The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa
Talofa lava! The heart of Polynesia lies in Samoa. This Pacific nation, rife with pristine landscapes and awe-inspiring waters, welcomes visitors to explore and participate in the Fa'a Samoa.
Dance is an integral part of Fa'a Samoa. The Siva is a gentle, graceful way or storytelling, while the Fa'ataupati, or slap dance, performed by men is fast and energetic. One of the most famous dances is the Siva Afi, or fire knife dance; it is performed by men wielding a large knife with burning flames at both ends, twirling it to the rhythm of a wooden drum beat under their arms, over their bodies, and all around. While performing, men wear the traditional lava lavas and women don puletasis to mirror the mesmerising colours of the nation.
Lapis and teal waters surround this stunning nation. If you dive or snorkel, you'll find that beneath the surface lies incredible reefs with coral gardens, tropical fish, and turtles. On the surface, the endless surf has become one of the most desired parts of a visit to Samoa. And then there's the To Sua Ocean Trench, probably the single most photographable part of Samoa. This giant swimming hole in Upolu is surrounded by lush foliage and rock. A true peek into paradise.
Samoan healing and spa treatments are a true treat. Thanks to the incredible healing powers of herbs and ingredients native to Samoa, Samoan healers are armed with some of the world's most sought-after spa ingredients. Relax with a traditional Samoan massage, or fofo, body wrap, or facial and return home fresh and flawless. Others will find healing in the vibrant sunshine along white sand beaches, like the one in Lalomanu.
The Samoan culture is over 3,000 years old and many of the traditional artistic expressions remain today. Woven goods such as a fine mat called the ie toga or baskets are made from palm fronds and can take years to make. Siapo, a printed cloth made from the inner bark of a paper mulberry tree, is traditionally worn as clothing at weddings or funerals. Even the Tatau, or tattoo, is a rite of passage. This art form has spiritual significance and is traditionally done using handmade tools made from teeth, shell, wood, and bone.
Samoan Tala (WST)
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