Samoa Tradition Resort
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Samoa Tradition Resort

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#11 of 28 hotels in Apia
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Talofa lava and welcome to our very own Paradise Accommodation of true Samoan Tradition, nestle amongst the pristine native forest which offers seclusion and privacy for the ultimate get away. Samoa Tradition Resort offers a unique, quiet and relaxing atmosphere where holiday makers enjoy Samoa dwellings expressed in the art of traditional architecture once revered by our forefathers. It is situated at Ululoloa Heights, an exclusive suburban of the capital of Apia which is only 7 minutes drive to the capital of Apia and 3 minutes away from the main Golf Course in Samoa.If you are looking for an authentic Samoan experience with exceptional, modern comfort at an affordable price then Samoa Tradition Resort is for you.Samoa Tradition Resort offers various Accommodations that suit everyone’s budget. Our personal and friendly service caters for the needs of travellers from all walks of life.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Parking
Paid wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Poolside bar
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Room service
Safe
Bottled water
Kitchenette
Microwave
Minibar
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English
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Jarelle73 wrote a review Sept 2016
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had the pleasure of staying here recently with my family of 3 adults & 2 children (11yrs and 2 yrs) for 9 nights. We took advantage of a package deal which included airport transfers, continental breakfast, rental car use of an 8 seater van along with 2 complimentary tickets to their Fiafia night - worked out to be good value considering the inclusions offered in the package deal.

We booked a 2 bedroom Villa that perfectly suited our needs as we wanted the flexibility to self cater meals if we so desired, as well as have the luxury of a little more space than that which an average hotel room offers ( often quite cramped especially if 2+ people are being accommodated in 1 room and you're needing to stay more than a couple of nights)

Our Villa had 2 bedrooms with 2 double beds in each. Bedrooms were both fitted with air con units and living area had a ceiling fan. Room layout was single storey - perfect for families with young children - so you needn't worry about the kids tumbling down the stairs.
Kitchen was well equipped with Fridge/Freezer, microwave, electric stove top and sufficient crockery, glassware and cutlery to make for a functional kitchen.
Villa also had a car port attached to the side which guaranteed you a car park space as well as two seated patio areas that were attached via internal access from each bedroom.

If you happen to be staying in-house on a Thursday - be sure to check out their Fiafia night.Wonderful performance showcasing islands of Polynesia. Swimming pool was well utilised by the kids as well - this was directly across from our room (but far away enough that you couldn't hear any noise).

Although the resort is located approx. 5 mins drive from Apia center it was nice to escape the hustle of the city and be able to enjoy the view down to the sea amongst the lush green surroundings. In saying that, having access to your own transportation is recommended.

Staff were wonderful, always smiling and ever so accommodating to our needs. Nothing was ever to much to ask for. Special mention and thanks to Terence, Leilani and the 2 lovely housekeepers who serviced our room daily - thank you for making our stay not only memorable but most enjoyable. We were unfortunate to experience a mechanical issue with the rental car we were issued which understandably was no fault of their own, however this was swiftly rectified by the staff and we were back on the road with little inconvenience.

Lovely family run business with personalised service that genuinely show interest in their guests. There are bigger chain hotels nearby however,they appear to have lost the focus of genuine samoan hospitality and are more focused on meeting profit demands of their offshore investors.

If you're looking for accommodation that is similar to apartment style with separate bedrooms, living area and kitchen facilities - features which your average hotel room are not generally equipped with then look no further!
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Date of stay: September 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Villa 2 - closely located to the swimming pool, restaurant and bar - less traffic noise as away...
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Lesley A wrote a review Feb 2014
Auckland, New Zealand
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Although the hotel is very beautiful, location is great very tidy and clean there is absolutely no whatsoever customer service. The cleaners were great and the friendly guy whos normally at the bar but everything else was very disspointing. I read some other feedbacks on the resort and some said when they checked out it was way more then they thought it would be, I found it very true. I'm sure we got ripped off but it being hot, muggy and ready to go home again I just wanted to go. to have an extra adult for 5 night came to SAT200.00 on the website it said US15.00 a night how does that add up to be SAT200.00??

Sometimes the pool was closed off during because there be an event happening around the pool area which was pretty annoying.

Ordering lunch took over a hour and half. Drinks were expensive just top up your fridge by buying from supermarket or local shop because the food and drinks are overpriced at the resort.

When we originally booked for 4 people the price included complimentary breakfast so it was SAT$305.00 a night. The website we booked on was www.samoahotels.ws Then to find out in the morning the resort does not do complimentary breakfast. I spoke with the receptionist and explained we paid thinking it included breakfast and it was saying on our reservation. Reception called the agent and the agent said that they were liable at fault because they never updated there information, the manager said to me that they have never once done complimentary breakfast. We ordered breakfast before we were getting billed I didn't want to kick up a fuss but I was still pretty annoyed with the situation. I would have thought because what happened they would not charge us breakfast for the one day when we checked out surprise surprise we were charged for it.

