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Taufua Beach Fales
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Glasgow, Scotland
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“Wow, what an amazing place”
Reviewed April 13, 2011

My partner and I had decided to take a beach holiday and could not have asked for a better place. Taufua Beach Fales more then exceeded our expectations. Our Fale was great, we had lots of fun, met wonderful people (Including staff), soaked up the sun and sights. Really what more can you ask for. If i were to say one bad thing is the bathrooms needed a bit of work, but literally that is it. If you are looking for luxury this is not your place, but if you are looking for a holiday of a lifetime, then look no further.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 11, 2011

Taufua was the most disappointing place in all of Samoa.
To begin with, the fales greeted us with a wrap of smelly, blue plastic tarp which spoils the natural feel of the huts and is causing a lot of noise flapping in the wind. Why not use the natural, beautiful, traditional palm mat blinds which worked well in every other place we stayed in Samoa?
Forget about privacy in this place - the fales are sort of stacked on top of each other. With fales lining the whole beach, only 2-3 m space between them, and little more space between the beachfront ones and the second row, one gets the feeling of a desperate attempt to squeeze as much business as possible out of the place, with no concern for the preservation of what must have originally been a nice beach.
The standard is way below basic. Bathrooms are ridiculously far from the huts across the street, on the way you cross a tree with rubbish bags hanging from it (which decorates the entry to the restaurant too, yummy!) and running water only in one shower in the day and not at all at night. The fales have nothing but one naked light bulb, mosquito net, and mattress on the floor, not even a power plug to charge your camera was granted.
We kept our belongings locked up in the car as we didn't feel very safe, it was quite crowded and noisy with a lot of beer drinking and pot smoking going on. Not recommended for bringing your family there for sure. There was a couple with young children there and they looked quite traumatized and left the next day.
Really not what we expected for the proud price of $90 = NZ$50 - and that is per person, so NZ$100 per night per fale!! Others wrote this was a backpacker accommodation - which backpacker can pay that much for a less than basic hut???
There are better equipped fales with far better service, more privacy and great beaches just down the road from here. And if one thinks of a place like Lusia's on Savaii which offers classy service, charming, well-appointed, private fales, free use of kayaks and better food (of one's own choice) one really wants to save oneself the Taufua experience.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Timaru, New Zealand
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Reviewed February 14, 2011

Right from the start a friendly welcome and we instantly felt as if we were old friends. The food was amazing, good wholesome food, and it just kept being brought out to the table! There was no chance of going hungry. The communal dinning table was great, you got to meet someone new at each meal. It felt like one big family.
The fales we stayed in were the closed ones, simple but thats what its about. Next time I would definitely try sleeping in an open fale, they all have mattresses and mossie nets.
You can join in with the staff and locals and play a game or two of volley ball. The smiles , the genuine friendships, the amazing beach and snorkeling, the total relaxation are all things I miss thats why we are planning another visit as soon as possible. Will be booking for more than two nights thats a promise. :-)

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vava'u Islands, Tonga
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Reviewed January 20, 2011

No words can describe how wonderful my stay , the food was excellent , the beach heavenly , good on the Taufua family for bouncing back from such devastation after the tsunami !

Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 18, 2011

There is a peaceful and welcome feeling that comes over you as you enter the home straight driving into Taufua Beach. This is confirmed when you arrive at the main fale where the day to day operations are conducted. It is an open fale with a restaurant and bar. There is always a cold drink available and all the foods are cooked fresh on request. The food is something that is of notably better quality and value for money than a lot of the other places where I've eaten or dined. The staff are friendly, helpful and there is good sense of humor amongst them all. The owner and management team have a relaxed manner in which they operate. However the first thing you realy want is to get yourself snorkels (available to hire) and get in the water. There is plenty of room on the beach to lay about reading or simply rest. The FIAFIA NIGHTS are also a must. You get to see the FIRE DANCE, a whole lot of other traditional dances and songs

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

I stayed at Taufua Beach Fales for two weeks in an open beach front fale. My friend and I absolutely loved the location. Lalomanu Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and has a protected lagoon area that is great for snorkeling. The fales are basic, but new and clean. I would not recommend staying in the open fales for prolonged stays. The strong wind and occasional rain at night can make it difficult to sleep at times. If I return (which I plan to), I would stay in an open fale for a few days then move to one of the closed fales to ensure I enjoyed a restful vacation. The food was generally good with plenty to go around. Lunches on Sunday should not be missed! They served whole roast pork, at times lobster, and many other local dishes. Like I said previously, the location makes this place one of a kind.

Here are full resolution pictures from our trip:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pflum21/sets/72157624459072153/

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2010

We stayed here for a week in August and had an amazing time. We booked into one of the beach front fales, which is right on the sand only a few meters from the sea. The rooms are basic with just a matress and a light, but that is all you need.
We got breakfast and dinner included, which consisted of all the guests sitting down to eat, whist the waiters bring out a huge mix of food.
You are far away from any real shops or bars/restaurants, but there is two village shops about a 5to10 minute walk in ether direction from the resort and they have a bar stocked of snacks, beer and water and have a lunch time menu. Being far away from the bigger towns the prices aren't inflated. I think a bottle of beer was about 6to7 tala.
The family are great and extremly welcoming
The journey from the airport is a long one (but worth it), it is about 2hours and can cost about 150to200 tala.
They are also trying to build up their collections of flags again, so bringing one would go down well with the family.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Taufua Beach Fales
Address: Main South Coast Road | Aleipata, Lalomanu, Upolu, Samoa
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Location: Samoa > Upolu > Lalomanu
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Lalomanu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Taufua Beach Fales 2.5*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tourist service provider of accommodation, bar & restaurant. Tours on or off the island are arranged on the premises. About 1 and 1/2 hour by vehicle from the International Airport. We operate in 2 locations: 1) On the beach of Lalomanu; and 2) on the cliffs of Lalomanu overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean along with Islands off the beach of Lalomanu. ... more   less 
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