We stayed at Plantation for 6 nights booked direct as part of their package pay for 5, get one of the island and one at Raffles free so it was a good deal. We had a 2 bedroom bure though it was one of the 400 series, older but very spacious. We had booked a 200 so I was bit annoyed. It was basically 2 units opened into one with two queen beds in seperate rooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 toilets and 2 sitting rooms with 4 single space sleeping couches. It had 2 patio areas with 2 hammocks, so very big for our family of 5. It was close to the foodstore, Anandas restaurant, putt putt, tennis courts, large kids pool and not far to the beach. It had a kitchen area but only a kettle and a few cups, no microwave or cutlery which was a pain for heating milk, or spreading sandwiches. Previous reports of cuts from the tiles in the big pool are correct however they are sanding them down at the moment so it should help, though my kids wore reef shoes.
The better beach area is right up near the main restaurant near the watersports and pontoon, crystal clear with tons of fish. There is alot of dead coral but if you go out from the pontoon in the deeper area area is still nice and there were tons of blue starfish and we could handfeed clownfish with bread. The kids loved that. Service was not great at reception, restaurants, etc , though everyone was extremely laidback and friendly but different staff told us different things everyday. We did the breakfast/dinner mealplan with worked out a good option as the snackbar was very pricey for lunch for 5- $40 plus and it was a long walk to Musket Cove for a toddler. They had hot chickens for about $8.00. Bring plenty of cash for snacks, etc as their are no price stickers at the foodstores and some things are a fortune, a bag of treat size kit kats for $14.
If you are diving they are a bit backwards, regulators didn't work well, back ups non existant, boats ran out of petrol and they couldn't find moorings.
My kids didn't use the kids club which is free except for some night time activities and then a movie which my older two enjoyed. However the nightly torch lighting along the beach at 7pm is the highlight of the kids night.
We did get a stinky smell right outside our bedroom one night, I think a pipe had burst but they could only give us a smaller room so we just aired it out for a few hours and it was gone.
It was a great place for our family though and if you forget about all the little things it was the best location of our trip.
- 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