of snorkelling equipment
 Use of kayaks
Use of stand-up paddle boards
 Beach Volley Ball
 Fiafia night live entertainment weekly on Wednesday
 Kids’ Club - 10:00am to noon daily.
New Waterpark

For a boutique-size property, a vast range of services and facilities are on offer.  Here’s a list: Reception Lounge, Bars, Chapel, Day Spa (Massage & Facials), Gym, Swim-up Pool Bar, Wood-fired Pizza Oven, Rental Cars, 2 Restaurants, Lagoon-style Swimming Pool and Tour Desk.  Add Wedding Packages and a Water Sports Boat Shed and even a Kids’ Activities Program and you have a high-quality resort at which to stay and from which to enjoy Samoa’s many attractions.

Bullet Tours
The Resort runs tours with staff guides to many of Samoa’s attractions.  We find that guests availing themselves of the opportunity to experience Samoa with the assistance of a Saletoga guide gain a great deal of satisfaction from the experience.  Tours may be pre-purchased and left open dated through OUR Specialists and included in your package arrangements.
Tour Options
● To Sua Ocean Trench & Togitogiga Waterfall Swim.
● Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Palolo Deep Marine
      Reserve, Apia Markets & Turtle Feeding.
● Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, Apia Markets & Turtle Feeding

What Saletoga Sands Resorts Say About Themselves
“Saletoga Sands Resorts combine luxury and comfort with exceptional value, nestled within its own private ‘Saletoga’ bay on the South Coast of Upolu in Samoa just over one hour’s drive from Faleolo International Airport. The golden sand beach and breathtaking, tranquil blue waters provide the perfect setting for this stunning resort surrounded by exotic tropical flowers and lush greenery. Offering a variety of accommodation types from hotel rooms and traditional style bungalows to luxury western style Villas including absolute beachfront, you’ll find something for all tastes and budgets. Get active and explore or just relax onsite with the lagoon style swimming pool including swim up pool bar, two restaurants and four bars, inflatable waterpark, gym, spa, rental cars, daily tours and much more. 

You’ll find a choice of two restaurants which both use a blend of fresh local flavours with international cuisine, with regular changing menus that will have you coming back for more.

Ocean View Restaurant
Overall Winner of New Zealand/Samoa Friendship Week Restaurant Challenge 2016
Gold, Silver & Bronze awards in the Samoan Culinary Awards 2013-2016
Admire stunning views of the ocean and reef as you sample a wide selection of international wines and beers or refreshing cocktails. For more casual dining or during the day enjoy a delicious pizza poolside or choose from our daily snack menu.
7.30am-10.30am – Breakfast including complimentary Continental buffet breakfast
12pm-3pm – Lunch
6pm-9pm - Dinner
Theme Buffet Dinner nights:
Wednesday – Fiafia night with live entertainment

The Bungalows Restaurant
Located beachfront with stunning views out to the lagoon and ocean, The Bungalows is a casual dining atmosphere with good quality food at an affordable price.
Lunch: 12:00pm to 3:00pm daily
Dinner:  Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 
and Theme Buffet Dinner nights:
Saturday – BBQ buffet
Sunday – Curry Night

The Landing Bar
Head down to “The Landing” to enjoy the 5 tala happy hour beers at the end of the small jetty and directly over the lagoon.
4pm–7pm (Happy Hour)!

Pool Bar
Enjoy a cool refreshing beverage at the swim-up pool bar or whilst relaxing on loungers nearby. 
Our daily snack menu is also available.
10.30am-7pm daily

Saletoga Resorts is great for a couples or family holiday, group stay, reunion, conference or wedding celebration, relax and rejuvenate in the beauty of Saletoga Resorts or explore some of Samoa’s best attractions, located nearby.”

Our Specials
Bullet Honeymoon Bonus:
Honeymooners staying a minimum of 3 nights receive, with the compliments of Saletoga Sands:
● 2 thirty-minute romantic massages per room.
● A fruit platter
● A “welcome gift” on arrival.
 - Honeymoon status to be established at time of booking

Bullet Returnee's Bonus
Returning guests are looked after very well at Saletoga Sands with:
● A free room upgrade
● Car hire for one day
● Flowers and a gift in room on arrival.
All with the compliments of Saletoga Sands
 - Returning guest status to be established in advance of
   guests' arrival on the return stay.
 - The room upgrade is subject to availability of a higher
   grade room at time of check-in. 

