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“March 2012 Stay of a lifetime” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palau Plantation Resort

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3.5 of 5 Resort   |   P.O Box 1722, Koror, Koror Island 96940, Palau   |  
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Ranked #3 of 23 Hotels in Koror
Evansville, indiana
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“March 2012 Stay of a lifetime”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2012

My wife and I travel quite a bit around the world but alway seek out places kind of off the grid. We have traveled to Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Jamacia, South America, Australia and we have to say that our stay at the Plantation Resort Palau ranks up near the top of our travels. The Cabin was great, never ran out of hot water and the staff was wonderful. They made us feel like honored guests from start to finish. Clean, confortable, all the amenities needed,no bugs in or out. Wonderful!

Room Tip: The jungle outside our balcony was a great place to spend alone time and togetherness.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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San Francisco, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

This resort was beautifully landscaped with views out to the rock islands. It had a pool and jacuzzi, although these seemed infrequently used (possibly because people had already spent all day in the water on diving/snorkeling trips . . .) There are minimal areas with any air conditioning. There is a bar which was not heavily used (we were staying above it and had no problems at all with noise).

All the rooms are made of wood, and our room had very heavy fragrance from a diffuser--apparently used to block the smell of the wood. We were much happier after turning the diffuser off and did not notice any unpleasant smells from the wood. Our room was one of the smaller "cabin" rooms and was perfectly adequate for two people. Space was provided on the balcony for hanging items up to dry. Water pressure in the shower was excellent. Tea and coffee were provided in the room.

The hotel primarily caters to Japanese tourists, and is consequently extremely clean. Also, the restaurant offers extensive Japanese food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The restaurant was not very good for dinner (although some of the Japanese offerings might have been better than what we offered, particularly a Teppanyaki dinner that must be ordered a day in advance). Breakfast was good by Palau standards, but expensive ($12/person/day). I recommend trying the taro bread with coconut jam, available a la carte, or as part of the "traditional breakfast".

I originally thought that we would walk from the hotel to downtown Koror, but this turned out not to be so easy because of the heat, and the dark and confusingly windy roads without sidewalks. We instead took the free shuttle to downtown for two hours each night, which permitted dinner at the Taj or Suriyothai restaurants, followed by some souvenir shopping. One tip is that there is a snack hut across the street from the shuttle shop at the WCTC shopping center that has excellent cold drinks. The shuttle is hourly from 4pm to 9pm.

The hotel is within walking distance of the national museum, but we did not have time to visit.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. In particular, Sheen, one of the managers, was helpful in planning our trip and allowed us a late check out on the day of our departure. She made several calls to our tour agency (Sam's) in order to verify pickup and dropoff times.

The only glitch with our stay is that we were halfway to the airport when our driver was called back to pick up additional people. We were worried about missing our flight, and eventually the driver agreed to continue driving us to the airport, while other arrangements were made for the stragglers.

Room Tip: A few cabins are advertised as windowless--probably a good idea to avoid those. Our "premium c...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burgas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

Palau Plantation Resort was the best place we have ever stayed in!!!
Great location, great service, great staff. Thank you SHEEN! Thanks to everybody who made our holiday unforgetable...

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Matsumoto, Japan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We have traveled a lot in the Pacific Islands and know what to expect. The Plantation Resort was a destination that exceeded our expectations on almost every point. Not being a beach front resort turned out to be a non issue. The EXCEPTIONAL attention and service from the entire staff was second to none. The front desk delt with any and every request and question we had. Three days into our stay we were asked if we would allow them to upgrade our room for the remaining five days as they could use our room for someone else. We did not eat at the restaurant but the Jungle Bar had WONDERFUL creative food as well as a comfortable feel and can take care of both your dinner and drink needs. Two small local convenience stores next door can supply you with snacks and beer etc. Their ability to book thru their tour desk can keep you in diving, snorkeling, ocean kayak activities thru your entire stay if necessary. They have a pool two jacuzzi hot tubs and a sauna to relax in. HIGHLY recomended

Room Tip: Some rooms are jungle view, a few are Rock Island view, request your needs
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria BC Candaa
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2009

