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If you’re planning a trip to Samoa– and if you really want to make the most of that white-sand, no-distractions beach holiday – then it’s a sure bet that you’ll want to be clued up on the spa experiences that the country’s islands have to offer. Luckily for you, Samoa’s ever-increasing repute as the leading tourist hotspot in the South Pacific has sparked a proliferation of high-quality spa resorts and hotels, meaning that you’ll suffer no shortage of indulgent relaxation options during your time in the region. Whether you’re after a classic massage, a hydrating facial, a polished manicure, or any other treatment for mind and body, we’ve compiled a list of the spas that will best cater to your needs.
Le Lagoto Resort and Spa
On Samoa’s biggest island, Savai'i, you’ll find the Le Lagoto Resort & Spa. A veritable paradise for those wanting a change of pace from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, Le Lagoto is located on the edge of the water, offering only a small number of bungalows to its lucky customers. When you’re not chilling out by the seaside or in your secluded room, you’ll be keen to stroll over to the Sunset Spa, an open-walled bungalow where you can book in anything from an hour-long massage to a soothing sunburn treatment (perfect for if you’ve spent a little too long under the scorching Pacific sun). With an excellent customer reputation, Le Lagoto has certainly earned its status as one of the best spas in Samoa.
Taumeasina Island Resort
Staying in Apia, Samoa’s vibrant capital? Then Taumeasina Island Resort will be your first port-of-call for the best of Samoan beauty and spa treatments. Boasting accommodation, dining, and fitness facilities alongside its spa services, the Taumeasina extends a holistic relaxation experience to all of its clients. Better yet, the Fofo Spa and Sauna uses locally-sourced Samoan cosmetics brand, Thalgo, and lists a competitively-priced selection of day spa options to get you glowing from the inside out.
Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort
Just five minutes’ drive from the international Faleolo Airport on Upolu, the Sheraton requires little introduction. Another waters-edge resort, the Sheraton’s serene island spahas a long history of excellence, and with its picturesque views, multiple pools, and the best spa therapy with which to tempt worn-out parents, it’s especially worth staying at if you’ve got younger children. Take the family and spend an extended vacation at the Sheraton – we know you won’t regret it.
Return to Paradise Resort and Spa
Samoan-owned boutique resort Return to Paradise rarely receives anything but sterling reviews from its innumerable happy customers. Many say it’s worth visiting just for the view, but luckily Return to Paradise has the spa and beauty expertise to match. Their SPAradise day spa offering is, by some reports, the best massage in the South Pacific. Based on the fofo techniques ancient to Samoa, Return to Paradise’s masseuses know what they’re doing, and manage to soothe even the tensest bodies and minds.
Sinalai Reef Resort
Last but by no means least, the Sinalai Reef Resort is so named for its beachside location in Si’umu. The Sinalai’s water-front spa is truly the stuff of dreams, with leafy palm trees and clear waters forming a blissful frame to your spa experience. Their large selection of natural oils is sure to make your massage a fragrant and relaxing one. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the Sinalai’s clients to fall asleep mid-treatment. Listen to the waves lap underneath you as all of your tensions are dispelled by experienced spa and beauty workers – you won’t regret it.
If you’re after a luxury tropical getaway to Samoa but spa treatments aren’t your thing, there’s plenty of great accommodation near central Apia to choose from. Most include swimming pools, fitness centres, and their own restaurants serving both Samoan delicacies and international favourites.
Harper Reid is a freelance writer from Auckland, New Zealand who is passionate about travel and adventure. When she's not writing, she spends her weekend on the beach with friends or going on impromptu road trips. Find more of her work here.