Stayed in early Feb 2013 for 6 nights. I think it may have been low season because there really wasn't many people! I think it would be better is there was more people otherwise take your own group to party with at night :) Overall, it's about what you'd expect from a three star resort, and as we came from a five star resort on the mainland you really felt the difference.
- Beautiful island with a lovely view
- Snorkel straight off the beach. There was a really good spot just off the beach near the coco hut which we spent ages exploring
- Enjoyed the cultural show
- Anandas supermarket. Cheese buns and cream buns fish everyday for about 50c each! Saved us a lot of money when we just wanted something to nibble on.
- Tired. Everything was just so tired looking. There seemed to be a lot of mould in our bathroom and mould growing on the lampshades. The tea spoons were rusty. Broken light fittings. The towels must have been used at the kids cliub because I kept getting towels covered in brightly coloured paints! There was nothing that would spoil the trip, but all the little things became very noticeable and would bother some people.
- The meal plan. I regret booking it. The breakfast wasnt enjoyable...buffet breakfast was mediocre and often cold- toast was per made and in a pot so it was always cold an soggy. There as one really awesome buffet dinner on a night there was a few more people but the other nights we had to pick off a set menu to the value of $40 which got pretty boring. It is probably better just to pay as you go, at least you have choice to go to another resort or just get fresh buns for breakfast from the supermarket.
- Noise. We stayed in a garden bure. There was a construction site right near our room which started early and went until late in the day. I also thought it was odd that even though the resort is so big the 3 rooms either side of us us were always full so it was noisy because of all the activity from the other rooms. I thought that maybe they would have spread everyone out a bit. Anyway, it was hard to relax or sleep in the room so if you could find a hammock that wasnt broken it was nice to sleep in the shade of a palm tree on the beach :)
If I had kids and was on a budget, I would return (and hope the food quality improved). If you are low key Plantation Resort will be adequate enough.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the 553 acre island of Malolo Lailai, part of the Mamanuca Group of Islands, Plantation is surrounded by 23 acres of tropical gardens, coconut palms and white sandy beaches that front a beautiful sheltered lagoon. Plantation offers several accommodation options to suit most budgets, and is great value for families, students and fun loving couples. Most of the activities are complimentary including the 'Coconut Kids Club'. Come experience the friendly Fijian hospitality! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Plantation Island Hotel Malolo Lailai Island
- Plantation Island Malolo Lailai
- Island Plantation Resort
- Plantation Island Resort Fiji/Malolo Lailai Island