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Palmlea Farms
Reviewed 3 July 2012

Our time at Palmlea was an excellent experience - the location was stunning, the staff was friendly and the owners were wonderful and really invested in our happiness. The entire island feels off the beaten path, which is great as long as that is what you are looking for. Beware of bugs and eating too much of the AMAZING food.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

I have only just returned from my stay at Palmlea with Jow & Julie, narrowly escaping the tropical depression that grounded planes all over the country. Although we were caught in that depression, by stay left me far from depressed!
I was fortunate enough to be the only quest staying while there, but that didn't hamper the service they offered at all. Joe, Julie and all the staff at the resort are the most welcoming bunch, it is truly like staying with family. Meals were all shared together, as were fantastic conversations and stories during all meals.
The layout is beautiful and fits well into the surrounding landscape, (as opposed to against it, like many other resorts and hotels). Without tv or much internet, I was finally able to read some quality books and magazines.
I came for a business trip, but was able to walk into the resort and leave the stress of the day behind me (while getting my favourite drink thrust in my hand to relieve the stress even further!).
I hope to come back to the resort, if not for work, but certainly for leisure!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

I've been to Palmlea several times and every time I leave, I can't wait to return. The setting is amazingly peaceful and relaxing, the food is amazing (its actually shocking how good the food is, considering the location/setting), and the owners are fantastic people that have created a real hidden gem. This area of Fiji is very under-visited, but I find it amazingly beautiful, friendly, and peaceful. If you are planning on visiting Savusavu, it is well worth your time to visit this side of the island and Palmlea.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

We arrived to the Palmlea Lodge at the recommendation of our Adventure Tour guide who said "if you get to that side of the island, DO NOT miss the Palmlea Lodge for lunch". She wasn't kidding! After driving about 15-20 minutes down a trail, we arrived at the lodge which opened up to one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world!

The guests were all in other areas when we arrived, so one of the owners, Joe, was a little surprised to see us pull in un-announced. However, without a flinch, he welcomed us to his amazing lodge. Shortly after, his wife and business partner, Julie arrived and gave us a wonderful tour of the property while their chef made us an amazing curry lunch! (Seriously, it was great--if you do go, make sure and try the curry!)

We were also able to take a hike down to their private jetty which also had great views of the neighboring islands and reef..

There's not much more that could be done to improve this place. The owners are present and very welcoming, service was wonderful, the view is THE BEST, they have available watersports, an amazing pool, great bures, I could go on and on!

Thanks Joe and Julie!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank derek h
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

Thoroughly enjoyable! Joe and Julie are wonderful and interesting hosts. The staff
are a delight. The food is some of the best we have enjoyed in our 4 months in
Fiji.
It's a little off the beaten path but that is it's charm. Wondeful views, quiet, relaxing and
a very nice change from the "usual" resort.
We had a memorable Canada Day celebration...all the staff got into the spirit!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2011

You have to stay to appreciate the planning and thoughtful touches that have gone into the creating of the paradise that is Palmlea,
The access road made us wonder... but the first glimpse put our mind at rest.
An affordable paradise, the pool is my favourite, the walk through the mangroves to the sea is a pleasure, it is uplifting to discover the owners would rather preserve the mangroves than build false sandy beaches. The gardens are relaxing,staff and owners delightful,food fresh and delicious....the total lack of noise at night made for a most relaxing sleep, and the night time swim under the stars very special


the ga

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

We love Palmlea - the location on the coast is beautiful - situated on a small hill overlooking the ocean. It's a perfect quiet retreat - with the best food in Fiji. We lazed by the pool, took day trips into town or out on the water and enjoyed Julie and Joe's company. As they are ex sailors, yachts drop in from all around the world providing new people to talk with - if you feel so inclined! The gardens are lovely and provide a lot of the organic fresh food - paw paws, pineapples, bananas and salads. We'll be back.
Judith and Stephen

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Yalava by the Sea Road, Labasa, Vanua Levu 881, Fiji
Region: 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 Speciality Lodging in Labasa
Price Range: £78 - £131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Palmlea Farms 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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