Hidden Gem! Palau Plantation was a wonderful hotel. The rooms were quiet individual huts that quite different from your regular hotel room. The walls were all a dark wood, with a high A frame ceiling with a thatched roof. There is a nice patio overlooking the jungle and taro field. The air condition was efficient and quiet. Beds were made up every morning in a design that was very unique and different every day.
The bathroom is great design with a full glass window looking out on to a little garden that is walled off for privacy, with lights on the garden in the evening. The electric toilet even had a heated seat with a bidet option.
Palau Plantation caters more to the Japanese tourist but anybody from North America was made to feel very welcome. There is a funky little Jungle bar with great appetizers. I cannot say enough about the staff. They were always friendly and helpful. We mentioned that the cot that our son was sleeping on was very “creaky” and it was replaced by the next morning. The restaurant was the only negative. A little over priced for breakfast and with some great restaurants nearby, we did not have dinner there. This hotel is within walking distance from town. They provide a free shuttle that leaves every hour in the late afternoon and evening. They had a large drying room for your own towels or dive gear that was very effective. They have internet access for a small fee but it was not very fast. Overall, a great small resort.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, CA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

This was our first time in Koror, Palau for scuba diving and we chose PPR as part of our dive package.

The property is quite relaxing and definitely gives you the Micronesian feel. The customer service was amazing, especially from the Japanese women. We received an upgrade for our room and it was beautiful.

We were, however, a little disappointed with the restaurant and the spa. At the restaurant, the service by the waitpeople had many shortcomings. For instance, when we asked for some clarification on the ingredients of an item, we were met most times with blank stares as they didn't know the menu. Another time, we asked her specifically to not give us our entrees until we finished our appetizers and they came at the same time. Things like this shouldn't happen at a resort which charges $7 - $8 more than restaurants in downtown Koror that offer free transport!

Re the spa, we purchased their 2-hour treatment for $120 and it was NOT worth it. While it was possible my masseuse was a real CMT, it was the same woman who cleaned our room a few days before! (If she really did get training from either the Philippines or Palau, then their training is terrible!) In addition, the atmosphere you'd expect to have in tropical spa was non-existent - I had to tell them to turn OFF the music as what sounded like a Lizst piano sonata just didn't create a very relaxing experience!

So, overall, I think the service as you'd expect it from the Japanese was 100% there. But, from the Filipinos, it was definitely short. (This was disappointing as I am a Filipino-American.) It's all in the details, and when you pay what you pay for the PPR - especially with its restaurant and spa - it's just not there.

  • Liked — The rooms and the Japanese staff
  • Disliked — The restaurant and the spa
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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148 reviews 148 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

My wife and I just returned from a 6 day holiday in Palau and we must say that we truly had a wonderful time.
We cannot say enough about the Palau Plantation Resort. What a terrific place!

When doing a search through most of the hotel search engines on the internet, I found that only 2 or 3 were listed (In reality there must be at least a dozen hotels in Koror). It was only through TripAdvisor that we came upon the Palau Plantation Resort. On the strength of the one review (at that time) we contacted the hotel.

This is a full service hotel with a limited number of rooms (bungalows) (There are only 15 rooms). Service is wonderful. The hotel, like many in Palau is aimed at a Japanese clientele and as such, the accommodations and service are at a "Dai ichi" standard.

We stayed in a superior cabin. The setting was spectacular. With a large balcony looking out to the Rock islands, it was a wonderful place to be. The bathtub and shower also had an unobstructed view of the mountains and plantation. Incidentally, the bathroom was marble and spotless. The aircon worked very well as did everything in the room.

I have travelled extensively in the Pacific. This is my 4th trip to Palau. The Plantation Resort is the tops.

  • Liked — The location and the staff
  • Disliked — The quality of breakfasts could be boosted a bit
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Palau Plantation Resort

Address: P.O Box 1722, Koror, Koror Island 96940, Palau
Location: Palau > Koror Island > Koror
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Koror
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Koror
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palau Plantation Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palau Plantation Resort is a South Pacific hideaway offering travelers a wide selection of traditional styled cabins, cottages and villas surrounded by the natural beauty of a tropical paradise. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Palau Plantation Hotel Koror
Palau Plantation Resort South Pacific

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