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)
- Also Known As:
- Regina`s Beach Fales Hotel Savai`i
- Regina's Beach Fales Samoa