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Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures
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9 reviews
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“Corner of Paradise”
Reviewed December 21, 2010

Palmlea Farms Lodge & Villa is a wonderful place with a soul, a corner of paradise, a peaceful retreat for the busy minds. Joe and Julie make all their guests feel special and the beautiful surroundings are a real delight. The Fijian staff is part of the experience too and the food is fantastic. Joe makes sure that the guests leave the dinner table with a big smile on their faces. It is an off the beaten track resort definitely worth a visit ! It is the best value for your dollars !
Stephanie, France

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
1 review
Reviewed October 17, 2010

One week turned in three weeks, hanging out and enjoying the superb cuisine (taking a break from cooking on the boat), mornings in the lap pool, paddling the new kayaks up to the mangroves and river as well as taking their blue heeler named Tilly for afternoon walks to watch the sunset. Every day was an adventure. Days were spent fishing, hiking, snorkeling, bus trips to Savu Savu or the Waisali Rainforest Reserve or reading in the hammock under a shady mango tree. The snorkeling spots had great visibility with beautiful corals and a wide variety of colourful fish. Our hosts were exceptionally charming, helpful and entertaining with their stories, taking time to visit all their guests at each meal. What an idyllic celebration of our Pacific crossing - thank you again Joe and Julie!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Noosa, Australia
1 review
Reviewed September 20, 2010

My husband and I spent a fantastic seven day stay at Palmlea Lodge and apart from the friendliness of the owners and staff we could not speak more highly of it.The food was superb as was the service and attention to detail.As we were both somewhat stressed on arrival we were allowed to just "veg out". We spent our days swimming in the lovely lap pool, walks down to the ocean and just sitting there admiring the views, reading and sleeping - what more could one want?
We will certainly go back there and will inform our friends of its existence.
Sally Salt

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Gold Coast
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Reviewed September 16, 2010

On the most beautiful coastline in the world. The restaurant has great food and a good selection of beer and wines with the best view from your dining table in the world.
Highly recommend Palm Lea Farms to anyone wanting a
Fishing, surfing and diving on the reef is as good as anywhere in the world.
Great staff. Great place.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Wellington
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

We visited Palmlea for the afternoon as part of a day trip from Savusavu to Labasa. We enjoyed ourselves so much I felt compelled to write a review!

After a lovely drive (and an exciting/bumpy last 4km’s) we arrived to a deserted resort. Minutes later we were formally greeted by the beautiful Tilly, an Australian Blue Heeler. Upon walking up to the restaurant we were approached by a lovely Fijian lady who told us we had been seen driving to the resort, and other staff were on the way. She took our drink orders and minutes later it was all on. A SUV turned up with a group of Fijian women who had the kitchen up and running in minutes.

We were treated to a wonderful lunch. Not everything was available on the menu, but it didn’t matter. What was on there was gold. The waitress (possibly also the chef) stayed to watch the look of joy of our faces as we ate the first bite of the rum balls and apple pie we had ordered for dessert. There is a rumour the best chef on the island works here, and it may be true.

During lunch the friendly couple that owned the place turned up and that’s when you understood why there was so much pride in the resort. They have built a place that is about giving to the community they live in.

We were given a tour of the resort and it was really top notch. Including an incredible 25 metre lap pool. We were surprised to find out the resort was full. Where the punters were was anyone’s guess. But there were a lot of activities available, including a trip to the fascinating Labasa township.

After seeing the place, it would have been a great addition to our trip to find the real Fiji. We would have stayed here a couple of nights rather than staying in Savusavu as long as we did. It is an easy trip from Savusavu too. Just jump on a Labasa bus and asked to be dropped off at the turn off. The buses on Vanua Levu were a great, cheap experience in themselves.

Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Savusavu, Fiji
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Reviewed May 10, 2010

My family recommended this Beautiful Eco Resort to my Boyfriend and I after stopping in for lunch one day.

The owners are a really nice, adventurous, older couple with a great sense of humor who actually work their place. Boy do they work it! They power their resort with solar and hydro; they grow as many organic fruits and vegetables as they can to supply their excellent restaurant; they buy local & fresh supplies with the exception of some nice imported coffees, teas and liquors; they run a Bohr Goat Farm on the large property; they are cool and laid back and encourage more guest involvement with the resort and resort staff than I have ever experienced at any other deluxe resort. I mean where have you been that you can you cook your own steak if you want to for Pete's sakes!?

Highly recommended on so many levels!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Olympia, WA
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Reviewed May 8, 2010

From the time Julie picked us up at the bus station in Labasa, we knew we were going to have a good time. She was so friendly and outgoing, she made us feel more than welcomed. We had only booked one night, but as soon as we saw the lovely garden, bures, pool, and peaceful rural setting, we knew we wanted to stay longer.

Joe and Julie are fascinating people who have traveled the whole world and share their adventures with their guests in friendly open conversation,
The 25 meter lap pool was a real bonus, and the atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of town was very relaxing. We loved visiting the goat barns and seeing the newborn kids. We also liked the fact that it was all solar powered.

Our bure was spotless and very comfortable. The food served in the big airy dining bure was delicious with a good variety to choose from. We didn't go on any tours, just spent our two days there reading and relaxing. I'm sure if we had wanted to spend time in Labasa Town, Julie would have taken us.

Their place is a way out of the town, so for travelers who want to be close enough to shop and spend time in the town on their own without having to catch a ride, it wouldn't do. It was just what we wanted at the time, however. We could use the internet and phone for no charge, though the internet connection was slow.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone, and would have liked to stay and visit with Joe and Julie a few more days, but we had an itinerary to keep and had to be on our way.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures
Address: Yalava by the Sea Road, Labasa, Vanua Levu 881, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Vanua Levu > Labasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Labasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fiji’s eco agri-tourism Resort overlooking the Great Sea Reef, 18 minutes from Labasa Airport. One and two bedroom ocean view Bures provide deluxe accommodations. Resort is limited to 12 guests. International & local cuisine are served in the licensed Restaurant & Bar. We offer environmental and organic themes. An alternative to escape the crowd. Our uniqueness lies in the versatility of the food & guest services, which can be personalized for each guest.Would you like to spend one or two weeks in an isolated spot in the Fiji Islands that is breathtakingly beautiful, serenely quite, private, personal, relaxing and most of all non-commercial. Adventure, Romance, Organic food. A place that is Eco accountable. Search no more. Palmlea Lodge and Villas (Bures). ... more   less 
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