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“Awesome Island holiday - the best!” 5 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Awesome Island holiday - the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2010

We stayed a while ago now. Absolutely loved Plantation Island Resort. So much to do, but can also do nothing. The service was fantastic, the shows and waiters were so much fun! We loved our bure! Islands are definitely the way to go! Food was just fantastic. We had the very best time, and so reasonably priced! Was so cool to be able to have dinner at Lomani Island Resort, an adults only resort where we had dinner on the beach and were serenaded by lovely locals. Our son had a blast and made friends so easily! Hammocks by the water was great, and the water was truly perfect. Could have stayed much longer. Recommend island holiday over Denarau. So much more relaxing.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

Where do I start? Firstly to the people with the bad reviews, you wouldn't know a good time if it bit you on the bottom! This place is amazing. Sure, it's not five star but it doesn't profess to be . What it is though is a beautiful place with amazing people who make you feel so welcome and pretty much all the facilities anyone could want including plenty of free ones. We have 4 children ranging from 1 to 9 and I have never seen them have such a good time as they did on Plantation Island.
Like a lady above, our daughter also got an ear infection while on the island (by the way she only swam in the pool once so I'm doubtful it was from that) and the nurse (Sereana) came into the clinic at 10:30pm at night, diagnosed her, gave her antibiotics straight away and refused to charge us until she'd had a couople of follow up checks to make sure she was ok. We were concerned being on an island that this type of care wouldn't be available but we've never felt more confident and reassured in her care than we did with Sereana.
Our accommodation was a 2 bedroom bure and was very comfortable with a king size bed in the main bedroom and plenty of room for a family of 6. Housekeeping came every day and changed towels and sheets if required as well as a quick clean and sweep. Who really spends much time in their room anyway? This type of holiday is more about making the most of your beautiful surrounds than hanging out in you room.
The food was fine and catered for everyone and even a fussy 1` and 4 yr old were always satisfied. Like another lady suggested, a buffet lunch probably isn't necessary. You'd probably be bettter off getting some bread and spreads etc from thesupermarket as there is more than enough food at breakfast and dinner to keep you going.
We did not see much of the pools as we chose to spend most of our days swimming in the beautiful Fijian waters and while the slide pool was a little cloudy, the other two seemed fine.
Activities were fantastic and not a day went by without something to do. We did not have our children in the kids club but they were still more than welcome to join in on the theme nights, t-shirt painting, movies, cultural activities and the lovely ladies were always happy for us to stay and watch..
*As it is a tropical Island aeroguard is a must as the mozzies do come out at night. Take what medication you need but if an emergency does arise the nurse is fantastic and very re-assuring. (Aeroguard, bite cream etc are all available on island)
*The dolphin cruise is a definate and I suggest the 3 island hop available through the dive shop as opposed to the 4 island hop through the boat bure if you have young children as it is amazing but not as long. There is also a free scuba lesson and if you are confident after the lesson they will arrange a real dive which is unbelievable. The free snorkelling off the outer reef is also great and just as good as the Sunflower reef snorkel which you pay for.
*The shell village was interesting and a good place to pick up some souveniers. Not really any cultural activities there just a chance to see how the people live. While its great to buy souvenirs from the locals there's also some great stuff at the airport and Denarau which is cheaper for exactly the same stuff. (For anyone that likes Pandora stuff they are a really good price at the airport duty free)
* Be careful when swimming around the pontoons as this tends to be where the sealice live so stick to the ladders when getting on.
* If you intend to get the kids hair braided take some leave in conditioner cream or spray and put it in each morning and night as it helps to keep it neat and not too dry.
What made the holiday for our family apart from the perfect weather and water was the staff. You will never come across a better bunch of people and they were all very welcoming and more than happy to help.
This is a great holiday destination for families and after 15 nights we left with a tear in our eye's and a promise to return.
Thanks to Sami, Freddy, Solo, Thomas, Mat, Va, Susan, Josh and a very special thanks to Suzie, Kata and most of all Sereana for all your help at meal times.
Archie and Lilly say a big Vinaka to you all!!!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2010

This was our third trip to Plantation Island. We booked our holiday back in May and I admit we were a bit nervous whether we had made the right decision as there were some bad reviews back then (the main complaint being the smell of sewerage). Our travel agent even recommended we pay a bit more & go somewhere else.

