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Karen M
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

Gorgeous Spot

4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 Nov 2019
Just back from Samoa and had a great time. Sa'Moana is unique in location on the stunning south coast. We had 5 nights here. Originally booked a smaller room and we were upgraded to Alofa which was great. Had our own fridge and lovely outdoor shower. Ceiling fans were cranked a lot of the time we were in our rooms. Alofa has a large rocking chair on the deck out the front with a coffee table. Some positives were, beautiful location, very well kept grounds, sweeping done every morning, the staff were very friendly, perfect for downtime, good location to other things to do, a rental 4WD is a must though.

Some negatives, no hot water in our shower, we didn't alert the staff as I had read this was common and for us it didn't actually matter but it would to some. We were there 5 nights and only had our sheets/towels changed for the last night. I would suggest changing them every third night with that length of stay. Also, we would have loved to have sat under the trees in front of our unit but there were no loungers or seats to use. I think loungers in front of each unit would be great to read/rest during the day under the shade of the trees.


Date of stay: November 2019
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    Reviewed 6 November 2019

    We travelled as a group of 6 - grandparents, parents and two children (4 and 16 months) and we were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Beach House (thank you!)- which is perfect for families and I would highly recommend it if you're wanting to stay here with little ones. There's heaps of space and privacy, a lounge, a big deck and your own private beach with lots of fish life - also far away enough from everyone that you don't have to worry too much about how noisy the kids are!
    Sa'Moana ticked all the boxes for us for our type of holiday - it's relaxed, idyllic, secluded, no tv or WIFI and no phone reception and absolute beach front - just what we were after.
    Yes, the road is really bad - rough and rugged - a shocker the first time (in our rented people mover!).... but so worth it to get to Sa'Moana - just got to take it easy, go slow and after a few times you're used to it.
    We stayed for 7 nights and went driving and exploring every 2nd day as we just loved hanging out and swimming and snorkelling and making the most of the beautiful place. We visited quite a few other resorts along the south coast and we all agreed for location, views, access to snorkelling and a relaxed atmosphere - this was the place to be.
    The service from the staff was relaxed and friendly and they were always ready to help out if needed.
    Thank you to the whole team at Sa'Moana for your warm welcome and hospitality!

    Date of stay: October 2019
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    Reviewed 13 October 2019

    The bumpy drive is worth the beautiful destination at Salamumu beach. Sea breeze, white sand, delicious food, cleanest public toilet experience in Samoa. Lots of opportunities for postcard photos. Lovely hosts and very welcoming.

    Date of stay: October 2019
    Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Daniel M, Owner at Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2019

    Talofa Lava!

    Thank you for the lovely review and yes we are definitely worth the bumpy ride through Salamumu to the paradise at the end.

    Look forward to welcoming you back soon!

    All the best

    The Sa'Moana Team

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    Reviewed 12 October 2019

    Awesome spot and great staff but if you like your fish frozen and over cooked when told fresh then this is ya place. Would definitely return to drink beers on the beach and enjoy the location but would not eat here again.

    Date of stay: October 2019
    Trip type: Travelled with family
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    Daniel M, Owner at Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2019

    100% cool spot we totally agree!

    Are you sure you were eating in our restaurant? Our sea food is super fresh and we get great feedback on the food and drinks!

    Maybe come back and try us again to see if we can change your mind!

    All the best

    Sa'Moana Team

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    Reviewed 3 October 2019

    We spent 3 nights at Sa’moana and would come back again. Sa’moana is set up to provide a genuine beach resort experience without compromising the feel and thrill of being in Samoa. Great value for money. Comfortable room, excellent food and plenty to do. We had strong winds during our stay which made some water sports more challenging. Moses and the team in the restaurant were always super friendly and made the the best cocktails we had during our 12 day visit to Samoa. Definitely give this place a look in.

    Date of stay: September 2019
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Daniel M, Owner at Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded 5 November 2019

    Talofa !

    Thank you for taking the time to review us and glad you enjoyed your time with us.

    Totally agree we make the best cocktails on island and have great food and we work hard to offer a consistent service from our friendly staff in our little piece of paradise!

    Hopefully see you back again some time soon.

    All the best

    Sa'Moana Team

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    Reviewed 21 September 2019 via mobile

    Best breakfast we had during our trip!
    Room was comfortable and airy.
    Staff were super friendly and helpful. Special thanks to Mozi!
    Volleyball net, kayaking, standup paddle, snooker and amazing beach.
    Good food.
    We will be back

    Date of stay: September 2019
    Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Daniel M, Owner at Sa'Moana Beach Bungalows, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2019

    Talofa!

    Thank you for the review and so glad you enjoyed your stay at Sa'Moana.


    We hope to welcome you back soon.

    All the best

    Sa'Moana Team

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