Par­adise on the sea

In Samoa, you’ll find the world’s most lux­u­ri­ous fale – sit­ting out over a la­goon full of tur­tles.

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Some peo­ple read on the toi­let. Oth­ers play An­gry Birds, go on­line shop­ping or, if des­per­ate, even read the in­gre­di­ents on the air fresh­ener. Or, like me, you could be watch­ing a tur­tle float past.

I’m in Samoa’s most lux­u­ri­ous fale – a huge over­wa­ter room out on an emer­ald la­goon. The op­u­lent bath­room comes com­plete with a big glass square built into the floor for view­ing the sea be­low.

I think the big green sea tur­tle must have been look­ing for shade, rather than be­ing overly in­ter­ested in peer­ing up at me. But we had an un­usual stare off.

Turns out the la­goon is full of tur­tles at high tide, feast­ing on the abun­dant sea­grass. While out kayak­ing the next day, we had six within a few me­tres.

The over­wa­ter fale at Co­conuts Beach Club are un­doubt­edly Samoa’s most ro­man­tic es­cape. You’ll find the club on the south­ern coast of the main is­land of Upolu, home to some of the best beaches on the is­land. Although the re­sort has heaps of room op­tions on land, the over­wa­ter wharf of six bun­ga­lows is the most sought-af­ter, and it’s full of loved-up cou­ples for a rea­son: this is the only over­wa­ter re­sort in the coun­try, and the vil­las are huge – with a grand bed in the mid­dle of the room – floor-to­ceil­ing glass win­dows for un­in­ter­rupted views, and a wrap­around deck with loads of space to re­lax out­side.

Head to the bath­room and you’ll find a huge stone bath de­signed for two. It’s so big you’d feel a lit­tle lonely in there by your­self. And be­sides the glass floor in the bath­room, there is also a big glass square in the lounge to gaze at the la­goon be­low.

The re­sort is the brain­child of Barry and Jen­nifer Rose, Bev­erly Hills lawyers who cashed up their life sav­ings in the 1980s to go in search

Sun­set is best en­joyed from the deck of your fale.

The pool has a swim-up bar with a huge se­lec­tion of drinks.

The stone bath­room has a huge two-per­son bath.

It’s easy to spend an af­ter­noon on the deck drink­ing from co­conuts.

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