From managing a Travel Agent in New Zealand to operating a local beach resort in Samoa. Please meet Robyn and Grant Thornley, the new owners and managers of the Savaii Lagoon Resort who left everything they built in New Zealand to follow their dream of operating a local beach resort that they believe suits their life careers.
Robyn is a travel agent and her husband Grant is a commercial builder.
Their journey to Samoa started off when Robyn came to Samoa on one of Samoa Tourism Authority-hosted familiarization trips in 2008 and immediately fell in love with Samoa. In early 2020, Savaii Lagoon Resort was in search of new owners and the couple began to explore the possibilities. In January this year, the purchase agreement was finalized and the Thornleys took over the management and operation of the property.
The boutique resort, situated on the coastal beach of Fagamalo village is a 3-star resort offering a 5-star experience, consisting of 10 clean and comfortable rooms that are perfect for a big family.
“Our team works tirelessly to ensure our guests have a wonderful stay. The area where we are situated is arguably one of the most stunning beaches in Samoa and provides safe conditions for swimming, snorkelling and kayaking,” said Robyn.
The resort employs mostly locals from around the area which reflects the true spirit of Samoan hospitality. It also provides a market for the local villagers to sell their local produce and catch of the day to.
The resort offers cultural demonstration and village tours, half and full-day island tours, laundry, umu demonstration and fiafia nights on request as well as transfers to and from Salelologa wharf. Babysitting is also available at a small fee.
“Our dinner menu changes daily reflecting the fresh produce available. We host a ‘Talofa Hour’ daily from 4-6pm with drinks specials in the bar, and our deck is very popular for sunset cocktails. We welcome all drop-ins for dining or refreshments.” Robyn added.
Over the coming months, the focus will be on getting the glass-bottom boat back in the water so they can re-commence their reef tours. In addition, the couple plans to get air-conditioning into all 10 rooms.
“Grant and I are so happy to be here, and feel privileged to be caretaking this beautiful slice of paradise.” Robyn.
For more information please visit www.savailagoon.co.nz or email email@example.com.