03 APRIL 2012
Forget five star ratings with a fale, you sleep under a billion!
In the heart of the South Pacific lies a world without walls.
Samoan Fales, once a fiercely guarded secret by locals, surfers and intrepid travelers are quickly gaining popularity among the general leisure market as a low budget, convenient and unique accommodation experience.
With the water lapping on the white sandy beach only a few steps away, a fale is your typical Samoan beach hut.
The Samoan Tourism Authority says fales are the closest one can experience the traditional way of living in Samoa with the added benefit of being mere steps away from the glistening waters and surf breaks of the Pacific.
“In Samoa, there is no Samoan word for walls,” says the Samoa Tourism Authority.
“Walk into a hotel or motel and once you close the doors and draw the blinds you can be anywhere in the world. When you stay in a fale, where the closest you get to a wall is your woven blind, you know you’re in Samoa.
“This type of shelter and accommodation really is perfect for the Samoan climate and is found nowhere else in the world.”
Traditionally a thatched roof bore by wooden poles with open sides to the elements, you will find only the basics are supplied - bedding, mosquito net and woven mats over the windows that can be pulled down for privacy. The shared toilet/shower facility is located nearby.
These days coastal villages have developed modern variations of the fale, with some even offering private en suite bathroom facilities.
“Imagine being lulled to sleep by the sound of waves gently lapping the shore, the cool soft sea breeze blowing through your fale under a night sky lit by the twinkling of a billion stars – without the five star prices.”
Depending on the fale and the style of property, fales can cost as little as $40 per person per night which usually includes breakfast and dinner.
“Samoa is the best value destination in the South Pacific and it takes very little effort or money for one to become incredibly rich with unique experiences.
Staying in a fale is the best way to be close to Samoa’s stunningly beautiful and pristine surrounds. Add a warm and friendly village atmosphere and a 3,000 year-old culture called Fa’a Samoa and you’re as close to the authentic Polynesian experience.
“You can’t put a dollar value on that” says Samoa Tourism Authority.