Virgin Cove Resort was going to be a base for Kay and me from where to explore Upolu Island, Samoa: the big plan was to get around and see as much as we could on our holiday over the Easter break. We fully intended to...we had everything planned to rush around in the hired RAV4, and we'd set aside a couple of days of our valuable time, but somehow the plan went awry.
We should have known you don't rush: Samoa's not like that!
Samoa is beguiling, seducing, and lays herself out in front of you, beseeching you to explore her fragrant, luxuriant and ample body slowly. She's bedecked herself with flowers behind her ear for a reason...and we were seduced!
Samoa will not be rushed, so we didn't see as much as we could because there's something we'd forgotten...Island Time!
Yes, we slipped too easily into Island Time.
Island Time meant we just didn't quite get around to doing what we meant to do. It entrapped us, slowed us right down, ensured we would end up going nowhere, and we'd take our time getting there.
It was fun just sitting in a deckchair on the verandah of our Garden Bungalow, a glass of wine in one hand, looking up from our books to watch mudskippers flipping across the muddy banks of the small nearby stream; or sharing the intense excitement of seeing large land crabs scuttle out of their burrows right in the middle of the pathway to our doorstep, to grab a newly fallen leaf before dashing back again! That was enough activity for us!
The walk to the village of Sa'anapu, just 1200 metres away, cured that untimely and unwanted need for physical exertion. Meantime we spent our days at Virgin Cove Resort swimming, reading, sunbaking, and enjoying the wonderful meals at their cosy restaurant: Masi masi, or tuna, is fresh caught, and well presented with a tasty cheese-sauce to die for.
What did it matter if we didn't get around the island? Samoa impressed us right from the start, and we both knew we would come back. So let's leave other things to be discovered next time.
Find out more about Virgin Cove Resort here- Virgin Cove Resort, Upulo, Samoa.