Historical Traveller Reviews of Plantation Island Resort Hotel
wedding with kids
We have just returned from 5 days on Plantation Island where we got married with our 2 children, and had a fantastic time. While parts of the island are a little tired, it suited our needs as a family, and because we all had such a great time, I can hardly fault it. We had a garden view room which had partitioned off the queen bed from the kids beds. I can't fault the room, except it had a musty smell, which disappeared after you had been in there for a while; and it did have air-conditioning which we used during the day but not at night due to it being their Winter. Because our children are 9, they were at the age where they could come & go from the kids club as they liked, and spent a large amount of time playing table tennis & a soccer game. They had volleyball every afternoon which my son joined in, and the canoes, and the Banana boats were their favourites. The kids pool which had a waterslide (which is more than adequate but does look a little old) was the other place our children wanted to spend most of their time. At night they would have their meal between 5-6.30pm just with other kids, then would go off & do an activity with the kids club like limbo, or treasure hunts; and then would go into a movie until 9pm, which gave us some time to ourselves. The only complaint (which is only because we have fussy eaters) is that the lunch & kids dinner wasn't really suited towards kids, and didn't provide your 'usual' nuggets & chips etc (which could be seen as a good thing!). We chose not to get the food vouchers (although the kids ate free) as we didn't want to be tied to the same restaurant every night, and it proved to be a good choice as we were able to go the the other resorts for dinner, and they offered some very nice meals. We went on one of the snorkelling trips which I would absolutely recommend, but take your own snorkelling gear. The islands equipment has had it, and our kids missed out because they couldn't see through the masks without water running in. I managed to persevere, and the fish & coral were beautiful. I also stumbled across the semi-sub (didn't know anything about it until I asked) and ended up taking the kids & it was fantastic, especially for young children that can't snorkel. Thousands of fish & some baby sharks swam by the windows. And for anyone wanting a beautiful stress free Wedding, I would absolutely recommend it. We booked it directly with the Resort, and had made arrangements with the Wedding co-ordinator. When we arrived in Nadi, we made a short detour to the Registry Office to get a marriage licence, and then caught our launch across to Plantation. After 2 relaxing days, we had a completely stress free morning before a beautiful ceremony on the beach in bare feet, just with us, the children, 2 witnesses & the celebrant. Half an hour later, we were back by the pool, celebrating with cocktails, and a massage by the beach; and later a table on the beach all decorated in white with flowers for a wedding dinner. We couldn't have asked for anything more beautiful & simple. Overall a perfect family holiday.
from A TripAdvisor Member
my brother and his spouse and myself was for 2 weeks in the fidji's 3 days in musket cove and the rest in plantation island resort.
and we are shocked by the lack of hygiena , of medical support and of the quality of the food, and speaking of the kindest people on earth!!! i didnt see them.
beside this we payed a lot of money everyone 3500 euro for two weeks including plane
from western europe.
the only real good thing was the weather.
