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Samoan resort focuses on staff smiles during stand-still

Travel restrictions have put a halt to this Samoan resort’s ability to welcome guests, so it has chosen to focus on its staff instead.

Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa has kept itself busy during the COVID-19 crisis by seeking out meaningful opportunities to keep its staff smiling.

According to Sinalei marketing and business development manager, Nelson Annandale, aiga means family in Samoa and is the cornerstone of existence in the island nation.

“While we’re closed to the public, we’re committed to keeping our workforce employed and we’re actively searching for creative ways to offer additional support to our Sinalei family members and their nearest and dearest throughout these trying times,” he said.

Recognising the need of the wider Samoan community, the resort has initiated an onsite organic vegetable garden and nursery that is open to locals.

Sinalei’s veggie garden

“With the help of local village farmers, we’ve launched a new green project that aims to provide additional employment and upskilling opportunities for those most in need.

“Long-term, it also generates the exciting possibility to introduce ‘farm-to-plate’ experiences and tours for our future guests.”

The resort has also set out to raise awareness of the risk of mental health during trying times, including conditions like PTSD. With the help of willing team members, Sinalei has proudly kick-started Samoa’s largest-ever 25-day push-up challenge.

“Here at Sinalei, we believe that magic lies in adventure, paying close attention and showing appreciation for the little things,” Nelson said.

“With that in mind, we’ve embarked upon this fun and uplifting challenge to remind everyone that although times are tough, together we can and will get through and continue to seize each day with a smile.”

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