As a child growing up in the North of England I dreamt of living on a tropical Island & like most people it took a joint effort of courage & faith to fulfil the dream. Chris a lifelong surfer also loved the islands & it was his desires to make dreams a reality that pushed the change further than we had ever imagined.
Chris & I had been coming to Samoa since 1996, with each visit the connection became stronger & after an extended stay in 2003 it became obvious that we should attempt to realize our dream & create something that we felt was missing in the slowly growing tourism market in Samoa.
After two years of planning, heaps of determination to overcome obstacles that we found along the way, with a list of MUST haves, firmly imprinted in our minds we searched for our piece of Paradise.
There were Beautiful Beaches everywhere, however it was important to us that we were on our favorite South East coastline, had good road access within short proximity to the main road, have a pristine Lagoon, wonderful beach & the ability to create complete seclusion should our guests require. So after looking at many options we remembered this cute bay where a local Taxi Driver Tau, used to take us swimming. On the most perfect day, we drove down into the bay, The sun was glistening on the lagoon, the view was mesmerizing and we knew instantly that this was truly OUR piece of Paradise, aptly named Paradise Cove, our search was over it had to be ours & in turn YOURS!
In 2005, we left Australia & began the adventure of a lifetime. Chris an Australian Master Builder of 40 years experience, set about building Seabreeze, what a journey, with only local labour Chris shared expertise & turned bush carpenters into skilled tradesmen. On November 17th 2007 Seabreeze was officially opened By Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi the Prime Minister of Samoa.
Over the next two years we focused on REAL Samoan hospitality, outstanding food & an ability to make many Dreams come true. As valued guests became friends our commitment rated us number one in Trip Advisor & saw many returning guests eager to experience the truly surreal feeling of a completely rejuvenation holiday.
The Tsunami struck in 2009 & Seabreeze was completely destroyed, it took only a few days to decide that our 29 staff needed us as much as we needed them, our resort supported several large families & we were not about to fail them. The next 22 months was the hardest of our lives project managed by Chris & with the help of a visionary architect from New Zealand, the mission started to restore our beloved Seabreeze. Waiters became Laborer’s, chefs cooked for up to 50 construction workers with only a bush kitchen & Seabreeze was like a small village, thriving, vibrant and full of life, as night fell the sounds of harmonized voices filled the air, a reminder this was truly paradise. When the project was completed, trials and frustrations were overcome and lifelong friendships were made, we will never forget the determination of those who assisted in the rebuild from our loyal staff to those contractors who never faltered despite difficult conditions all sharing the same goal to fulfill our vision & makes dreams a reality.
Seabreeze re-opened to guests on July 17th 2011 & was once again officially reopened on the 3rd December 2011 by a jovial Prime Minister, to the pomp & ceremony of the marching police band & sharing the feeling of success with all those that had made the rebuild possible. We wish also to acknowledge the government of New Zealand for their ongoing support & assistance, Fa’afetai!
Seabreeze is now the ULTIMATE in boutique luxury, with a NEW look, that incorporates the same values, attention to detail & commitment to our guests needs that we have become renowned for. Today we look forward to sharing our vision, dream and journey in the next chapter of the Seabreeze Experience.
Our Motto was never more True “Fortune favours the BRAVE!!”
Wendy & Chris Booth