What a terrific experience overall and not an Accor chain hotel (as am accustom to) which is only an advantage because it means Lusia's has some uniqueness and lots of personality.
9/10 (...Even if you like snorkelling/sandy beaches as they in arms length (15-30mins west) via bus/car so gives you an excuse to venture out and see what Savaii has to offer)
VALUE FOR MONEY?
REVIEW OF REVIEWS?
107 Reviews in total to date of this review, 6 below average of which 5 are 2+ years old. This tells you Lusia's is only getting better and better and that majority of guests have always been happy.
We stayed in the Room over the Lagoon ($130 per night) which based on reviews and our experience would have to be the best room to get here if not on a hostel budget. If on a hostel budget other options at approx $60 NZD include the shared garden/lagoon chalets which you will need to refer to other reviews for advice on. Not one mosquito entered our cabin with excellent netting in place. You can jump off into the water and climb up the ladder - Wow. You can sit in bed and admire the sunrise from this cabin - truly breathtaking and amazing.
SAMOA IN OFF SEASON?
Travel to Samoa (and perhaps other tropical islands) in the off-season after the hurricanes have come and gone as you feel as though you are the only tourist(because you basically are). You get the attractions to yourself, you get better service and accomodation is more affordable because it is more competitive, you help the local economy in a tough time and flights are inexpensive (because everyone is put off travelling in low season purely because it’s the low season). Its low season because media inform of a high chance of Hurricanes and almost hurricanes during this period (which is fact) but media inflate the story to sell papers/get ratings and film one-two villages 2-3kms long severally hit which they frame to reflect the effect in which the hurricane has had on the whole country. The result is this deters tourists. I liken it to the media showing Christchurch Earthquake on TV and family/friends outside of new zealand phoning those in Auckland concerned to see if they are safe and ok. Without communication resources (including TV, Internet and Phones) people in Auckland would have been oblivious to what was going on in Christchurch at the time the Earthquake hit.
POSTIVES - LUSIA's?
Wonderful Rain Forest to walk through on the way to your Fale.
Food and beverages are very reasonable and the food is terrific. We tried a number of items on the menu and NONE could be faulted. Lonely planet suggests '...best place to eat...' and they are certainly right. Portion sizes are very good and prices are more than fair. When breakfast is included this means that you can pick ANYTHING from the menu up to $16.00 which should be more then sufficient for most people.
The Lagoon is exactly as everyone suggests - mystical and relaxing.
The rock pool with a natural spring is crystal clean and refreshing.
Excellent Service with the girls in the resturant more then happy to wait on you similar to a butler (esp in the off-season).
Spa is 50 Tala for half an hour. Find it cheaper somewhere else? I dont think so.
Super Clean Room, Comfortable Beds and Girls helped to carry our bags to the room.
NEGATIVES - LUSIA's? (This section is meant to be constructive not destructive as all but one issue can be addressed to the betterment of Lusia)
Music between 9pm-12pm = Not for everyone. A common theme with most complaints on trip advisor and a BIG ISSUE even for me is the music in the bar from approx between 9pm-12pm. The loud music is distracting as it goes against the theme the hotel appears to promote - i.e. rainforest, lagoon, island paradise, serenity, peacefulness, calmness...loud music. The reason it hasn’t been fix I think is because Lusia has only received criticism without anything constructive to help resolve the issue. Obviously saying remove the music completely is unrealistic and some guests will complain because there would now be no music so it would'nt be fair on them. So I suggest (and hope Lusia is reading) a compromise to A) Reduce the bass AND/OR B) put up a removable/temporary cover/plastic blanket over the back area of the restaurant(towards the Lagoon) which can be erected between 9pm -12pm to dampen the noise which disturbs guests who are trying to relax OR C) contain the music in the bar by repositioning the speakers so the sound is facing another direction(perhaps behind the counter or in the bar itself). The walls between the restaurant and the cabins/rooms will act as a sound damper. These are just two suggestions. At any rate SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE as the loud noise which I experienced countered everything else that I experienced and therefore not in keeping with the wonderful serenity and other aspects Lusia's has to offer. Unless this problem is fixed it is going to see a lot of people a) not return and/or b)advise others (in person or on trip advisor) not to go to Lusia's if they want to relax (which is why most go on holiday to a tropical island - to relax). Trip advisor only shows the guests who could be bothered writing about it so im confident there are many more unhappy people out there concerning the noise. Please keep everyone updated on how you get on with this issue. Hopefully by the time you (i.e. Guests to be) read this, changes have taken place.
Background music for breakfast, Lunch and dinner = None. Easy fix - Put some quiet soft background local (Samoan) music on during these times.
Staff in Guest Areas + Billiard Table = Not for everyone. The male staff are avid fans of Billiards and therefore you might be out of luck if you actually want to use this facility. Male staff chill out around the restaurant/bar area. I have no problem with this personally as it keeps the place alive in the quiet/low season BUT I can see this being unfavourable for most other guests looking for secluded serenity. My suggestion to Lusia (hope you are reading) is to close off an area around the back of the bar/kitchen and give the staff the billiard table (to keep them occupied when things are quiet). Guests WILL NOT miss it and WILL NOT say "im not staying there because they don’t have a billiard table" OR "I wont stay there because they don’t have the billiard table anymore". With it gone it will be a huge advantage (it is tacky and again it is distracting as it goes against the theme the hotel is trying to promote - i.e. rainforest, lagoon, island paradise, serenity, peacefulness, calmness...billiard table). Again hopefully by the time you (i.e. Guests to be) read this, changes have happened.
Pawpaw Smoothie = No Good. Remove from the menu or do not use milk (esp UHT milk). Use only pawpaw fruit and ice is cheaper and more natural.
Snorkelling Onsite = No Good. But no/nil issue if you have a vehicle. If no vehicle and snorkelling is a huge desire find accomodation toward the west, north-west or north of Savaii between 15-45mins away from the wharf rather then staying at Lusia’s and writing a really negative comment about lack of snorkelling. Unavoidable issue unfortunately.
Beach Onsite = Nil. No beach as such. Suggest Lusia carts in some sand and create a small sand area which leads into the lagoon (on the right hand side of the spa/massage fale).
It is up to you Lusia to address these things if you want be that little bit closer to receiving an extra half/whole star next to Lusia’s name and repeat guests/good recommendations as everything else was spot on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small, boutique resort located on the Big Island of Savai'i in Salelologa. If you are looking for somewhere a little different, somewhere relaxing, we are the place you have been looking for! Located conveniently - get off the ferry at Salelologa wharf turn left. Lusia's Lagoon Chalets is a five minute walk or 1 minute drive from the wharf at Salelologa, Savaii. At Lusia's you can walk through a natural Samoan forest amongst the towering and rare native ifilele trees. Take a dip in our turquoise lagoon, or for the more adventurous, you may like to snorkel or kayak and view the amazing variety of marine life. In the evening, enjoy a satisfying meal in CC's Restaurant & Bar, or you may like to have your meal served to you on our deck situated on the edge of our lagoon. Accommodation ranges from self contained air conditioned units, shared facility "over the water fales" and budget accommodation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lusia`s Lagoon Chalets Hotel Salelologa
- Lusias Lagoon Chalets Salelologa
- Lusia's Lagoon Chalets Samoa/Salelologa