Penny Johnston has probably been to Samoa more times than a Samoan living abroad.
There is a reason for this. She rates it as one of her favourite places in the world.
Last year she brought her fiancé with her after they decided that they wanted to get married here and came together to venue hunt for their big day.
When they walked into the Taumeasina Island Resort, they both decided that it was the perfect place for their wedding.
“My first time here ( Taumeasina resort) was last year when we came for about a month,” she said.
“We came to look for a wedding venue and I didn’t know this place was here and we came for lunch one day, had a look around and thought ‘ why not?’ So that’s why we are back here now.”
“The chapel here is absolutely gorgeous and there’s the beach right there to take photos on afterwards. Last year we spent some time around the other side of the island but we felt that there was more of a chance that it would rain on that side than here on Taumeasina Island. And I like being close to town, there’s heaps to do.”
Penny told the Samoa Observer that even as an avid traveler around the world, there are many reasons why she keeps returning to Samoa.
“I did a lot of travelling by myself when I was younger and Samoa is somewhere that I felt really safe to be on my own and it’s just so beautiful and it’s not overly expensive so it’s quite easy to come here.
“I’ve been around to Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga but there’s just something about Samoa I find… I think it’s the most beautiful of all the islands. The people are the friendliest.”
Penny hasn’t been stressed out at all while organizing her wedding saying that they have a great wedding co-coordinator through the resort that has made everything work smoothly for them, giving them time to relax and enjoy their holiday here.
Will Penny be returning to Samoa in the near future?
“Yes I will and I’ve recommended Samoa to a lot of people. My family have come here because of my recommendations. Whenever they ask me, I always say my top pick is Samoa out of all the islands.”