Samoa lies at the heart of the South Pacific in an archipelago of ten islands, half of which are uninhabited.
It's a country dominated by volcanic land formations, lush rainforests and magnificent coral reefs. Thanks to its size and terrain it's also physically imposing in a way that most Pacific islands are not.
The island of Savai'i, one of Polynesia's biggest, is home to the region's largest shield volcano, Mount Silisili.
At a glance
Top places to stay in Samoa
Le Lagoto Resort is the perfect romantic Samoan escape on Savaii Island, with stylish bungalows on the beachfront, an infinity edge pool and poolside bar from which to view the most spectacular sunsets in Samoa, an elegant open air dining fale and to top it all off, it is set on a white sandy beach.
Where to go in Samoa
Upolu, the smaller of Samoa's two largest islands, is where three-quarters of the country's 200,000 population live. It's here that most visitors get their first taste of Samoan life, fa'a Samoa, which remains firmly rooted in the country's ancestral customs.
The mesmerising beauty of the South Pacific is the stuff of travel clichés: crystal-clear lagoons, immaculate strips of beach, palm-fringed atolls surrounded by coral reefs, hillsides dripping with tropical foliage and volcanoes that rumble against cloudless skies.
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