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TAUFUA BEACH FALES
Our Resort Report

OUR Thoughts on Taufua Beach Fales, Upolu, Samoa
This property offers an authentic Samoan hospitality experience and a dream beach location, but it is important to understand what facilities and standards are offered before deciding whether this style of holiday experience is right for you.

Those seeking a degree of immersion in Samoan family and village culture as part of their holiday experience will love this place. 

You can’t fault the location.  The restaurant/bar is the centre of organised activities and dining and, like a good portion of the accommodation units is located on a slightly raised platform right on the beach – walk down a few steps from the restaurant veranda and you are enjoying walking on the beach sand.  Breakfast and dinners are included in the tariff and these meals are provided at family-style long tables where guests mix and mingle and enjoy the food as well as the conversation with fellow guests.  A lunch snack menu is available between 11:00am and 4:00pm.  Guests are welcome to run a tab for lunches and bar (drinks and snacks), purchases if they prefer. 

Every guest is invited to attend the Fai Fia nights held twice a week (on Wednesdays and Saturdays) when local performers showcase Samoan entertainment.  Fia Fia Nights are provided free of charge, but guests may make a donation to show appreciation to the performers if they wish. 

A highlight of each week is the complimentary Sunday lunch – quoting Taufua Beach Fales:
This will be a memorable occasion if you are an in-house guest on the day. It is the only day where we are able to share our traditional cuisine with our valued guests.

The Sunday Lunch traditionally called to’onai is a very important meal in a Samoan family where after partaking of the meal, the chief or head of the family will evaluate the performance of the family in the past 7 days and will also lay out the plan of activities for the next 7 days.”

A wide range of accommodation types is on offer and we have gone to some effort to show all the various options under “Your Accommodation Options” below.  It is important to note that some of the more authentic Samoan fales do not have individual ensuite bathrooms, and for guests enjoying this unique traditional style of accommodation, communal bathroom facilities are located immediately across the road.  Bed linen is provided for all accommodation style, but towels, while included in most accommodation styles are not included in Open Beach Fales, Beach Enclosed Fales and the Beachfront Enclosed Fale with Sundeck where guests are welcome to either bring their own towels (recommended) or hire them at the office.

The beach is simply magnificent.  A long stretch of beautiful sand leading to clear, clear water where many hours of swimming and sunning can be enjoyed.  Patches of coral are regenerating and snorkelling in the areas of regeneration can be a rewarding experience. 

At Taufua, apart from the natural beauty of the place, the cultural experiences, the family dining and the location of many of the fales right on the beach, it’s the genuine friendliness of the people around you which makes you want to return time and again.

Taufua Beach Fales is located immediately next door to Litia Sini Beach Resort.

What Taufua Beach Fales Say About Themselves

"The primary location is on Lalomanu beach, where the reservation office, the restaurant, the beach accommodations and the Villas are situated. Our friendly staff at the reservation office will check you in or out. All meals are served at the beach restaurant.

The second location referred to as Ocean View is NOT on the beach. It is about 900 metres above sea level and roughly 7 minutes by vehicle away from the beach accommodations.

While we provide transport between the Ocean View and the beach, it is convenient if you have your own transport.

You have several room types to choose from.

Bullet Included in the Tariff at Taufua Beach Fales
● Accommodation
● Daily breakfast (set times)
● Set menu dinner at set times
● Tea, Coffee and Milo all day
● Fia Fia Nights on Wednesday and Saturday
     (donations for performers appreciated)
● Traditional Samoan Lunch on Sundays
● Beach shuttle for guests in Ocean View Fales

Your Accommodation Options
Samoan fales come in a range of styles, so it is important to fully understand exactly which type you are booking.  Fales at Taufua Beach Resort range from open-sided structures right on the beach, which are basically a sleeping platform with a roof and no walls.  Some Beach Fales have solid walls and some even have an ensuite bathroom.  Across the road and still very handy to the beach you find the Taufua Villas which have both air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.  These villas are spread over 2 ground levels.  The third accommodation type at Taufua is their Ocean View Fales which are located high up the hill (approximately 900metres) a 7-minute drive from the beach.  Stunning views are enjoyed from this location. 

The tariff in every accommodation style includes dinner and breakfast for all occupants and while guests staying in the Ocean View Fales up the hill are provided with transport to and from the restaurant on the beach, guests in these fales feel a lot less isolated with their own rental vehicle.

A full breakdown and description of all the accommodation types on offer follows.

