Plantation Island Resort
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It was a relaxed Fiji Airways flight from Sydney across the Pacific Ocean to Nadi - though a strong headwind did give a bumpy ride and an extra 30 minutes in the air. The delay meant I missed the shuttle bus, and was quickly ushered into a cab with a friendly driver through Friday peak hour traffic to Port Denarau (complete with instruction on …
We arrived in Fiji at 5pm after a 3hr flight from Auckland. As soon as we disembarked the heat and humidity hit us. We collected our bags and waited for our transport to our accommodation, it was immediately apparent that nobody in Fiji was in a rush to do anything, a very relaxed feel straight way.
Our first stop was 2 nights on the mainland in Nadi. We reached our accommodation which was perfectly placed right on the beach. After a ...
... Fijian village visit and Kava ceremony. Visit the island featured in the Tom Hanks movie "Castaway". Morning and after tea and a barbecue lunch plus all beverages including beer and wine are included.
Day 3 and 4: Time to head for the Yasawas with a short vessel transfer on the "Yasawa Flyer" to the southern end of the Yasawas wghere the islands are dominated by stunning monolithic mountains. There is a great range ...
... after getting some direction from some fellow travellers we were on our way. Walking to the shop we became more and more confused as all that seemed to be ahead was an empty road that went on for miles. 10 minutes later we came across a shack that had shopping centre written above....it was certainly not like the shopping centres we were used to in England. Walking in side we were greeted by a local girl who seemed to ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPlantation Island Resort Malolo Lailai Island
Excellent, really good value
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This pleace was lovely but if your not a family maybe hit up another resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Plantation Island Resort Malolo Lailai Island
In a nutshell this place is twenty years past it's prime. We found it dirty tired and well worn. The "Deluxe Grade A" Beach front bures with seperate rooms and "King Size" beds are one room with queen beds and a wall separating you from viewing what is going on next door, unfortunately it doesn't stop the sounds. Yes I kid you not they are divided (hey! Double the $'s) Fairly kid friendly if you like your children segregated and having to eat "junk" food. Your meals? Well there's plenty of it, but very ordinary and I hope you like chicken and pork, for every meal, because that's what it is!! and tinned vege's dumped into serving bowls as salad, set out on a few palm leaves for decoration. Very sad. Broken and missing floor tiles, cracked and broken concrete pool surrounds, disguistingly filthy sweat and everything else encrusted cushions on restaurant and lounge chairs. Like someone else said "a deposit for everything", grossly overprised drinks, and PLEASE some one tell the rest of the world Australians DO NOT like Fosters Beer. Sorry but this was the holiday from hell at $500 AUD plus, a night. Then just to add insult to injury it rained every day (but that is always a chance). However the saving grace were the wonderful Fijian staff, to them all, Vanaka. To the owners, buy a D9 (bull dozer) and wear it out, to you all ....go somewhere else. Oh...and did I mention you cannot drink the water!
I've have recently been on a 7 day vacation to Plantation island and I can honestly say that it is the best holiday destination in the world. The staff were more than hospitable, the food was exquisite, and the rooms were amazing and authentic. So if there is anyone wondering what island to visit Plantation is the ONE !!!!
Wonderful Plantation Island
My family and i have just returned from 7 nights at Plantation Island.
We had such a wonderful time. We arrived to a warm welcome of singing and clapping on the wharf and then were taken straight away for a cool drink.
We stayed in the garden hotel room. We were surprised that it was as spacious as it was. Plenty of room with good storage space. Fairly large bathroom. Our friends stayed next door and although they were happy too they did think that they could smell sewrage most of the time from their bathroom. We didn't have this problem.
Rooms were made up each day and cleaned well.
We purchased breakfast and dinner meal plan for our 7 days there. Next time I would only purchase this for a few days as you get them in individual vouchers that you use each time you go the the restaurant. This is because there are other options available on the island to eat. There are two other resorts, Musket Cove and Lomani resort and you can eat at these restuarants as well although they do not accept children. There is also Ananda's restaurant which is about a 10 min walk. It would of been good to have the variation if we hadn't pre bought. You can also buy breakfast, lunch and dinner from Plantation restuarant if you feel like something light such as a round of toast for breakfast was F $3.95.
The beach is beautiful and quiet. The water is very clear and warm. Good watersports and friendly staff that supervise them.
Lots of sunlounges everywhere and palm trees everywhere to lie under.
The quality of the food was very good. Each night the buffet menu changes. We particulary enjoyed their Mongolian BBQ and the pasta night.
Kids meals were of good quality. Kids eat between 5pm and 6pm. They will let the children eat with the adults at the buffet but they do encouraage you to take the children to the kids time and then go on to kids club.
You can hire a golf buggy from outside the supermarket. We had it from 11am until 5 pm for F$30. This was great as we went all over the island, through the other resorts, around the coconut plantation, the air strip etc. Great way to see the island.
