Samoa is also a very popular longhouse because of its location and the side facing the Volcano pool actually has a lagoon view off to the side. The other side looks onto the east pool (aka quiet pool). It is also close to everything.
Pros: It is in a great location (right next to Niue) being right next to the Hawaii club level building. It is very close to the Great Ceremonail House with the Volcano pool on one side and the East pool on the other. You can see part of the lagoon if your room is on the side where the Volcano pool is. Guests with ground level rooms would never have to fight for a lounge chair since there patio is right next to the pool. Every other room on the East pool side of the 1st and 3rd floor have a king bed.
Cons: There are no balconies on the second floor. There may be quite a bit of traffic along the path between the building and the pool. This building is the most requested so getting it might be difficult.
Facts about the real island of Samoa
Western Samoa is independent, American Samoa is under the U.S. But prior to colonization, the system of titles was in place. Along with the concept of MATAI. Under the Matai system, everything was at the beck and call of a chief. The Samoan way of life was almost a life of consecration, a life of giving almost everything you have to your superiors. This even extended into the family structure as well.
About Samoa the Longhouse
Most Standard view rooms do not even get a peak at the Castle but there is an exception. There are a few rooms in Aotearoa and Toklelau but other than that I was sent this photo from room 3610 that shows if you lean way out at the corner room you can see the Castle. Now don't expect to ask for this room and be guaranteed you are going to get it but the other rooms still have great views. Your best chance to see the Castle from your room is to book a Lagoon View room.
Samoa would be top 2 or 3 on my list of requests if I were staying standard view. I love its location and walking right out of the building and to the pool is a big plus for me. Now Samoa is the most requested longhouse and I think it is not only because of its great location and view but I also think it is because everyone that goes there usually walks past it and figures next time they will request that location. I think many guests at the Polynesian don’t see half the longhouses. I always suggest that when you stay there, walk the resort and see what you like or don’t like in a longhouse for yourself and don’t rely on someone else’s opinion.