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Tanu Beach Fales
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Savai'i
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 April 2009

My new husband ( Carl) and I honeymooned for 10 days in Samoa. After having spent 4 days at Apia Central ( it rained the whole time) we decide to take a chance and visit Savaii, as planned. We took the ferry ride over having been told about Manase village and Tanu fales, but were having trouble contacting them. We figured even though we had no booking we would take a look and decide when we got there as they were not the only fales within the village so something must be available as it was not peak tourist season.
On the way over we met some fellow travellers from NZ (we are Aussies). They told us they were on their way to stay at Tanu and that bookings were pretty casual so should be ok. When we arrived Via from Tanu was there at the jetty to meet his guests we quickly explained our position and he was more than happy to take us with him, as the fales has a small mini bus, this was great as we were expecting to pay at least 60-70 tala in taxi fares anyway.

We were so delighted as we all got to know the others on the trip to the village and it turned into a full comedy show along the way. As the trip took about 40 minutes and taking in along the way other villages and accomodation the island had on offer we were so surprised at how clean and tidy the whole village of Manase was when we arrived. Other than the resort about 4 kms down the road nothing can compare to it.

They have taken a great deal of care with the environmental impact and cleanliness of running such a business. They have closed top wheelie bins, unlike the locals who have bags on platforms, dogs and pigs are banned from the front beach side of the village as they make a messand it makes a huge difference. Each bus stop has a bunch of bananas hanging from it for a treat throughout the day. The showers and toilets are clean, and the grounds are cleaned and swept daily. Very humble and truely a beautiful place made even more special by the family.

If you are expecting a hotel with room service forget it, but if you are looking for a real Samoan experiece with its people the service and friendliness make up for the loss of modern cons not avail. In saying that we did travel with a camera however that needed to be charged so for a small fee we were able to charge this in the office, so not all bad. Tanu beach fales is a upmarket camping style accomodation.

As I mentioned earlier it rained for 8 out of 10 days we were at Tanu but they are very well set up for bad weather. Our fales was set back off the beach so we were protected but as soon as the weather broke and was sunshine they moved us to beach front. fales without us saying a word. We were delighted when we got back from our day out and found our new room set up. The place was pretty full at leat 50 guests and not one of us had any problems with things going missing or lost, as others have mentioned in other fales accomodations I have read about. and a few people we met at the local cocktail bar in the evening that were staying a few doors down. They do offer a lockable safety service of your valueables to be locked in the safe if required. They even moved our washing we had hanging out to dry and placed everything back they way we had it in the other fale. The only thing they don't have is an ATM close by but the local Bank of Samoa is a 5 minute walk away to change cash if required.

They have a well stocked shop at the fales, and small cocktail bar Raci's only 500 metres down the beach, bike hire, snorkles, internet etc avail also. Tanu fales provided basic breakfast and dinner each day more than enough local food, so unless you are a very fussy eater you would find it a wonderful experience. Meals are spent in a communal dining area about 50 metres from the ocean. So imagine eating breakfast or a sunset dinner each night, anywhere else in the world it would have cost you and arm and a leg, but this is included.

We were lucky enough to be present for their Fia Fia night .Even after having to wait for the power to come on again due to weather difficulties it was well worth it and they kept us all entertained while we waited. After seeing a few at hotels on Apia we found their show to be alot more interesting. The Head chief and his wife were wonderful and took the time to speak to the guests throughout our 4 day stay.

When we asked about tours or car hire, Tanu asked about the breakfast table and arranged for a day tour of the island for us,as their were about 10 of us who were intersted, this also included lunch. If you don't have a car its a must and well worth the price ( less than the cost of a hire car for the day) as you see so much and the information that is provided along the way it is priceless. We learnt about local history, stories about how the coconut and Lover leap etc came about (won't tell or it will ruin your time). The coconuts at the blowhole were great and a few extras Via took us to along the way followed by a huge icecream we picked up on the way home via the new Savaii growers markets.

We were also there for Sunday service and although we had been told not alot happens on Sundays due to church, we found that as long as you followed advise so to not offend the villagers we had a great time. We hired bikes and rode to the lava fields and turtle swimming. Then in the afternoon we spent the time relaxing on the beach reading and having a few quiet drinks with our new friends. We had the best mixed group of people of all ages groups covered, and a few we will continue to keep in touch.

Tanu has something for everyone familes, couples, singles and are very kid friendly.
So weather you are wanting a fun time or a quiet time reading your book can be achieved easily.

I honestly don't think our honeymoon would have been complete if we had not met such wonderful giving and down to earth people at Tanu beach. We loved it so much we are planning our next trip already and next time with a few more family and friends in toe we will be spending a whole lot more time at Tanu Beach. I would strongly recomend this place to anyone looking for something different to do that loves meeting new people.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 April 2009

From the moment we arrived to be greeted by Java at reception with a refreshing coconut drink and fruit and shown our fale overlooking the beautiful beach and crystal clear water life could not be any better. The friendly staff especially Hanna & Via, great service at meal times, the food was plentiful and enjoyeable. Swimming and snorkelling outside our fale was great the water was so warm. Just a great place to relax read a book, swim, sunbake or do nothing. I would highly recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Geoff-Merril
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Reviewed 30 March 2009

My wife and I (celebrating our 10yr wedding anniversary) travelled both Islands staying in different locations. Tanu's was our third stop after staying at Aggie Grey's resort and Litia beach fales at Lalomanu beach.

