The places natural beauty is unsurpassed. The Fales were simple but great. It was nice to be able to isolate ourselves from civilisation. It is usually a bit or even never crowded. It was tropical paradise at its finest.
We stayed in a fale right on beach. This included a mattress on floor, mosquitoe netting, fan, electric light and outlet, two chairs and table on covered deck. Toilet was a short walk from fake and was very clean. Cold water shower, but that was fine - it felt great. Beautiful beach. Meals were plentiful and very good. Service was excellent. This wasn’t a posh resort but a village experience and was very fun and felt right. Samoa is not a rich country. For us, it feels a bit”off” to go to a country and live like a billionaire for a week in the midst of a village. .Faofao gave us a lovely Samoan experience where no one had to pretend you were someone you weren’t. But it wasn’t total roughing it. Free wifi!
as above. Ran almost entirely by overseas "volunteers"....i.e. free accommodation, it lacked family influence and Samoan hospitality. Fales, very but very uncomfortable. BUT beautiful place...Unsurpassed in natural beauty.
Beautiful family run Fales.. good breakfast and dinner provided and a chance to live village life.. the Fales are basic but clean and well kept! Waking up to beautiful views and falling asleep to the crashing waves! The kids enjoyed crab hunting at nights and swimming all day!
I could write a book on these but perhaps the easiest thing is to draw your attention to the attached gallery to show you what a 'fale' is.I could write a book on these but perhaps the easiest thing is to draw your attention to the gallery to show you what a 'fale' is. Don't expect any furniture of any kind, and make sure you're within sprinting distance of the local amenity block for ablutions, etc. I guess it's a right of passage to sleep on a beach, in a fale under the stars with nothing but the crashing of the waves to disturb your sleep. HOWEVER, the crashing of the waves, coupled with the rain on the straw roof, and gaps in the matting walls, sometimes mean you get little sleep. Anyway, the high point is that you did it and ran into the sea for your early morning shower. As for the folks running the Faofao Beach fales, they are friendly, co-operative and generally nice. The next layer up from the fale is a room with a bed, bedside and a fan, and very little else. No hot water for showers, etc., this is basic Samoan living at its very best. Accommodation is half board, a substantial dinner and breakfast is available. Again, however, ST$130.- (NZ$100.-) seems pretty expensive for the no thrills room. Anyway, they seem to survive well with plenty of satisfied customers, probably more satisfaction coming from the one night you will ever spend in a fale.…