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Regina's Beach Fales
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Savai'i
Certificate of Excellence
Auckland
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Great budget accommodation”
Reviewed 27 November 2008

We had heard that if we were going to visit Savaii the place where we would have to stay was at a beach called Manase... After talking it through with a few different cab drivers on Upolu asking there opinions as to where we should stay it seemed unanimous that Tanu beach fales was the only option....however after running into a couple staying at Lusias Lagoon Chalets (in Saleologa....awesome!!) they convinced my partner and i to try out Reginas at Manase instead.
Im glad that they did because i thought the place was great!!
We arrived there mid day and were told at 'reception' to take a seat while a couple of the local boys from the village prepared our Fale. Because we had mentioned we were from Auckland one of the boys excitedly went over and got his cousin to come come meet us...turns out his cousin, David Smith a professional rugby player for the Auckland Blues, was visiting home for the off season and came to hang out while we were having lunch made.
We were then brought out a lunch of fresh tropical fruit and some tasty Tuna sandwhiches before the boys came back to carry our gear to our room.
Our Fale was spacious, clean and right next to the beautiful beach....and for 55Tala/person/night was the cheapest place we stayed and that included breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!
The place is run by the local villagers and it seems they are all happy to get involved and try and make your stay amazing. Conveniently it is right next to a bike rental place and with bikes in a day you can easily visit the swimming with turtles and feeding place (telll reception you are going and they will chop up papaya and pinapple to feed them free of charge), the lava flow that wiped out a village leaving only the remains of some incredible burnt out churches and a single virgins grave, and if your game even the dwarfs cave (a slight climb to get there but well worth the effort)...
If i make it back i would eb sure to go back to Reginas!!

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  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 November 2008

I have just got back from Staying at regina last night.. i had to come on here and tell everyone about it..
It was amazing, beautiful, unique, and the hospitality was fantastic.. the food they prepared every morning and night was great and there was heaps of it..

Grandma's Pancakes and dumpling were my favourite breakfast items.. :)

I would recommend Regina Beach Fales to anyone and everyone..
Go Stay there you won't regret it!!

Thanks Regina for my amazing holiday.. x hi to Grandma, Chief, George, Tui, Frankie, Tui and all the Smith's..
Sarah xxxxxxooooo

  • Liked — the hospitality and the owners being there to talk too
  • Disliked — sandflies...
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Basel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2008

It's been six months now since we stayed at Regina's, but what stands out after all this time is the outstanding hospitality we received from "The Chief" and his boys and that gorgeous beach just outside our fale. Sigh ... I wish I were there now!

We stayed two nights after a tip from other travellers. Getting there was a bit harrowing, as we'd missed the bus from the ferry (here's a tip: run for the bus! If you dawdle off like we did, you'll miss it!) and then were pestered by dozens of taxi drivers, all offering wildly varying rates to get to our destination. We finally negotiated a deal with one of them and got there okay (it takes about 45 minutes from the ferry). Because it was off-season, we were pretty lucky in being able to just turn up and get a fale, but in season, I'd advise that you ring ahead.

Our fale was, hmm, two steps away from the beach, which was picture perfect: golden and sandy. Falling asleep to the sound of waves lapping up on the beach was wonderful.

Regina's is run by a gentleman who is chief of his village and who takes great delight in making sure his guests are happy and well cared for. He's also quite a character. The young guys who worked for him were charming and super friendly as well. Staying there, I got a sense of the "real" Samoa.

Mealtimes were great: the food was plentiful (the fresh fruit at breakfast being a particular stand-out) and we got to meet some really nice people.

If you hanker for a flasher meal while you're in the area (with a glass of wine!), the restaurant at Le Lagoto a couple of kms down the road offers good tasty fare. We enjoyed a sashimi meal and then they kindly allowed us to swim in their lagoon while waiting for our bus.

Here's another tip: give yourself plenty of time if you're getting around by public transport. The bus timetables are fairly rough estimates!

I'd totally recommend Regina's if you're thinking of staying in Savaii. Lovely memories.

  • Liked — The friendliness of the host
  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2007

I really can't say enough good things about this place. It is definitely worth staying here if you visit Savai'i.

The property consists of a number of beach fales - small units with a thatched roof and walls made up of woven flax mats. The location of these is fabulous with most of the fales within a couple of metres
of the beautiful beach. Inside each fale is a comfortable double mattress protected by mosquito netting which does a fabulous job of keeping the mosquitoes away from sleeping bodies.

