The location of Joelan's is stunning - simple fales on a white sand beach overlooking a crystal clear lagoon. Waking up to the sunrise each morning is a pleasure (even for us non morning folk). Fale Soa, her husband Sione and her daughters are warm, friendly and generous hosts who make sure you are well fed and comfortable in your fale.
The food was outstanding - a lovely selection of Samoan food (oka, taro, fish, palusami, chop suey, coco ese etc) with plenty of familiar foods too such as papaya, pineapple, bananas, pancakes, bread and eggs. There was always plenty of it too.
The facilities are very basic, there are two toilets and two showers (cold water) and a bit dark and dingy though clean. There is a shop a short 15 minute walk away to buy cold beers and other snacks (though if you ask nicely one of the family will give you a ride there and back).
The only interruption to the blissful surrounds were the regular coming and going of family members and friends - not that this was a problem as they were all very friendly, but we were kept awake to the wee hours one morning as they partied in the main fale. However, we were more than welcome to join them but chose to retire early so we are not complaining.
This is a lovely place to stay if you are looking for a simple, relaxed and authentic stay in Samoa.
- Also Known As:
- Joelan Beach Fales Samoa