Fale and Villa Categories (In ascending order of tariff)
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BEACH FALES:
Built on low piles (up 5-6 steps from the sand) right on the beachfront.
The wifi hotspot located in the restaurant extends wifi coverage (charged) to all Beach Fales.

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Beach Open Fales comprise a platform with a thatched roof and a rustic balustrade around the outside.  There is no furniture in these fales – they are the authentic Samoan Beach Fale style and tarpaulins roll down from the roof for weather protection.  Guests access communal bathroom facilities across the road.
Bed linen is supplied, but guests should bring their own towels.  Towels may be hired if you prefer. In the authentic Samoan Beach Fale style, there is no electricity in Beach Open Fales.
Maximum Occupancy: 4 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 double-bed size and 1 single bed size mattress on a woven floor mat. Mosquito netting is provided for the double bed occupants.

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Bullet The Beachfront Enclosed Fale:

Similar in size to the Open Fales, these fales differ in that they have walls, a door and glass louvre windows.  The “Beachfront Enclosed Fale” is located furthest away from the restaurant/bar complex and juts out a little further on to the beach sand than the 6 “Beach Enclosed Fales”. Bed linen is supplied, towels may be hired (if you don’t bring your own). Each fale has a ceiling fan and mosquito netting over the double bed.  Communal bathrooms are located across the road.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Double Bed – some also have a Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

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Beach Enclosed Fales with Ensuite:
These two fales are a little bigger than those enclosed fales without an ensuite and, generally, facilities (excluding the ensuite bathroom) are the same although the louvre windows are bigger.  Each has a pleasant little covered entrance porch furnished with a couple of plastic chairs. Bed linen and towels are supplied. Both fales have a ceiling fan and mosquito netting over the king bed. 
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet The Beachfront Enclosed Fale with Sundeck:

Similar to “Beach Enclosed Fales” but with the addition of a lovely big raised deck on the front.  The deck is not covered but is shaded by the fronds of a coconut palm growing immediately beside the deck.  The deck easily accommodated 3 chairs and the balustrading around the deck is an ideal place for airing towels etc. Bed linen is supplied, towels may be hired (if you don’t bring your own). Each fale has a ceiling fan and mosquito netting over the double bed.  Communal bathrooms are located across the road.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet SEAVIEW VILLAS
Seaview Villas are located across the road from the beach on the rising land behind the beach.  There are two categories, and both have the same price structure.  Level 2 Villas are on the first level and Level 1 Villas are on a level immediately above and behind the Level 2 Villas.  Irrespective of which level they occupy, all villas have pleasant sea views from their veranda balcony. All Seaview Villas are built in the European style. Wifi coverage does not always extend to the Seaview Villas, but can be readily accessed at the restaurant/bar building.

Bullet Villas Level 1
      with Ensuite, Air-Conditioning and Private Veranda
Each of the 5 stand-alone villas feature an open-plan air-conditioned interior with sloping ceilings, a modern bathroom with separate shower and a pleasant covered veranda out front overlooking the beach and the ocean. An undercounter fridge and a ceiling fan are welcome additional facilities.  Bed linen and towels are supplied.
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet Villas Level 2
      with Ensuite, Air-Conditioning and Private Veranda
Wheelchair accessible, the 4 villas on level 2 occupy two duplex buildings.  In each duplex the villas are joined at the deck and this feature makes them ideal accommodation for a wide range of families, big or small, 2 couples travelling together or a small group of friends. Each villa in each duplex features an open-plan air-conditioned interior, a modern bathroom with separate shower and a pleasant covered veranda out front overlooking the beach and the ocean. An undercounter fridge and a ceiling fan are welcome additional facilities. Bed linen and towels are supplied.
Maximum Occupancy each Villa: 5 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

Bullet OCEAN VIEW LODGE FALES
For the best of two worlds in Samoa, Taufua offer the option of staying in accommodation away from the beach in their modern Ocean View Lodge Fales.  Located some 900 metres above sea level in a tranquil tropical garden and capturing the cooling mountain breezes, these 10 Western-style fales offer beautiful views over the beach to a nearby island group and the wide Pacific Ocean beyond. Guests choosing this accommodation enjoy all the benefits of the gardens and views as well as having full access to all the beach facilities of Taufua Beach Fales including the breakfasts and dinners included in the tariff.  Taufua provide transport to and from the beach for guests, but, for the sake of convenience, we suggest having a rental car for the duration of your stay as this gives you the independence to come and go down to the beach as you please, plus the ability to explore a little more of Samoa’s Upolu Island at your leisure.  Our Travel Specialists will happily organise a rental vehicle as part of your holiday package arrangements. Tuafua's wifi does not extend to the Ocean View Lodge Fales, but can be readily accessed at the restaurant/bar building on the beach.

