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“True Simple Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tanu Beach Fales

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Tanu Beach Fales
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Savai'i
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
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25 reviews
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“True Simple Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

Firstly, I'd say beware of the negative reviews with people claiming that the staff at Tanu steal your belongings! Those are pretty strong accusations and my personal experience at Tanu would suggest that the family/staff wouldn't steal from you. Accusations of being "nearly raped" need to be referred to the police but have no place on TA. In an open resort like Tanu Beach, your personal security is always your own responsibility.

Tanu Beach is a family run Fale resort and I went there on recommendations from my brother and also from a friend, both loved Tanu Beach. You need to set your expectations before you go. I went with my partner who is really a 5-star girl, and normally goes to Fiji for holidays, well she LOVED it! Best holiday she has ever had, she says, and thinks it's much more enjoyable than Fiji. It's basic, but that's what we wanted! You aren't there for the culinary experience, the food will fill you up and give you the energy you need for the day, but it's not the reason you are there. There are some good places to eat in the area if you want more variety. The pizza next to Le Lagoto is superb! The showers and toilets are shared and basic, but they are clean and always well attended to. If you know this in advance and aren't expecting a 5 start resort, then you should love Tanu Beach.

We stayed for a week, just after the New Zealand School holidays, and found the family to be welcoming and warm, but not over the top. They just go about their lives and take care of your basic needs but they aren't falling over themselves to serve you. We found that to be the perfect balance because we were just left to relax and enjoy ourselves. I'd avoid school holidays again, as we heard it was really full and busy during the holidays and it wouldn't have been the same experience. The beach is exactly what you'd expect from the perfect tropical beach. It is just about as close to perfect as you can get! At the communal dinner table you can catch up with other guests and share stories of what to do and see. Most just relaxed and did nothing! That's the perfect way to experience Savai'i life. The joke around the dinner table became asking what someone did that day, and the answer was "nothing". Then you'd ask what they were doing tomorrow and the answer was again "nothing". It's simply the most relaxing place I have ever been.

The daily routine became, breakfast, swim, lounge in hammock (we brought our own to hang in the palm trees), snack, swim, read, lunch, order Vailima beer, swim, hammock, sleep. This was all a lead up to 4pm when Tanu's bar would open and we'd order our nightly Pina Coladas, oh so good! Then it was dinner and a night swim before bed. Life became a beautiful slow moving total relaxation experience. No decisions to make, not even what to eat for breakfast or dinner, because you had no choice, that was all part of the charm.

We chose to fly into Asau Airport at the north-west corner of Savai'i instead of the standard ferry/bus trip. What a great way to see the island! On a tiny plane. The Tanu staff even arranged to have someone pick us up at the airport, which is about a 40 minute drive. We weren't sure anyone was going to meet us at the tiny one-room airport, because the communication with Tanu's staff via email is so laid-back, but sure enough someone was there with a car to take us to Tanu Beach. Nothing is rushed or urgent on Savai'i, but it works. The other thing that struck me was that things are what they say they are. If they tell you a taxi will be 5 tala, it's 5 tala. Nobody seemed to be trying to take advantage of you, it just seemed honest and easy.

What would we do differently next time? (and there will be a next time!) We took our own pillows and we'd do that again, plus cotton sheets next time. Seems like an extravagance but the polyester sheets that they provide are a bit hot, so a couple of flat cotton sheets would make all the difference. Take more sunscreen, you can't seem to buy it anywhere! We took some snack food, (crackers, tins of tuna, etc) and we'd do that again, plus a little coffee plunger and coffee (do that again). Other than that, we wouldn't change much. We left cameras and phones in our fale and never had an issue, not in plain site but still not secured in any way. Lucky maybe, but we just didn't feel there was an issue and the people that recommended Tanu Beach to us said the same. We were never far from our fale anyway and none of the activity we saw around the place raised any suspicion. If it were full of guests and busy, I'd be more concerned about other travellers, rather than the staff. The bottom line is if something is really valuable, keep it with you and make sure your insurance will cover it for loss or theft before you leave home.

