Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hump Day Holidays: Samoa

Today I'm starting what I hope will become a regular thing at Chez MIA: Hump Day Holidays.

It's where I revisit and/or review destinations that have wormed their way into my heart and family memory album.

Because let's face it, Wednesday is still the middle of the week, and a little daydreaming is often needed to escape the daily grind.

I couldn't go past Samoa for my first Hump Day Holiday post.

It was the destination of our last holiday as an 'intact' family, and it was awesome.

For a family holiday, it ticked all the boxes:

* Not too far away from home (which was then Auckland, New Zealand, but Samoa is close to Australia too).

* Loads of people spoke English

* Gorgeous beaches and warm waters

* A different culture to immerse ourselves in

* Our resort had a kids' club, which the kids loved! 

* Really affordable

* Food and drinks were reasonably similar to what the kids would eat at home, and there were no upset tummies

* Samoans love children, and our kids were treated like royalty!

The kids often reminisce about our Samoan holiday, and one of my goals is to take them there again. Sooner rather than later.

And we'd definitely stay at the same resort: Aggie Greys Lagoon Resort and Spa.  

In short, it was paradise.

Transport, Samoan style


A local pub
The snacks were novelties for the kids

You could eat Mr Bean!

The kids' favourite local soft drink: Shasta. It sent them slightly loopy; think it was the artificial colours and flavouring
Snacktime, after a swim in the lagoon

One of the beaches.

By the way, I have loads more photos to share, but they will be for another post!
Readers, do you have a favourite holiday memory?


Mum on the Run said...

Samoa looks and sounds gorgeous.

I cetainly can't recall a bad holiday ever!
Hubby and I holidayed in Thailand a few years ago. I felt that Phuket had it all.
Shopping if you wanted. Culture, if you embraced it. Extreme sports, if you dared. Dirt cheap pampering, if you wanted. Nightlife, if you were game. Beauty, if you looked for it...
You get the idea!
I also found out I was finally pregnant while we were there.

Our trip to Sabah earlier this year was absolute magic too.

Don't mind a spot of camping in WA either though!!


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Ooh that's a hard question! So many holidays memories so hard to pick a favourite. But I can see why you like Samoa! :)

Unknown said...

we went to Samoa with a 10 month old, in January. It wasn't pleasant. There were bits I loved though. We stayed with someone that lived there so we didn't have the resort experience. I always recommended Aggie Greys when I was a travel agent.
I would love to go back when my kids are older

Keely aka The Richest Girl in Bondi said...

I love that I'm not the only person who regularly day dreams! I found myself awake at 3am the other morning thinking about what I'd do if I won $20mil ... *sigh*. All my favourite holiday memories are by the beach, I'd love to try Samoa.

Unknown said...

These all sound great, except for Toushka Lee's. I must admit the resort part made it for us, and we paid for the all-in meal deal, so there were no nasty surprises at the end either. We visited the sister-hotel in Apia, and though it was lovely, I'm glad we chose the resort. Our kids were just old enough to love hanging out part-time at the kids club with other kids, and part-time with us. Which meant we had our first time since becoming parents for grown-up holiday time. I even got to read books by the beach! Bliss.

Wanderlust said...

Sounds wonderful. Makes me want to go there! I could do with a resort experience now (especially one that involved a 'kids club')! x

Ms_MotorbikeNut said...

As you already know by now I loved our cruise & they have three different kids clubs on the cruise for kids for different ages.

Can't wait to go on another cruise.

(((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

Unknown said...

I am at the stage where I think we'd love a cruise (though I'm a bit scared of sea-sickness and gastro). My teens, especially the male, eat so much, so the buffets sound great, as does the endless entertainment. They are past the kids' club stage now, but I'm sure they would make friends too and I wouldn't feel lonely either. I wouldn't feel lonely with a good book anyway, and even if they make friends, my kids always like to come back and spend time with me. I'm thinking a short one to start off on and see how we go. They seem a lot better value than most accommodation packages, particularly as they include meals and in some cases, soft drinks! Even better.