Mother and daughter impressed with Samoa
It was a mother-daughter reunion waiting to happen and it had to be Samoa that brought them together.
Auckland resident Keita Miru surprised her Perth-based mother Sharron Tehaara with a weekend away in Samoa, and they could not be happier about the choice of the destination.
Keita said it was a special treat for them as they live in different countries and it was nice to catch up and celebrate.
"We just don’t see each other a lot, it’s once a year we don’t get to see each other, so its nice to do this," added her mother Sharron.
The mother and daughter were only in the country for three days and they are spending most of their time relaxing at the Taumeasina Island Resort.
Keita, who works as a travel consultant for Air New Zealand, is blown away by the hospitality of Taumeasina.
"Taumeasina is wonderful, definitely in a league of its own. Highly recommend it. We’re having a great time, absolutely recommend Samoa and that’s why I’m here. Part of my job, I get to talk to my customers that travel the world to say, 'hey you need to go to Samoa, you need to go to Taumeasina'
"Yes very happy with the service, the people were smiling and they’re happy, friendly and really good service, very very impressed," she said.
It is the perfect place to spend quality time with my daughter, Sharron added,
"Beautiful room serviced well and looked after and nice little surprises like biscuits and fresh fruits and chocolates and personalised handwritten notes to welcome you to the room, that was cool," she said.
The pair described the Samoan people as "beautiful people, very humble, very softly spoken, sometimes you have to really listen in, because they're so softly spoken not like me," laughed Keita.
Apart from "relaxing, eating and swimming," the pair also spent some time at the Apia flea market, though they found it quite expensive.
"We found the markets so expensive though, some of those Samoan dresses for the girls, and they were like $85 with some at $100 and they didn’t seem to want to bargain either, they didn’t put it down.
"So we didn't buy anything until we got one girl to take $70 for a dress," Keita said.
But the high prices did not dampen their experience of Samoa in a whirlwind three-day visit.
"Thank you for having us, and making us feel welcome," they said.