Stevenson's at Manase, right next to Tanu Beach Fales, pretends to be upmarket with 10 air-conditioned garden rooms in a long prefabricated block set well back from the beach. The five air-conditioned beach villas with fridge across the street are much more expensive. Although breakfast and tax are included, the whole complex is overpriced compared with the competition and prices are reduced when things are slow. Meals are served in the large hotel restaurant/bar. Island tours are arranged. Frankly, Stevenson's is rather dull and characterless.
Tanu Beach Fales sits on a nice beach at Manase village, a couple of km west of Fagamalo and 45 km northwest of Salelologa. There are 32 open Samoan fale with no walls. Only 14 of the fale are right on beach. Tanu's store sells beer and cold drinks. The ample meals are served at a long common table and on Wednesday and Friday nights they present a fia fia with Samoan dancing. The managers arrange half-day tours covering most sites between here and the Taga blowholes. Circle island tours are arranged whenever five people want to go.
Tanu makes a good base for visiting Mt. Matavanu and is a safe, convenient place to stop and unwind on your way around the island. Many backpackers stay here (and most say they liked it a lot).
Jane's Beach Fales is a bit east of Tanu Beach Fales in Manase village. The 22 fale here are a bit larger and more comfortable than those at Tanu and Vacations. Each has a small balcony with chairs, a mosquito net over the bed, and lockable doors (the toilets and showers are shared). There's a fia fia on Saturday nights (if sufficient guests are present).
Regina's Beach Fales nearby has 10 open fale. You'll like the family atmosphere and Regina offers your best chance of being served fresh fish.
Vacations Beach Fales offers 24 large open fale but some units are too close to the road. Vacations excells in the food department and many people from Tanu and Janes come here for lunch. It's a good dinner choice for those staying at Stevenson's. Their large seaside bar is also perfect for a beer. Ask whether tax is included in the menu prices.
Elaine's Handy-Mart (Monday to Saturday 0600-2000, Sunday 0700-1800), next to the gas station opposite Vacations, is well-stocked and a place next door provides Internet access when their phone line is working and rents cars and bicycles.
Le Lagoto Beach Resort, near Fagamalo Post Office at Savai'i's northernmost tip is clean and the friendly staff efficient. The four individual fale facing the beach are a bit overpriced. Each fan-cooled unit has a tiny kitchenette, fridge, TV, and private bath (hot water). The two-story, three-bedroom beach house has a self-catering two-bedroom apartment downstairs and a room with fridge upstairs. Meals include an a la carte lunch and dinner mains (excellent sashimi).
In Samoan, "lagoto" means sunset and their beach bar is perfect for a sunset pina colada. There's a store opposite where you can buy groceries and drinks. Unlike the local places above, at Le Lagoto people tend to keep to themselves and the atmosphere isn't very Samoan.
The 10 bungalows at the Savaii Lagoon Resort near Le Lagoto are fan-cooled and comfortable. Kayaks and rowboats are loaned free.
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