Apia, Samoa – January 22, 2017
It was exciting to go on this trip to Samoa because I was staying at a brand-new hotel, the Taumeasina Island Resort. Previously, the hotel I used, while nice, did not give the feel of a tropical island hotel. The grounds had beautifully done tropical landscaping, but the hotel was not on the water.
The Taumeasina Island Resort is on a small, human-made island. The resort has the look of what one imagines a tropical island resort to be. There are beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Virtually every room has an ocean view.
It may seem odd to be so emotional about a place to stay. However, when I travel to Samoa, it is for business. I have no time to explore the island truly. That makes the hotel very important to me. During my trips, I could stay for an extra day or two, but I would much rather get back home.
The other new experience on this trip was the airport. There is a new departure terminal. I became used to the construction at the airport since that is all I have known on my trips. Now, the updated portion is very clean and modern. The arrival portion is still old but undergoing renovation.