We stayed three nights at these fales on the south coast in Saleapaga. They are the first in a line of more modest fale businesses, none of which were open when we were there. They are about 5 km west of Lalomanu.
This really was a pros and cons place for us. There were three things that I really liked. The fale itself was very good. It was a spacious oval shape with clean woven mats on the floor, a foam mattress also on the floor and good mosquito net with a rectangular crown so that we did not feel too enclosed and elastic sides so that we did not have to tuck them in. However I did not like the plastic cover under the sheets on the mattress as it made sleeping hot and sticky.
The roof was thatch over timber frames. The best feature was the walls which were traditional woven drop-down blinds so that you can have as much or as little privacy as you want but the air can always flow through. It had a veranda on the front with two chairs. The fales are right on the beach facing the sea and are sufficiently well spaced apart with plenty of palms in between.
The beach is lovely for walking and swimming. Unfortunately there is Crown of Thorn starfish throughout this area. There is pleasant snorkelling. It is not what it was before the reef was damaged by the 2009 tsunami but it is nice to see the reef recovering.
The dining area and bar was just across the road as were the facilities. I liked the long table where we sat down to meals with all the other guests. It was a very friendly, social environment. The bar sells reasonably priced beer and wine. I also really loved the Fiafia night on Saturday. There were 14 guests so there were no bad seats and the dancers were just fantastic. This was so much better than the Wednesday night Fiafia that we attended at Aggie Greys. There was none of that dreadful business of getting some tourists up on stage and enabling them to make total fools of themselves.
We booked through the Apia hotels website and paid ST80 per person for bed, breakfast and dinner (ST160 per double). That was fine and the meals were adequate. A taxi From Apia cost ST100.
What I was really peeved about was that, although the family was very friendly, they did not want to be bothered making lunch for the guests. This was a problem as there was nowhere close by to purchase a meal. Not a problem if you have your own transport but a real problem if you don’t. The nearest restaurant was at Taufua Beach Fales in Lalomanu which was a one hour walk down the road in the hot sun.
I was also unhappy with the facility block. The showers needed a good clean and some decent shower curtains. Then the whole block needed to be demolished after a new block had been built. There was one tiny wash basin. There was nowhere to do any laundry except in the showers.
Frankly I think this family needs to decide whether they really want to run a business or not. All that laidback Samoan charm is great, but you really cannot half run a business in a place like this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are having 18 beach fales directly at the beach - you could easily go for a swim after waking up - and 12 ensuite rooms with basic facilities. We are also offering a breakfast and traditional samoan food for dinner. Once a week we are having a show called Fiafia which includes some of the most famous polynesian dances including the impressive firedance. On request we will arrange a bonfire at night for your amusement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Faofao Beach Fales Hotel Saleapaga
- Faofao Beach Fales Samoa/Saleapaga