Loved staying here. Great facilities, beautiful gardens, great staff. We didn't plan on eating at hotel but did a lot as lovely setting and only $25-$40 tala per meal plus kids menu so not much different to eating out locally. Great food. Pool was really good and great for kids as they can touch bottom most of the time. Rooms cool from heat pump. Only downside is a facility nearishby that produces a lot of bass but luckily only one night of that and started one morning.
We stayed at The Orator from 20th September - 27th September and found it via Expedia.co.nz. We loved the look of it from the website especially the beautiful lush plants and trees which seemed to be in abundance. We were looking for a quiet location not too far from Apia with good accommodation, swimming pools and food. The Orator didn't disappoint in most if not all areas. The grounds were lovely, the rooms were very good for twins aged 12 and us (total 4 pax). We hired a Toyota harrier from Julianna's Rentals which made it easy travelling to all the fun spots including Savaii. The Orator service staff were always helpful and happy which made the stay even more pleasant. I would definitely recommend to family and friends for future stays.
Situated up in the hills, in need of an update, which it is getting somewhat. A badly needed new swimming pool was being built in front of our villa. Because we were the only guests (that we saw) they didn't bother switching on the filters on the old existing pool. So we didn't use it.
We ate lunch and dinner on the first day and the food was good.
We hired a car from reception which was very convenient. Reception didn't have any change available so we could pay the taxi when we arrived neither could the receptionist point out where on a map was the hotel situated. Nor did it have our bill ready when we checked out, nor did it remember to order our airport taxi when we left (even though it was written on the whiteboard behind them). Not impressed at all.
The villa was a bizarre design. A rectangle divided into 3 thirds. The two outer thirds held two double beds each and each had a front door onto a small outdoor fenced sitting area. The central third had a two seat settee, a L shaped kitchen island with three stools, a fridge and a hob and then a tiny shower room with toilet, vanity and shower.
The new swimming pool should look good though.
Excellent location, breakfast was fantastic. The pool is great to have in such hot weather. My room was cleaned regularly, loved the flowers laid on the bed. Great experience, would definately stay there again.