Another thing I was not happy with was my dad was visiting a family member and he had the keys to our room, so I asked the reception the managers wife at the time for spare keys she happy to give. We were heading to town that night so we locked up the room and I went to give the key back to reception and I'm not sure if its the managers son but young guy was at the desk on the computer with headphones on. I told him these were the spare keys he looked abit unsure so I explained to him and he took them from me. We were in the car about to leave untill my sister said she had forgotten something in the room so I told her to go back to reception and ask the young guy. I saw her run to our room to find out he gave the wrong keys, she went back to him and she told him they were the wrong keys. He said they shouldnt be because they are all the same and work for all room ????? she spent 5 minutes with him because he was asking her we must have given the spare key to some other guy. I went back to reception and he said I never gave him any keys, questioning me saying are you sure it wasnt this guy pointing outside. I said look it was you ok you. I gave the keys just 10minutes ago and explained to him that he was on the computer with headphones. I remembered giving him key with a green tag he grabbed a set of keys that were green I said no thats not it the one I have you were green and I saw them right next to him and pointed. After this incident I just lost trust in this resort.

Would I come back and stay here yes surpriseling the answer is YES! but I now know what to expect. If your staying here make sure your checking cost with receptionist how much your paying etc.
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Date of stay: January 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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MissTravelAlot wrote a review Feb 2015
Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
You must realise you won't get the kind of 5 star hotel or even service for that matter, that you would in other countries, in Samoa. Once you realise that you will enjoy your trip so much more. I think that's why there have been some negative reviews about this hotel.

Once you can get into Island time, you will be fine 😄

This hotel is excellent for a family we stayed in a suite which has the biggest living room apparently. We had one bedroom up one bedroom down, both with air conditioning.

We hired a car from them too with no hassles. And cheaper than we found elsewhere.

The pool is exceptional, food was fine too, from the restaurant. It is a little bit away from the city but you will need a car for everything you don in Samoa anyway.

Daniel the owner was really helpful in every way.

Would highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: September 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Brumbygirl wrote a review June 2015
Sydney, Australia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel kept our deposit for a large group, when approached they refused to give our money back with 2 weeks notice they werent interested. They even lied about the Manager not being there when he was. He hid somewhere on the resort. Very disappointing, not visitor friendly disappointing for Samoa as we were welcomed with open arms elsewhere.
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Date of stay: June 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Terence S, Public Relations Manager at Samoa Tradition Resort
Responded 13 July 2015
Talofa Brumbygirl, Samoa Tradition Resort would like to respond to this review, however feels it appropriate that it be clarified as to what group the client was part of, and if the client was of the governing body of this particular group or organization to which the group is/was part of. Samoa Tradition Resort has no record of accommodating Ms Brumbygirl during the month of June. Samoa Tradition Resort wishes to assert that it is not in the company’s interest to attain funds in any unlawful manner, and strongly condemns the accusation of having obtained ‘stolen’ deposits. The property also wishes to aver that any and all deposits held by the property are done so in accordance with the company’s terms and conditions for bookings with us including those for cancellation. Samoa Tradition Resort wishes to proclaim that all bookings that are entered into our systems will have had to have accepted the above terms and conditions in order to be confirmed and secured. Our systems confirm that “Brumby Girl” was part of a group that booked with us thru an Agent; however the same group failed to show up and was penalized under our cancellation policy. I would strongly advise Brumby Girl to clarify her concerns with this Agent instead of making false accusations against Samoa Tradition Resort. STR is happy to provide all the evidence and information to support our side of the story if necessary including an alibi of our Manager who was also accused of hiding somewhere when Brumby Girl presumably visited our beautiful Property. Samoa Tradition Resort appreciates all customer feedback, and assures that feedback received will be used for the betterment of our services. Any and all issues raised will be reviewed and looked into in order to ensure our services meet the quality expected by our valued customers.
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Rhea M wrote a review Dec 2014
Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in a Villa for 6 nights while on business. The Villa had 2BR/1BA and was USD190/night. It was worth about USD100/night. It wasn't a particularly large Villa and the housekeeping was subpar. The restaurant was not very good, either. I didn't have one decent meal from the restaurant yet I seemed to be paying premium prices. Also, there is a very liberal use of paprika not as a spice, but as a decoration. I know this because it was sprinkled on my fruit plate. If the price of the room and the food was less, I might have just accepted everything as it was. But at nearly USD200/night, I expected a lot more and at a minimum, having my bathroom fully cleaned every day or even wifi in the room. I wouldn't stay here, again. I know of many other less expensive accommodations in Apia that are far nicer and have better amenities.
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Date of stay: December 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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OKDE wrote a review Oct 2013
Canberra, Australia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived and everyone was very friendly. The view was beautiful as it is in the hills area, away from the main part of town. We booked a two bedroom apartment (on the web) as two of us were travelling for business. We were asked to use only one room to save electricity. When we used both bedrooms we were told we would be charged extra. We found the apartment to be spacious, however it was shabby and we had to sweep the rodent poo of the beds. When we checked out the bill was much higher than quoted on the web. We were not impressed.
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Date of stay: July 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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nmk97 wrote a review July 2016
denver, co
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed with family at the beautifully designed Traditions Resort in Ululoloa for 2 weeks. We had 2 suites and 3 apartments for our party of 20. One suite had an a.c. that didnt work, an apartment that the a.c. leaked, and two where the hot water would give out. All issues were addressed and resolved when brought to staff's attention. Other than outside light bulbs not being replaced and one of the apartments kitchen faucet being repaired, staff was pretty responsive to issues brought to their attention. Rooms were cleaned daily, though not always to my standards. I expect the bathroom sinks & surfaces wiped down daily they werent always. Towels were refreshed daily even when not left on the floor. What made the maids job difficult was termites! Even after daily cleaning, termites chips or sand like damage would litter the areas they were in! Hopefully none have hitched a ride in any of our suitcases! Pool was a great asset but needs more maintenace or care than given. It should be cleaned and treated daily but it seemed like it was on a weekly cleaning. Fiafia night should not be missed if here on a Thursday night! The food is ok but show is pretty good. And everyone agreed, while the staff was good, and facilities adequate, the packaged "deal" wasnt much of a deal in the end. For the same $380 WST/night rate, we would not stay here again. Shame as location close to town and sliding rocks, and building design and attention to traditional design details could make this hotel stand out among others on Upolu!
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Date of stay: July 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: if you want to hang dry items, choose suites as sun hits balconies almost entire day; if you want...
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judy512013 wrote a review July 2014
Upper Hutt, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Check out on a map or google earth how to get to this Resort before it gets dark. Otherwise you will possibly end up roaming the hills above Apia unnecessarily and might miss the start of this cultural performance .... and the opportunity for you to request a song. The band sang "Sosefina" for us - brilliant. For just fifty tala each we got a delicious buffet meal and the performance in which the dancers and singers covered items from five pacific island countries, ending with the fire dancers. One of the highlights of our trip.
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Date of stay: June 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Ana F wrote a review July 2013
Auckland, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I had the privilege of staying at the Samoan Traditon Resort for 10 days in May / June 2013. It is the first time we have been back to Samoa in 16 years and due to having my elderly mother and infant son we required an air conditioned room.

