Which Beach Fales to Choose on Savai’i
Many would agree that you haven’t experienced Savai’i until you have experienced its beach fale accommodation. With elevated huts on the beach (or immediately behind it) and local hosts who will make you feel like family as soon as you arrive, there’s no other accommodation that feels as authentic and adventurous. Sure, it’s a little rustic, the shared shower might just be an open pipe in a cubicle, and the only way to charge your phone is at the dining fale. But, those with an open mind and a sense of adventure are sure to find the beach fale accommodations on Savai’i a highlight of their trip. Otherwise, there are a couple of upscale faux-beach fales that we mention on this list if you shamelessly want to fake it – we’re not judging.
Before you decide whether a beach fale is for you, be sure to read up on the Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa. Plus, plan more of your trip around Samoa’s big island with The Complete Travel Guide to Savai’i.
1. Tanu Beach Fales
Established in 1993, the first beach fale on this list also claims to be the first beach fale accommodation in Samoa! One thing’s for sure, Tanu Beach Fales offers some of the most spacious and well-maintained beach fales on the island. Most of the 28 fales are located on the lagoon’s edge in the glorious snorkelling, turtle and beach hotspot of Manase on the northern coast. Fales can be laid out for solo travellers, couples and families with both sleep-only and sleep, breakfast and dinner rates available. Food is a shared affair with the likes of palusami, breadfruit, taro, chow mein and some vegetarian options. See Traditional Samoan Food: 20 Foods to Try in Samoa for more about Samoan food.
2. Lauiula Beach Fales
Located on the sunrise coast of Savai’i in the village of Lano, Lauiula Beach Fales offers an idyllic setting for their affordable beach fale accommodation. The spacious fales can cater to a number of sleeping arrangements, whether you’re a couple or a family, and come with traditionally woven bi-fold walls for extra privacy. There’s also the option of an ensuite villa with air-conditioning and a private bathroom. Enjoy breakfast and dinner at the beachfront dining fale or even choose something for lunch off their menu. Snorkelling gear is free to hire, while kayaks have a small hire fee. Either way, you’ll want to explore the glorious beach and lagoon right on your doorstep.
3. Tailua Beach Fales
A hybrid between a beach fale and a rustic beach hut, Tailua Beach Fales offers 10 spacious open-air accommodations on the coast of Manase. Breakfast and dinner are included with fresh fruit, toast, coconut jam and omelette being Tailua’s signature breakfast, while dinner is a homecooked meal much like Samoans would usually have, such as chicken curry. It’s common to see turtles outside of the accommodation for feeding (which is helped by staff putting papaya in the water for them), but luckily they don’t encourage guests to swim with the turtles while they’re feeding; you’ll just get a great view from the fales! For more places to see turtles, head to the 10 Places to See Turtles in Samoa.
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4. Falealupo Beach Fales
Isolated on the western tip of Savai’i, Falealupo Beach Fales spans one of Samoa’s most scenic beaches. The relatively narrow fales are kitted out with all the usual beddings, including a mosquito net and woven walls for privacy. Rates include a generous local breakfast and a buffet dinner (stir-fry, taro, palusami, chop suey and curry with vegetarian options, for example). Their shop sells drinks and snacks, while snorkelling gear, snorkelling tours to go further out and guided island tours are also available (be sure to let your host know in advance). For more about the island tours, check out the 10 Best Day Tours of Savai’i.
5. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
Offering much more than beach fales, Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge pulls out all of the stops to offer the complete Savai’ian holiday experience. Although the lodge is one of the top places on the island for fishing charters, they also have kayaks, snorkelling gear, bikes, fishing rods and SUP boards for guests to hire. Not to mention, some of Savai’i’s top cultural experiences depart here, from their highly recommended Koko Plantation Tour to their Village Walk, massage and so on. Breakfast is included in the rate and served at the on-site restaurant, which also has an a la carte menu for dinner (note that food orders are done at reception before 5 pm).
As for the accommodation, choose your level of comfort from the traditional open fale on the waterfront with a shared but attractive bathroom block or opt for one of the spacious ensuite bungalows. Either way, it’ll be a charmingly rustic experience. For more alternative budget stays like this, also check out the 10 Best Budget Accommodations on Savai’i.
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6. Stevensons at Manase
If you’re shamelessly looking for that “beach fale” experience without sacrificing comfort, check out the idyllic “eurofales” of Stevensons at Manase. The fales at the resort, which also have more upscale villas, give you the Samoan accommodation experience along with the luxury of a spacious ensuite bathroom with drink-making facilities and a private deck boasting lagoon views. There’s plenty of beach to comb, while the large swimming pool and restaurant brasserie overlooking the lagoon are gorgeous places to unwind. All in all, Stevensons provides idyllic accommodation for a low-key holiday. For more of Savai’i’s “upscale” offerings, check out the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Savai’i.
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7. Jane’s Beach Fales
Another fantastic option along the glorious coastline of Manase, Jane’s Beach Fales provides a little more privacy thanks to their spacious fales complete with a private deck facing the ocean and timber walls around the bedroom that still allow for airflow. Like all beach fales, bathrooms are shared but there are also vibrant-yet-rustic ensuite units with very basic private bathrooms should you prefer. Breakfast and dinner are available at an extra reasonable fee, while a couple of kayaks are also available to hire. They didn’t have much left in the way of snorkelling gear when we last visited.
8. Joelan Beach Fales
A worthwhile option on the white sands of Lano, Joelan Beach Fales gives guests the option of open fales with tarpaulins to roll down if it rains, closed fales with woven panel walls, or an air-conditioned ensuite bungalow. The spacious fales can accommodate up to four guests each. Rates include breakfast, dinner and hot drinks available in the airy dining fale. A lunch menu is available on request. Traditional Samoan canoes (paopao) can also be organised to explore the lagoon if you let your hosts know. For more options ideal for families or groups, check out the 10 Best Family Accommodations on Savai‘i.
9. Se’eti Beach Fales
If you’re looking for some larger beach fales on the stunning sunset beach of Falealupo, Se’eti Beach Fales has some excellent spacious options. With woven bi-fold walls, there’s extra privacy for your fale when you want to retreat from the beach on which you’re directly on! Expect vibrant paintwork and an even more vibrant family atmosphere where your hosts will keep you well-fed and catered to.
10. Aganoa Lodge
Don’t leave this piece of paradise just to the surfers. Although it’s primarily advertised as a surf camp, Aganoa Lodge offers one of the most upscale “faux-beach fale” experiences on the island. Your stylish and spacious oval fale has its own private deck leading straight onto the sands, while out the back is your ensuite rockwall shower. Meals are all-inclusive and served in the dining fale with the Tafua Rainforest Reserve out the back and the Pacific Ocean out the front. There’s more to do here than surf, with massages, fishing charters, kayaking, SUPping, yoga and eco tours available (note that some require prior notice). For more couple-friendly stays like this, check out the 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations on Savai’i.
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More About Beach Fale Accommodations on Savai’i
That’s it for our list of the best beach fale accommodations on Savai’i but by no means the end of our advice! Check out the following guides for more information:
- Where to Stay on Savai’i
- How to Pick the Best Budget Accommodation in Samoa for You
- 25 Free & Cheap Things to Do on Savai’i
Finally, don’t forget to The Complete Backpacking Guide to Samoa on a Budget and 101 Best Things to Do in Samoa: The Ultimate List to plan more of your trip.