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Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures
San Francisco, California, United States
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9 reviews
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“A must!”
Reviewed 8 February 2013

This place is definitely worth the extra effort to get there. We rented a four-wheel drive in Labasa and the car came in handy on our little coastal explorations.
It's a farm settled into a beautiful landscape and the owners seem to truly care about their guests. They only have a few bures, so you get plenty of exclusivity. Joe, the owner, is a jack of many trades. I believe he designed this whole place. Definitely chat him up. He has many incredible stories to tell.

Big star for the cooking; it's super delicious (best food I ate in Fiji). Almost everything you eat comes from the farm. Imagine: if you order a chicken in the morning, they most likely kill it the same day. Everything is absolutely tasty! (plus full bar).
Definitely ask to get taken out on a boat to a sand island (a little island few miles from the shore). Also do take hikes around the property. The nature is spectacular and the locals are incredible friendly and welcoming.

I have no negatives for this place; I only wish I could make it there again in my life. -J

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bangalow
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

A friend took me to Palmlea to go surfing. The track to the farm was even worse than the Fijian roads to Labasa, so it was quite unexpected to see such a delightful and cared for resort. yhe owners, Joe and Julie, are old yachties and full of tales of their years spent sailing around Micronesia. We ordered Pizza while still on the boat, on our way back from surfing the outer reef- just the way to cap off a great day. The only catch is the surf is an hour and a half away by boat and can be a bit fickle, but it doesn't feel a problem in such a sublime setting

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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FIJI
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

Spent the weekend at Palmlea with a bunch of old friends and had a blast! The food is amazing...curries, pizza's, local fijian dishes and delicious deserts amongst others.... Hardest thing each day is deciding what to eat! We hired the "BUS" as Jo calls it their boat and spent the days boating around fishing, surfing, snorkelling, loads of fun!!! Thanks for the great weekend and extra 5kgs! All the best Uk

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Byron Bay, Australia
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

I have visited Palmlea Farms twice and can highly recommend it. The location opens up access to great surf, diving and snorkelling. Julie and Joe are the nicest hosts you could imagine. This part of Fiji is not visited by large numbers of visitors and yet the reefs and the sea around this location compare with anything else in the country. Mitch2481

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We had a great time at Palmlea. The activies were varied and interesting - including a snorkeling trip to a sandbar which slowly was covered as high tide came in. We also took a trip to Labasa to see the market and town.

We enjoyed the wonderful fresh food. We also took cooking classes to learn how they prepared the food.

But the best part of the visit was spending time talking with the hosts Joe and Julie. What a wonderful couple with such interesting experiences.

Room Tip: They only have 3 bures which are next to each other.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Taggerty, Australia
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Reviewed 22 July 2012 via mobile

A wonderful weekend in a beautiful place - excellent hosts, excellent food and surrounds beyond beautiful - enjoy and relax.

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Suva, Central, Fiji
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

My stay at Palmlea was ALL I wanted and much more. A very private, exclusive place with green surrounding. My husband and I enjoyed the peaceful surrounding, nature and time away from television and the worries of everyday living. The owners are environmental friendly whereby they have ensured that most of the produces are grown on the farm, resulting in a very low carbon footprint. The restaurant also serves a variety of delicious meals!!! A great place for nature lovers and anyone who deserves a break from the everyday hustle & bustle! Highly recommended :)

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures
Address: Yalava by the Sea | P O Box 2394, Labasa, Vanua Levu 828, 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 (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. New 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 to 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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