For SPG loyalists, here is one answer: Samoa now has two fantastic SPG options and both are category 3 awards at 7,000 SPG points/night.
Samoa is a gem of South Pacific tourism:
- Nonstop flight access from Honolulu and Nadi
- Arguably best town in the Pacific, Apia
- Great beaches
- Beautiful natural sites
- Good food
- Limited tourist numbers
Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort is on the northwest coast by the airport. It has everything you expect of a beach and golf resort. This kind of points hotel resorts are rare in the Pacific, and some, like Hilton Fiji more resemble bus terminals for their package tour crowds. Here are photos from my walk-through in December:
Opening August 1 is sister property on the Apia waterfront, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows. In December it was still undergoing extensive renovation:
Apia is delightful and safe. Morning starts with the government marching band flag raising and the day continues with strolling in the center and waterfront restaurants. Since the island is large and the resort out on the corner 30-60 minutes away depending how much island speed traffic is on the road, this is a better base for exploring the beaches and attractions of the interior and south coast.
SPG should offer combo packages for the two properties. A 5th night free award split among the two would be superb. 3 days at the resort, 2 in the city if you want to chill, or the reverse if more into activities and dining.
This is contender for Pacific island I would most likely return and be confident my wife would enjoy. I might also go back someday for the Tokelau boat.
Readers, have you been to Samoa?