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“Good Value, good service, lots of fun.” 4 of 5 stars
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Plantation Island Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Plantation Island | PO Box 9176, Fiji   |  
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Sydney
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“Good Value, good service, lots of fun.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2007

Family of 5, 2 boys (15 & 13) and a girl(8), we stayed in 2 of the poolside rooms, we could have probably made do with one of them because they were huge. They were also serviced everyday. We met up with some of our friends there who stayed in one of the beach hutt bures, which had 2 bedrooms and slept about 6 of them. The food was good, we tried to save a little money by buying a loaf of bread each day and a few other grocies at the local store. They put on shows each night, kareoke, crab races, bingo and kept the kids entertained in the kids club. It was a nice relaxing holiday enjoyed by all. The weather could have been a little bit better, but we made the best of it. Lots of free activities to do, and lots that you have to pay for, its up to you. Great place, would I go back to stay there again? I wouldn't hesitate, can I go now??

  • Liked — Clean and roomy
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2007

I read reviews on Plantation and we went expecting basic accommodation and bland food etc. Well from the moment we arrived we thought we'd gone to a different island. Those who write negative reviews obviously have their noses in the air!

We have a 6yr/5yr and 2yr old. This is a great family resort.

HOTEL ROOM – is the basic lead in room. If you can get an ocean front on the ground floor this would be best. They have 2 single beds in 1 room and a king bed in the second room with the bathroom at the back. They are airconditioned and very comfortable.

2 BEDROOM GARDEN BURE – is probably the best room, but some are are located a 2-3 minute walk from reception/restaurants. (No big deal but it’s a pain when you forget something) These rooms have a room at the front with lounges – the next room is huge for children 2 single beds and a cot – the next room has a king bed with a bathroom of it and then a room out the back where the fridge is and another lounge leading to the back door.

STUDIO POOL BURE – this is where I would recommend for those who like to be next to a pool. This is situated around the 3rd pool which is fantastic as if the kids fall asleep you can still go for a swim and not be too far away. There is a raised section in the middle of this pool for the little ones to run on. When you walk in there is a lounge and small table. You then walk into the main room which is huge with a king bed and 2 single beds and ample room for a cot. These rooms had a separate toilet and a bathroom. These rooms are probably about 1 – 1.1/2 minute walk to reception/restaurants.

The kids pool with the slide is very popular with a separate baby section.

I wouldn’t stay in a beachfront bure as although it’s nice to wake up to a beach outside your front door. Realistically you spend more time in the pool with kids remember the tides so it’s not like you can swim in the ocean in low tide without having to go out far.

The reviews we read on food didn’t get too much of a good note, however, we were shocked. I guess everyone expects different things. Childrens meals are great. For the whole 10 days that we were there they had hot chips on the menu twice. There’s plenty of vegetables and not much other fried crap. Although they do have ice cream for the children every night…but hey they have it for the adults too.

The adults menu is superb. We had a full buffet/continental breakfast and full buffet/chefs special as part of our package and this worked well. We find that it is too hot during the day to eat. You can buy hamburgers etc at the snack bar.

The Fijian woman absolutely adore children. So babysitting for $3.00FJD who can complain. If you have a stroller – take it with you. You can hire them but it’s $10.00FJD a day. The kids club is also great. Our children opted to stay with us as we did activities during the day. After their dinner they were happy to run around with their new found friends and then watch a movie.

Take plenty of aeroguard if going during rainy season.

We took our own snorkeling gear which worked out great, although I noticed that there gear is quite new (not what the reviews said).

Overall Plantation Island is definately somewhere where we will be visiting in the near future. Forget the upmarket resorts Plantation is comfortable, affordable and best of all a child friendly family resort.

