The Top Boutique Resorts and Accommodations on Savai’i
Spoiler alert: pretty much all of Savai’i‘s accommodations can be classed as “boutique”, with each striving to complement the island’s serene atmosphere. Nevertheless, we’ve thoughtfully selected the resorts and accommodations with just a handful of bungalows and beach fales to ensure your tranquil stay on Savai’i remains as such. Without further ado, here are the best boutique accommodations on Savai’i.
1. Florence’s Place
It doesn’t get more boutique than Savai’i’s only bed & breakfast accommodation! After a warm welcome to Florence’s Place, you’ll be treated like family with shared dining and sleeping arrangements (choose from one of the four double beds, three single beds or mattresses for additional guests). Take a tour of the property’s 300-acre farm and learn about “fa’a Samoa” from your host, Ruth, who grew up in the B&B’s village, Fa’ala, while her husband, Kelvin, can share what it’s like to live as a palagi (foreigner) in a Samoan village. In between adventures, relax in the breezy open living room decorated with all sorts of books and trinkets.
2. Le Lagoto Resort
Boasting only 10 spacious high-ceiling bungalows among manicured gardens, Le Lagoto Resort‘s architectural aspects can’t help but wow. This continues all the way to the airy dining fale backing a gorgeous sandy beach where kayaks and SUP boards are free for guest use. After you’re done exploring the lagoon and pockets of coral right off the beach, retreat to the infinity pool and Hans Poolside Bar for a local beer or creative cocktail (happy hour is from 4pm to 6pm – you’re welcome). With a true boutique feel, not to mention an array of attractive spaces to unwind between the beach, poolside daybeds, overwater deck and garden cabana, Le Lagoto Resort is your top choice for relaxation on Savai’i. For more romantic options, take a look at the 10 Most Romantic Honeymoon Accommodations on Savai’i.
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3. Bayview Resort
Nestled on the bay’s edge surrounded by the dramatic formations of the Saleaula lava flow, Bayview Resort offers a small selection of uniquely-designed units. Choose from a fan or air-conditioned fale, each with an indoor and an outdoor bedroom. Most units have an ensuite bathroom but some share a bathroom, so be sure to specify your preference. There are kayaks to explore the bay on your doorstep and turtles are regular visitors to the rock pools. The restaurant/bar is open 24/7, so you’ll never go hungry (or thirsty; you may even get enticed to join in some of the local discos or karaoke nights happening once or twice a week). For more of Savai’i’s top resorts, check out the 10 BEST Resorts on Savai’i.
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4. 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 with boutique resort-like facilities. 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, kayaking, SUPping, yoga and eco tours available (note that some require prior notice). For more upscale options like Aganoa, check out the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Savai’i.
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5. Kuki’s by the Harbour
Just four modern villas line the shores of Salelologa at Kuki’s by the Harbour. Within a five-minute walk from Salelologa Wharf, Kuki’s provides a convenient stay at the start or end of your Savai’i exploration. The villas boast spacious fully-tiled ensuites complete with a twin-vanity and an even larger open-plan bedroom soaking in the harbour waters through the French doors, so there’s plenty of room for couples and even small families. Arrange for a hot breakfast to be delivered to your room or head across the road to the popular Harbourside Cafe, one of our top recommendations in The Best Places to Eat on Savai’i.
6. Satuiatua Beach Resort
Despite the “beach resort” name, Satuiatua Beach Resort is better described as a beach fale accommodation and it’s the only one on Savai’i’s southern sunset coast. Stay in one of a small number of traditional open fales with woven panel blinds for privacy with some beds on bedposts and some with mattresses on the floor. Dinner is served in their temporary dining fale (the old one, unfortunately, burnt down), which is a mix of local fair and international favourites. The most impressive feature is their banyan tree deck, but there’s plenty of rustic lounging furniture to sink into across the beach. Learn more about what it’s like to stay in a beach fale in our Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa.
7. Amoa Resort
Although one of Savai’i’s “larger” resorts, Amoa Resort still keeps the boutique ambience with some 25 rooms. Surrounding a lagoon-style pool with a swim-up bar is a small selection of Polynesian-inspired Poolside Villas complete with carved architectural features, a mezzanine bedroom and a garden shower. If a crisp and contemporary hotel-style room is more what you crave, you’ll find them in the Garden Villas lining the attractive garden walkways also complete with outdoor showers. While Amoa Resort offers an array of cultural experiences and crowd-pleasing yet upscale dining for guests within the resort grounds, you’ll no doubt feel an allure to cross the road to the lagoon deck to watch breathtaking sunrises and where kayaks are available to launch from the manmade beach.
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8. Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets
Unique in its style and rustic in its execution; if you’ve dreamed of staying in an overwater bungalow (but can’t afford the Mariott’s and the likes overseas), then Lusia’s Lagoon Chalets is here to serve with its Samoan version. Sure, there are holes in your deck and the standard is what you’d expect of budget accommodation, but there’s no denying the beauty of being right on the lagoon with a private ladder for snorkelling and being surrounded in lush rainforest. Lusia’s also offers a range of garden chalets and hotel-style rooms, should you prefer. Local specialities are served for breakfast, while the on-site CC’s Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner with limited choices that will meet the requirements of most travellers. What’s more, Lusia’s is effortlessly moments away from Salelologa and its wharf.
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9. Jane’s Beach Fales
A small-scale beach fale operation on the glorious coastline of Manase, Jane’s Beach Fales provides that traditional Samoan hospitality experience with 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. For more fales to choose from, take a look at the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Savai’i.
10. 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. Discover other affordable options like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations on Savai’i.
More About Boutique Resorts and Accommodations on Savai’i
That’s it for our complete list of the best boutique accommodations on Savai’i but you’ll find more boutique resorts in the following articles:
- 10 Best Family Resorts & Accommodations on Savai’i
- 5 BEST Hotels on Savai’i
- Where to Stay on Savai’i: The Best Savai’i Accommodations
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