Tropical all year round, surrounded by turquoise, crystal-clear seas, barrier reefs, and lush with jade-coloured forests, Samoa may sound like a bit of a paradisiacal cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true! And if getting away from it all is your idea of heaven, you’ll love Samoa. Comprised of a group of remote islands, halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, in the Polynesian region of the South Pacific, life on Samoa moves at its own languid pace. The culture runs deep, and ancient traditions are observed: it’s the Samoan way, or “Fa’a Samoa”, as they say here. Don’t expect to find big, flashy resorts, instead adjust to island life in the small capital Apia by browsing the local flea market, eateries, shops, and visiting the Samoa Cultural Village for a more immersive experience. A Fiafia night – a celebration of Samoan culture that features songs, dancing, and the unique fire knife dance – is not to be missed!