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 …
fiji round two!
the food. the fruit. the people.
sailing a hobie cat with jen to exposed sections of white sand in the bays of the mamanutha island chain.
After an overnight flight and zero sleep, we eventually found a transfer from Nadi airport to Denarau Marina, from where we were to take the Malolo Cat II to Plantation Island (Malolo Lailai).
It took a day or 2 to adjust to our new surroundings. We were missing the fun and friendly staff at Hideaway.
We soon discovered that this was a great resort for different reasons.
We took up the free snorkelling trips, fishing and use of kayaks to explore the waters around the Island. The Marine life is breath taking . One …
Our flight to Fiji was met with welcome arms by Sam and I but it was an overnight flight in which the flight only lasted 3 hours. We were so sleepy on arriving in Nadi! Eventually we managed to get to Plantation Island and checked in around noonish. Plantation is a lovely resort and we were told on arrival to make sure we book any activities seeing …
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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 !!!!
My family and i have just returned from 7 nights at Plantation Island.
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.
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.
Well where do I start...we went to Plantation in November and we did not want to come home.
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,