Just got back from Samoa today and thought I'd share the Lusias experience. Great place, great visit but may or may not stay again.
It is really close to the Ferry terminal and can be walked easily, we decided on a cab ($3-4 tala) because it was so hot.
Three types of fales,
Honeymoon - Looks excellent with air-con and deck overlooking the lagoon, fully enclosed modern style accommodation with ladder access to the lagoon from their private deck.
Garden - western style solid wall type accommodation. Back from the lagoon and no view to the lagoon.
Over-water - (--Highly Recommend--) Traditional fale style on stilts over the lagoon edge, a small deck on the lagoon side of the fale is great for catching
the sun-rise and for sunbathing - privacy isn't so great as there is some building going on across the lagoon from two of the over-water fales.
The location is very nice, a bush/garden type setting with easy pathway access to your fales. The lagoon has no sandy beach, access to the water is pretty much from the large overwater decks (split level) - This allows diving/jumping - safe swimming and ladder access to the lagoon.
Food - Was very good I thought, a menu selection that had enough variety for a few days stay (non samoan style mainly) - Brekky was like pancake stack/Bacon and eggs(variety of egg styles) - Lunch was grilled fish/chicken - chips. Salad. All in all pretty good.
Toilets/shower - Clean enough, great water pressure (mens had a shower rose but the girls didn't ), clean and just a little walk from the fales. There is also toilets off the dining area.
They get turtles in the lagoon, had two in there during our visit and watched them for ages both days.
Food pretty good.
Over-water fales are good.
Split level deck great - they delivered drinks and lunch onto the deck.
Rock pool (man made tidal pool with steps down to it)
Heaps of fish around the deck (take some bread down and they come from everywhere)
Some big fish, big big fish in the lagoon
Not so good points:
Lagoon is rocky with no easy entry/exit other than the main deck.
Snorkelling was pretty murky at both low and high tides
To get to the better snorkelling you need to cross the lagoon, a bit of a swim (this is still murky but ok).
Stairs up to the over-waters were pretty skinny so be careful.
$2 tala to call a cab
Building going on across the lagoon, only 30/40 metres away takes away some privacy of the over-water fale decks.
Things to take:
Torch definitely - the loo cubicle has no light in it - close the door and it all goes black. The path at night.
A good book
Cash - no credit card facility
- 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
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