Aganoa Lodge Samoa, Samoa


Every aspect of the Aganoa Lodge Samoa guest experience is designed to immerse you in Savai'i's pristine natural environment. The goal is to transport you to another time and place. A world of open air and open spaces, of falling asleep to the soft patter of rain on a tin roof or waking to the kiss of a light trade-wind breeze sliding off of the ocean. At Aganoa Lodge Samoa we invite you to unplug from your busy, overbuilt world and experience something perfect. Perfect and simple.

The "rooms" are simple. Eight stand-alone, open-air fales (bungalows) each surrounded by its own "privacy screen" intended to give guests their own perfect carved out piece of paradise. Each unit is constructed almost entirely of reclaimed timber and lava rocks collected on-site, and each features a king or queen sized, four poster mosquito-netted bed, en suite bathroom with open-sky shower (with Molton Brown amenities), power outlets, safes and private porch decks for relaxing or watching the surf, literally steps from the lagoon beach.

History: In 2003 veteran Pacific explorer Keith Martin and wife Lanuola, opened the "doors" (though there were none) to the Aganoa Beach Retreat. The operation was rustic and unassuming, but guests enjoyed a perfect beach and pristine lagoon as two world-class waves peeled just 100 meters away. For more then a decade, Aganoa remained frozen in time while the Martins raised their young family and hosted itinerant international surfers fortunate enough to have found their way to Savai'i. In 2014 the operation was rebranded Aganoa Lodge Samoa through a partnership between the Martin's and Pegasus Lodges. Highly-versatile San Francisco-based designer, Josef Medellin, was engaged to oversee a complete remodel of the facility with a goal of creating an atmosphere steeped in rustic luxury; highly designed and curated yet never for a moment forgetful of its humble roots and the beautiful simplicity of the natural environment. Today, and just as it's been for years, guests still bask in the hospitality of the Martin family – the endless spring of Keith's knowledge of Savai'i's wave breaks and the warmth of Lanu's smile – while world-class waves peel down the reef out front and Aganoa remains unchanging and perfect.

Dining: Aganoa Lodge Samoa offers a delicious and authentic set-menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the oceanfront restaurant. Locally sourced and sustainable ingredients anchor a menu of Samoan delicacies blended with Western cuisine. Stars are fresh fish caught daily right offshore and organic fruits and veggies grown either in our on-site hydroponic facility or in the gardens of nearby villages. The bar of course is stocked with ice-cold beverages, local beers, New Zealand wines, spirits and bottled water.