The beach leads to a safe lagoon for swimming. The lagoon doesn't get
deeper than about a metre deep, so it's very safe for swimming and children etc. Note that it does contain live coral which can cause nasty scratches that can get infected if not treated quickly, so it is a good idea to wear sandals, flippers or reef shoes when swimming as a precaution against cuts. About ten minutes walk northwards, there is an area suitable for snorkelling with deeper water and more sea life.

The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Three cooked meals per day are provided within the fale price. At 55 Samoan tale per person per night when we stayed, this represented unbeatable value. We arrived at 3 p.m. on a Saturday and immediately were cooked lunch. The following day we went sight-seeing and arrived back at 3.30 p.m. Again lunch was cooked for us with no complaints about the lateness of our arrival.

Despite being vegetarians, the staff worked with us to produce very tasty meals that contained no meat. Nothing was too much trouble. Note that the water provided with meals is most likely tank water, and it might be wise to buy water from across the road at the service station to avoid any health issues associated with non-treated water.

It is easy to find. Most guests appeared to have taken the bus from the ferry terminal at Salelologa. This is probably the cheapest option, but the buses are often crowded and hot. We used a rental car
which was a little more comfortable.

Showers and toilets are communal and kept pretty clean. Lighting to find these in darkness is adequate.

You will most likely be woken by a rooster crowing outside your fale. He appears to enjoy making sure that everyone is up and awake by 8 a.m.

We'll be back as soon as we can get some more time off work.

  • Liked — The value of three meals per day included in the price.
  • Disliked — The rooster
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 January 2007

We stayed at Regina's in August 2006. I've been visiting Samoa regularly for the past 13 years or so, but had never stayed at this particular property in Manase, so I thought we'd give it a go!

Manase is about 45 minutes north of the ferry landing at Salelologa - so just jump on a bus, grab a cab, hire a car or stick your thumb out and take your chances!

We were welcomed by 'Cinta with open arms ... she is the owner / manager of the fales. Even though we had gotten our dates wrong and arrived a day late, she gave us a gorgeous fale right on the beachfront. Our friends who were travelling with us hadn't made any sort of booking, but were offered a lovely fale a bit further up the beach.

There are about ten fales on the beach front, and they are literally about 15 steps from the water at high tide. The rest of the grounds at Regina's is very grassy and nice. The tide doesn't go out too far, so it's always pretty good for swimming, and seemed quite safe for kiddies.

**Just a tip here ... find their number on the 'net and ring and book ahead. You'll save money by booking directly!! :o) **

The price we paid at Regina's was approx WST$55 each, which included breakfast and dinner in a communal style setting. The meals were completely adequate for the price paid - I've had better but they were just fine. 'Cinta makes a mean pina colada in a coconut - it's a must for about WST$15!! Have one or have six!

The fales at Regina's are very quaint, constructed in a very traditional manner with the blinds and matting all plaited. The bed was nice and clean, with lovely bright sheets, and the mozzie net was great! There are two ablution blocks, with separate amenities for men and women in each one. The shower is a cold water pipe, but the pressure is good! Just the thing you need after a day in the ocean!

There is no bar at Regina's, but right across the road is a little gas station that sells cold Vailima and soft drinks, plus it has a bakery out the back and they make the best and freshest donuts and muffins! Just ask when the next batch is due and be there when they come out of the oven! Yummo! They also have the local Vodka, Niu Vodka, which is worth a try if you like your alcohol.

On a Sunday, you can venture to the property next door (like a 30 second walk) to buy a cold Vailima from the bar, as the garage doesn't sell beer on Sundays!

Regina's put on a nice fia fia on the Saturday night, with all the local people joining in and grabbing up all the visitors to dance! It turned into a bit of a party, with everyone joining in.

The snorkelling is nice at Manase, we found it better to head up the beach a bit where the water was clearer, and there were reefs a bit further out where there was quite a bit of fish life to see.

Behind the local gas station is a small internet cafe, run by a lovely Swiss German lady and her husband. They also hire out bicycles, and it's nice to hire one and cycle down to Satoalepai village, and swim with the turtles! Just ask for directions, or if you can't be bothered riding down there (i.e. too hot!) just grab a cab. The same people also run a bar and watersports hire place right on the beach, but if you are there during Samoa's summer months, it might not be open.

Overall I'd highly recommend Regina's if you are on a budget and don't mind sleeping in an open fale, and sharing the facilities. Well worth the money, and 'Cinta and her family are really lovely and hospitable people. Give an open fale a try ... you'll be pleasantly surprised! There were families there with young children, and they seemed to be having a ball! :o)

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Property: Regina's Beach Fales
Address: Manase, Savai'i, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Savai'i
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Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Savai'i
Number of rooms: 156
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Regina`s Beach Fales Hotel Savai`i
Regina's Beach Fales Samoa

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