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Spectacular Traditional Samoan Fale Hidden in the Highlands Above Apia

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The fa'le on this hill, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

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Last updated: 05/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

The Samoan Fale (home) is nothing short of spectacular. Thisnew but traditional Fale will enable you to experience all the uniqueness of this very old Samoan design especially extremely effective ventilation. We are semi-off-grid with solar power (battery and mains back-up), rainwater tanks, and our own plantation. The ancient design has been unique only to the Samoan Islands. The oval shape is covered with by an extremely high and domed roof enhancing the fale's coolness. The interior is intricately hand finished with local materials bathing you in timeless Samoan tradition.

This old design is outfitted with a modern Canadian kitchen and furnishings. The fully open layout of the main floor integrates the kitchen, dining and lounge areas open onto a shaded deck overlooking the entire secluded valley. Meshed louvers encircle the main level. The spacious master bedroom boasts and en-suite with full bath tub. The main entrance is via a spacious covered patio with adjacent laundry/restroom. A loft gives you a second bedroom. Downstairs is another bathroom and carport.

The location is incredible: just 12 kilometers for downtown Apia and here’s what you get:

- Uniquely located away from the traditional beach resorts.

- Located in the highlands west of Apia, more than 700 feet above sea level, where the temperature is 2 degrees cooler than the coast, beautifully breezy.

- The entire home is yours (open fale including kitchen, living and lounge rooms opening onto beautiful shaded deck, master bedroom with full ensuite, loft , laundry & ½ bathroom, full bathroom and carport access downstairs, sleeps 4 comfortably).

- Fully mosquito proofed yet magnificently naturally ventilated at the same time.

- No village busyness.

- Secure community- semi-gated, fenced and guard presence for your peace of mind.

- Centrally located for easy access to most of Upolu’s beautiful beaches located on the south coast, Aggie Grey’s 5 star beach resort, the airport and ferry to Savaii all on the northwest coast.


The location is incredible: just 12 kilometers for downtown Apia and here’s what you get:

- Uniquely located away from the traditional beach resorts,
- Located in the highlands west of Apia, more than 700 feet above sea level, where the temperature is 2 degrees cooler than the coast, beautifully breezy
- The entire home is yours (open fale including kitchen, living and lounge rooms opening onto beautiful shaded deck, master bedroom with full ensuite, loft , laundry & ½ bathroom, full bathroom and carport access downstairs, sleeps 4 comfortably)
- Fully mosquito proofed yet magnificently naturally ventilated at the same time
- No village busyness
- Secure community- semi-gated, fenced and guard presence for your peace of mind
- Centrally located for easy access to most of Upolu’s beautiful beaches located on the south coast, Aggie Grey’s 5 star beach resort, the airport and ferry to Savaii all on the northwest coast.

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

  • Master Bedroom : 1 queen

    with ensuite...moreless

  • Loft: 3 twin/ single

    Open with Samoan ceiling...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    Private entrance...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 1 twin/ single

    Private entrance. ...moreless

  • Master bedroom, spacious and private, with luxurious ensuite with bath, is semi-circular in shape with plentiful full length louvers for wonderful breeze. Features tiled floors, ceiling fan and antique hardwood furniture. Downstairs features 2 single bedrooms with their own entrances. They are also bright with the floor the ceiling windows (mesh enclosed) and ceiling fans. The Loft is above the master bedroom accessed by stairs from the open living area of the fale. Wonderful exposure to the intricacy of the traditional Samoan decoration and roof design. 2 or 3 single beds. Ceiling fan. Open atmosphere. All linen is provided....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Ensuite: toilet, combination tub/shower

    Main level...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Downstairs...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Combined with laundry...moreless

  • 2 1/2 bathrooms all have hot water (solar) complete with towels etc. The ensuite, the main bathroom, is spacious, bright and fitted out with modern imported decore. Ample closets etc. Downstairs full bathroom can be used by other guests and visitors. Toilet, large counter space, shower & storage. The half bathroom is located adjacent to the laundry in the main entrance covered patio....moreless

Other Amenities

  • The Samoan Fale is fully furnished and fully equipped with all necessities for your comfort and convenience. This timeless design is outfitted with a modern Canadian kitchen and furnishings. The fully open layout of the main floor integrates the kitchen, dining and lounge areas opening onto a shaded deck overlooking the entire secluded valley. Meshed louvers encircle the main level. The spacious master bedroom boasts and en-suite with full shower and bathtub enclosure. The main entrance is via a spacious covered patio with adjacent laundry/half bathroom. A loft gives you a second bedroom. Downstairs is another bathroom and carport. (Wi-Fi) internet is optionally available but locally purchased internet dongle is recommended. Land Line phone connection is optional available by prior arrangement. Power cost in Samoa is amongst the highest in the world. Efficient and considerate usage is encouraged. TV can be arranged if needed. Signal from local stations is only mediocre....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Rain Forests
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Eco Tourism
  • Luaus
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Monument View:

    Not the mountains but the Samoan Highlands at an elevation of 750 feet. You are located in one of the most agriculturally regions of Samoa in Aleisa. Plantation produce abounds here, represented on our own property, are banana, mango, papaya, pineapple, breadfruit, tomato, chili and over 100 Tahitian lime trees, to name a few. At an elevation of 230 meters the temperature is 2deg.C cooler than the coast with a beautiful breeze; daytime summer temperature is nearly always 28dec.C. Locl coffee is processes just up the road - try it. You have central access to most of Upolu's fabulous south coast beaches....moreless

  • Mountain
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$148
$835 $2,504

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $254.20
  • Cleaning $0.00

Notes:

Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (US Dollar) unless otherwise arranged.

