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Tailua Beach Fales
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Amazing!”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

We stayed at Tailua Beach Fales for a night in April, wish we had got there earlier so we could have stayed longer!! We had a fantastic stay, with a VERY comfortable bed, clean toilets (showers a little light, but serves it purpose) and amazing food!!! The grass that is under the Fales is great as it gets rid of all the sand before you get into your fale. Beach is amazing, and the resorts are a 3 minute walk away for cold coctails if you wish!! Coconuts on arrival were welcomed also. Definitely recommend, if your looking for budget open fale accommodation.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 19, 2011

I accidently discovered Tailua’s while planning our Samoan holiday and I’m so glad I did. It was exactly what I was looking for, paradise! There’s not enough words to describe how beautiful the beach and village are and I have no idea where to start in describing the generosity of the family who run Tailua’s. It was my first experience of fale accommodation and I was a little nervous about staying 4 nights in one, but ended up wishing I had stayed longer. I’m usually a mosquito magnet, but didn’t get bitten at all, not a great fan of bugs – but didn’t see anything worthy of a scream, the showers being cold was not an issue because the temperature was 30C every day, and as for sleeping in an open fale with the sound of the ocean on the reef....best sleep I have had in years! Titi the wonderful lady who runs the place has to be the best cook on the island, the food she served us was delicious and plentiful (breakfast & dinner were included) if by some chance you were hungry later in the day the villagers place bunches of banana’s along the roadside for anyone to eat. Titi & her family have just finished putting in a new dining fale right on the water’s edge, which was the perfect setting for our meals. Tailua’s is small compared to the other accommodation options along Manase beach, which is exactly what I was looking for. The grass around the fales meant we didn’t track sand inside. The swimming was good at all tides while we were there, didn’t need my reef shoes to go swimming. The Coral was great, an abundance of reef fish to spend hours viewing (again possible at all tides). But best of all has to be the care and attention Titi lavished us, this awesome hostess will be the reason I return to Samoa!

Room Tip: To contact Tailua's (as no website/email) phone Titi or Ina on 54102 (Home) or 7202211 (Mobile).
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

This is a wonderfully relaxing place to stay. I have stayed at 5 other places on the main island including Lolamanu and wanted somewhere to stay just to get away from it all and unwind.
This place was recommended by the pizza place we stopped at just down the road.
What makes it so lovely is the owners make you feel like it's a home away from home... it's wonderful home cooked food and better eating than other places I stayed at.
It's very quiet and peaceful and it is great having the grass around the fales as you don't drag sand then into your fale. The price is fantastic considering it includes two home cooked meals. Great value for money and lovely to lie in your fale at night and listen to the waves crashing 20 feet away :)

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

If you are looking for luxury don't go to Tailuas. However if you are looking for a magic spot on the beach with a local family that will make you feel one of them Tailuas is the place. Titi and Ena are in the forefront feeding you and making you feel at home. Other memebrs of the family are ensuring you and your possessions are safe in a quiet unassuming manner.

The Fales are basic (Mattress on the floor) but comfortble enough and situated between the road and beach. This means a bit of road noise in the mornings but who wants to sleep through a beautiful sunrise, sleep in the heat of the day like the locals. Bathrooms are also basic (cold water through a pipe) but clean, adequate and close. The food is plentyful, lots of variety, based on local produce and served communially. Bananas are available 24/7. For the price its one of the best values for money I have experienced. Racy's beacr bar is across the road and their internetcafe 2 minutes walk. Racy and Zita are very helpful. The sun is hot, the beach sandy, the water warm but the best memorable part is the Titi and her family, they are lovely. Thanks for a lovely 5 days ( and thats probably enough in a small place like Manase.
Tony and Anita

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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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NZ
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Reviewed June 28, 2010

We spent five nights at Tailua in June with a 10 month old and a 2 year old and recommend it. Originally planned to stay 3 nights and extended our stay it was so wonderful and relaxing. The six fales are all absolute beach front, well spaced, and surrounded by grass. Good size, in good condition, with electric lights and mosquito nets. We wandered along the beach at Manase and felt very lucky to be at Tailua. Hosts (Ina and Titi) were welcoming and helpful, even helping with the kids while we ate. Food was better than expected – breakfasts of fresh fruit, eggs and toast. Dinner was plentiful, decent, and lots of fresh veges. Help-yourself bananas. There’s no website or email booking, but don’t be put off by the extra difficulty factor – we booked by email through Sita at Raci’s Beach Club and it all went like clockwork. Exceptional good value. BTW the pizza from the Italian pizza place near Le Lagoto is great. If you call and order (at Raci’s or ask Ina/Titi) they will deliver for 5 tala. I was concerned about this style of accommodation with kids, but it was perfect. Andd the absolute beachfront, food etc was better than several of the resorts we visited (e.g. le lagoto). Manase a very pretty village, good beach (high tide swimming much better than low tide), recommend over Lano.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

We were at Tailua for 3 nights. These are open Fales right on the Beach and we generally we prefer this type of vacation. However, they are right beside the road with no security but the family does live right across the street. You eat at their Fale and they were all wonderful and very friendly.

Breakfast and Dinner was included and the food was great and the portions generous. Definitely great value here. Raci's Beach Club and Bar is right next door and this too is a great spot. The beach is wonderful here, but there can be strong currents if you are not careful. Even during low tide there is good swimming. The snorkeling along this beach is very good.

This is quite a small operation so they have no web site. We ended up going to Raci's Beach Club web site and called them. Rene and Zita who own Raci's are lovely and they very helpful assisting us with booking our Fale.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 16, 2010

Although only two reviews could be found on the Tailua Beach fales, I was impressed by what the past reviewers had to say and by the photos provided of the fales. After spending two nights at Tailua Beach fales, I can honestly say that I'm glad that I did go ahead and make a booking with this Beach fale and not one of the more popular Beach fales in Savaii.

Tailua Beach Fales is run by a local family and consists of only six fales, we booked four of the six and had the place to ourselves. The fales are very clean, large in size, surrounded by grass which I personally think this great to keeping sand out of your fale. Tailua Beach fale is situated on a quiet strip of Manase Beach, water was beautiful, view just amazing. Toilets and showers clean.

If I had the time I definately would of spent longer at Tailua Beach Fales. The Hostess is very friendly, and helpful. They provide breakfast and dinner in the cost and the portions are very big, and the food very tasty.

I would not hesitate going back and highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tailua Beach Fales
Address: Manase Beach Road, Savai'i, Samoa
Location: Samoa > Savai'i
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Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Savai'i
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Tailua Beach Fales 2.5*
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