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OUR Thoughts on Sa’Moana Beach Bungalows, Salamumu, Upolu, Samoa
A very special place on Samoa’s south coast just 40 minutes from Apia. At this point the Main South Coast Road moves inland, so guests heading for Sa’Moana leave the Main South Road and travel via a very scenic route through Salamumu Village to the resort. On arrival, you are immediately struck by the natural beauty of this place. At this point on the south coast of Upolu, the coastline is broken by black lava rock outcrops and promontories which accentuate the natural beach environment of the villages and the little resorts dotted along the coast. At Sa’Moana the black rock outcrops which extend from both sides of the property out into the lagoon don’t quite meet, so, over the ages, sand has entered in through the gap creating a white sand and coconut palms oasis on which the resort has been built. A beautiful horizon-style swimming pool has been modelled from a natural depression in one of the arms of the outcrops above the outer lagoon. The outer reef is not too far distant and the sounds of the ocean breaking on the reef add to the relaxing natural atmosphere that seems to surround this place.

All the buildings and facilities at Sa’Moana have either been fully renovated over the past couple of years or were newly added in 2015. The whole resort is looking great and the renovations have raised its rating from 3 to 4 Star. 

The Resort is built right on the sand. The restaurant and bar building is in the centre and there are three or four accommodation fales on either side. The main building which houses the restaurant and bar has a large veranda out front which is great for reading, lounging and relaxing. It’s a perfect spot to take in the sunset – cocktail in hand.

The Sports Bar, located one floor up from the restaurant in the Main Bungalow, is one of our favourite spots at Sa’Moana. You have to love the ocean view from the Sports Bar as well as the great atmosphere, good music, Sky TV, pool table, sports memorabilia and the friendly waiter service.

The resort owners promote the fact that they have “something for everyone” and we heartily agree with that. How many of us know friends or family where one or two people in the party are looking for a totally relaxing holiday while others in the party are seeking an active holiday and would be bored silly just sitting under a coconut palm? Look no further – Sa’Moana is absolutely ideal for you! Relaxation is guaranteed for those happy with a good book, a hammock, a swing, a DVD, board games, a game of pool, a swim in the pool or the lagoon, trips into Apia for shopping/markets and maybe a snorkel or a gentle paddle in a kayak. There is a nice easy 10-minute walk to Salamumu Village where there is another great beach that guests are welcome to use any day except Sunday. On Sunday wander down to the village and enjoy the wonderful experience of a Samoan Church service. The list of things to do and experience goes on and on.

Bluesky Wifi is available througout the resort, but you will need a Bluesky sim in your phone to access it. On arrival into Samoa, there is a Bluesky putlet located as you come out of arrivals on the right. They provide a free sim and do good data packages – plus you 1gb free when you buy a package. Ask the guys at Bluesky to load the sim and amend your settings so it works in your phone.

Active people can be very happy with the following options available on the South Coast of Upolu:
● Kayak Tours
● Under water cave swimming
● Wake Boarding
● Water Skiing
● Fishing
● Spear Fishing
● Guided snorkel tours of the fabulous outer reefs
● Sliding down waterfalls
● Beach volleyball
● Frisbee

Sa’Moana is a perfect spot for a wedding and/or a honeymoon. Don’t miss the Fa’a Samoa Cultural Night which is held once a week, usually on a Tuesday.

Originally built as a surfing resort, with its many improvements, Sa'Moana is now better known as a perfect spot for relaxation, weddings, family holidays and honeymoons.  There is still a surf break on the reef outside the resort which, when the weather and tides are right can provide a challenge for good serfers, but the resort is now best nown for its relaxing atmosphere and as a base from which to explore all the many highlights of Upolu.

What Sa’Moana Beach Bungalows Say About Themselves
“We are a family friendly hotel with a big emphasis on adventure tourism and providing the knowledge for you to experience all the great things Samoa has to offer. We are also great if you just want to chill out, read a book and switch off! We have a pool table in the bar which is always great fun too and our guests normally love to mingle at dinner, have a few drinks and make new friends. We think Samoa is all about making memories and enjoying everything the sleepy islands has to offer.

Boasting guaranteed world class snorkelling directly in front of the resort with free use of snorkel equipment and kayaks, Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows offer relaxing adventures on your doorstep. The lagoon is filled with amazing coral and various species of fish species at your fingertips. 

Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows has the only natural ocean water infinity pool in Samoa which overlooks the beautiful lagoon and South Pacific Ocean. There is no experience on Island like our pool, a perfect way to relax and enjoy the amazing surroundings. 

Our Resort is totally child friendly with child minding services available 24 hours per day. Our staff are trained and love to spend time with children, you can be assured your children are always in good hands at Sa'Moana Resort. 

You can surf for free out the front of our resort – it can be great in the right conditions at high tide but it’s on the reef and can be a bit messy if the wind isn’t right and not for beginners. We don’t have any boards to hire but we do sell leggies and wax. Surfing is world class in Samoa for intermediate to Advanced level. We recommend Manoa Tours which is based at Coconuts Resort – a 5-minute drive from Sa’Moana.

Relax in our fully licensed bar and restaurant and take in the panoramic view of the ocean while you eat from our exclusive and extensive menu made up of local and traditional dishes complimented with a full range of wine and alcohol and the Islands best cocktails. Our service is professional and cultural to provide guests with a friendly at-home style dining experience.” 

Bullet Minimum Stay Policy
There is a minimum 3-night stay policy at Sa’Moana Resort.

Our Special Inclusions
Bullet Tropical Breakfast Buffet Daily:
All guests enjoy the complimentary Tropical Breakfast Buffet daily.
Bullet Complimentary use of kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards.

Bullet Complimentary Cool Drinks in Fridge and
      Fresh Fruit Platter on Arrival:
 A fresh seasonal fruit platter is provided in
     each bungalow for arriving guests.
● The fridge is stocked with cool drinks and
     bottle of water for each person occupying
     the room on arrival.  There is no charge
     for this original mini-bar stock.  
● A bottle of water for each occupant is added
     to the mini-bar each day free of charge.

Our Specials

Bullet Stay/Pay Special
Bullet Stay 7/Pay 6
Stay 7 nights and the 7th night is free.
 - Valid year-round

Your Accommodation Options
Self-rated 4 Star, all the Sa’Moana bungalows front the beach; they are fresh, modern and comfortable. There is no need for air-conditioning as the bungalows are built to maximise the natural cooling from the south-easterly breezes. The front of every bungalow is raised above the sand by around a metre so the air can move under the fale to aid cooling, all windows are screened glass louvers which provide flow-through ventilation and there is a ceiling fan. The ceilings are vaulted. And then, there’s the amazing bathroom with an enclosed private, natural lava-stone courtyard and a fantastic outdoor shower.

Every bungalow has a lagoon view, (The Pool View Bungalow is a little further away from the lagoon) a furnished veranda out front, tea/coffee making facilities and a mini-bar fridge. The light-coloured interior walls are complemented by light-coloured tiled floors.  Everything is fresh, clean and modern.

Room Categories
(In ascending order of tariff)
Bullet Pool View Bungalow:
Views over the pool to the lagoon, reef and ocean. The Pool View Bungalow has a lovely little courtyard off the bathroom which contains an outdoor shower in a natural stone setting. 28m2.
Maximum Occupancy: 2 Adults
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet Frangipani Bungalows:
Views over beach to lagoon, reef and ocean. In groups of 2 bungalows joined by a furnished deck. Each Frangipani Bungalow has a private veranda as well as being joined to its neighbour Frangipani Bungalow by a common-use, furnished veranda and deck.  This arrangement means that an individual Frangipani Bungalow is ideal for a couple or small family sharing 1 bungalow, but taking both “semi-joined” bungalows is an ideal arrangement for 2 couples travelling together or bigger family groups seeking totally separate bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Bathrooms feature the Sa’Moana outdoor courtyard and outdoor shower. Each individual Frangipani Bungalow is 34m2 in area.
Maximum Occupancy each Bungalow: 3 guests.
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet Alofa Bungalow (Deluxe):
The 42mAlofa Superior Bungalow (sometimes referred to as the “Honeymoon Bungalow”) is a little bigger and includes an interior lounge area, TV/DVD etc., and views over beach, lagoon, reef and ocean. The Alofa Bungalow also features the Sa’Moana Courtyard bathroom.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults
Existing Bedding: 2 Queen Beds
Additional Bedding: No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet Hibiscus Bungalows:
Available since October 2015, these two spacious bungalows offer views of beach, lagoon, reef and ocean.  Hibiscus Bungalows include the Sa’Moana private courtyard bathroom shower. 
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and a set of Bunks.
Additional Bedding: No addotional bedding is accommodated 

Bullet Family Bungalows (Superior):
2 Nice big bungalows at 70m2 with a mezzanine floor (loft) and a separate bedroom and a lounge on the main floor. Views of beach, lagoon, reef and ocean and the Sa’Moana private courtyard bathroom shower. 
Maximum Occupancy: 4 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed on the mezzanine, 1 Queen Bed in the bedroom plus a set of bunks in the lounge area.
Additional Bedding: No additonal bedding is accommodated.

