We loved the visual appeal of this place, the food, the other travellers we met here and the fales. The facilities and grounds were kept very clean and tidy. We were very fortunate to have half of the location to ourselves, but still have the company of the people staying on the other side of the fale grounds. The snorkelling was OK, right out near the reef, but you need to be careful with the tides. Better snorkelling at the next few bays around. There are only about 12 fales at this location with plenty of room. Other nearby fales did not seem to have a personal touch or the visual appeal. Was nice to walk all the way along the beach past all the different fale places.
We've spent in Regina's 6 days and enjoyed very much our stay. It's a budget accommodation run by a local family. We had an accident, our torch was stolen from the dining room, we told to the manager about that and she really tried her best trying to find the torch. The news spread all over the place and I think the thief realized that since everyone knew, he/she wouldn't be able to use the it any longer and placed the torch into our backpack somehow. On the other hand the manager was ready to pay us a kind of compensation for the stolen torch.
We are very thankful for everyone who works in Regina's, very responsible and friendly people who work hard.
The hotel was always full and we had pleasant time meeting new people. Since the weather wasn't brilliant we spent many hours chatting with other gusts in the dining room.
The only thing we didn't like much was the beach, it's slight rocky there, so you have to walk like 5 minutes to the sandy place. That's the only so-called problem :)
Room rates I think were the best all over Manase, 60 Tala/per with everything included (breakfast, light lunch and dinner).
The fales were fully made of natural material in a traditional samoan way, no plastic.
We had heard that if we were going to visit Savaii the place where we would have to stay was at a beach called Manase... After talking it through with a few different cab drivers on Upolu asking there opinions as to where we should stay it seemed unanimous that Tanu beach fales was the only option....however after running into a couple staying at Lusias Lagoon Chalets (in Saleologa....awesome!!) they convinced my partner and i to try out Reginas at Manase instead.
Im glad that they did because i thought the place was great!!
We arrived there mid day and were told at 'reception' to take a seat while a couple of the local boys from the village prepared our Fale. Because we had mentioned we were from Auckland one of the boys excitedly went over and got his cousin to come come meet us...turns out his cousin, David Smith a professional rugby player for the Auckland Blues, was visiting home for the off season and came to hang out while we were having lunch made.
We were then brought out a lunch of fresh tropical fruit and some tasty Tuna sandwhiches before the boys came back to carry our gear to our room.
Our Fale was spacious, clean and right next to the beautiful beach....and for 55Tala/person/night was the cheapest place we stayed and that included breakfast, lunch and dinner!!!
The place is run by the local villagers and it seems they are all happy to get involved and try and make your stay amazing. Conveniently it is right next to a bike rental place and with bikes in a day you can easily visit the swimming with turtles and feeding place (telll reception you are going and they will chop up papaya and pinapple to feed them free of charge), the lava flow that wiped out a village leaving only the remains of some incredible burnt out churches and a single virgins grave, and if your game even the dwarfs cave (a slight climb to get there but well worth the effort)...
If i make it back i would eb sure to go back to Reginas!!