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ripeka
Christchurch, New Zealand

Nice enough place but not what i expected

3.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 May 2011
This resort is between 20 - 35 mins east of Apia depending on road conditions (which vary greatly at times). We stayed for 3 nights as a group of 4 friends. It's pretty new and the rooms are lovely and spacious with quiet air conditioners and very comfy beds, TV, balcony etc. The interconnecting rooms are not particularly sound proof however (understatement lol!). The layout of the complex is more like a hotel/motel/apartment and there are no grass/soft areas anywhere in the resort. Its all concrete and decking. It has a lovely spacious open deck/restaurant/pool area but the pool is very very small, quite deep and with no steps so to get out I had to hoist myself up.

The complex is literally right on Main Island Road which is not too bothersome really because Samoa doesnt have a huge amount of traffic (yet) and so the road is quiet at nights which is when it particularly matters to me. The pool deck sits right above the road; you could not get the deck any closer to the road if you tried so it was a little strange relaxing in the pool and hearing vehicles and "beat box" buses drive past almost below us.

I also didnt expect that the sea would be completely unswimmable with big dumping waves that break onto the steep sea wall and that there would be no beach. If you booked this resort hoping for beach, sand and swimming, you would be very disappointed. You do however have a view of the waves and ocean from your balcony and the communal deck.

Food was average; in Samoa (where Samoans run resorts) they seem to fry everything and vegetables (other than starchy ones) are scarce - this resort was no exception.

The owners/managers were very friendly and staff provided friendly service. When we came to pay, they didnt accept Visa or EFTPOS and we had nowhere enough cash which was frustrating so we had to meet up later in town and hand over our $$ which worked well enough but could have easily been a disaster if we were on a tight time schedule.

The location lets this resort down in my opinion. Sorry no photos as all of mine of this resort have other people in them.
Date of stay: April 2011
Trip type: Travelled with friends
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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