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“If we could have changed one part of our Fiji trip we would have stayed here longer than an afternoon.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures

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Palmlea Farms Lodge & Bures
Wellington
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64 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“If we could have changed one part of our Fiji trip we would have stayed here longer than an afternoon.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 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, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Savusavu, Fiji
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 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, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SavusavuComputers
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Olympia, WA
Level Contributor
26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 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, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jeananddanbrady
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Melbourne
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2009

The best food in Fiji, served by some of the friendliest staff in a picturesque setting overlooking the sea. The accommodation is clean, comfortable, secure and peaceful. If its raining outside – I'm happy chilling inside.

The owners, Jo and Julie, are great company, full of life experience and happy to share stories from their adventures. Just as happy to give you loads of movies and let you do your own thing. They really make you feel at home.

It's secluded and quiet, there are rolling hills if you fancy trekking - as President of the Hammock Society I was happier sipping an ice cold beer (in a frosted glass) swinging in the hammock watching the goats dance in the distance.

This place is a gem, a bargain... forget Savusavu, head to Palmlea if you're in the north island of Vanua Levu.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank hammocksociety
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New Zealand
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2009

This place could be the most relaxing holiday you've ever had, or packed full of activities. The owners and staff are so friendly, they work more like a family unit. The food is local and fresh and often made to order, we sampled some amazing Indo-Fijian food, Lovo, and mangrove crab. We also had a brilliant cooking lesson.
A short walk to the mangrove and the sea, where they've got a jetty. A short boat trip takes you to amazing snorkelling locations, or nearby beaches. Or a walk up one of the hills gives amazing views of the surrounding area, out onto the ocean and nearby islets.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Palmlea to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Therara
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2009

We were one of the first groups to visit Palmlea and had a fantastic stay. We took our one year old daughter who absolutely loved it and was spoilt completely rotten by the staff. It was a great spot to lie back and do a lot of nothing but there is also the option of doing more - we just chose not to.

Joe and Julie were great hosts and kept us very well fed and watered!

  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank SJD2
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Cruising Australia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2009

We're a family of four that cruised the islands of Fiji extensively in 2008. One of our favorite pastimes was visiting resorts around the islands, to see what they had to offer. Although we found several great resorts, too many were overpriced, with little to justify their high prices. Thankfully, Palmlea wasn't one of them. The resort is small, but perfect for a getaway retreat. Palmlea is a working farm, and the owners are happy to show you around. We really enjoyed the excellent and creative cooking. The rooms were cozy, clean, and new-looking. The hosts are charming, gracious and entertaining. No, it doesn't have a sandy beach - but resorts with sandy beaches are a dime-a-dozen in the South Pacific. If you want something different, and you want a great value for your dollar, don't miss Palmlea Farms.

  • Liked — Excellent meals and entertaining, personable hosts
  • Disliked — A few bugs in the late afternoon - typical for any island resort
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank YachtBarbaraAnn
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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 5 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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