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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures Fiji/Labasa