If you are a fan of the famous novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson, then you should not miss a visit and tour of the former home and gardens of "Villa Vailima" in Samoa. Stevenson's most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and A Child's Garden of Verses - Read Robert Louis Stevenson biography here
Through the dedication of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum Preservation Foundation, the beautifully restored home and gardens opened to the public in 1994, one hundred years after his death, it is now known as the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum.
Once you step inside, your guide will take you on a tour which tells you the facts and story behind the great man and his family. You will get to see some of the original furniture and be shown artefacts once used by Robert Louis Stevenson and his family. Although Stevenson and his wife, Fanny had no children of their own, Fanny's children, (Samuel) Lloyd Osborne and Belle, were treated by Robert Louis Stevenson as his own.
Stevenson's mother, Margaret Isabella had been with Robert and Fanny on travels to America and the South Seas and she settled with them at Vailima. Following the death of Robert Louis Stevenson, Margaret returned to Edinburgh.
Although Stevenson only lived in Samoa for four short years before his death, the local people embraced him and his family. To this day he is remembered with much fondness by the Samoan people who referred to him as "Tusitala" which means "Writer of Tales"
A visit to the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum is a must do, so put it on your bucket list to go to Vailima whilst in or holidaying in Samoa.