The fales are great. They're set up like a small village with most being on the beach front but there are also a few just behind so good to book ahead and specifically ask for a beach front fale. The beach is superb and amazing to wake up to each morning. I personally enjoyed waking up to the beautiful sunrise and just walking striaght out of our fale into the water for a swim to start the day.

The family who own/run the business were awesome and were very genuin and 'down to earth' in the service they offered. Accomodation comes with breakfast and dinner which were generous helpings (with seconds available) of typical Samoan food. Everyone eats together in a large dining area in the middle of the village setup. It was good to meet the other guests who had come from all parts of the world. Conversations were mostly centered around sharing experiences, giving helpful travel tips on places to go and see and making plans to share transport to the sights etc. We met another cool kiwi couple (yeah I know, all kiwis are cool :) who we ended up spending a day with travelling around Savaii.

We were there for their fiafia night where the family show-cased their talents providing guests with a good taste of Samoan culture through song and dance.

If you're looking for a resort experience with flashy 3 course meals, room service etc then don't bother going here. You'll only ruin the experience for other guests as you drag your bottom lip around the place. But... if you're looking for a simple but extremely beautiful and authentic place to stay on a golden sand beach and your not too fussy about what you eat then Tanu's beach fales is unbelievable value for money.

More than happy to help with any other questions about our experience at Tanu's or about our trip to Samoa in general.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank walkaboutkiwi
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Reviewed 28 January 2009

Tanu Beach Fales. Samoa, Sawaii.

From: Raimo Halinoja, Helsinki, Finland. Retired from diplomatic service and consulting business. Visited with a friend Sawaii Dec. 3rd to 5th, 2008.

A surprisingly beautiful nature-place with warmhearted atmosphere and nice people. We happened to be there at time when the family celebrated the Big Chief´s 70th birthday. That gave us an unforgettable memory.

The place is really worth while visiting! Saw c. 18 Pacific islands durin gthe 1,5 months trip to the Pacific area, and this I think was the most interesting and relaxing place, at the beautiful beach. With charming, not complicated fales, lodges, to sleep under mosquito curtains. Only some meters from white sand and the warm sea. And what kind of sunsets to the sea!

A low-priced charmig place to stay. It is a must! Local "private" transportation more expensive.

I miss the place. To Tanu Beach back as soon as possible! Thank you, Tanu family! My best regards to you! Raimo.

  • Stayed: December 2008
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3  Thank ramonpaulfly
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Reviewed 11 December 2008

True Relaxation.
If you need a true break, Tanu's is the place for you.
Very friendly, trustworthy people.
We arrived and were introducted to a few of the family. Explained the protcols of the resort and then lead to our Falae.

Basic accomadation, mattress and a mosquito net. Just what you need. Positioned right on the beach, 10 ft or so to the water. beautiful reef and lagoon.
Awesome snorkelling.

Tripped around the island with Tanu, very exciting tour. reasonably priced. last comment said it was expensive. No way.

Visited the canopy walk, shark and turtle, waterfall swim, blowholes and my favourite swimming with the turtles. all this with lunch supplied for around $45 NZD per person.

Breakfast and lunch also supplied every day with a smile. Communial dining means you met many wonderful people from all corners of the world.

Highly recommended, will be going back.

See you all there soon.

Stayed: September 2008
3  Thank Spongebob206
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Reviewed 7 September 2008

Beautiful Views! The Lagoon is just gorgeous. The basic Fales are smack bang beachfront. You couldn't get a better location. It's very much camping Samoan Styles. A basic breakfast and dinner is served communally, which is a great way to meet other poeple.

Tanu and Via-the 2 brothers who were running the show while we were there were lovely. Not all of the staff were super friendly though, but I put that down too us staying in their village, so they're not really there to serve your every need. If you are looking for that kind of experience. Dont come here.In saying that a smile every now and then from some of the staff would of been reassuring.

The Tour around the island was expensive. Plus our Taxi Driver couldn't speak or understand much English so we couldn't really ask questions or get too know more about Savaai and its beatiful sights. You must go see The Waterfall and The blow Holes!.Next time i will hire a car to do the 5 hour drive around the Island or I would request one of the brothers to take the tour.

There is a small shop on sight with basic food. A 2 minute walk down the road will take yu to a small all day BBQ and fruit vendor, which is great as theres not a lot of fruit offered-suprisingly!

Now my only real gripe was I left my wallet in their safe keeping and money was still taken from me. It wasn't a lot of money and frankly I don't care about the money. its just the principle. I trusted them to keep my valubles safe and this wasnt the case. We didnt even end up reporting it because we knew it would turn into such a circus amongst the staff. Next time...well i don't know if there will be a next time. I absolutely love Savaai. i am definitely going back. And its such a shame I won't go back to Tanus because of this petty theft.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank ILoveSavaai
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Reviewed 17 July 2008

We stayed ther after a bad time at Lusia's lagoon resorts, upon arrival the family gretted the 8 of us, gave us a intro, got the family to show us to our fales, caried our bags, put on the best fiafia i've
ever seen, the fire dance is extreme, we stayed 2 nights then had to leave because it was full, thay tried to keep us there but we had booked at janes! (next door) Tanus sister!.

awesome time, great people, just get used to having heaps of free time!.

Thay had a pet Pig as well, it follwed them around everywhere.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with friends
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3  Thank nodrogs8
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Address: Tanu Beach, Savai'i, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Savai'i
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#5 Top resorts Hotel in Savai'i
Number of rooms: 34
Also Known As:
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