We took as much food as we could pack in our case from home and recommend you do this for snacks as food at the supermarket and kiosk are very expensive. Chips, biscuits etc are around $5 a bag. Look around at the price of softdrink. At the resort a can of drink is F$3.50 but at the beach kiosk the 600ml bottle are F$1.75. At the supermarket a 1.25l bottle is F$2.75 so best to buy and keep in your fridge in your room.
Staff very friendly especially with young kids. You can ask for certain staff to baby sit your children if you particulary find a staff menber that your child likes. Most staff will do this on their time off to earn extra money. It is F$3 an hour for a minimum of three hours.
Pools are great with a good waterslide at one that my children loved. The other pool is lagoon style. Both salt water pools. Not really big but that was never a problem.
My daughter wanted to have her hair braided and we were quoted $85. She does have long hair but I thought this was quite expensive. We were going to the Shangri Ls Fijian after Plantation and I decided to wait. I'm glad I did as it only cost me $51 there so if you are going somewhere after Plantation it's worth waiting.
Overall a fantastic trip. We can't wait to go back.
Affordable magic Island getaway
We took a 3 night package on Plantation Island, and paid extra for full breakfast and Evening meal included for 3 days. The food was exceptional, especially in the evening where you had a choice of buffet or al a carte menu, we mostly chose the buffet as it was so nice, with a salad and dersert bar, and also a gelato bar. Apart from that it was a choice of 3 different meats + vegetables with a different theme each evening ie. Stir Fry, Roast ect... and soup for starters. We could never eat all of the food included in the buffet, and you had the choice to sit inside or outside on he beach with candlelight, which is beautiful on a hot balmy evening watching the sunset going down.
The bar had happy hour every evening up to 7.30pm, which was good value to have a drink before dinner.
We stayed in a bure on he beach and it was a short stroll to the water. The island had good amenties and tours with something different to do everyday. Also with some entertainment most evenings.
There was fee snorkling twice a day, which was just as spectacular as the snorkel trips that you paid for!
For people with babies and children, the nicest thing about the resort was that the staff would take care of the babies so parents could have some free time throughout the day, and there was plenty going on for the kids with a kids club. We even met a single mother on holiday with her young baby, and I think kids under 12 years were free!
I didn't have a baby or a child with me, but thoroughly enjoyed my experience onPlantation Island and would highly recommend it as a short stay for anyone and good value for money.
A wonderful place to just relax!
My husband and I visited Plantation Island Resort from Nov 27 thru Dec 9 of 2004. We are scuba divers and mainly went to just dive and relax. And that, we did. After a nice 45 minute boat ride from Nandi, we found, on the dock, a group singing to us a song of welcome. After stepping off the boat, we were led by a nice lady to the lounge where we were served a fruit juice drink as we checked in. Then, we were led to our bure. As we stepped inside, we were surprised at how big it was and spacious and very clean. Since we are divers and have our own gear and need plenty of room for rinsing, we were very happy to find that our shower was big enough to accomodate. Of course, the first thing we did was go eat since we hadn't really eaten much for hours. Good food! Then, off to the dive shop where we purchased an unlimited one week dive package. The dive shop staff was very friendly. The very next day, we got up early, went for breakfast, and off to the dive boat. Our bure was very well located. We were nicely greeted by the two, dive boat staff (dive masters) and they started to take very good care of us. We excitedly got on board the boat, started putting all of our gear together, suited up, and before too long, we had arrived at our first dive site where we got a dive briefing and then into the warm water. Unfortunately, not too long ago, the warm waters heated up to the 90 degree range and fried a lot of the coral down deep. But, within 20 feet and shallower, we found everything beautiful, full of many vivid colors and the coral was beautiful and many, many colorful fish. Like being in a huge aquarium. (for those of you who are familiar with diving) We just kept ourselves neutrally buoyant staying in one spot and watched all the beautiful sea life around us. Now, for our night dives, it didn't matter how shallow or deep we were. There were all kinds of things to see at night. The sea life that hides during the day, well, it all comes out at night giving us lots to look at and be amazed by. One of our favorite things to see was the jumbo prawns. We could see them everywhere. Their red beaded eyes glaring into our torches (dive lights). Awesome! We saw huge hermit crabs and eels and many other amazing night sea life. Night diving is almost better than day diving. Every dive is always too short when there's so much too see. After our safe ascent, back up on the boat, as we unsuited, we discussed what we all saw and there was much to talk about. A very good dive. We dove a lot of dives during our 10 day stay on the island. Our boat staff offered to take us out as often as we liked. Even if it was just the two of us. Although, it's always more fun to dive with a group since we can compare stories and learn new things. Well, back on the island, we always looked forward to eating at the resorts indoor, outdoor food area. At first, we found the service very slow, but after we got into the island's routine, we found it quite relaxing and very enjoyable. The food there is absolutely wonderful. We always looked forward to the meals. We never went hungry. Everyone, staff and visitor, was so friendly there. Each day we were asked how our stay was going, how our diving was and everyone always had a smile on their face. One thing we noticed a lot while on Plantation Island Resort is everyone is very friendly and positive. We felt like we were in another world. No stress at all. The island is very beautiful and is surrounded by many other beautiful islands and my husband and I both recommend that if you are someone looking for a very peaceful place to vacation at, Plantation Island Resort is a wonderful place to do just that. We definately will return. :) Thank you Plantation Island Resort! Scott and Justine
OK But beware....
