The Resort is named after Robert Louis Stevenson ("RLS"), the famous Scottish novelist and poet who made his home in Samoa from 1889 until his untimely death in 1894. His life long struggle with tuberculosis led to him making his home in the tropical isles of Samoa where he constructed his home at Vailima and was bestowed the name "Tusitala" by the Samoan people who took him to their hearts. He was the author of such novels as "Treasure Island", "Kidnapped", "Dr. Jeckyl and Mr Hyde" and "The Master of Ballantrae". Trevor Stevenson and his family also made their home in Samoa. Trevor is a prominent lawyer in Apia and has been practising in the oldest established Law Firm in Samoa.
His wife Ana was the first Miss Samoa for Miss World in 1977.
Trevor Stevenson is the only Stevenson (other than RLS's family) to have resided at Vailima. This prompted Trevor to name the Resort after RLS and many of the rooms and fales are named out of the characters of RLS's novels.
Trevor's family established Stevensons at Manase in 1994; the centennial celebration year of RLS's death. The executive suites, Judicial suite, is named after the late Sir Gavin Donne, a former Samoan Chief Justice who was the instigator of Trevor coming to Samoa and starting his career. The remaining suites are named after Trevor and Ana's grandchildren.
The Resort is still developing everyday and guests will continue to see improvements as the years progress. 2017 saw the new infinity pool being completed, making it the largest on Savaii and the beach bar deck expanded. The beach front villas were renovated into ten up market interconnecting deluxe units .The Bentley Bistro was also completed and now serves lunch and dinner on the sea side of the resort. 2018 will see a new recreational Fale, which will house a library, pool table, darts and table tennis being completed. Our new kitchen and brazier area which will offer guests weekly BBQ's and wood fired pizzas will be completed by the end of June.