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Every month I feature a new vacation review from a traveller just like you.  These are honest, unbiased reviews of actual vacations taken by ordinary people. This month, check out Karla’s short-break in Samoa with friends.

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Travel Itinerary

5 nights in Samoa.




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HOME BASE:  Auckland, NZ

TRAVEL STYLE:  Independent / Budget / Adventure

FAVOURITE DESTINATION:  Corfu, Greece or island hopping in Croatia

I was a bit dubious at first but it really had everything we were after.

Such beautiful beaches and people, we were sad to come home.


Trip Highlights

Aganoa Beach – our favorite black sand beach!

Cultural night at Coconuts Beach Resort

Beautiful empty beaches tucked away all to ourselves

SINALEI RESORT  (image credit: Karla)

FUIPUSIA FALLS  (image credit: Karla)

Airline Review – Air New Zealand

They were great – as always!

Resort Review – Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa:

Highly rated our accommodation – Sinalei was a great experience!  Fresh fish every night was as a definite highlight.

Top Tips:

Stay longer!

Definitely hire a car if possible – it makes getting around much easier.

CAPE NIUATO’I  (image credit: Karla)



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International Airport


Language & Communication


Accessing Money


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Internet Access

Thanks for the feedback Karla!

Have you been travelling lately and want to share your experiences (good or bad)?  Drop me a line or comment below for your chance to be featured in this blog series.



Auckland to Apia return with Air New Zealand


Karla & her friends stayed at Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa on Upolu in Samoa.

Secluded by lush palm jungle and fringing an azure turquoise lagoon, Sinalei Resort is a 4.5 star adults-only resort situated on the South Coast of Upolu.  The resort has 29 villas available, with options of a garden, ocean view or beach front setting. With a strong farm to plate philosophy, food is either grown on site or sourced locally at this luxury eco resort.

Special deals can include free breakfast, resort credits & discounted rates.


Samoa has two distinct seasons – the dry from April to October and the wet from November-March, but it’s warm and humid year-round.  Peak season revolves around New Zealand/Australia school holidays in April, July and September, with cheap airfares harder to source around those times.

You can fly direct to Apia from Auckland (3 hours), Sydney or Brisbane (5-6 hours), Fiji (2 hours) or Honolulu (5.5 hours).

To book this trip as a complete package email me your names and preferred dates of travel.  For more information on what you need to book a family holiday check out this article.



Anita | Burgess Travellers

Anita Burgess is in the business of making memorable family moments. Soccer mum, travel broker & writer, she’s happiest with a camera in her hand and the sand between her toes. Find insider travel tips and inspiration for your memorable moments on her blog, Burgess Travellers, or get in touch if you’re ready to make your holiday happen.

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