Happy 22nd birthday, Sinalei!

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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WELL DONE SINALEI: Mother and son combination of Nelson and Sose Annandale are looking to lift the profile of the Resort.

WELL DONE SINALEI: Mother and son combination of Nelson and Sose Annandale are looking to lift the profile of the Resort. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

Sinalei Reef Resort celebrated their 22nd birthday yesterday with a bang! 

The Beach Bash attracted more than 150 guests to enjoy the sandy beach, icy cold drinks, lots of food with the famous Ardijah Band providing top notch music and entertainment.

It was a proud moment for the hard-working Annandale family, Tuatagaloa Joe, Sose and Nelson Annandale, who have toiled extremely hard to develop the four star property over the years.

Nelson Annandale told the Samoa Observer the Beach party was the most appropriate way to celebrate the Resort’s birthday given that Samoa is known for her beaches.

 “In my opinion there is really not much happening on our beaches and we have a lovely beach here,” he said. 

“We actually had a similar event last year, however it was thrown together last minute and so this year, we wanted to increase the level of excitement and entertainment for our birthday and we brought down Ardijah.”

The festivities started on Friday night when Ardijah played during a special event at the resort. 

Ardijah is based in Auckland and their band is a blend of their Polynesian roots, with those funky foundations creating a style their call ‘Poly Fonk’.

Mr. Annadale, who returned two years ago to help his mother, Sose Annandale, with the family business, said the future is bright for the Resort.

 “We are rebranding the company and so we’re trying align all the ducks in a row so that we would be able to move onto the next level and what Sinalei has always been destined for,” he said. 

“We’re trying to move from a four star hotel to a five start hotel and that of course does take a lot of work, but it can be done. We are actually rebranding, marketing materials, running unique events, that kind of showcases the uniqueness of our property.

 “So on Friday there was a Corporate Table event as part of a fundraising for a charity.

“We had it in our garden and to us this is quite unique given this is the first time we have ever done this.

HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo .
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo .
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo .
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo .
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo .
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo .
BEACH FUN: Great company, awesome food and lots of drinks for everyone.
BEACH FUN: Great company, awesome food and lots of drinks for everyone.
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY SINALEI: Some of the guests who enjoyed Sinalei's birthday yesterday at Siumu. Photos: Misiona Simo
BEACH FUN: Great company, awesome food and lots of drinks for everyone.
BEACH FUN: Great company, awesome food and lots of drinks for everyone.

“The set up was a Alice in Wonderland theme island style and we really wanted to make it superb, not only it was for a good cause, but also showcasing the different aspects of our property here at Sinalei.” 

Mr. Nelson said they want to try events that have not been tried in Samoa before. 

 “So those are just the ides in moving forward for our company as we strive to gain the five star for the Resort,” said Mr Annadale. 

According to their website, Sinalei Reef Resort was stablished back in 1995.

 “Nestled amongst garden, ocean view or beautifully beach front settings, your home away from home is perfectly designed to capture the ambience of our landscape. 

“A refined yet relaxed dining experience awaits you at Sinalei, where we start with what we can grow and source locally, embodying our farm to plate philosophy. The smiles of our Sinalei family will melt not only your heart, but the yearning to be anywhere else but here. 

“We are of the people, of the community, of the spirit, of Samoa. 

The perfect escape for couples and older family getaways, we welcome children over 12 years of age.” 

One of the owners of Sinalei Reef Resort, Sose Annadale, said they are just thrilled to have reached twenty two years of service to the country and the community. 

Allison Churn told the Samoa Observer that her family was thrilled to attend the beach bash yesterday. 

“This is a family event and we’re super happy to be here, my children most especially love the beach here at Sinalei and so we had to attend the bash.” 

A Prosecutor from Hawai’i, Noel Vitale, is visiting Samoa and was only informed of the beach bash the night before was excited to attend. 

“Sinalei is one of the best resorts in the Pacific and glad to have been part of the celebration of 22 years anniversary and the party is awesome.”

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