Making an Island Dream Come True
A ‘big’ part of what makes Hotel Filamona unique is that it is a family owned business; the fruition of a dream by a local Tuvaluan couple. The hotel which opened its doors in 1998 was established by Penny and Lotoala Metia who for years had saved up every cent to make a dream become a reality. Having had no formal training in the tourism industry, they learnt the trade as they went along. Since then, thousands of people from all over the world, and from all walks of life have made the humble Filamona Hotel, their home.
Sadly, only a couple of years ago, Lotoala passed on… but his inspiration remains as part of the very core and fibre of the Filamona experience. As Penny continues to run the hotel with her family, the dream lives on while every guest’s smile adds another brick to a family’s shared legacy.
In June 2014, the hotel initiated an impressive upgrade of its facilities and early in 2015 the prodigious undertaking was completed. Old time guests will be hard-pressed to recognise little in terms of the actual facility but we hope they will immediately recognise the same sense of belonging the moment they pass through our doors.
The great Desmond Tutu once said, “You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” We’d like to feel that while we don’t get choose our guests, they are most surely God’s gift to us and we are blessed to welcome every single one in as family.