they will never see us again
what a waste of money
from A TripAdvisor Member
My Husband and i went to plantation island just after christmas and over newyears. we had a wonderfull time. the staff are very friendly and very helpfull . When we arived we were welcomed at the landing by the staff singing and were presented with a shell necklace. We chose to spend our holiday in a garden view room as it was airconditiond , it took us a few days to work out how the airconditioning worked but the fans were very effective. the room was lovely only recently been built so the bathroom was great. our room was right across from the swimming pool so when we cam home from our daily activities we lazed around the pool and went for a swim to cool off. The room was very large and had plenty of space for our luggage with tea and coffee facilities and a fridge.we went to the supermarket and got a few things like biscuits and chips for snacks for the day. We chose to have a prepaid breakfast and dinner the food was really nice plenty to eat not ,much variety but there was lots of it. Lots of eggs i have never seen so many ways to serve eggs.The daily activities were great next time we will bring our own snorkling equipment as the were a but used. the free snorkling trip in the morning is well worth going on the reef is beautifull should have taken an underwater camers to capture some of the marine life. the dolfin safari was well worth the money as was the island hop. We didnt take our children with us this time but next time we wll this resort is very child friendly and the staff are so wonderfull to them Overall we had a wonderfull time and would deffinatly go back some of the things are a bit run down but it is well worth every cent . We would deffinatly recomend plantation island for a holiday especially if you have children
i love the staff
from A TripAdvisor Member
this was the best holiday iv been on and iv been on alot of holidays. I love the staff richard and horus the chef haha. i will definatly be coming back. also holly loves bill the activites man. LOVE from THE seelins and Teserieros that stayed in room 401 and 403 we will see use all soon. p.s THe water is so clean and beautiful
Beautiful beaches, Fantastic staff
My husband, our two children and i stayed at Plantation Island Resort for 7 fantastic nights in October this year. We flew into the island direct from Nadi airport, we found this fantastic because within 1 hour of arriving in Nadi we were settled into our room, over looking the fabulous beach. We stayed in room 201 which was a two bedroom beachfront bure, it was bigger than all the other beachfront bures with so much space it was unbelievable, although no airconditioning (but being from Qld that did not bother us). Our room could of accomodated 8 adults easily. The staff were fantastic with our two children. The fijians love babies, so if you are planning on taking a baby prepare for lots of attention. My 18month old had "BULA" down pat within about 2 hours of arriving on the island, and of course the fijians thought this was just so cute. My 4 year old loved going to the kids club every night where they had organised activities and then videos in the creche till 9pm, while we had our 4yr old in the kids club we organised for a baby sitter to look after our 18month old so my husband and I could enjoy our dinner in peace. We purchased meal plans for breakfast and dinner, and the children ate free. We enjoyed the breakfast every day but got a bit sick of the dinner menu, I would not bother on pre purchasing meal plans next time we go as there are so many options and places to eat. We did a 4 island hop that cost $60 per adult which I highly reccomend as it was a fantastic way to see some of the other islands, snorkelling at honeymoon island was just amazing, unspoilt and beautiful. All in all we had a fantastic time at Plantation and cant wait to return. We thank the wonderful staff for the lovely smiles and happy hellos, we miss you all!!
Will be back!
from A TripAdvisor Member
We where at Plantation Island resort at the end of July 05 for 7 days, this was the first time we had been to Fiji, we can recommend it as a great tropical get away at a resonable price.
The weather was warm, about 25 degrees most days and the water was fabulous, it rained the day we arrived but was perfect the rest of the time - although not alot you can do about the weather. Teh climate in Fiji is reason enough to go there.
We stayed in a beach front hotel room and this was great, well worth the small extra cost to be on the beach, it was roomy, clean, air-conditioned (very good at night) and we stepped off our small patio area straight into the sand. The room was serviced everyday.
The room did not have any cooking facilities only tea & coffee making, so all meals had to be at the resort restaurant or at one of the other restaurants on the island. We where brought fresh water everyday as you cant drink the tap water, but i boiled and bottled the water they supplied just to be really sure.
There are two small shops for buying supplies which we did, the best one is the Trader at Musjet Cove, the prices are much like a dairy, but this handy for drinks and lunches that did not require cooking.
Our favorite restaurant was Ananda's, which is about 3 mins walk from Plantation, pretty much right in between Plantation and Musket Cove, they have a great live band everynight. In general eating out is similarly priced to eating out in Auckland, on average of abotu $20-30 for a main meal. We only had breakfasts at the Plantation restaurant, where they cater for large groups of people, the food was okay. I would not bother with getting food vouchers when you book your trip as its nice to have the variety of other restaurants, and you can pay-as-you-go or charge back to your room at most places.
Plantation is very much family orientated, with lots of activites for kids, for a couple it was still good, as we spent alot of time away from the resort doing activites and meeting up with friends who stayed at Musket Cove.
The Fijian people are lovely, all very friendly, not alway fast but hey you're on "Fiji time".