Your Accommodation Options
The 59 units comprise 17 Hotel Rooms, 7 Lagoon View Bungalows, 7 Deluxe Villas, 7 Lagoon View Family Bungalows, 10 Beachfront Villas, 10 Deluxe Family Villas and 1 absolute beachfront Suite – the Matai Villa Suite. There is an accommodation type for everyone! 

Deluxe Villas and Beachfront Villas have an open-plan combined bedroom-living area; the Deluxe Family Villas also have the one combined bedroom-living area with the option for a separate bedroom which can either be closed off by sliding doors or opened right up to the lounge area if preferred to add to the open-plan feel of the Villa. All Bungalows and Villas are built in the “fale” style which reflects the way traditional Samoan houses have been built over the ages. Hotel Rooms are more contemporary in style, but the furnishings still reflect a pleasing Samoa influence.

Bungalows differ from Villas mainly in the flooring and bathroom set-up.  Bungalows have ceramic tiled floors and an internal bathroom.  Bungalows and Villas are all air-conditioned, feature a handmade traditional thatched roof and a furnished veranda with a sizeable deck. 

In Villas, the timber deck leads into the mahogany timbered floor interior with its light, earthy shades and timber surrounds. The tiled bathroom is another feature with natural stone basins and timber slab vanity bench tops.  There is a full-size internal shower and, in addition, the bathroom opens to an amazing, private, walled courtyard which comes complete with a tropical open-air outdoor shower. Saletoga Sands Villas have the best of both worlds with this thoughtful arrangement; a superb outdoor tropical courtyard shower for those who are seeking something completely different on their tropical holiday, while providing an indoor shower option for those guests who are more comfortable with a more conventional shower arrangement.

All villas are raised off the ground a little at the front and entry to the veranda deck is via 4 wide steps off the front or side.

Room Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Hotel Rooms:
The 14 fully refurbished. air-conditioned Hotel Rooms are a good size with plenty of space. Located in a two-level block, some have ocean views.
Ensuite bathroom with shower and furnished balcony or patio.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests. 
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 King Singles, plus a King Single.
Additional Bedding:  A cot may be added but this does not increase the maximum occupancy allowed.

Bullet Deluxe Hotel Rooms:

The 2 Deluxe Hotel Rooms are much larger than the Hotel Rooms and are located on both levels. This accommodation is recently renovated and both enjoy some ocean views. Each has an ensuite bathroom with shower and furnished balcony or patio.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests. 
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 King Singles, plus a King Single.
Additional Bedding:  1 Rollaway Bed or cot may be added.  

Bullet The Executive Hotel Room:
Recently renovated, a beautiful, spacious room located on the top floor with exceptional ocean views. There is an ensuite bathroom with shower and furnished balcony.  The Executive Hotel Room will easily accommodate a family of 4.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests. 
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split into 2 King Singles, plus a King Single.
Additional Bedding:  1 Rollaway Bed or cot may be added.  

Bullet Lagoon View Bungalows:
Recently renovated and air-conditioned, Lagoon View Bungalows are pleasant stand-alone bungalows set back a little in the tropical gardens but still with lagoon views.  Each has a modern Samoa feel with tiled floor and light-coloured walls which perfectly complement the curtained glass-louvre windows, colourful mats and soft-furnishings. The deck out front is a delight.
Ensuite bathroom with shower.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed.
Additional Bedding: A Rollaway Bed or a Baby Cot may be added for the 3rd guest.

Bullet Deluxe 
The 40m2 interior gives these villas a beautifully spacious feeling and that feeling of space is enhanced by the 14m2 patio deck which flows seamlessly from the interior of the villa.  The outdoor courtyard off the bathroom at the rear also enhances the feeling of space. Deluxe Villas are air-conditioned and surrounded by tropical gardens and have either a partial ocean view or pool view.
Maximum occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added. A cot for a baby may be substituted for the rollaway bed.