Thank you to all who made our holiday a memorable one.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

We spent a week here from the 8 April. We booked a garden hotel room ($F317 for 2A and 3C) but ended up with a new spacious unit recently built about 50 mtrs from the beach down the Lomani Resort end of the complex - a lovely area. Our unit had a huge main bedroom with 2 lounge chairs in it, a big bathroom, and 3 single beds in the lounge and a 3 seater couch. Just coffee/tea facilities and fridge, so I would suggest (if travelling with a family) to take plastic bowls etc and your own cereal so you can have brekkie and save a bit of dosh! Our room was fantastic(and air conditioned, which was needed as very , very hot that week!).
We loved the whole set up, very relaxed, and the food wasn't as dear as I thought it was going to be. We could order main meals for the kids and they were half price - even if you asked for a full serving(for our 12 yr old), so that was a bargain. We didn't do the meal plan as wanted a bit more flexibility. The casual eatery by the boat bure was a bargain and had lovely toasted sandwiches. You can go to local supermarket next to Anandas and get cold meat and bread or further afield Musket Cove(15 min walk) for cooked chook and more groceries. I found the groceries were no dearer than the prices in the Nadi supermarkets! About twice the NZ prices for most things.The staff were great and friendly. The pools were a little too warm to be refreshing but I think it was just very hot when we went so may be fine at other times.
The main drawcard was the clear water, the snorkelling was fantastic, and the hammocks on the beach.
Our kids didn't use the kids club much as wanted to do what we were doing which was fine. They watched the nightly movie and joined in with the frog and crab racing.
From here we went to Denarau Island near nadi for a week but Plantation was definitely our pick and great value for money.

  • Liked — It was new, spacious, single level, close to the beach, air cond.
  • Disliked — no kitchen
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Christchurch
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

We booked the holiday last year just before the a Coup and a friend recommended that we looked at this site. As previously stated the reviews really are mixed, however I have found a good way to calibrate reviews. Almost all the bad reviews are from North America - I just don't think that they realise that Fiji is still a developing country with an average GDP per capita of around one tenth of New Zealand's.

We have just got back from 5 nights at Plantation Island (Husband, wife, 14 year old and 10 year old boys) and I must say we had a great time. In the past for all our travels (which is quite a lot) we have tended to go independently and use self catering etc. This is the first 'all in' type of holiday.

We booked a family Buro which was fine, the room was cleaned everyday and we had air conditioning (which I would recommend) as we were there for the end of the rainy season and it is still hot (25oC) at night. These were very private and although a large resort you would not know that. Just looking around I would not want to be near the restaurant and bar area.

The activities were cheap and accessible although you have to get snorkelling gear early as it does run out. If keen to snorkel a lot (which is easy to do) I would take your own. The trip to the off lying reefs are great and young children (8 year up, I guess) could cope fine even though you are in open water.

The resort is looking a bit tatty in places, although as said before Fiji is still a developing nation. There were plenty of staff around to keep the place tidy.

I suppose the one downside is the food. The A la Carte food was great, however some of the set meals were a bit institutional and for this reason I would not go for the meal package. We had a big continental breakfast and then a snack from the snack bar at lunch.

The water sports were great fun, with sailing boats for hire (cheaply) plus a free lesson if you ask nicely, free kayaks which you just take off the beach, free windsurfing although we had very little wind. The boat staff were really helpful and friendly.

The bar was great and cocktails on the beach was a real highlight. The nightlife is very limited, however if you are there for a relaxing family holiday is that a problem? We played scrabble after dinner as a family. If you are single or a young couple and like a bit of night entertainment then I would suggest that this is probably not for you.

The staff were friendly (everyone, yes I mean everyone says Bula! when you meet them) and helpful when approached in a friendly manner. I can't see the friendly open Fijians responding well to an aggressive, grumpy holiday maker.

I would recommend it to any family, unless they are looking for a 5 star holiday, in which case they should look elsewhere.

  • Liked — Clean, near beach, great bar
  • Disliked — Set meals are not that inspiring, although fine if just hungry
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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melbourne, australia
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2007

My husband, 4 year old daughter and I spent a week on Plantation Island. I'd done quite a bit of research before we went - read the good, the bad and the down-right ugly, so felt I had a good idea of what we were 'getting ourselves into'!

For us - Plantation was great! Idyliic beaches, fantastic weather, lots of snorkelling, swimming and canoeing - my husband even went fly-fishing (having brought his own equipment with us). The staff were warm and freindly, service fine and cost - cheaper than what we were expecting. We bought meal vouchers,and that semed to be a good way to go.

