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Samoa's most famous hotel, the legendary Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s, reopens

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is bringing back Samoa’s iconic property, the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows.

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts is bringing back Samoa’s iconic property, the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows.

The Apia Harbour hotel, originally opened in 1933 by legendary local Aggie Grey, has begun a phased reopening after a WST32 million (around AU$17.5 million) makeover. 

Known as a hotspot for American servicemen during WWII and later attracting celebrities like Marlon Brando, Gary Cooper and Dorothy Lamour, the hotel has long been a blend of charm and glamour. With its refurb, it’s now marrying modernity with tradition.

Currently, 56 out of 175 rooms, suites, and bungalows are available, with a grand reopening planned for October 2024.

The view from Aggie Grey's in Samoa (Image Mark Harada).
The view from Aggie Grey’s (Image Mark Harada).

A 45-minute drive from Faleolo International Airport and near ferries from Tokelau and American Samoa, the hotel’s location is prime. 

Upon arrival, guests will be met by a refreshed historic facade and a revamped pick-up and drop-off area. 

Inside, the remodelled lobby now boasts an open concept inspired by traditional Samoan bungalows, or fales, mixed with sleek new designs.

According to Sheraton, the renovation has carefully balanced classic local architecture with contemporary features.

Aggie Grey's in Samoa.
Aggie Grey’s before the renovation (Image Mark Harada).

Along with new rooms, the hotel has reopened its poolside restaurant, Feast, the Tea House and the Lobby Bar. The freshwater lap pool is also ready for a splash.

Once fully revamped, the hotel will feature 25 redesigned signature ‘fales’ and three new luxury suites. 

Conference and events spaces, Aggie Grey’s restaurant, the swimming pool, pool bar, spa facilities and more will all see upgrades.

Sheraton says the renovation aims to foster community, gathering, and productivity, inspired by Samoa’s rich cultural heritage. 

Female Samoan dancer in red
Image courtesy of Peacefoo/Shutterstock.

The welcoming spirit of ‘aiga’ (family) will also shine in public spaces, connecting guests to local culture and traditions. 

“Our hotel has been Samoa’s first port of call to visitors since opening in 1933, and carries the legacy of our namesake Aggie Grey, a pioneer in Samoa’s tourism industry,” Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows General Manager Frank Lu said. 

“We are thrilled to continue to honour that legacy and begin welcoming locals and international visitors back to our grand jewel; Samoa’s original gathering place.”

Virgin Australia resumed its direct Samoa flights from Sydney to Apia in early 2023.

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