We stayed in the Villa 2bedroom unit and it was exactly what we needed as it had cooking facilities, air conditioned rooms and the amenities exceeded our expectations. This is the first time we have NOT stayed at our family village so we thought we would feel like we're staying at just another 'hotel' but Dan, Terry, Pale and the team made our stay feel like we had known each other for ages and we felt right at home. They cared for my Mum and went out of their way to make our stay memorable. The accommodation is quiet, the views beautiful and my GOODNESS the food at the restaurant is of a high quality. We were picked up from the airport by Terry on time and hired a great vehicle from the resort which was super convenient. They arranged everything.

We would not hesitate to stay there again and have recommended this venue to our families for the next reunion.

May The Lord continue to bless and prosper this wonderful business and The Su'a Family
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Date of stay: June 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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WameB wrote a review Apr 2013
Bangkok, Thailand
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed in this fantastic resort last week and enjoyed every moment of it, starting with the pick up by Terence at 5am, the accommodation in one of the suites and hearing the birds singing each morning. The buildings that make up the resort are solidly built with evidence of expert Samoan craftsmanship to admire. As the other reviewers have written the suites are clean, spacious, well appointed and so private. Like the others I too hired one of STR's vehicles to travel into town for work but at the end of each day, as I drove up to Ululoloa, I felt I was coming home. The staff are so friendly and helpful and I was sorry to leave. I will certainly return to Samoa Tradition Resort when I return to Apia. More people need to know about STR to experience what it has to offer.
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Date of stay: April 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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shaye hughes wrote a tip May 2019
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand16 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"split level room really good for families"
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Aloha58 wrote a tip Aug 2018
Maui28 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for most modern accommodations"
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surfergt wrote a tip Aug 2018
Sydney, Australia238 contributions75 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"check all the appliances are working before settling in"
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SamViper wrote a tip June 2018
Melbourne, Australia96 contributions7 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Show and Dinner, Infinity pool, quite area,"
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Vanu S wrote a tip Sept 2017
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Kitchen amenities"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Samoa Tradition Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Samoa Tradition Resort?
Nearby attractions include Samoa Cultural Village (5.3 km), Immaculate Conception Cathedral (5.2 km), and Robert Louis Stevenson Museum (4.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Samoa Tradition Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Samoa Tradition Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Samoa Tradition Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Samoa Tradition Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Samoa Tradition Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Paddles Restaurant, Nourish Cafe, and Milani Caffe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Samoa Tradition Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Samoa Tradition Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Samoa Tradition Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Samoa Tradition Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does Samoa Tradition Resort offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Is Samoa Tradition Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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