Advantages Almost unspoilt by Westerners, traditional culture, fantastic beaches
Disadvantages Tricky to get to from the UK as it is so far
SamoaCountry: Independent Samoa
We arrived by air with Air New Zealand from London via Los Angeles which was a killer of a journey so we were pretty tired when we arrived. The airport is tiny but I discovered as we were leaving that wi fi internet if free throughout the airport which I thought was a really nice idea and I can’t think why all airports don’t do it.We were met and taken in a small bus the five minutes to our hotel at Aggie Grey’s lagoon (see separate review). We checked in and spent the day recovering from our journey relaxing around the resort.
Our ‘lonely Planet’ guide recommended a walk from Aggie Grey’s which is about THE most famous building in Apia and the walk took in the main sights of this tiny capital city.AGGIE GREY’S HOTEL
The restaurant beside the pool is built in the style of a traditional meeting house or fale and it was adorned with carvings and woven fabric decorations too. We enjoyed a delicious meal for lunch in this restaurant, local food cooked in the traditional way but presented in a rather more classy way. We tried Lu'au or Palusami which is probably the dish that Samoa is most famous for. It is made from the leaves of the taro plant which ends up a bit like spinach and coconut cream, and sometimes onions are added to it and it was served with taro crisps.
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