We can't wait to go back to Tanu Beach again and leave the world behind for a week or so.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

If you enjoy the outdoors and are not too fussy about what you eat then Tanu Fales provides good value for money and the beach is just gorgeous. This family run property offers very simple accommodation (similar to camping but you don't have to bring your own tent as they provide a thatched roof fale with foam mattress and mosquito nets). The shower / toilet facilities very similar to what is on offer in a budget camping ground in NZ (note there is no where to plug in a hair dryer) The rate includes breakfast and dinner daily - no choice in menu and lacking in salads but it fills you up and there is always another resort - Stevensons at Manase which is located next door if you fancy something a bit more upmarket..

Room Tip: Rqst a beachfront fale when boking
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed at Tanu Beach Fales for 6 nights and it was fantastic! Yes, the fales are basic (kind of like camping but raised of the ground), however this is a fantastic experience and was incredibly comfortable. The showers were cleaned twice a day and the views from the fale were like no other. The water is clean and clear, the people friendly and generous.
If you are looking for a more traditional experience and like interacting with others, then this is for you. If you want your privacy and don't like to talk to other guests, find a resort.
This trip ended up being our 'honeymoon' as we got married on Savaii, and we loved it. No hagglers to hassle you, just sun, water and great people.
There is not a lot to do on the island, so if you are up for reading lots of books, chatting among yourselves or swimming and snorkeling for hours on end, then this is it. You have no choice but to relax.
Dining is group style and you meet so many different people, there is bar that does great cocktails, cold local beers and softdrink, so you will never be thirsty. The shop stocks snacks and drinks and sarongs and there is a restaurant across the road who do a good fish and chips.
Fia Fia night is worth it as well, they are all family and do a great job of entertaining.
Do yourself a favour and try Tanu and Savaii.

Room Tip: Ask for a waterfront fale away from the dining/kitchen area for more privacy and serenity.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Tanu for three nights. This was our first time in Samoa and we had been warned to stay away from fale type accommodation because of the heat and the mosquitoes. We decided to give it a go anyway, knowing this would end up being the best or worst holiday experience yet. IT was the BEST! The ocean breeze kept us at a comfortable temperature and the mosquitoes nets do a good job of keeping them away. The first two nights I had the best sleep of my life! The third night there was a storm which was a little freaky but a cool experience too. The boys from Tanu Beach Fales came around to help with our blinds and keep our fale dry. The service is amazing. The women at Tanu are so gracious and friendly. They were so lovely to our daughter who turned five while we were there. They played games with her and chatted with her all day. They made her feel very special. We went on a day tour around the island with Tanu and he was very informative and easy going. The communal dining is fun and the beach is absolutely magical. The ablutions while basic are kept very clean. We highly recommend Tanu Beach Fales. We would definitely stay there again.

Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

Great experience, ideally try for one night, as it can be noisy if there are large groups around (avoid times with school clases) , more backpackers type, not much luxury, though great experience of true basic fale living - food very average, coffee connaisseurs to avoid, beer ok, lovely beach, great location, no free kayaks nor snokerling gear, very nice hosts, an hour away by car from the Ferry terminal in Savaii

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

Tanu Beach Fales isnt for everyone. If you dont mind sleeping on a mattress on a Fale floor with a slight breeze wisping through the woven blinds, then this is the place for you.Its camping Samoan style and it is a fabulous experience. My Husband and I have been here 4 times and will keep coming back. It is a lovely, simple, cheap way of holidaying and very relaxing.Yoy get breakfast and dinner and there are plenty of places around for lunch if you are hungry. Tanu Beach now has a Bar and they do a great Pina Colada!.The bathrooms are shared but always clean and tidy. For anyone who wants hot water showers you wont find them here but it dosent matter as it is so warm, a cold shower is always welcome. And the water actually isnt that cold!.
The family who run Tanu Beach are very friendly, lovely people and they do a great Fia Fia night. Everyone gets involved. Really good fun. It is a remarkably peaceful, tranquil place and we cant wait to go back.

Room Tip: Ask for a Beach Front fale for a lovely beachfront experience but all the fales are good.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Tanu Beach Fales is situated on the beach of your dreams....! We had very nice and well maintained open fales. I spent most of the time swimming - it was wonderful! Breakfast and dinner was included and was good. Staff was very nice!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Tanu Beach Fales
Address: Tanu Beach, Savai'i, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Savai'i
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#3 Top resorts Hotel in Savai'i
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
Tanu Beach Fales Hotel Savai`i
Tanu Beach Fales Savai i
Tanu Beach Fales Samoa

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