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“Exemplary Service, Friendly, you feel like one of the Family”
Review of The Savaiian Hotel

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The Savaiian Hotel
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Salelologa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 October 2009

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.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 September 2009

Chose the Savaiian based upon others reviews and deducing that quality in Samoa might be quite limited.
Am very pleased indeed at having done so as the calibre of the hosts was of the highest standard.
From being picked up at the ferry to the complimentary sandwich on arrival to the exceptionally reasonable charges all aspects were commendable.
Poy (please excuse my spelling) as host was 2nd to none, totally genuine, willing to assist in any way and knowledgeable. The accommodation itself was fine, the restaurant food was lovely and he even endeavoured to provide live music whenever numbers allowed, Car hire was available as were tours and free kayaks.
The setting on the water was also very attractive. Breakfast was very pleasant.
Gratitude to Nola, Mat and Alex as well - nice, decent people - and for the little considerations such as the Uma display and the pointing in the direction of the adjacent ice cream shop. The raised pool is a nice touch and adds to attractions for families.
One other point to note is that the waterfront at the hotel is only suitable with reef shoes (which I believe the hotel provides).However there are nice sand beaches quite close by.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2009

Wow, what an experience. I am not sure if there is any accommodation on Savaii that matches the Savaiian Hotel. If you do not want the "on the beach experience" in the fale's (we heard many a story, I can tell you) this is the place. While the Savaiian has four fale's available, their fale's are luxury compared to the on beach fale!!

The main stay of the place is the incredible reception hall, an extension of your living room, recently built opposite the original (huge) fale, meeting place. Then there are 4 ocean front bungalows and 2 others behind with lots of space around them and the four fale near the mango trees (photo)

We based ourselves at the Savaiian and explored the island from there. It is a home away from home in that you have your privacy in the bungalow, air con, hot water, queen bed, separate bathroom and very relaxing verendah with an incredible view of the lagoon, the outer reef, the main Island of Uplou and best of all the most incredible sunrise each morning.
Big thanks to Poi for helping with day tours to blowholes and turtles, waterfalls & trips to town & beaches ($5 beach fale all day, all close by and near shops)

Breakfast, lunch and dinner was fabulous whilst enjoying a beautiful view of the island.(Great live band too on Saturday night and by request!)
This was the highlight of our trip! We are so glad we stayed at the Savaiian Hotel for our 7 nights, as many others we met wished they had done the same.

Thank you so much to Poi,Nola,Adria,Alex & team.

We can't wait to come back! We highly recommended the Savaiian Hotel!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2009

We stay here for a week and we love it.. The owner and family and the staff were so friendly and we really enjoy staying there.. Mosquito free and its a very family place. We enjoy our privacy and the food was so beautiful... We all love staying there and we will do it again when we go there for holiday... We recommend this place to anyone who want to escape there for privacy and so forth...... Thanks Savaiian Hotel for making our staying there so enjoyable... We love it and we really enjoy it....

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

We stayed in the more basic units which had their own bathroom and toilet but no air con or hot water. The rooms were clean and did have fans to cool the rooms a bit and it is so warm anyway you don't really need hot water. The owners, Poi and Nola are really lovely people, very warm, friendly and helpful and their staff seem well trained and very friendly. The breakfasts (included in price) were fresh fruit, tea/coffee and toast beautifully presented in their lovely restaurant with a fantastic outlook. Evening meals were reasonably priced (about WST25) and were beautiful. We would definitely go back there. The swimming pool was also a great feature to cool off in!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2009

We had a wonderful experience at the Savaiian hotel. The accommodation is clean, comfortable and spacious, and the grounds are big and grassy. Poi and Nola are friendly informative hosts who make you feel at home, ready for a chat and lots of information.The new restaurant has a great setting close to the lagoon, and the food is tasty. My husband and daughter had a great time kayaking out to and around the two islands, and we watched the ferry on it's way back to Upolu from the swimming pool.I had washing beautifully done very cheaply. We loved it, wished we had stayed longer than our 2 nights and had time to visit the local village and ice cream shop. Next time!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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1  Thank SydneyGigi
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Reviewed 3 July 2009

What a fantastic place. Nola, Poi and family were so friendly and accomodating to us. We stayed there with our 3 year old, who was treated like one of the family! The accomodation was clean and had hot water ( i noticed someone mention no hot water!! very strange!) The food was excellent and the restaurant had a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
I would recommend the Savaiian to anyone who visits Savaii. It is less than 10 minutes from the ferry, and nicely tucked away in peaceful surrounds.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Address: P.O. Box 7009, Salelologa, Savai'i, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Savai'i > Salelologa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Salelologa
Price Range: £25 - £69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Savaiian Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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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