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Lauiula Beach Fales
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Reviewed August 6, 2010

Stunning location with wonderful, friendly, helpful and awesome hosts! Richard, Johnny, Siu, Maria and the rest of the family & staff are SO helpful, so nice and just the perfect hosts. They can't do enough for you and help you truly relax in this perfect location. The fales are clean and simple but what more do you need just a metre from the ocean than a mattress, a mosquito net, and time to relax. Savaii itself is a wonderful island and these fales are in a great location to explore all of the islands attractions - Richard is very helpful if you need to hire a car or a driver. The food is fantastic, the beer is cold, and both are nice and cheap but plentiful. I was in need of a break from the rat race and this place was perfect as I left feeling totally relaxed and rejuventated and wanting to come back ASAP! Definitely not a 5-star resort but a wonderful, simple place to stay, that reminds you how little you actually need. Heaven!!
PS - all the staff here seem to genuinely care if you have a good time or not....they are fabulous!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank lisarutherfordnz
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

I went to Savaii and stayed in Lano at Lauiula Fales with two girlfriends and it was the best decision i have ever made!!!!!!!!!!!
we spent alot of time deciding where to stay on Savaii and i don't think we could have made a better choice.
these fales have everything..... after waking up to the most amazing sunrises, which you can see from you bed, with only a mozzie net in between you and the ocean, you can literally roll into the water when you wake up, before taking about 10 steps to have a big, delicious breakfast.
we arrived in the afternoon and were greeted by the owner Richard and his son Dean, with a welcome that was full of warmth and smiles. From the moment you get there you feel comfortable and relaxed, asthough you just walked into your parenst house. the staff are all full of smiles and are so accomodating. Everyone is so friendly asking where your from, what you are going to do there and giving you adivce on where to go and where not to go, yet so respectful of your privacy and know when you need your own space.
It was my 26th birthday the second night we were there, Richard (the nicest, warmest man you will meet in Samoa, maybe other than his son) got wind of this and proceeded to celebrate by birthday for the next 5 nights with dances and songs (on the amazing FIA FIA night), i got a blessing from one of the cheifs of the village and a slow dance. The last night we were there the boys (who work at the fales) sang me songs, while we drank at the bar and Richard presented me with a huge and beautifully decorated birthday cake!!! it was the most amazing birthday, one i will never forget, all thanks to everyone at Lauiula.
the local boys took us night spear fishing, fresh water swimming, snorkling and night village walks....truely amazing.
the lagoon infront of the fales are gorgeous...great for kite surfing, snorkling, swimming or just floating about.
If i had to say something negative about Lano, if i had to, i would say the wind was pretty strong at times, but it would die down and when it was strong we just hung out at the bar. A great excuse to chat to the other people staying at the fales, comparing storiesand figure out what to do the next day.
The bus is anywhere between 2-12 Tala which is so cheap, but be warned it gets crowed so when travelling with big bags get a taxi. Taxi are usually 30-50 Tala, which is good considering the drives are usually 30 min to an hour long.
If your after a place where everyone talks to everyone, where you can meet lots of different people and hear about there travels, friendly staff, amazing beaches and great food then go to Lauiula.
There are only 2 fale resorts in Lano, Lauiula and one right next door, so its quiet and relaxing. we went on a dya trip up to the north of the island (to Manase) and we were really glad we didnt stay up there, it was to busy with too many fales that were too big. Some people told us they stayed up there and they felt like they were staying at a caravan park...these people ended up coming back to Lauiula to stay for the rest of there trip.
we booked before we arrived, im glad we did because it was guaranteed cause at some points it is busy and you dont want to miss out on the beach fales.
The garden fales are fine, but you will be envious of the people in the beach side ones.
I loved the following but if you dont then be warned:
. there are really friendly dogs that are lovely that will follow you when you go for walks (they are your security), they just chill out around the fales and will protect u where ever you go. they are not allowed at the bar and where you eat, so that's fine.
. there is only cold water in the showers and they are like camping showers (but you dont even miss the hot water becuase it is hot). I just showered by rinsing off at the beachside shower, because your always in the water.

We where concerned about the security of our belongings before we went over, but when we got there we soon realised there was no need to worry AT ALL. There is night secuirty and the staff are always around when u leave during the day. The people in Samoa are just so honest and trustworthy you just dont need to worry. I left my camera and my wallet out pretty much all the time and it was fine. I even left my camera up near the bar most of the time and it was totally fine.
You have to go on the buses they are an experience!!! there is only one road that goes around the whole island, so the bus just turns up when it wants to. The Samoans have the right attitude....never in a rush and always happy.
The Fia Fia night was amazing, lots of traditional dancing, singing and fire dancing. in the afternoon we got an invite to watch the boys prepare the food, it was amazing!!!!!!

we loved it sooooooooo much we are going back in Jan 2011. we spent 6 nights in Savaii and 6 nights on Upolu, next time i will be spending most of my time on Savaii, more to do and it was prettier. I was not really that into the island of Upolu.
In Savaii go swim with the turtles, pyramids, blowholes, Aganoa and a walk through the village(during the day). in Upolu go to the sliding rocks, black sandy beach, ocean trench, marine reserve, to a rugy league game, Lalumanu, drive around the east side of the island and all the water falls. just be warned that most of these things cost about 2-10 Tala (just for the up keep from the locals) and make sure you get a car that is higher off the ground (even a 4WD) the roads are not that sealed on Upolu. If you like to dance go the the V-bar in Apia (it is above crabbers), its awesome and hilarious.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank wottward
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Reviewed July 11, 2010

My 19 yr old daughter and I had two weeks in Samoa, I was dubious about fales
But she wanted to try it, we booked for three days(4 or 5 wouldve been great)
Richard and his family are very helpful, tok my daughter spear fishing and canoeing (no charge) we learnt how the umu was prepared (20wst charge) the meals were the best we had in Samoa, authentic varied, fresh local produce.
The fia fia was great (20wst) the buffet was excellent. They are still improving the place, the bar/restaurant area is great to relax but no out door chairs/loungers as yet. Take earplugs for early morning roosters and buses with stereos.
Don't be afraid to ask if you want something, they may not have thought of whatever you think is lacking but ask and they can't do enough.
The bus was only 2 wst from the wharf at salelaloga, Pua pua destination is best, but manase goes past, just less frequently and more crowded. just tell the driver lano fales. Just realise samoa starts and finishes early.- markets buses etc and you wont get caught out

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

What a truly amazing place, lovely little Beach Fales, clean and comfortable and just the best hosts! Very friendly and helpful staff, excellent value and lovely food. What more could one want?

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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1  Thank Allison P
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Reviewed June 24, 2009

Myself and 2 friends stayed at the Lauiula beach fales for 4 nights and had a great time. The fales are well kept and are very close to the water. The fales have lights and mossie nets and we were comfortable. Take ear plugs if you are a light sleeper the waves can get a little loud. Everything is clean and tidy. Richard and his lovely wife are kind and helpful, they want to make your stay as nice as they can.

The food is mainly samoan and they fill the plate to the brim. The samoams love to see you enjoying your food. We loved the atmosphere of the place but we had a great group of people staying there at the same time. They always have lovely samoan music playing in the eating area. It was a great place to sit, relax and meet someone of the other guests.

We enjoyed the swimming and snorkelling. We thought the fish were amazing, the coral is a bit broken down. It was the same in most of the snorkelling areas throughout samoa that we saw. We felt very safe in the water no serious rips or currents.

There is only cold water and toilet could be scrubed a bit more but they are my only complaints. We would love to go back for another visit. We had a great time its worth checking out.

Enjoy - Seabluepearl

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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