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Reviewed May 18, 2008

Are slightly behind the eight ball in submitting my review ! But since we are heading back to Plantation again in September thought I should get me act together. We travelled with our children ( then 4 & 8 ). We booked a 2 bdrm garden bure which was a bit of an overkill to say the least.. it was just 2 single bure joined together !! So we had double of everything we needed. This time we have booked a 1 bdrm garden bure, more down towards the main pool/restaurant area. We absolutely loved Plantation albiet we had a couple of yuk days which we couldnt do alot, we stayed for 5 nights so this put us on the back foot with trying to do all we wanted. This time we are staying for 8 nights.
I would recommend as others have in taking your own snorkelling gear. If you can get the "kids eat free" deal this certainly is a dollar saver !.. only thing is that the kids do have their own eating time, although this does allow to have some time out as adults to enjoy your own meal while the kids are entertained watching a movie etc. We loved it hence we are returning.. I think a lot of the more negative comments are from people not realising that this is not a 4/5 star resort and does not advertise itself that way either.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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4  Thank NewZealandJen
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Reviewed May 4, 2008

We have just returned from Plantation Island where we spent 10 days (21st April-1st May 2008). We first went there 10 months ago to a wedding and decided to take our 2 children (ages 15/11) there this time for the school holidays. Another family also travelled with us. This time we went for 8 nights on the island, with 2 either side at the Raffles Gateway which is a completely adequate hotel for the amount of time you spend there, plus the location right across the road from the airport. We had a great time on the island, although 8 nights was probably a bit long - 5 or 6 nights would have been enough. It was VERY hot, so of course most of the time was spent in the 'new' pool, which was not that refreshing because it was also very warm. After a few days in the pool, 5 out of the 8 of us got very bad ear infections which we think we can safely blame on the pool as it was not that clean, plus the chlorine was not measured, just chucked in by the staff. The nurse on the island was awesome, she does a great job and gave us eardrops and anitbiotics immediately. So many people on the island had ear infections (at 8-15am in the morning, we were the 10th case of ear infections that the nurse had seen!) plus other people had severe diarrohea and stomach cramps. So our biggest gripe with the island is that they need to get the hygiene of the pool up to scratch, as it made the remaining holiday a bit unpleasant with kids/adults unable to swim, especially in that heat.
Our accommodation was a poolside room which was great, cleanliness ok, but being so close to the pool was a real plus.
Overall, the resort needs a bit of a spruce up, but as I tell other people wanting to go there - just don't expect a 5 star resort and you won't be disappointed. It is still a great place to take the kids and have an awesome family holiday. It is a really beautiful island, but just don't expect too much!! Staff are ok - have travelled to Fiji many times and they are not the friendliest Fijians we have come across, but they are still lovely people and make your stay pleasant.
We thought the majority of the meals were great, no complaints there.
If you do go to Plantation, take a sunset cruise on the catamaran called "Take a Break" which is moored over at the Musket Cove Mariner. It is our 2nd time on this and it is absolutely awesome. Dave & Judy from Auckland own it and are fantastic hosts. It costs $55 per adult and half price for kids. We recommended it to other people on the island and they loved it too. It really is a must to do while on Plantation. It was the highlight of our holiday and even the kids had a ball.
Woud definitely go back to Plantation in the future - but will be taking heaps more eardrops next time!