Bullet Lagoon View Family Bungalows:
Brand new in August 2017 and being added to in early 2019, these traditional-style bungalows are located on the quieter eastern side of the property where the beach is less formed than the main beach.  The Lagoon View Family Bungalows are in two rows back a little from the beach and those behind are staggered so that each one provides guests with a view to the lagoon between the bungalows on the front row. Lagoon View Family Bungalows are the accommodation type closest to the inflatable Water Park. These spacious air-conditioned bungalows are perfect for an affordable family getaway. Similar in layout and facilities to Deluxe Family Villas (but slightly smaller) and without the second, outdoor shower.  Lagoon View Family Bungalows offer a separate bedroom which contains the 2 single beds, although, in normal Samoa-style, to assist with air movement inside the bungalow, the dividing interior walls do not go all the way to the ceiling.
Maximum occupancy: 5 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed in the main room and 2 Single Beds in the separate bedroom area.
Additional Bedding:  1 Single Rollaway Bed or cot may be added. 
A baby in a cot is included in the maximum occupancy count.

Bullet Beachfront Villas:
40m2 of interior space make these villas beautifully spacious and the feeling of space is enhanced by the 14m2 deck which flows seamlessly between the interior and exterior of the villa.  The outdoor courtyard off the bathroom at the rear (which contains a second shower) also enhances the feeling of space. Located just a few steps from a golden sandy beach and the lagoon, nestled within a sheltered bay, where you can hear the sound of the waves crashing on the distant reef. The air-conditioned, stand-alone Beachfront Villas are furnished with quality locally-made furnishings and feature panoramic lagoon views and an artfully designed layout with utmost guest comfort in mind.
Maximum occupancy: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed or 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  1 Single Rollaway Bed or cot may be added. A baby is included in the maximum occupancy count.

Bullet Deluxe Family Villas:
Big and beautiful; Deluxe Family Villas have just under 60m2 of interior space plus a 21m2 veranda and a large outdoor courtyard off the bathroom which features a second (open-air) shower. These Villas have a bathtub as well as a shower. Each of the 10 Deluxe Family Villas offers a light earthy interior with mahogany floors, natural timber surrounds and crisp white linen with a separate bedroom partially partitioned from the lounge. Enjoy a partial ocean view from the spacious deck.
Maximum occupancy: 5 Adults or 3 Adults and 2 Children or 2 Adults and 3 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed in the open-plan area which may be split into 2 Single Beds and 2 King Single Beds in the separate bedroom.
Additional Bedding:  1 Single Rollaway Bed can be added. A cot for a baby may be substituted for the rollaway bed but this does not increase the room maximum occupancy allowed.

Bullet Matai Villa Suite:
Located right on the beachfront at the western end of the beach, the adults-only Matai Villa Suite features an ensuite bathroom with shower.  The courtyard off the bathroom also features an outdoor shower and a bath. Guests staying in the Maitai Fale Suite enjoy the inclusion of a fruit basket, bottle of sparkling wine and fresh flowers in the Suite on arrival.
Quoting Saletoga Sands “Treat yourself to the ultimate luxury with your own private Villa Suite and private beach, located just steps from the azure blue waters of the sheltered lagoon. A large spacious standalone villa with outdoor bathtub and both indoor & outdoor shower, private beach bordered by tropical gardens with plenty of space to relax and enjoy quality romantic time together.”
Maximum occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed which may be split to provide 2 Single Beds
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding accommodated.

Getting To and From Saletoga Sands Resort
Saletoga Sands staff personally meet all arriving guests at Faleolo International Airport and Mulifanua Wharf (from Savaii) and provide a transfer to The Resort. There is a charge for this service which we will include in package arrangements.

Saletoga Sands is approximately 70 minutes away from Faleolo International Airport, 80 minutes away from the Savaii ferry wharf via the South Coast Road and 60 minutes from Apia City via the Cross-island Road.

We are sometimes asked about the option of picking up a rental car at the airport on arrival in Samoa for the duration of a stay.  Because not all flights arrive in Samoa in daylight, Saletoga Sands Resort provide an airport meet-and-greet service for their guests and then transfer guests to the resort in a good-quality air-conditioned resort vehicle.  When staying at Saletoga Sands, resort transfers are a compulsory inclusion.  It really is a good idea to make the resort transfer compulsory, as, in our experience, it can be a bit daunting finding your way straight off the ‘plane then driving down the South Coast Road in the dark on an unfamiliar road while travelling companion/s may start to lose their sense of humour! The Resort also provides (charged) transfers to and from the Savaii Ferry wharf, but don’t worry about the details of these transfers as we will include necessary wharf and airport transfers in your package arrangements.

