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Lusia's Lagoon Chalets
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Salelologa
Reviewed 30 August 2007

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.

Good points:
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.
Mossie repellant.
A good book
Cash - no credit card facility

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2007

There were a couple of things to warn against with this place.

1) Their website booking process doesn't seem to work. I received error messages when trying to use it. I eventually ended up calling them directly, but when we arrived, they appeared to have no record of our booking. Fortunately, there was a chalet free, and other people staying there had no such issues, so this may have been a one-off.

2) Take insect repellent. The mosquitoes are hungry. This applies to everywhere in Samoa and isn't just specific to this place.

Apart from that, this is a truly awesome place to stay and I would stay again any time.

There are three types of Chalet: The Chalet L'Amour, Over-water chalets and Garden Chalets. We stayed in the Over-water chalet and would highly recommend this.

It is basically a fale (hut with thatched roof, woven mats for walls) that stands about two metres above the lagoon at the water's edge. Most of the fale is occupied by the double mattress inside, but there is some room for luggage, getting changed into swimming gear etc. Above the mattress is mosquito netting.

Toilets and showers are communal, but very clean. The shower water temperature is unheated, but I doubt that anyone would complain about that as it is a relief from the constant heat, and the water is not ice-cold, rather a pleasant temperature.

Breakfast is included in the price per night, and a restaurant is on site for luch and dinner (not included in the price). The lunch and dinner options did not seem to have any options for vegetarians, but there were a few in the breakfast menu.

The chalets are about 1000-1500 metres from the ferry terminal at Salelologa. It is walkable, or you can take a taxi. No buses travel towards the chalets from the ferry terminal.

The location is superb. From the over-water chalets, looking down into the water in the mornings and evenings will give you a great view of the many tropical fish. The swimming is extremely safe and enjoyable, and snorkelling wasn't bad, although the day that I tried it, the water was a little murky. I probably hadn't got the timing right for doing that.

It is extremely quiet. The staff are really friendly and very helpful.

There is also a large rock pool about 2 metres by 4 metres and about a metre to a metre and a half deep. This is fed by sea water so is tidal and is an amazing addition to the site. If you stand really still in this pool and look into the water, you will find various fish swimming around your legs. Magic. Take a dip, first thing in the morning, and watch for all the crabs on the rocks surrounding the pool. They are very shy, and any movement towards them will see them scrambling out of sight, but if you remain still and quiet, you will soon see them eating the small plankton found on the rocks.

This is possibly the most beautiful place to stay in Savai'i and I can't recommend it highly enough. My only fear is that this review will encourage many others to stay and I won't be able to find room there next time I intend to stay.

  • Stayed: March 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 July 2017
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Reviewed 1 June 2017
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  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: South Coast Rd, Salelologa, Savai'i, Samoa
Region: Samoa > Savai'i > Salelologa
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Salelologa
Price Range: $67 - $116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lusia's Lagoon Chalets 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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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