Had a great stay at Litia Sini's over easter 2013. Their fales are in an amazing location on one of Samoa's best beaches - which was one of the highlights of the stay. Stunningly clear waters and clean white sand with beautiful views. The fales are simple and clean - with mosquito nets and ceiling fans (both of which were very much needed!). The shared toilet and shower facilities are in blocks at the back (2 toilets and 2 showers in each of the 2 blocks) and were kept very clean and as free of sand as possible. Showers are cold water only which was fine considering the heat. My only recommendation is they need to replace the shower curtains and the shower heads (shower heads were very old and didn't direct water very well making it a bit hard to wash your hair). The staff in the restaurant were lovely and friendly and helpful. Mole made a huge effort to remember everyone's names and greet you by name every time she saw you! Breakfast and dinner are simple but nice and are included in the price - breakfast is usually some fruit (coconut / papaya / orange etc) and eggs made in a different style each day with rather dry crumbly toast, tea and coffee. Dinners change every night - usually soup as a starter and then fish / chicken dishes with rice. They make a lot of effort to provide variety and go over and above to cater to people who are vegetarian or have other special dietary requirements. Only advice is to be in the restaurant on time for meals - breakfast is served from 8.30-9.30am and dinner from 6.30 to 7.30pm . If you're not there when the food is put out you can miss out as everyone serves themselves (or overserves themselves as is often the case). Good bar with cocktails and the local Vailima beer. You can hire snorkelling gear from the office.
The only thing I would flag is that Lalomanu Beach is on the opposite side of Upolu island from the airport. We didn't realise quite how far away it was - and it can take 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive to get there from the airport. Airport pick-up is not free and it can cost up to 180 tala to get to the resort via taxi or minibus (at time of travel this was equivalent to AU$75). Hiring a car is a much better option and you can get cars quite cheaply. However there are no petrol stations on the south side of the island so you need to drive into Apia (1 to 1 1/2 hours away) to fill up. You can rent cars from the airport or Apia. Lydia at Litia Sini can also organise a rental through a local company which is much cheaper - but you will need to go into Apia to collect it or if you want one dropped off or picked up from where you are staying they charge about 120 tala fee. You can easily get around the island by bus but the drive from Litia Sini to Apia can take up to four hours!
Overall I would recommend Litia Sini's - stunning location and lovely simple accommodation with friendly service. Keep in mind it is simple accommodation and gives a good flavour of local life vs. being in a high class resort. And don't forget Samoa is still recovering from the 2009 tsunami so a lot of coral off the beaches is still devastated.
- 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