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Samoa is the perfect place for a tropical island getaway. It boasts warm temperatures, generous locals, lush vegetation, and clear blue water just waiting for you to jump in. And in the midst of it all sits the Taumeasina Island Resort. Here is everything you need to know about this beautiful resort on Samoa’s main island before booking your trip.
Taumeasina Island Resort is appropriately named since it is located on its own little island in the heart of Apia, the capital city of Samoa. This is the perfect location because it gives you the best of both worlds. It is only a short cab ride to restaurants, shops, and the markets. Yet, because it sits on an island accessible only by a small bridge, it feels secluded and private.
Taumeasina has beautiful grounds and facilities. The resort is designed to give you 360 degree breathtaking views of the ocean. It takes full advantage of the constant warm temperatures and South Pacific breezes. The large doors on either side of the lobby are almost always open so you can enjoy the tropical environment. The restaurant and bar offer both indoor and outdoor seating. The furniture is all comfortable and perfect for relaxing. The walkways leading from the main building to the rooms are outdoors but covered.
The rooms at the Taumeasina Island Resort are divided into 6 or 7 buildings lined up in an arc to give each room a view of the ocean. Each also has a balcony or patio to allow you to enjoy the view from your own private outdoor space. The rooms are very sleek and modern in design. Each room has a sliding glass door separating the bathroom from the bedroom. Another solid sliding door closes off the closet area to give the room clean lines. While this is a perfect look for a girls’ getaway or romantic vacation, the rooms are not very functional for families. There is not much floor space and there is only a shower in the bathroom. The rooms have too much glass in them for energetic kids.
Taumeasina Resort offers a wide variety of amenities including snorkeling, kayaks, catamarans, diving lessons, tennis, a playground for the kids, a sauna and spa, and a gym. The resort also offers cooking classes and a list of children’s programs.
The service at Taumeasina Island Resort is exactly what you would expect from a top hotel in Samoa. Everyone at the resort is warm, friendly, and quick to help with anything you need. All you have to do is ask. The staff go the extra mile to get to know you and remember your preferences. They make you feel welcome and comfortable and are genuinely happy to help you.
The food at Taumeasina Island Resort is honestly the worst part of the resort. At best, it is average. There is just nothing special or exceptionally delicious about it. I have eaten several meals there and have not been impressed by any of them. The one bright spot of the food is that there is almost always fresh tropical fruit, which is nice. If you are going to stay here, I would recommend venturing out of the resort to some of Apia’s better restaurants to find yummy food that you will remember. To enjoy Samoa’s best Italian food, jump in a cab and take the short ride to Paddles.
Each night, the staff at Taumeasina Resort offers a different themed show for the entertainment of their guests. Most of this entertainment is traditional Samoan acts, such as the fia fia (fire knife dance) show. There is also karaoke. On Monday evenings, the manager hosts a happy hour for all the guests to get to know the staff and each other. While not all of the entertainment is appropriate for kids, it is a lot of fun for adults.
Taumeasina Island Resort is a beautiful resort in the heart of Apia, Samoa. The resort is exactly what you imagine when you think about a tropical island vacation. The staff is as warm and welcoming as the water. While the food is not the best, you are not far away from delicious restaurants. This is a great place for an adults only vacation. If you are going to be traveling with your kids, though, I would recommend staying at either the Sheraton Aggy Grey or the Sheraton Beach Resort. For ideas on things to do in Samoa, see our local’s guide and the To Sua Ocean Trench. Happy travels!