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“Simply super and just what we wanted for our group of school children and adults.”
Review of Tanu Beach Fales

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Tanu Beach Fales
Ranked #8 of 15 Hotels in Savai'i
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 December 2010

From the moment we were welcomed off the ferry at Salelologa to when the Tanu Family all sang and waved us farewell, we had a wonderful time. We were a group of 18 students and 7 adults, and we could not have been better looked after. The family members run the resort, making you feel very welcome. They try and cater to any requests promptly. The whole resort is kept clean and neat with no sign of any rubbish.
We were escorted to many interesting attractions which was just what we wanted for the students. Family members joined in the fun and our children enjoyed the happy, free and easy friendship..
The Fia Fia night was great fun and done in a culturally respectful way, another good lesson for our students.
Food was excellent and very plentiful. Our students would have liked porridge some mornings for breakfast!
A great place to stay whether you are alone, couples, family or a group such as ours.
We hope to return!

  • Stayed: December 2010
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Reviewed 1 December 2010

Tanu is too large and Manase has too many fale resorts in the village to be very Samoan. As a result the food here is second rate and the staff are not involved with the guests. The on site store even tried to charge me to charge my cell phone even though plugs were available in the dining fale. Manase even has a Swiss run cocktail lounge, not your typical Samoan feature. If you are looking to be involved with young foreign visitors and expats rather than Samoans this is an ok place to stay. Otherwise you can do better in Lano as an example.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled solo
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Thank fehlow
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Reviewed 30 November 2010

Stayed here in september after being in the township of apia and travelling on the local bus service and dealing with the locals we were very happy to arrive here and relax - it takes a while to get here - and it seems like the locals are always trying to rip you off -
tanus is a awesome pleace to stay a great getaway a must see.

unfortunatly my cellphone was stolen and the theives decided to call all their family in nz before is discovered it stolen. i got the bill however and called their friends for a catch up of my own !

thank goodness for travel insurance

the tanu family are really nice and this is a great place to stay - good food too - awesome snorkling - samoa in general is very basic you certianly dont go here for the shopping or the tourism

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nikki255118
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Reviewed 23 November 2010

There are two ways to get to Tanu Beach. From the harbour in Savai'i you can either take a taxi or the bus (takes around 1 1/2 hours). The busses leave directly after the ferry has arrived, just ask for the one to Manase/Tanu Beach.
The Tanu Beach Fales in Manase are a family business, where different generations (from 2-80) participate to make the guests stay enjoyable. Fales are huts bulit in a traditional way and it's definately a nice experience to stay in a place so different from an ordinary hotel. The Fales are equipped with a matress, mosquito net and a light. If you need electricity to charge your phone or something else, you can do that in the reception/shop. Depending on where your hut is it can be a bit noisy sometimes, closer to the water you'll hear the sea and probably everywhere you will hear the turkeys, which can be a bit annoying. The beach is beautiful and the reef, which is not too far off shore, is good for snorkeling.
The food is very good and plenty, you get the possibility to try different samoan dishes. If enough guests wish so, there is a show in the evening, where the whole family performes. Afterwards there is a little 'dance party', probably the thing that comes the closest to partying in Savai'i. You get to know people easily in Tanu Beach, as everybody has dinner/breakfast together and the village is not too big. This makes Tanu Beach not only a place for couples, but also for single travellers.
Shopping facilities are limited to the little shop next to the reception, where you can buy beer and non-alcoholic drinks as well aswell as every-day-needs. Internet is available near the petrol station in Manase, it is not only the most western Internetcafé on earth, but also the one offering the slowest internet...
In Tanu Beach you not only get a beautiful beach and place to relax, but also Samoan Culture including Food, Music, Dances and Church (very recommandable, even for 'nonbelievers').
Make sure you take enough cash to Tanu Beach, as the only ATMs on Savai'i are in Falealupo.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled solo
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1  Thank cinimini1
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Reviewed 8 November 2010

We stayed for 3 nights and wish we had more time there.. Tanu is a no frills Fale accomodation which is on a beautiful beach at Savi'i island... The Fale's are well kept, we had breakfast & dinner included and the food is plentiful.. If you are looking for a places for some r & r.. This is it...

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dimi_011
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Reviewed 28 September 2010

We spent three days here and had a very enjoyable time, met some nice people, and had some great swims from a nice sandy beach -best at high tide.

The fales are a generous size, basic mattress on the floor with a mozzie net. We didn't use the net - want the breeze more than the protection - and the insects weren't too numerous.There are no fans nor a/c. (nor was it expected.) This was a good experience, and I believe the quality of these fales to be somewhat above average. They were apparently fairly well made. The beach was a few steps down from the fale, and then across a few paces of sand, plenty of coconut trees around..typical tropical paradise stuff.

Meals are included in the room rate, and are pretty good quality. Plenty of tea and coffee to go with breakfast. I would like to see a little more variety with the food selection, though. You'd start to tire of it after a few days. As value for money goes, though, it was excellent.

Staff were always friendly and helpful. The place is well run and maintained. Just mind your head when exiting the eating fale ( a very large communal fale with fixed bench seating and long tables) because you duck under the rolled up rainshields ( like an awning) and then straighten up straight into the edge of the roof. I saw four people do this, and did it myself even though aware of it. The owner advised me this fale will be dismantled at the end of this season and a new one built; once that is done it won't be a problem. I guess. (Fale roof edges seem to be fairly low in this part of the world.)

There are plenty of other resorts in this part of Savai'i...Manase beach is nice, so no shortage of bars etc. Racis cocktail bar is particularly good for quality drinks. As good as you'd get anywhere, those cocktails. They also hire kayaks etc. The other Racis (pronounced race-eez) provides coffee, tea, and internet, photo printing etc.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Tarq57
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Reviewed 28 September 2010

We certainly underestimated how beautiful the beach was going to be at Tanu's. It was flawless and luckily we were in a beach front fale which is absolute MUST the fales at the back would have been a real disappointment and over the road would have been even worse. The main thing I would say about the food is expect to hungry, I don't know if they have downsized their portions but we were expecting really basic food and we were really disappointed. The shop over the road does a delicious BBQ for only 7 tala which was fantastic but other than that the only near by place (Vacations) to get food is so expensive (30 tala for fish and chips) and they served us RAW chicken, yuck. You should take over as much food as you can and stock up at the market in Saleloga before you head out to Tanu. Even if your into tinned beef and tinned sausages you'll still go hungry.
We didn't find the family very friendly at all in fact they really didn't talk to anyone and the guy at the shop who was from australia (I think?) had a real attitude, it was really strange. The people from the village were REALLY friendly and that and the beautiful surrounding really made our stay at Tanu's.
The fales are awesome but really close together so not much privacy. The bathroom was a bit strange as the door didn't close at all and so it was pretty uncomfortable.
Over all we really enjoyed it but although I would go back to Savaii in a minute I would not stay at tanu. We heard really good things about Regina's which is just up the road, it's cheaper, more private, cleaner and just as beautiful.
This place would be good if your going with friends backpacking and you eat like a sparrow but if you want privacy and a non - public shower I would look elsewhere in Savaii, which is truly spectacular
I would recommend going on the bus as much as you can, it's a great, cheap way to get around and the person next to you will often act as your own personal tour guide.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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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:
Tanu Beach Fales Hotel Savai`i
Tanu Beach Fales Savai i
Tanu Beach Fales Samoa

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