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Review of Vai Villas
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 Mar 2016
Short version: this is a fantastic place to stay, you won't find a better value, and we are incredibly lucky to have found it. Thanks so much Jill and Lua!

The fales are several steps above the standard open beach fale. A private front porch with kitchenette and seating looks out over the waterway and bush beyond, where you can see beautiful sunsets and rare Samoan bird life. We saw the only Pasific ducks in Samoa, kingfishers, herons, an afogata (sp?), a white owl that flew in every night like clockwork, and many others. The bedroom and ensuite are fully enclosed, with a comfortable bed, mosquito net, and fan.

Our hosts, Jill and Lua and their lovely daughters, really welcomed us into the family. We happened to be there during the opening of a new church in town, which the usual cooks were assisting with, so both Jill and Lua took turns with the cooking. They are both fantastic cooks--some island favourites and some Kiwi favourites, excellent home cooked food that was much less deep-fried than a lot of what we found elsewhere. Their younger daughter gave us a great little tour of the village and both girls showed off their award-winning dancing skills on our last night. Jill and Lua both checked in frequently to offer food or excursions to all sorts of different places and activities, both in the village and further afield. Unfortunately my husband and I both picked up a tropical virus while we were visiting the area, but Jill (who is a nurse by training) was incredibly helpful both with treatment and with offering up different food options to bring us back to good health quickly.

Our favourite activity here: taking the kayaks out for a paddle through the mangroves and out to the beach. The reef is a bit too far out for snorkeling but the beach is very quiet other than a few fishermen, and the paddling is easy and fun. So much to explore. Also not to miss: a good soak in the fresh water spring near the main fale.
Date of stay: February 2016
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 February 2016

We stayed with Jill and Lua back in August 2015 when they hadn't been open long. We loved it, it was great to see a different side of Samoa, in the mangroves. The ecological restoration and community buiding that is happening from the lodge is inspiring. My kayak paddle through the mangroves out to the sea was a trip highlight, as was the refreshing dip in the freshwater spring. But without doubt it was the family that made the biggest impression, we felt like we were among old friends. Can't wait to go back sometime. Kate and Jan

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2015

A surprise find when looking for a place to rejuvenate after a day's driving. Friendly people, good food. Rates reasonable, comfortable accommodation. Unique setting. Family atmosphere, traditional fales.

Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2015

The owners of Vai Villas Jill and Lua are your absolute quintessential hosts and of an establishment nothing short of an amazing breath of fresh air. If you're looking for something fancy like they have in NZ, the US or Australia, then it's best then that you go there instead. However, if you're looking for something unique, exquisite and exciting then you must not miss the opportunity of this particular fantastic experience. This I must say has got to be the real Samoan experience in every sense of the word.

Thank you so much Vai Villas.

Room tip: Their chalets are perfectly placed on the embankment with a fantastic view
Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Pauline M
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

Vai Villas is a fantastic place to stay - incredibly welcoming and totally relaxing. The accommodation is in individual thatch roofed fales looking out over the river and surrounding bush and estuary and one of the highlights was the fresh water spring for a cooling swim. Get up close to nature with while relaxing on a breezy cool deck enjoying drinks, great conversation and lovely home-cooked food. It gave us an insight into the local village and way of life while also being a great base to explore the rest of the island. Recommend highly for an authentic and highly enjoyable experience.

Room tip: all rooms good
Date of stay: November 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank Louise M
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Reviewed 31 October 2015 via mobile

What a great place to stay on the peaceful riverside. Much quieter than by the sea. There's a spring water pool which is wonderfully refreshing if you've spent the week in and out of the ocean!
The food and welcome here is really fantastic, great hosts help you to relax in no time and the meals are fantastic, all cooked from local ingredients. This place is well worth a visit.

Date of stay: October 2015
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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