I am glad to say we made the right decision by sticking with Plantation Island.

There was a slight whiff of something as we got off the boat & occasionally during our stay, but nothing that would put you off holidaying here.

We felt the watersports were good value for money. We did the free snorkelling at the sandbar & also took a private charter to the reefs off of Navini Island (a marine reserve), good value at $150 for approx 2 hours (just my husband & I and the driver). Banana boat ride $10pp, semi submersible $22 per adult/$11 per child. Snorkelling at the reefs off of Plantation Island $11pp. I would think these prices would be hard to beat at any other resort.

My only gripe would be the price of food at the snackbar. I thought $28.80 for two punnets of chips & two small toasted sandwiches was hugely overpriced.

The service was good, didn't have to wait too long for anything, apart from the babysitter who on two occasions was half an hour late (not a biggie though, we weren't in a rush).

We had a poolside room which was spacious and appeared clean. However there was a fair bit of mould on the grout in the shower. We did have to clean up a spillage on the floor at one time, and when we wet some toilet paper & wiped the tiles, the paper came up pretty dirty. So I do wonder how often the floors get washed or are they just swept on a regular basis?

We were quite successful in keeping the food bill down. We bought snacks & spreads from NZ and stocked up on cereals, fruit, cheese, yoghurt, salami, butter etc from a supermarket in Nadi the night before catching the boat to Plantation Island. Each morning I bought fresh cheese rolls from the supermarket on the island (next to Anandas). We only ate at the various restaurants on the island for dinner, self catering for breakfast, lunch, morning & afternoon tea. Our food/beverage bill at the end of our six night stay (after a $300 credit had been deducted) was just over $300, which wasn't bad for a family of 4.

To sum up, we had an awesome time. My six year old son cried when he had to say goodbye to Tether (not sure of spelling?) - his favourite babysitter. The highlight for me was seeing both of our sons (6 & 3) snorkelling at the sandbar. (All that practising in the bath had paid off!).

We will be back, can't imagine trying any other resort. I have already recommended Plantation Island to a friend who is looking to go on a pacific island holiday next year.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2010

I poured over all the reviews for many places in Fiji before we chose Plantation Island (PIR) based on price, location and activities. It seems most island resorts in Fiji have some negative reviews. It is my belief that if you remember you are in Fiji not Australia or NZ and also on an Island so consider the cost and limitations involved with this then your expectationsmay be more realistic.
We loved the beaches, activities and accomodation. All just as shown on their website. A broken tile here or there or water pressure not perfect was no issue - after going to local villages we were grateful for what we had. We stayed in a garden bure to give the kids the experience of this.
Snorkeling off the beach past jetty was great, and the free snorkelling trip we did numerous times as it was fantastic.
We did get a bit tired of the buffet lunches and eventually too the dinner but dinner at Ananada's was really nice. We did not get the difference until too late between meal deal and meal plan but meal plan with less restrictions was the pick of the 2 but not having either would be ok too.
We went on the island hopping day trip which was a highlight, snorkelling off Beachcomber and Castaway (where we saw reef sharks and stingrays) and lunch at Mana which was expensive but beautiful.
Tips that made our trip easier, after reading reviews.
The tide does go in and out each day and when out some parts of the beach aren't as nice - but take a 5 minute walk and you will discover a beach not so affected.
Pegs are a great idea, helps give more room on your line and get things dry.
Take a little clothes washing powder.
Take sunscreen, panadol and basic first aid items.
We took snorkels and masks, and borrowed fins on the island, without any problems at all.
We took vegemite, peanutt butter and jam (honey got confiscated at customs), sugar, tea and coffee - this helped with snacks.
We took insect repellent and candles (sandalwood to repel mosies) but was not required.
We took our own beach towels - as we had plenty of room in our cases - pack lightly - you just don't wear much. The towels at the island ran out (probably because of the rain everyone was wearing them over their heads).
Try Ananada's restaurant - it has really tasty food and good variety.
The store there is cheaper than the mini mart near activities.
Definately try the free snorkelling trip.
But the main tip is relax, you are in Fiji which is an Island paradise and this island is a great example of it.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newcastle, Australia
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2010

