The Samoan Getaway – What To Do And Where

Did you decide to visit Samoa for this year’s getaway holiday? Whether that was because you came across a particularly attractive picture gallery of the little nation, or because you are an adventurer and seek out the lonelier spots of the world, know that you have made a very good choice. That being said, you might be wondering exactly what is there to do in Samoa. The answer is, there is a lot to do! Here are some of the most famous tourist attractions this country has to offer:

The waterfalls – one of the best things about Samoa as a holiday destination is its beautiful waterfalls. Whilst not particularly tall or daunting, the Samoan waterfalls are sights to behold, and even better, you can safely swim in them. The more famous ones include the Togitogiga Waterfall (which is definitely something to check out if you are travelling during the wet season), the 55-metre Fuipisia Falls (which also double as a birdwatching hike!) and the Aafu Aau Waterfall, where you can dive together with the locals if you are in for a thrill.

The beaches – Samoa luxury resorts are quite popular, and that has a lot to do with its beautiful beaches and waters. Of course, surfing is not all you can do – many tourists also look forward to the snorkelling experiences, which can give you a closer look at its marine life and lush coral reefs that surround the islands. Examples of the many beaches you can visit include Lalomanu Beach which is famous for its marine wildlife, and the Lano and Ananoa beaches which are excellent surfing spots. And if you are looking for an encounter with the sharks, the Palolo Deep Marine Reserve, quite close to the capital city, is yet another excellent location to visit.

Go hiking – Samoa has plenty of hiking spots thanks to its lush and vast forests. Of course, forests are not the only hiking trails in the country – you can go hiking on the mountainous trails and get close to the volcanoes of Samoa, or you can make your way through the more rugged patches of the coast and visit the many alcoves and caves. The Falease’ela River Walk, for example, lets you hike along the river bed, and you can jump in for a dip towards noon, when the temperatures get sizzling.

The turtles – and do not forget to see the turtles if you visit Samoa! They are very famous neighbours, and you will probably encounter a few during your other exploits in the country, but there are reserves for these endangered species where you can have a more personal encounter with them. The Satoalepai Turtle Sanctuary, for example, lets you swim with the turtles before they are released into the wild (and that is a one-of-a-kind experience!).

Boutique Hotels – What They Are And Why You Should Stay In One

Given the widespread use of social media nowadays, and the penchant most people have to extensively describe their beautiful holiday vacations, you might have heard this particular phrase a number of times – the phrase ‘boutique hotel’. The term is rapidly gaining popularity, but yet, many people are still quite confused as to what this exactly means. Are you interested as well? Simply put, a boutique hotel has a lot in common with luxury hotels – they too place a big emphasis on letting their customers have the best experience, to treat their hotel stay as a distinct part of their vacation. To further explain, these hotels are very keen on details, and often hire reputed designers to let each and every hotel room tell a personal story.Sounds interesting, no? Though, the boutique hotel trend is nothing exactly new – it popped up in New York a number of decades back as yet another specific type of Palm Cove holiday apartments, only that it differed from the average luxury hotel in the fact that these hotels were less concerned with being sprawling complexes providing every amenity, and more on being a singular experience for the customers who chose to stay in their rooms.

This makes boutique hotels all over the world extremely unique in their approaches – some may decide to overhaul and upscale historical buildings to cater to lovers of history, others may focus on supernatural elements and sell their rooms as spooky adventures. Keep in mind that architecture and aesthetics are not the only concerns these hotels have or focus on. Many offer gorgeous views of skylines or nature as part of their best Cairns family holiday packages, and might even be located on the busiest plaza of the capital city. Likewise, there are others that place emphasis on art, and may centre their guests’ experiences around these by being connected to an art gallery (or being one itself). There are also boutique hotels that prefer to provide the finest dining experience for their guests – these hotels often have three Michelin star rankings to prove their worth to anyone who may question it.With all that said, it should be very clear that staying at a boutique hotel is a ‘one-of-a-kind’ experience that you won’t get to see elsewhere. A hotel does not always have to be a mere lodging for the guests who rest there. It can do so much more, and this is exactly what this type of hotels strive to do. Therefore, next time you are on the search for a good place to stay at, you might want to instead look for the boutique hotels in the area and bring back, with you, memories for a lifetime.