The rates below are broken out for comparison:

1 week $US835

2 weeks $US1,460 (equivalent weekly rate = $730)

Monthly $US2,500 (equivalent weekly rate = $585)

6 months $US1,760 monthly (equivalent weekly rate = $440)

Please contact the Homeowner for payment options and further information regarding cleaning, internet, land line, etc.

The above rates apply for the Main House.

Also please contact the Homeowner for details regarding the:

- Short Term Rental Agreement

- Reservation/Security Deposit


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

  • Namua Island Resort

    "Fabulous to visit and overnight at this secluded and beautiful beach fale resort"

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  • Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Resort

    "Get away for lunch and a swim in their pool and bar"

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Car: Necessary

South coast beaches are spectacular and so close, only 30 - 40 minutes away. Downtown Apia is just 12 km while Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is situated overlooking Apia. A trip to Savaii will take you back in time. Don't miss out on a beach fale experience.

The Main House is alternate accomodation (2100 sq. ft. upstairs, 900 sq.ft downstairs) for larger families or groups; accomodates up to 8+ people.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 1992

About the owner: Tim and Maria Walkden-Brown are now seeing their vision of providing a place for travelers to appreciate serenity and quietness in a beautiful and uncomplicated hideaway come true. Why, because that is what we ourselves seek…. how much more for us to be share it with like-minded soles….. the Samoan Highland Hideaway. Our quest seeded in the early 1970’s when Tim arrived in Samoa from Australia on his way to Canada. He met his wife Maria and now 38 years later after sojourns in and between Samoa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand we are entering into our dream. No wonder the iconic writer Robert Louis Stevenson had a similar dream. Our family is settled in Australia and Canada and sometimes Bosnia but they all adore the purity of the beauty, culture and simplicity of Samoa. So can you. Tim has spent a lifetime in heavy engineering in many remote locations from the Canadian Arctic to the windswept Sub-Antarctic. Maria’s time away from Samoa saw her putting her heart into what she loves; serving people. She had the ongoing privilege of working alongside people from Africa and Asia while meeting premiers and Canadian hockey stars. Above all she loves her garden so where better than Samoa. As you can see we are a multicultural family, love meeting like-minded folk from all countries. We built our present house in this beautiful and quietly remote highland region of Aleisa on the cross island road to Paradise Beach in the early 2000’s. Since then the grounds have developed and much of our sustenance matured. We completed building a traditional Samoan fale adjacent to the main house in 2010. We can’t wait to share this with our guests.

Why the Owner Chose Tuamasaga, Samoa:
We originally chose this remote and wild piece of land because it was distant for everyday Samoa. It has transformed to what you see today. We developed the land for our retirement home and then it took on the expansion into our present vacation property.


Contact us

Speaks: english, Saoman

 

Photos

  • The fa'le on this hill, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

    The fa'le on this hill, surrounded by lush tropical gardens.

  • Fa'le from across the valley in the plantation amongst the bananas & papaya.

    Fa'le from across the valley in the plantation amongst the bananas & papaya.

  • The extensive gardens with plenty of room to explore.

    The extensive gardens with plenty of room to explore.

  • Traditional Samoan beam technique and handiwork.

    Traditional Samoan beam technique and handiwork.

  • All the windows are fully enclosed with mosquito mesh.

    All the windows are fully enclosed with mosquito mesh.

  • The plantation view from the deck at sunset.

    The plantation view from the deck at sunset.

  • Bottom floor features 2 single bedrooms with private entry.

    Bottom floor features 2 single bedrooms with private entry.

  • Tastefully and simply decorated.

    Tastefully and simply decorated.

  • Beautiful Seabreeze enclave provides a spectacular setting and dining experience

    Beautiful Seabreeze enclave provides a spectacular setting and dining experience

  • The driveway up to the houses.

    The driveway up to the houses.

  • Traditional design, modern amenities.

    Traditional design, modern amenities.

  • Undercover parking and private driveway.

    Undercover parking and private driveway.

  • The open plan living/dining/kitchen space surrounded by full legth windows.

    The open plan living/dining/kitchen space surrounded by full legth windows.

  • The upstairs loft contains 3 single beds or can be a second relaxing space.

    The upstairs loft contains 3 single beds or can be a second relaxing space.

  • The breakfast bar, gas stove and filtered drinking water tap feature.

    The breakfast bar, gas stove and filtered drinking water tap feature.

  • Relax on the huge deck and listen to the sounds of nature.

    Relax on the huge deck and listen to the sounds of nature.

  • The master bedroom with ensuite, surrounded by windows.

    The master bedroom with ensuite, surrounded by windows.

  • Our other house on the property also for rent, the Main House next to the Fa'le.

    Our other house on the property also for rent, the Main House next to the Fa'le.

  • Sunset on Savaii's south coast

    Sunset on Savaii's south coast

  • Samoa's national flower, the teuila, guards the private driveway

    Samoa's national flower, the teuila, guards the private driveway

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Thursday, July 21, 2016

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  • Bathrooms
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