The owners of Saletoga Sands have invested in several good Toyota rental vehicles which they have available for hire on-site.  We are happy to pre-book one of the resort rental vehicles for you to ensure availability while you stay at The Resort, but if you want to stay flexible, we are just as happy to include a certain number of days car rental in your package arrangements without having to tie you down to specific dates.  To drive in Samoa, visitors require an endorsement on their home drivers licence which is obtained once you arrive in Samoa.  Saletoga Sands are authorised to provide the necessary endorsement which is a great help.

Kids’ Policy
This is a family-friendly resort and children of all ages are welcome year-round. As well as the established kids activities program and the babysitting services, In 2018 the resort opened the first Waterpark in Samoa for kids to enjoy.
Bullet Kids Stay Free
 Up to 2 children aged under 12 years stay free when
    sharing a room with parents and utilising existing
    bedding. Subject to maximum room occupancy.
 Should a child under 2 years require a cot, cots are
    provided free of charge.
 - Valid for stays in all accommodation types subject to
   individual rooms maximum occupancy policy.
 - Babies in cots are counted as children when calculating
   the number of children staying free and the maximum
   allowable occupancies.
Bullet Little Kids Eat Free
 Kids aged under 3 years eat free when all the occupants
     of the villa have pre-purchased a daily Meal Plan for their
     complete stay.
     A discounted Meal Plan is offered for children aged
     3 to 11 years inclusive.
Bullet Kids Play Free
A complimentary kids’ activities program is available,
     tailored to the number  and ages of the children staying
     at The Resort at any one time.
The new complimentary Kids Waterpark.
 A Kids' Club operates daily 10:00am to 12:00noon

Exclusively For Adults
Bullet The Matai Villa Suite
Available for adults only, the private Matai Villa Suite on a private beach is located just steps from the blue waters of the sheltered lagoon. The suite is a large, spacious, stand-alone villa with outdoor bathtub and both indoor & outdoor shower.

Saletoga Sands’ standard check-in and check-out times:
Check-in time: 2:00pm
Checkout Time: 10:00am
Guests on Early Arriving and Late Departing Flights
Subject to their allocated accommodation being available on arrival at Saletoga Sands, guests may gain access from 8:00am on payment direct to the resort of an early occupation fee equal to 50% of the cost of staying 1 night.  Similarly, should the occupied accommodation not be required for an incoming guest, your occupation may be extended up to 4:00pm on your day of departure on payment of 50% of the nightly tariff of the accommodation occupied.
To Guarantee immediate occupation for an early arrival
Guests on flights which arrive in Apia early in the morning who wish to guarantee immediate access to their accommodation are highly recommended to pre-book and pay for their accommodation from the night before. 
Guests on late departing flights may only guarantee a late check-out by booking and paying for accommodation for an additional night.

Resort Cancellation and Amendment Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Bookings cancelled more than 45 days prior to arrival date
     – No cancellation fee
Bullet Bookings cancelled between 30 and 44 days prior to
     scheduled arrival date incur a cancellation fee equal to
     50% of the cost of the accommodation booked.
Bullet Bookings cancelled within 30 days of scheduled arrival
     date and no-shows incur a cancellation fee equal to 100%
     of the cost of the accommodation and services booked.
Bullet Reduction in the number of nights booked is treated
     as a cancellation and charged accordingly

Travel Insurance is recommended.  
OUR Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance.

The information on this page is correct as at 11 October 2019 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2020.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.

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Resort Facilities
Bullet Large Lagoon-Style Swimming Pool
Bullet Pool Bar with Wood-Fired Pizza Oven
Bullet Bar
Bullet Rental cars
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Tour Desk
Bullet Wedding Chapel
Bullet Wedding Packages
Bullet Day Spa
Bullet Gym
Bullet Waterpark 

Optional Activities Offered
Bullet Scuba Diving
Bullet Kayak
Bullet Day Tours
Bullet Surfing
Bullet Shopping Trips
Bullet Game Fishing
Bullet Stand-Up paddle Boards
Bullet Massage & Facials

Room Facilities
Bullet Air-Conditioning
Bullet IDD Telephone
Bullet In-Room Safe
Bullet Bathrobes
Bullet Fridge
Bullet Private Outdoor Shower
Bullet Satellite TV
Bullet IPod Docking Station
Bullet Tea and Coffee making facility
Bullet Mini Bar on Request
Bullet Double Vanities in Bathroom
Bullet DVD Player
Bullet Hairdryer
Bullet Iron & Ironing board (on Request