We have been going to Plantation Island Restort for 5 years now, which really explains how much we love and enjoy it. We have the utmost trust in the staff who care for our children at the Coconut Club, and our children always look forward to going there. All of the staff, from the kitchen to the grounds staff are always very friendly, helpful and polite. Staff are always fast to accomodate our requests.
Lamani Restaurant is great for that romantic meal away from the kids, (We were able to rely on our regular baby sitter to care for the wellbeing of our children, and having them tucked up in bed when we returned) we celebrated our anniversary whilst there and were serenaded thanks to the Plantation Staff informing Lamani.
We have no reservation in recommending Plantation Island Restort for families with children, meals are great, bures always clean. Looking forward to our holiday this time next year.
Vinaka Plantation Island Resort for making our holiday a memorable one as always.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

Great place to go for some R&R, lots to do, usual, snorkelling, fishing, sunbathing, kayaking, all included in expenses. Great family holiday however ruined my Aussie Schoolies who caused havoc and mayhem on the island and I got no sleep. I complained on 3 occassions and nothing done. They broke bottles everywhere, yelled and screamed all night, one girl even overdosed and had to be taken off the island. Stayed in an island bure amongst the gardens, 10 steps to the beach.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PIR-management, Director of Sales at Plantation Island Resort, responded to this review, November 4, 2010
It says that your date of stay was Nov 2009, but it must have been in Nov 2008 as I will explain below...

In Nov 2008, we accepted a group of about 100 schoolies kids while we had regular guests in house. The kids were relatively well behaved, but being young and fresh out of school, they wanted to stay up late, drink, party e.t.c. Unfortunately this disturbed our regular house guests, who are generally more quiet and family orientated.

After this experience we realised that schoolies kids and our regular guests just don't mix. In Nov 2009 we shut down the resort for two weeks (Nov 28 - Dec 11) and just had schoolies kids. We will be doing the same in 2010 (Nov 28 - 12 Dec) and 2011 (Nov 27 - 13 Dec). There is only 1 tour operator allowed to take bookings for the event, and they are responsible for the behaviour of the kids. We do not take schoolies bookings outside of these dates, so our regular house guests are not affected by the schoolies activities.

We are sorry that your last Plantation holiday was disrupted by the presence of schoolies kids but you can rest assured that this will not be an issue for any of your future visits to the island.
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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95 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2010

I wish it was possible to thank every single staff member individually for what was the PERFECT familly holiday. My entire familly had a truely wonderfull time.
Here though is the long and short of it. If you expect snappy big city service you need to go elsewhere or change your mindset. BUT if you want to meet some amazing people (the staff) and just change down a few gears and settle into Fiji time this is perfect. The whole time our entire familly felt safe and well cared for.
The food was alway wholesome and filling and in all of our opinions (40 something down to 7 years old) always tasty.
We celebrated our aniversary and after having a dinner at Lomani resort decided we were "plantation people" not posh lomani folk.
even then the plantation island staff went to such lenths to create a very special night for us. Im glad it was dark on the beach so the staff couldn't see the tears in this blokes eyes when they sang to us.
We stayed in Bure 225, one of the older Bure's which meant we were close by all the facilities.Clean tidy and very comfortable.
The snorkling straight off the beach was good but 5 minutes by free longboat and you are at a reef.
Incidently for the really littlies --they run two snorkle trips a day and one is at low tide so theres a big sand bar to stop on --and the watersports staff do loan lifejackets if you want them to feel really safe.
There are three swimming pools -four if you count the child safe sea just meters away.
Sorry if I seem OTT but our experience really was that good.
I cannot reccomend this place too much

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Plantation Island | PO Box 9176, Fiji
Location: Fiji > Mamanuca Islands > Malolo Lailai Island
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Malolo Lailai Island
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Hotel Class:3 star — Plantation Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 165
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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