Bullet Ocean View Fales with Ensuite:
Bullet Ocean View Fales with Air-conditioning and Ensuite:
Well-sized fales – some with air-conditioning, all with an ensuite bathroom with shower and a pleasant covered deck out front.  Facilities include an undercounter fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.  Air-conditioned fales cost approximately $6 per night per person more than non air-conditioned fales. Bed linen and towels are supplied
Maximum Occupancy: 3 guests
Existing Bedding: 1 Queen Bed and 1 Single Bed.
Additional Bedding:  No additional bedding is accommodated

Getting to and from Taufua Beach Fales
We work with Samoa Scenic Tours for transfers between Faleolo International Airport, Mulifanua Wharf (to and from Savaii) and Taufua Beach Fales. Two options are available: either a seat-in-vehicle service or a private vehicle transfer. For parties of 2 to 4 guests, the private vehicle transfer offers the most advantageous rate.  Arriving guests are met at the airport and shown to their transfer vehicle. Transfer time between Taufua Beach Fales and either the airport or the wharf is approximately 2 hours. Private vehicle transfers are a little quicker.

Transfers between Apia City and Taufua Beach Fales are also available – transit time is approximately 90 minutes one way.

For those travellers wishing to move around Upolu while staying at Taufua Beach Fales we recommend a rental car while staying at this location. A rental vehicle is highly recommended for those choosing to stay in the Ocean View Fales further up the hill.  We can arrange a rental car for you for your entire stay or for a portion of your stay. Whether you take a car for the whole stay or a portion of your stay, we recommend you allow us to pre-book the car for you especially if you are visiting Samoa in the peak winter months as rental cars can be in short supply at times of high demand.
 
Families and Kids
Children love the informality of Taufua Beach Fales and Taufua’s staff love children. 
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Children aged under 4 years sharing accommodation with a paying adult stay free of charge.
A special child rate is charged for children aged 4 to 12 years.  As is the case with adults, child rates include dinner, bed and breakfast. Baby cots are not provided at Taufua.
The best accommodation fit for families of four is:
● Beach Open Fales – Sleep 4
     (1 Double & 2 Single floor mattresses)
● Seaview Villas Level 2 – Sleep 5
     (1 Queen, 1 Double, 1 Single bed)
     Each duplex villa (2 villas joined at the deck)
     will sleep up to 10 guests
● Another interesting option is 2 adjacent
     Beach Fales.  Perhaps 1 Beach Enclosed
     Fale and 1 Beach Open Fale

Check-in/Check Out
Indicative check-in and checkout times are:
Check-in: 1:00pm
Check-out: 10:30am
Check-in and check-out times at Taufua Beach Fales are reasonably flexible. Early check-in and late check-out availability depends on the situation on the day.

Property Cancellation Policy
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All cancellations must be made in writing
Bullet Cancellations made between 15 and 30 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to the cost of
     staying 1 night at the accommodation rate booked.
Bullet Cancellations made between 8 and 14 days of scheduled
     arrival incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the cost
     of the nights cancelled.
Bullet Cancellations made within 8 days of scheduled arrival
     incur a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the cost of
     the nights cancelled.
Bullet No Shows or days not used are treated as cancellations
     and charged accordingly.

Travel Insurance is recommended
OUR Travel Specialists can advise on all aspects of travel insurance.

The information on this page is correct as at 08 May 2020 and is based on our supplier contracts which are valid for stays to 31 March 2021.  All information shown is subject to change without notice.


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Resort Facilities:
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Beachfront Restaurant

Bullet Bar (Snacks and Drinks)
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Bullet Communal Bathrooms (for rooms without ensuites)
Bullet 2 Fia Fia Nights
Bullet Special Complimentary Sunday Lunch
Bullet Complimentary Tea, Coffee and Milo all day
Bullet Wifi (charged) available at restaurant on the beach
      and extending through Fales in the "Beach Fales"
      category.

Bullet Shuttle between beach and Ocean View Fales

Room Facilities:
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Room facilities vary greatly between accommodation

      types.  Please see individual room descriptions
Bullet Linen and towels are provided, except towel hire
      charges apply to Beach Open Fales,
      Beachfront Enclosed Fale with Sundeck and
      Beachfront Enclosed Fales.
Bullet Kindly note that Ocean View Fale category rooms are
      located approximately 7-minutes drive away some
      900 metres high above the beach.