Stayed here for two nights when first arriving in Samoa and like others chose the resort on recommendation of other 'Tripadvisors' as a high quality 'budget' accommodation, however were slightly disappointed overall. Cannot question the amazing views and scenery of the area, nor the tranquility of staying in such a secluded area, you could have been in the middle of paradise...but unfortunately it was just off the mark.
Staying in a 'budget' accommodation (although at around $AUD150-170/night it's not exactly in the budget column) you expect the basics only, however at times even this wasn't quite there. The front row fales were beautiful in location and appearance, the facilities adjoining were disappointing. The shared amenities only intermittently had running water, the toilets in particular!
The lack of 'homely' feel was quite disappointing - being sold as a 'family' atmosphere we really felt this lacked especially compared to other places we stayed in Samoa. It all seemed a little bit of hassle for them to have people hanging around and wanting to socialise with them - post dinner 'activities' were pretty much non-existent and they actually started to switch lights off and shut the bar around 8.30-9 ish each night - not really a communal feel except at the actual meal time.
In terms of food provided it was ok but nothing special - breakfast and dinner were included but lunch was an option at an additional cost - fairly expensive for what was on offer but they could do it cos there aren't many other options around the area.
Only other concern was we heard of two couples reporting missing money on the morning we were leaving. The rooms are lockable but the staff do have keys to go and clean so I'd suggest having a security backup in place - we had a car and also had bags locked at all times but given the open layout of the resort and the adjoining resorts I'd suggest to keep track of your belongings at all times. My bigger concern was their report that the staff didn't want to know about it!
As a couple of suggestions - make sure to take a beach towel as you only get one supplied (although they dry pretty quickly) . Also, it is well worth the short walk into Lalomanu to go to the local store to get your water etc, about half the price and gives you a chance to mingle with the locals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Litia Sini Beach Resort (fales) are located on the South Coast of Upolu Island where the white sand beach and lagoon in Lalomanu village really does look like the travel brochure. Litia's beach is most popular for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water activities in the clear blue waters of Lalomanu. The natural beauty of ocean views and swaying palms makes Litia's beach resort a paradise to relax and re-energize the tired mind and body. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Litia Sini Beach Hotel Apia
- Litia Sini Beach Lalomanu
- Litia Sini Beach Resort Samoa/Apia