Andrew Gilligan checks into the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s, in Apia.
From the grand foyer you know you have arrived somewhere special, definitely the most organised and professional porter service I’ve experienced in Samoa.
Room: The hotel rooms are exceptional for their comfort, appointment and cleanliness.
Our poolside superior room was a stately size with a big balcony. The famous Aggie Grey bungalows are another level of indulgence and seclusion with a luxurious fale-style theme.
Price: From $240 per night (for a standard “classic” room, includes breakfast).
Bedroom view: Massive sliding windows overlook the oasis-like swimming pool surrounded by palm trees and native plants.
Room facilities: The room has everything expected of the luxury brand and a generous amount of Wi-Fi is free of charge — a rarity. The signature Sheraton robe and slippers top off the salubrious feel.
Toiletries: The Sheraton offers the whole suite of toiletries, with razors and toothbrushes included.
Bathroom: Again the five-star standard is justified, classically styled.
Exercise facilities: A fresh-water family swimming pool, a separate lap pool, a casino, spa and gym.
Noise: Once you’re behind closed doors the outside world is far, far away.
Food and drink: All meals are served under the spectacular roof of the main fale. The breakfast buffet covers the whole spectrum of morning cravings — right up to creamy mushroom with bacon and egg. The dinner menu is extensive but not exhaustive with a good balance of local and global. Oka, the traditional coconut marinated fish starter, was delicious.
Perfect for: Equally suited to a romantic couple’s getaway or a family.
Would I return: Certainly, and it has piqued my interest in the hotel brand.
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