Upon driving into the Savaiian, the relaxing setting starts to take the stress away immediately. A warm friendly welcome from the Manager Poi with a beaming smile tells you this is going to be a stay to remember.
The main reception / dining hall is absolute waterfront, you could skip rocks over the smooth glassy water from your table if you wish, but that would just ripple the surface. The outlook is an uninterrupted view directly back to the main island of Upolu, out across a lagoon and reef.
The rooms are simple, but add perfectly to the whole feeling of the hotel. We stayed in a bungalow which was totally open style, basically a hut with a Queen bed, 2 single beds and a table and chairs in the main room, and a bathroom off the back seperated by a door. That was it, but it was ideal. Our room had a ceiling fan and a pedestal fan, and the beds were very comfortable. There were louvre windows all round for ample ventilation as well. I could see that these bungalows have the potential to get quite hot in the middle of summer, however there is also an air conditioned option if you want it at a slightly higher rate. Our bungalows were spaced around a huge open grassed area, with a massive beautiful tree as its central point. You drive right to your front door no matter which room you are in. The waterfront bungalows are lined on the other side of the grassed area (you could play a game of Kirikiti in here quite comfortably!!) along the edge of the lagoon, with a fresh water pool at one end. Dont dive in the pool!!!!
The food in the restaurant is excellent, and ample servings on everything we tried. The breakfast supplied in the room rate was fresh fruit prepared and presented very well, and in ample amounts. A hot breakfast is available at an additional charge.
Snorkelling and Kayaking are available, with a decent paddle out to the reef ahead of those who are keen. The snorkelling was average coral / fish wise, however the area for it is massive and very enjoyable.
The greatest part of this hotel for us though was the service. Every enquiry was met with a willing and helpful response. Poi sat with us over a couple of drinks and offered advice on things to see and do around the island, as we had mentioned we were going to drive around the island the following day. The local knowledge was appreciated, as some of the things we had planned on doing had been closed down, and others that ended up highlights we had not considered up to that point.
All in all, a very enjoyable stay, and highly recommended if you are going to Savai'i.
Things to do and see on Savai'i:
- The Virgins Grave: when the lava flowed through Saleaula in 1905, the grave of a nun was amazingly left uncovered in the middle of a huge lava flow. The grave is visible at the bottom of a large steam vent in the lava.
- Saleaulu Methodist Church: at the same entrance as the Virgins grave, this concrete church was overcome by the lava flow at the same time, leaving the concrete walls still standing. You can see sections of the iron roofing embeded in the Lava, and amazingly a large tree and other plant life can be found growing out of the flow inside the church. This was a must see for us.
- Swimming with Turtles: at Satoalepai there are wetlands where you can swim with large green turtles which are raised in the part fresh / part salt water sanctuary. Althought turtles are great, the sanctuary itself is in need of some TLC as the water appears dirty and detracts from the experience. The turtles appear a little distressed :(. There is apparently another option at Namua island where you will see them in a more natural environment.
- Lovers Leap: this is a majestic area of sheer cliffs dropping into the ocean, where you will see the ocean swells crashing into the rock cliffs, providing a specatcular view (and photo opportunity). Ask one of the locals to tell you the legend of how the area got its name. They will happily tell you :)
- Alofaaga Blowholes: A must see!!! Therse blowholes are some of the best in the world, and we were fortunate enough to catch them on one of their best days (yes it may have needed a tragic Tsunami in other areas of the country the same day, but it made this area mind blowing!). Gather some coconuts and walk out to right beside the blowholes. Dropping them in at exactly the right time will deliver a coconut rocket, just be wary of where they are coming back down again!! The water jets easily reach over 30 metres high, and the noise and volume of water is incredible. Be aware, you and any camera equipment you take out will get drenched, so make sure it is waterproof ;)
*** NB : We had planned on doing the canopy walk at Falealupo, however were advised that the attraction had actually been closed due to safety concerns. There are still a few enterprising locals who will accept the entry fee though, as you would need to pay it before you get to the area where you are made aware you can go up one tree and then the rest is closed off. Up to you if you want to risk it, we didn't.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Savaiian hotel offers comfortable affordable accommodation in 6 self contained units with aircon/en suite bathroom/hotwater/fridge/tea coffee/patio/kitchen facilities available as well as 5 traditional styled fales for those on a tighter budget-all fully screened with ceiling fan and en suite. We provide haven to those wanting to get away from the busy city life and you will not forget your stay in the tranquil village of Lalomalva. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Savaiian Hotel Salelologa
- Savaiian Motel Salelologa
- The Savaiian Hotel Samoa/Salelologa