Bullet The Beach House (Deluxe):
Brand new in 2015.  The 122mdeluxe Beach House is a stand-alone house with an upstairs ensuite bedroom and 2 further sleeping areas and a nice big lounge on the ground floor. The downstairs bathroom is in the private courtyard bathroom style for which Sa’Moana is famous. The beach House features a private beach access.
Maximum Occupancy: 8 Adults and 2 Children
Existing Bedding:        
2 Queen Beds upstairs (with ensuite)
1 Queen Bed in the ground floor lounge area
1 Queen Bed and a set of bunks in the ground floor bedroom
Additional Bedding: No additonal bedding is accommodated

Getting to and from Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows
Guests arriving at Faleolo International Airport or via ferry from Savaii will be met at the airport or ferry terminal and provided with a transfer to The Resort.  Outbound transfers to the airport or ferry wharf will also be provided.  

Sa’Moana is located on the coast, 6km off the main South Coast Road, so it takes approximately 45 minutes to reach Sa’Moana from the airport.  Apia is approximately 50 minutes away via the Cross- Island Road.

As Sa’Moana is located in such a perfect hidden-away little corner of Upolu Island, it would be wise to rent a vehicle (probably a 4WD would be best) for at least a portion of your stay if you can drag yourself away from their beach and surroundings to explore the many sights of Samoa.  This can be pre-arranged for you or left until you are settled into the resort. As it is necessary to drive to get to the nearest shop, it is probably wise to stock up on snacks for your stay, either from New Zealand or on the way from Faleolo Airport to the resort.

Kids Policy
Sa’Moana is a family-friendly Resort and they go out of their way to make families welcome. They currently accept children of all ages, but their new policy from 01 April 2019 is to only accept children from age 5 years.
is available 24 hours at SAT$15 per hour.

Check-in/Check Out
Hotel standard check-in and check-out times:
Check In Time: 2:00pm
Check Out Time: 11:00am
Late check out until 5pm - special rate applies.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made in writing.
Bullet Cancellations and amendments made within 60 days
      of scheduled arrival and no-shows incur a
      cancellation fee equal to 100% of the cost of total
       accommodation booked.

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

The information on this page is correct as at 12 July 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 Airport and Ferry Wharf transfers
Bullet Complimentary Cool Drinks and seasonal fruit basket on Arrival
Bullet 1 Bottle of water per guest in room per day
Bullet Tropical Breakfast Buffet Daily
Bullet Kids 6 years and under eat free from Kids Menu
Bullet Kayaks for use in the Resort lagoon
Bullet Use of flippers
Bullet Beach Volley Ball
Bullet Natural rock Infinity Swimming Pool
Bullet Stand-Up Paddle Boards
Bullet Restaurant
Bullet Bar
Bullet Sports Bar
Bullet WIFI 
Bullet Local and International Call facilities in room.
Bullet 24 hour child minding services
Bullet Clothes washing and ironing service
Bullet Transfers to Apia
Bullet Kayak Tours
Bullet Under water cave swimming
Bullet Wake Boarding
Bullet Water Skiing
Bullet Fishing
Bullet Spear Fishing
Bullet Guided snorkel tours of the fabulous outer reefs
Bullet Sliding down waterfalls
Bullet Surfing.

Room Facilities
Bullet Front deck overlooking the beach and ocean
Bullet Outdoor Lava Rock Showers
Bullet Caesarstone Stone bench tops
Bullet Tiled Floors
Bullet Fly screens
Bullet Private Toilets
Bullet Ceiling fans
Bullet Phone
Bullet WIFI internet in the room and throughout the entire Resort
Bullet Mini Bar Fridge
Bullet Tea and Coffee Facilities