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Reviewed July 27, 2008

Plantation Island Resort had everything I imagined in a South Pacific island getaway.

After spending one night in Nadi, my 14 year old daughter and I flew to Plantation by helicopter. A little expensive perhaps but a trully spectacular way to begin our holiday. We opted for a beach front bure on the 200 series side of the resort (based on advise from previous reviewers) and could not have been happier. There is something special about waking each morning and opening the window shutters to find the Pacific Ocean beckoning at your doorstep.

There is a reef some 50 meters from the shore line than drops away dramatically into a much deeper boating channel. The snorkelling along this reef was spectacular, with thousands of multi coloured fish (yes - even Nemos) feeding off the reef, particularly on the incoming tide.

The staff were warm and wonderful, always helpful and clearly loved their jobs (who wouldn't). Food was always plentiful. We opted not to commit to a meal deal to leave our options open. Each evening you can choose between an a-la-carte menu, a set menu or the daily themed buffet.

The accommodation was comfortable and serviced daily. The furnishings were not plush, but I had not expected them to be. There was no television, but after a day in the sun, a three course evening meal, and a variety of nightly entertainment, a comfortable bed was all that was required.

Plenty of water activities freely available as well as island hopping trips and visits to local villages for a small cost. We stayed six nights and were lucky enough to strike perfect weather the entire time, which enabled us to experience just about all that Plantation had to offer.

If you are searching for paradise without a five star expectation, you really could not go past Plantation Island Resort in my opinion.

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4  Thank BigAlSydney
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Reviewed July 27, 2008

Just got back from a wonderful family holiday at Plantation Island Resort.
Kids (aged 8 and 10) were busy all day either snorkelling, kayaking (free loan) swimming or at kids club, where they made lots of friends. Movie nights (7.30 to 9) meant we got some peace and quiet for an after dinner drink!
We had a 2 bedroom garden bure, which turned out to be 2 studio bures with an interconnecting door - prob overkill but our kids are noisy sleepers so we need a separate bedroom!
Pluses - the setting (stunning) range of activities (and we didn't even get round to all the trips you could do...) and the relaxed feeling - this is a real 'holiday'. My husband and I did the round island (guided) walk which gave a real perspective of the island and we flew back to Nadi, which was much better than the Malolo Cat.
Minuses - the food at the resort - DON'T do the meal packages - there are other restaurants to explore and you can buy food from the little supermarkets and they don't save you much anyway and the check in procedure.
Recommendations - take a box of water , and softdrainks/snacks wth you (buy from Nadi supermarket) and just chill out and forget the rest of the world exists.

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Reviewed July 19, 2008

bula, got a 7 ngt pkg 2 ngts at raffles good transit hotel 15 min ride to nadi nice pool rooms clean staff friendly food a bit pricey. 5 ngts at plantation resort in large clean tidy pool view room took meal pkg cont. bfast buffet lunch and dinner found this too much food next time bfast and dinner would be enough. food was great with a big selection and a different theme each ngt. nightly entertainment from a nice band then crab races ,bingo, frog races and a fire dance one night which was great. a fun place for all loved the snorkeling ,surfing namoto lefts it was pumping. daily activities for kids and big kids were full on join in if you want or laze around the pools or hammocks on the beach. try a curry rotti from the shop yum. ten of us went there for my birthday and everyone had a ball. the staff arranged our celebrations with a lovely cake balloons and the band sang me happy birthday. a Big thankyou to Sue and Mana (restaurant) and to Tillo (house keeping) for making our holiday very special

  • Stayed: June 2008
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3  Thank sterlingcentralcoast
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Reviewed July 19, 2008

Spent a week at Plantation at the end of June with our two teenagers, 16 and 14. We had a relaxing week on the island and, overall, I would recommend Plantation for a family holiday.
We arrived on the Maolo Cat to a welcome on the jetty with shell leis, music etc. We were then led to the reception area for a cool drink and to fill out the relevant forms. We had been told on our walk various things about water sports, daily activities etc. but a fair bit of this was too much to take in in a couple of minutes.

Over the next day or so we worked it all out for ourselves, but the fact that there are no information folders in the rooms as to activities, where things are and even relevant numbers to contact reception etc. was a minus as far as we were concerned and maybe this is something that management can look into.

We had booked 2 garden view hotel rooms and we were upgraded to garden terrace rooms. The rooms were great! Very spacious with a separate bedroom and a larger room at the front with couch and two single beds. Rooms were airconditioned as well as having ceiling fans. We could easily have all comfortably fitted into the one room. (Although I don't know if the teens would have been happy with this!). Cleaning and maintenance of the rooms on a daily basis was of a very high standard.