This Hotel was OK but we had a few problems..... The kids club lost our kid! We ended up with half the hotel out looking for our six year old. The golf course was a bust, basically just a mown field. We were fortunate to have been upgraded to a bure which was spacious, the hotel rooms were tiny and would have been a squeeze for our 2Adults and 2 children. The food was OK, the restaurant adjacent (Anadas) was better. The place had a run-down feel, the beach was good but the tide went out a ways. Plenty of facilities but most were in need of a spruce up.
Duration of holiday - 13/2/05 to 20/2/05
We just returned from a week of bliss, this Resort is as what the travel brochures say. The beach is clean, clear and calm.
The staff friendly and talkative.
The food was also great, but bare in mind you don't have to pre-book your meals from your travel agents, once you get there chose where you want to eat because there are 3 Restaurants (inc the new Lomani Resort) on this Resort plus more from Musket Cove Resort (on the same Island). We found Anandas made delicious steak, and they will soon open for breakfast and lunch. If you don't want to eat out you can buy groceries from the supermarkets.
There are plenty of things to do for free or just lay back and relax, enjoy a massage.
We found this Island to be the best one out of all the Islands on Mamunca because the beach was so beautiful and the sorrounding views were amazing especially at sunset.
Great for weddings and honeymooners.
Can't wait to go back!!
Well where do I start...we went to Plantation in November and we did not want to come home.
The accommodation is good. We went for a hotel room and found them fine. It was a nice big room which was cleaned every day and we couldn't name one thing to complain about.
We had a meal plan for breakfast and dinner only. The breakfast was a huge continental selection followed by bacon and eggs or pancakes - so needless to say we didn't need lunch. If we did get hungry in the afternoon there was always fresh fruit (and other food) at the BBQ Hut, and also a Supermarket over by Anandas Restaurant. For dinner we had the choice of a themed buffet dinner, or a set menu, but we chose the exquisite buffet every night. The selection was huge and everything was beautiful.
Plantation have two bars - the main bar, and also the Sunset Bar where you can sit during happy hour, listen to the band, and watch the stunning sunset. The main bar makes awesome cocktails!!
There are numerous activities including free daily snorkelling trips out to different reefs, free daily fishing trips, island hopping and village trips at a cost, free use of snorkels, canoes etc. Some things require a "deposit" but you just put things on your room tab rather than have to carry around money. We found putting things on the room tab was excellent as we just signed for everything and needed hardly any cash.
The beach is stunning - like straight out of a magazine. The water was great to swim in and so was the pool.
My partner and I don't have children but we will definitely be going back to Plantation when we do. There are lots of them around, but you don't have to see them if you don't want to. The island is huge and it is very easy to find a nice secluded spot for you and your partner to spend some time alone. When it comes to eating etc, the children eat earlier than the adults so they aren't usually around when it 's time for that romantic dinner.
If you do have children, Plantation has a terrific kids club, which I think is free, and they also have a Nanny Service available at FJ$3 per hour.
The staff were so friendly and hospitable - it is sad to think they get paid so little. We met some great people on our stay and Plantation - guests and staff - and we can't wait to go back.
I can't think of anything else to say but if you would like to know anything else, or if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.
We definitely recommend Plantation to everyone and anyone - with or without children. Have a cocktail or two for me if you go :-)
Just got back from Plantation Island Resort- great weather - water so warm- stayed in a studio garden bure which faced lagoon- had the whole beach to ourselves most days. Small supermarket nearby where you can buy breakfast and lunch supplies.Choice of about 3 restaurants on the island- we loved Ananadas next to the airstrip which was right on the beach - average meal FJD23- fish soup divine (3 course for $26).Staff very friendly - lots of water activities to keep you occcupied-
walk around the whole island takes about 2 hours. Not a lot of nightlife - we were so tired we went to bed at 9 pm - sun and birds wake you up at about 5.30 am.Would go back to Plantation in a heartbeat.
This hotel is definately a budget family oriented property. The room was dirty. The staff was working on the plumbing 1/2 the time we were there so we couldn't get water or a shower. The food was mediocure at best. I guess the Kiwi's and Aussie's like canned beans on toast for breakfast (I'm not kidding!) but American's find that awful. The service was not only slow but always with a frown. We are not difficult people to accomodate. We just expect a small amount of courtesy and a clean room. The faucets and shower were full of mold and rust. The furnishings everywhere were worn and torn. This hotel needs to be renovated badly. The up side is that it is affordable for families with lots of things for the kids to do. The tide goes way out in the afternoon so you can't swim on the beach. They don't allow you to take out the catamarans except at high tide which is from 2:00 - 5:00pm but they are closed from 4:00 - 5:00pm. They require a deposit for everything! And I mean everything,
right down to the beach towels. A great place if you've got 5 kids, don't care if your room is filthy and you like lousy food.