My partner and I are looking to book here for about 8 nights in August.
In terms of food, assuming it's very pricey at the restaurant, are we able to drive into Apia and buy some fresh fruit / snacks / alcohol to take back to our hotel room and enjoy there? Not full meals, just mangoes and coconuts etc.
Is there somewhere I can find an indication of what price both food and drinks usually sit at??
Also just wondering how much a car hire will usually run you.
Thanks so much!
Hi. There are some small superettes between Aggie Greys and Apia where you can get supplies.
It's not practical to drive to Apia for dinner as it's 40 minutes each way. We rented motorbikes from a place right next to the Resort which was fun. They are quite expensive tho. I don't know how much car hire is.
On your first night join the Starwood loyalty program me at the Restaurant and you will receive 15% off dinner. If you are eating off the buffet then it's ok value if you dine early. Later in the evening it's pretty empty and not good value u would be better off eating off the menu.
If you are wanting fruit then it is seasonal so not sure what will be available in August. The market in Apia is good and cheap.
often fruit is available toad side. 40 mins to apia from here. you are allowed to take sealed snacks in like cheese biscuits miso soup etc. crisps peanuts. you can get a shuttle into town 15 tala each way. good supermarket there and you can pop into aggie greys in apia for lunch and a swim. car hire 100 taka a day. often buffet food at hotel atound 75 to 90 tala for as much as you can eat. plenty of fresh fruit at breakfast so take a container to save some for lunch. breakfast normally free here. drinks and cocktails avg 17 to 25 tala too. beer 12 to 15 tala. if you wish to discover island car is neccessary or do a deal with a taxi. but this resort is more a place where you just relax and enjoy the setting. closer resorts to apia if you want both resort and night life.
Yes you can take on whatever you like to your room. Not sure on the car hire. Car rentals are about 70 AUD city return.
In the hotel it is about say about 10 Aud a drink.
Hi, I book with Samoan rentals for a car, can get a swift for 100wst per day, great cars and cheap to in petrol, they also have airport pick up and drop off. It's only 40mins into Apia from Aggies.
They did have a small bar fridge in room to keep food and drinks cold, didn't look for knifes etc as didn't need them but don't recall seeing them, I do believe they have rooms with full kitchens so may pay to contact them to see just what they have to offer in different rooms. If this is your first time to Samoa I highly recommend a few nights (Wednesday or Saturday included to see the fiafia night) at Taufua beach Fales, or at least a day trip to see their beautiful beach
We drove into Apia from another resort and they packaged up the car hire for us so I don't recall exactly how much it was. But definitely make a point of driving into Apia for supplies early on in the piece. The drive is enjoyable and will give you a feel for the island. I recall thinking that for this alone, spending on car hire was worth it.
You will undoubtedly save some cash even if you just pick up snacks and drinks. I would highly recommend getting your alcohol due free. I don't recall prices (sorry) but I did find the options limited.
Have a wonderful time!
Hi Sally! We also drove into Apia town to buy some staple foods to prevent us buying from the restaurant or the hotel
Shop. It's not too pricey at all, however please note the drive into Apia is about 40 mins to an hour, so make sure you do all your shopping in one go.
We hired our car from the resort itself which we highly recommend. If came out to $170 tala per day and we were given a 4 wheel drive. Although this is pricier than other places, once you include the transfer to the hotel, it's about the same, if not cheaper!
We found gas there very expensive though. It costs us 90 tala to fill up 3/4 of a tank.
The resort is very good at updating your room water with 5-6 bottles when they come for housekeeping!
You are allowed to take over cheese, salami and crackers etc which is what we did, as well as a few bottles of duty free wine.
The car hire place we went through was called samoana and they were about 120tala a day, we drove into Apia town and bought fruit from the local's who were selling roadside, also the supermarket had local beer for 3tala
You can take anything back to your room. We alwys buy big bottles of drinks from outside shops cost around $5 tala. If you buy from hotel, can is $7 tala. We didn't really think food was expensive at the hotel. There is a MS rentals 5 mins walk from hotel,$100 a day. You will find rentals for $89 a day closer to town. Having a rental gives you freedom to explore whenever you can/want. Hope that help.
We visited in April this year and hired a car for 7 days and paid $375nzd or $900 tala for a basic RAV4. The cars aren't amazing over there - we spoke to lots of people who said their aircon didn't work or the stereo didn't work but it was fine for what we needed - the hotel does have cars there that you can hire day to day (not sure how much they cost) which was probably better for us as we only went out for about 4 days all up :) food wise - we went expecting to pay restaurant prices and everything we ate was amazing quality, averaged about about 100 tala for the two of us for dinner and snack food around lunch, as we had a big breakfast and so didn't really want lunch (add a few cheeky cocktails each day but they're about 15 tala each). There are little dairies all over the place where you can buy snacks and drinks but not really walking distance. Minimum of a 45 min return trip I'd say. We just ate at the hotel it was that nice, you can buy beer and fizzy drinks from a dairy right outside the airport which was worth it as the 750ml vailima beer they sell is 6 tala compared to 20 tala at the resort :) but would so recommend this hotel it was just perfection for us - made me understand why you would go to the same hotel year after year!!
Hi, we hired a car from the resort which was very helpful. Yes there is a good store roughy 10min from the resort heading into Apia. Very cheap there. The resort isn't to bad they do buffet meals for lunch and dinner also which are around $70 tala
Actually the food at the resort is really quite reasonable. A taxi to Apia will cost about $80 WST each way so at nearly $80 AUD return that adds a lot to your fresh fruit price. There are some markets closer to the resort than Apia where you will do well. Sorry I have never hired a car there so I have no idea of the cost
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