We had a garden bure that was very close to the beach, and while it didn't have tv, radio or hairdryer - I knew all these things before we went (and stocked up on books - and somethign for a nightcap! - and my own hairdryer) - it was clean, comfortbale and well-located. The ceiling fans were perfectly adequate for the weather we experienced (high 20s during the day: high teens/low 20 at night), we loved the geckos on our ceiling and saw no cockroaches. The food was fine - we were impressed by the variety aand quality for the kids meals especially (fresh ingredients - we had been expecting a week of chips and frozen chicken nuggets etc.), staff great and so,so tolerant of little people (the fantastic Joe at the Kids Club knew exactly how to treat our slightly 'precious' 4 year old).

All up - we had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back or recommend a visit to Plantation Island.

  • Stayed July 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Auckland, New Zealand
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45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2007

OK I have some pretty negative reviews about this resort, and some of it is probably justified. However I think some of the negative reviews are by people who are being a little unrealistic with their expectations!

We visited Plantation Island for a week in late March, which is the end of their rainy season. They had a lot of rain just before we got there, and the grounds were badly flooded. Must admit it created a bad impression when we first got there! However within a couple of days it had dried out and started to look like more of a luxury resort!

We stayed in a Poolside room and it was brilliant. Pristine clean, well serviced, very nice decor. Didnt see the massive cockroaches and lizards that some other reviewers mentioned. Maybe certain people attract cockroaches haha!

The pool outside the Poolside Rooms about 50m from the beach (there are 3 pools in all, and this pool is probably the largest) was very clean, although swimming after sunset is impossible because of mosquitoes. Its a tropical island, so you have mosquitoes. Just deal with it!!! Go prepared with mosquito repellent.

The meals at the restaurant werent too bad, but they werent excellent either. If you want to save some money, buy supplies at Anandas mini supermarket (just outside the resort) and have your own breakfasts and lunch etc. If you get the time right, you can buy delicious hot freshly baked bread there! Much better than the same old fare at the resort restaurant.

As far as activities go, if the weathers nice, the dolphin watching trip is good value for FJ$25, and they throw in snorkelling on a reef as well. The island hopping tour isnt too bad either, make sure you take swimming gear so you can have a dip at the other beaches! There are plenty of other activities, so you wont be bored. Snorkelling and kayaking is free so you just grab a kayak and away you go! Admittedly there is little to do in the evenings apart from drink at the bar, but this is supposed to be a relaxing island. If you want action packed evenings, go to Rio instead!

The staff were OK, everyone (and I really do mean everyone!) says Bula when they walk past you, and this extends to people outside the resort as well. I can see how a lot of people used to fake courtesy in other parts of the world might feel they werent being pandered to and treated like kings, but the people of Fiji are a lot more genuine. Treat them with courtesy and respect, and they will do the same to you. Strike up a conversation with your guides etc and they will open up.

Finally the beach, it is very tidal so at low tide you have to wander out 100m just to get waist high! There was a fair bit of seaweed but I think thats related to the end of the monsoon season. Also a lot of volcanic stone (hollow) that got washed up on the beaches. Sure, the guys from the resort would clean the beach (yes thats right!) every day on a tractor, but it did detract from the image of the perfect tropical beach. However I saw other islands beaches as well and they were even worse, so cant complain. My advice is to use the beach closer to the Lomani Island resort, as opposed to the beach heading in the direction of Musket cove. The water is much clearer and no seaweed floating around.

Sure, Plantation Island wasnt perfect, but we had a great relaxing time at a reasonable cost.

  • Liked — The room, the pool, and the beach
  • Disliked — The flooding when it rains heavily!
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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wellington nz
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2007

we have just come back from 10 nights at plantaion island. We were totally impressed with everything right from arriving til leaving. The staff are all so friendly and helpful, the food was fantastic a great range and plenty of it. The rooms were fantastic sheets changed every day. Before we left we read some of the reviews on here and were a bit worried but i have no idea what other people were disapointed about they obvisiouly expect far to much. Cant emphasise enough how great the staff were. Was the best holiday we have ever had and will deffinatly be going back soon.

  • Liked — totally comfy felt like home
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Plantation Island | PO Box 9176, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Plantation Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 192
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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