Food is plentiful and varied. We ate at the main restaurant on 3 nights and the rest of the time had dinner at Anandas which is a restaurant towards the back of the resort (near the airstrip). I cannot fault the food at Ananadas and highly recommend it. If you have meal vouchers you get a credit for part of the meal at Ananadas.

Service on the whole is good. We had a few issues, particularly on the first day when a drinks waiter literally threw the receipt and pen on the table in front of my husband for a signature and the same waiter, later than evening, having accidentally spilled a glass of lemonade over my daughter, when she started to mop it up with a serviette (without complaint) he just turned on his heel and walked off! A couple of other times we were asked to order without having seen menus, or conversely were left sitting for ages with no-one coming near us. The rest of the time however service was friendly and very good. The staff work extremely hard and appear to work long hours - the same staff will serve you at breakfast and at dinner.

Activities were great and I recommend the sea sub trip to the reef and the visit to the shell village. The banana boat rides looked great fun, snorkelling was brilliant and all gear was available for loan - along with beach towels which you could change over whenever they were wet/damp - so don't bother taking your own!

I believe there are some safety issues at the resort that really should be looked at. The tiles at the pools are extremely slippery, as are the tiles in the bar should you have wet feet and lets face it you often do! A young girl who arrived the same day as we did slipped on the steps to the water slide (she was not running) and cut her face badly. Had she not been wearing goggles she could well have damaged her eye. Perhaps some non slip tiles in the pool and bar areas might minimise the chance of slips etc. There is a medical centre at the resort which is open on a daily basis.

All in all we had a good holiday and I would go back again.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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5  Thank Andrea D
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Reviewed July 1, 2008

Well!

Only been back in Oz 4 days and we are pining for Fiji!

I wasn't sure what to expect because I hadn't been there for about 20 yrs.

I must say Plantation really exceeded our expectations!

we stayed in a 2 bedroom garden bure (223), thanks to all those who said to get it on the 200 side, I requested it with Api via email. Sleeps 7 people. We had a huge king size bed. It was just behind the beach Bure's, had a lovely garden view without having people on your doorstep (like the beachfront ones)

The Bure was huge, and we had lovely flow throughs of air., we didn't need the air con at all.

A few people had said the resort is run down, but i found it was better than before, the hotel-style units have aircon now, the didn't when i went before.

The meals were FABULOUS. I couldn't beleive the variety and freshness of the food considering it is an island resort. I heard one man whinging that there was no yoghurt at the breakfast...give them a break, there was alot to choose form at each meal.

Even the kids meals were nutritious, only once in 7 nights did they serve fries with the other food (fresh fish) etc. And the kids loved the ice=cream man, all free for kids,

We found the pre-paid meals very good value (althought our deal included 5 days of free meals anyway so we didn't need to buy any), as the buffet lunch was $18 Fiji per head, and the Dinner was $31. I think breaky was about $14 for the continental.
The only one to skip is the Mongolian BBQ. You choose your ingedients and the chefs cook it up. Mine was OK, but alot of people left theirs.

Drinks were reasonable..beers about $5, glass of wine $7. Coffees at the COco hut $5 (works out at about $3.50 Aussie $ , Milkshakes $4.50 small (pretty good value for an island resort!)

There was plenty of activities for the kids, the early dinner sitting was fantastic. When we ate by candlelight on the beach, the kids were happy playing or watching a movie, we even had a few romantic walks on the full-moon bathed beach!!!!

If you can manage it, go with a full-moon, but please don't go in the Fiji wet season, as we had absolutely perfect weather this time of year.

The beach is like the best you have seen in any of the idyllic brouchers. Clear/clean/warm. You can snorkel straight of the beach and see some OK coral and fish (best to the left of the boat ramp), or each day, the free snorkelling trips take you to a nearby reef.

Snorkelling gear/kayaks/windsurf free. Hobie cats $20 per hour (but we had no wind). Banana Boat $10 per person..according to my 9 year old a waste of money and "lame-o", they didn't get tipped off as there was a 3 yr old riding with them. So perhpas a bisciut ride for more adventurous kids.

Anyone who wants any more info (there is too much more to say!!) please send me a message.

Oh!!! The only thing you need to be aware is the sandflies/mozzies that come out at dusk! Make sure you are covered with clothing or insect repellent. only at this time did we get attacked, and it would ruin your holiday if you aren't prepared.

41mum

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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4  Thank thevotes
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