Fourteen days, twelve of our gorgeous models and one epic luxury resort. Yes, this is how MAXIM does the “Cradle of Polynesia”…
Halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, is one of the South Pacific’s hidden gems – Samoa. With only a small amount of tourism, arriving to Samoa was like a step back in time – back to a simple time where food is fresh, the people are friendly and the waters are clear.
We were greeted with a sincere and genuine welcome at the airport and again at Taumeasina Island Resort. Our immediate switch into “island time” was an unexpected part of our arrival into a, what felt like, secret new world. There simply is no need to rush in Samoa. It was like a new calm energy that took over our group and we quickly learned that the priorities of the people are focussed on family and quality of life in a way that you do not see often when travelling to glamorous destinations. We didn’t realise that our island getaway was going to give us so much more than amazing pictures and incredible tans. It seems the spirit of Samoa is focussed on celebrating the simple things in life and this taught us a lot during out stay.
The traditions and culture of Samoa were demonstrated with pride throughout our stay at Taumeasina. Whether it’s the local foods or the evening entertainment in the form of fire dancing or local singers, we were constantly reminded of the islands beauty and its people. There is just something incredibly unique about the people of Samoa which is difficult to describe. Their authentic pride and commitment to service made us feel at home immediately. Every person we encountered simply wanted us to love their country as much as they do and nothing was too much trouble for them to do to make our stay enjoyable.
Walking onto a deserted beach or incredible waterfall and having it all to yourself is not a unique experience in Samoa. It happened to us time and time again. The fact is there are so many picturesque beaches and crystal waterfalls and so few people that it’s almost guaranteed. It was a feeling of privilege to explore the island and its beautiful jungles and lush landscapes without ritzy attractions and large resorts. Traffic delays due to coconut harvesting above the roads or random families of a mother pig and her piglets wandering along the beach tracks were the norm and all part of the experience.
The To-Sua Ocean Trench is something that needs to be seen to be believed. For once, the super hyped destination actually delivers and looks exactly like the postcards or something out of a movie set. The experience of swimming in this beautiful turquoise natural pool was pure magic. Our resort had endless activities including snorkelling with the local wildlife, sailing, kyaking and much more.
The feasts of incredible seafood that had been caught each day or fresh produce, grown locally will not be easily forgotten. We lost track of the fresh coconut consumption and the bar staff didn’t disappoint in the cocktail department. Food is an important part of the Samoan culture and large meals are non-negotiable and definitely needed after our long days exploring. Needless to say, it was a sad day when our two weeks in paradise came to an end. A massive thank you to the amazing Samoa Airways for getting the team there safely and back. We will never forget our time on this friendly island and hope to return soon.
Photographed by Rocky Batchelor
Produced and Styled by Belinda Roelofs
Hair & make-up by Simmy Carr
Lingerie & bikinis by Mary Holland Lingerie
Videography by Alex Scapens
Shot on location at Taumeasina Island Resort