The Best Accommodations on Savai’i for Families
Treat the family to a holiday on that “other island” in Samoa, the breathtaking, adventurous and authentic Savai’i. Families are welcome to the island by a diverse cast of accommodations, from resorts to beach fales to no-frills hotels. Whatever your budget and whatever style of holiday your family prefers, you’ll surely find the right place to stay in this list of the best family resorts and accommodations on Savai’i.
1. Amoa Resort
Savai’i’s most complete resort experience awaits just a mere 20-minute drive from Salelologa Wharf. Surrounding a lagoon-style pool that kids love (and adults love the swim-up bar) is a small selection of Polynesian-inspired Poolside Villas complete with carved architectural features, a mezzanine bedroom with a curtain partition and two single beds below, as well as an awesome little garden shower. 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 which captures breathtaking sunrises and where kayaks are available to launch from the manmade beach.
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2. Savaii Lagoon Resort
On Fagamalo‘s sandy shores, Savaii Lagoon Resort offers pleasingly modern bungalows by the beach that meet the requirements of most families – even those hoping to do some self-catering. There are room layouts to suit all groups, from villas with separate bedrooms to more affordable open-plan bungalows. Either way, each bungalow comes with the rare feature of cooking facilities, while the Barefoot Bar and Restaurant offers an idyllic setting on the beach. You can always work off your lunch by making use of the kayaks available, not to mention, getting the kids to burn some energy. However, you will need to bring your own snorkelling gear or hire them from Dive Savai’i just across the road.
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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 selection of uniquely-designed units. Choose from a fan or air-conditioned fale, each with an indoor and an outdoor bedroom. We can already tell you that the kids are going to bank the outdoor portion of the fale, which also offers plenty of space for the family to relax during those balmy afternoons. 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). On a final note, the road getting in is extremely rough but at least short so a high-clearance vehicle is preferable.
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4. Stevensons at Manase
Swimming pool; check. Beach; check. Restaurant; check. Attractive family rooms; check, check check! Stevensons at Manase is an ever-popular resort for families with uniquely styled ensuite villas decorated with local art and stone walls to reflect the natural environment. Families of three looking for that “beach fale” experience without sacrificing comfort should definitely consider one of the “eurofales” giving 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 family getaway. Get more resort inspiration from the 10 Best Resorts on Savai’i.
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5. Va-i-Moana Seaside Lodge
Offering much more than a bed for the night, 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 families 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 (kids will love the koko rice) 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, non-fussy families will find the “Tui Moana” ensuite bungalows will meet their basic needs. For more budget options, take a look at the 10 Best Budget Accommodations on Savai’i.
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6. Savaiian Hotel
A no-frills hotel on lush grounds facing the Pacific Ocean, the Savaiian Hotel offers an idyllic location in the village of Lalomalava, conveniently close to Salelologa. Families on a budget can choose the budget room with a double bed, a bunk bed and a shared bathroom, while those seeking more privacy might prefer one of the garden bungalows with an ensuite and air-conditioning. The on-site restaurant provides a children’s menu. Kids will also love the swimming pool. If the little ones manage to get you up early enough, you’ll love the sunrises from the hotel’s idyllic position. For more hotel-style stays, check out the 5 Best Hotels on Savai’i.
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7. Jet Over Hotel
Within easy reach of Salelologa town centre, Jet Over Hotel is a favourite among locals so why not join in? The swimming pool is rather inviting on those blistering days, while the waterfront villas are definitely the most enticing room option for families, hanging over the lagoon’s edge with uninterrupted ocean views. Most sleeping arrangements here, however, will easily fit most families between the hotel-style ensuite rooms to the multi-level “Terrace Suite” including basic kitchen facilities. Not that you’ll need to worry too much about cooking, as breakfast is included in your room rate and the on-site restaurant serves food for even the fussiest eaters all day long.
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8. Tanu Beach Fales
If you’re interested in the traditional beach fale experience, which we fully recommend for families to try for at least one night of their trip, then a fantastic family-friendly option is Tanu Beach Fales. Established in 1993, Tanu Beach Fales offers some of the most spacious in Savai’i. Most of the 28 fales are located on the lagoon’s edge in the glorious snorkelling and beach hotspot of Manase. Fales can be laid out in a number of ways for 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. For more advice on staying in this style of accommodation, check out the Essential Tips for Staying in a Beach Fale in Samoa.
9. 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 and come with traditionally woven bi-fold walls for privacy. There’s also the option of an ensuite air-conditioned villa which is another worthy option for families. 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 rate. Either way, you’ll want to explore the glorious beach and lagoon right on your doorstep. For more fale stays, head to the 10 Best Beach Fale Accommodations on Savai’i.
10. Le Lagoto Resort
Boasting 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 (famous for its thin-crust family-friendly pizzas) backing a gorgeous sandy beach where kayaks and SUP boards are free for guest use. Explore the lagoon and pockets of coral and watch the kids play in the infinity pool while you enjoy a tipple from Hans Poolside Bar. With a true boutique feel, Le Lagoto Resort is a top choice for a relaxing family holiday on Savai’i. For more upmarket options, check out the 5 Best Luxury Accommodations on Savai’i.
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