5  Thank SunloversSouthland
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Reviewed April 29, 2008

The mistake some people make when booking a holiday at Plantation Island Resort is that they expect it to be more than it is. Plantation Island is simply a relatively low-cost 3-star family-orientated island resort. And what many people have said of the place (both negative and positive) is in the most part true. Did these things bother us? No.
Firstly I have to say that they picked a beautiful spot for the resort, although its hard to pick a bad spot on a Fijian island! Remember, any trip to Fiji should be done in the dry season, or close to it, or else you'll risk staying indoors with cyclone shields around your windows (not fun no matter where you are!). I pity a recent reviewer who made that mistake!
The staff were almost exclusively native Fijians who generally have a very chilled attitude, which does rub off on you as a holiday-maker, which is great! Sure not all of the staff are cheery all of the time but what more can you expect? None were rude.
We stayed in a poolside room which was quite nice. Furnishings were simple but comfortable. The large (empty) bar fridge was handy for cooling the drinks that we bought from the mini-mart. This room was air-conditioned,and we made use of it 24/7. The water supply is not drinkable and frankly smells a bit off, which is OK to shower in. They do however supply each room with a large urn of fresh water. I was surprised with the lack of information available. Simple things like when is the kids club open or how do we book an activity, involved asking another guest or calling reception. The only information we were given was a barely comprehensible map.
The pool was close to our room and quite good. However the tiles in the pool were very sharp and cut the kids feet. And OK the mini-golf was one of the most basic I've seen. But I had a laugh and got over it.
The restaurants were OK. Expect to pay $30 for a buffet or about the same for an a-la-carte dish. There are a few dishes for $20. The location, the service and the live Fijian music made up partially for the mediocre food. The "other" restaurant called Anandas served better food, but the service was rather poor. Similar prices. One thing that both restaurants suffered from is that their high-chairs were very unstable, and couldnt be used for our 18-month old baby, which was very annoying.
The kids club was great to have,but don't expect too much from it. They organise two activities each day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon (such as fish feeding, craft activities), plus t-shirt painting every day before lunch. In-between these activities the kids usually watch movies or play together. If your kids are likely to walk out and do their own thing, be warned the staff will not stop them. The staff are only there for minimal supervision, which does not include monitoring who comes and goes.
The activities were run by the watersports people. The kids loved the snorkelling but dont expect beautiful coral.Most of the coral surrounding the island is dead and brown. My advice is stick to the free snorkelling (which is fish only - no coral), or do a day trip to a reef before you get to Plantation, because there are no other tour operators running tours from this island.
But overall we really enjoyed our holiday. It lived up to our expectations. We chose this place because they had family rooms, didn't cost a fortune, and was very popular with families (there were plenty of other families there with kids of similar age to ours). The great thing was that our kids never said "I'm bored" (which is sure to ruin your holiday) Sure they could definitely improve the place but take it for what it is.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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6  Thank young_dazza
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Reviewed April 26, 2008

Its really hard to believe other reviews i have been reading about the lovely plantation island!!!! I really cant complain about anything!
Food- great variety
i recommend eggs benidict for brekkie, either the beef burger orclub sandwich for lunch and the buffet for dinner
Accomidation- both times i have stayed in an upstairs hotel room. It is the cheapest accomidation on the island, you can fit upto 5 people in it and comfortable. Its also extremely close to everything and after a few drinks, u dont have to stagger home for to long :)
Fijians- Very friendly. Some fijian staff even remember us which makes our visits very special. Our favourites are Richard in the coconut club, Joe the boat man, Oscar at the sunset bar and Roger (kava man as we call him) sitting by he kava bowl every night.
Activities- Some you have to pay for and others you dont. Either way its fantastic. The reef is great so if u go, snorkelling is a must. The dolphin safari was magical. Even the boatman said he has NEVER seen anything like it. There honestly would have been about 100 dolphins playing and dashing out around the boat. We got great photos and video footage.
Drinks- cocktails are getting a bit expensive, but taste awesome!!!! You must try the fruit cocktail. Its beautiful, non alcoholic so kids can have one to, and while i was there they were only 5 fijian dollars!!! cheap and tasty!!! and healthy, and thick, it could even be a meal!
Nightlife- disco went off 1st time i went because i was in a large group, 2nd time was boring, no one wanted to get up and dance? Bingo, frog and crab races are awesome. I doubled my money on a frog!! karaoke is a crack up. some people have no shame!!! hahaha....
Overall- i love it. I went over in 2006 for my fiences 21st! Went back in 2007 for my 21st and thats when he proposed to me, so i guess thats why this place is so special to me. We are all going back ( looking like a group of around 40!!) as we are getting married on the island in september 2009!!!
I cant wait to get back there!!!
Its really laid back and easy going! If you want posh 24hr service, this is not for you, if you wanna have fun with the family and dont want to spend much this is for you.

Even if i was a millionaire I would go back tomorrow!!!! Mark my word!

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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3  Thank KarleeAndMichael
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Reviewed April 24, 2008

What can i say about paradise..............
From the moment you step onto plantation island you feel welcomed by the friendliness of the resort staff.
plenty of activities to keep people of all ages occupied.
rooms were clean and spacious, and the grounds were well kept.
theme nights at the restaurant is a great idea, with plenty of choices.
we are going back for our third visit in november 2008 for my daughters 18th.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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2  Thank skm52
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