We will definitly go back to Fiji, and would be happy to stay at Plantation resort again.
our best holiday ever!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I have just returned from Plantation Island and it was a great holiday. The Fijian people are so friendly and helpful. We stayed for 7 nights and were sorry to go. The resort is designed for families with children and even though we didn't have any children we still enjoyed our stay. There are 3 pools in the resort however we chose to swim in the crystal blue water. We always could find our own secluded spot on the beach. The sunflower snorkelling trip was $10 each and was the best $10 we spent. We purchased 2 meals a day plan however next time we wouldn't do this as whilst the food was great, we would have liked to have tried other things on the menu. There are another 2 resorts on the same island that we could walk to. One that didn't allow children under 16 to stay and another that was more exclusive. However we ate lunch at each of the resorts and found them to be the same with their lunch menus. There is a supermarket that you can buy supplies at and the prices are what you would expect to pay on a resort. They had nightly entertainment for those who wished to have a few drinks and fun and happy hour was from 6pm - 7pm. Bar prices were $12 for a cocktail, $4.50 for wine and $4.50 for spirits.
Overall we had a great time and cannot fault Plantation Island however if you were single or on your honeymoon, this may not be the place for you as it really does cater for families with children but we still enjoyed our stay and met some great people.
great family holiday small children
My family and I stayed at Plantation Island resort for 5 wonderful nights. We went there with two small children, not knowing what to expect. On arrival we were greated with warm friendly smiles, singing and the shell necklaces. while waiting for room allocation we were given a welcome drink. We stayed in the beachfront hotel room. The room was a little old but nothing that would bother you, it was very clean and light. The beach was soft and cleaned every morning. the water was crystal clear and you could feed the fish with your left over bread rolls. The food was filling, i would recommend that with the pre paid meal deals just do Breakfast and dinner. The best thing about the place was the staff, i couldn't imagine anyway else in the world with staff as friendly and inviting as they were. We stayed there for my youngests first birthday and that day they treated him like a king.
Fantastic Family Resort
We recently experienced 5 fantastic nights on Plantation Island. On arrival we were welcomed by people singing and clapping, and shell necklaces were draped around our necks. There was some confusion about where we were supposed to wait as the Reception Area was under construction. It was very hot and the wait for room allocation, and delivery of our cases, became more than a little frustrating after two and a half hours. The resort itself is showing it’s age and if you’re waiting for something to be done, ‘island time’ means 5 mins is more like an hour. Our family consisted of two separate groups and our rooms and suitcases were mixed up. This was eventually sorted and a request for our rooms to be closer together was granted without hesitation. Our first night was sleepless due to a leaking shower but we moved to another room the next morning. Although things sound bad so far, they only got better. Our new room was one of the newest bures around the new swimming pool and was more than satisfactory. It was bright, clean and fresh, had two toilets, air conditioning, an enclosed foyer and sun-loungers outside the door.
There were over 460 guests (including 176 children) during our stay but there were always available sun-loungers around the pools or along the beach. Our children aged 12, 10 and 7 always had plenty to do. Activities for both adults and kids are written up every day outside the breakfast room. The tide goes out quite far and beach activities are limited, but the 3 pools were never crowded. Trips such as island hopping, diving and reef snorkelling need to be booked at least a day in advance. My husband and brother raved about the (F$10) Sunflower Reef snorkelling trip. The 30 min massage (F$30) was absolute bliss.
Dinner was a wonderful experience, sand between our toes, flaming torches on the beach, Fijian band serenading in the back ground and clear starlight skies. A truly memorable experience that would make eating fish and chips out of newspaper seem romantic. We purchased 3 days of the breakfast/dinner meal plan at F$39 per day for adults and F$26.40 for children. Meals varied in quality from so-so to delicious. Average dinner for an adult was F$26-28 for the nightly buffet or chef’s special, and a full American breakfast was around F$16.80. On hindsight we would probably have been better off without the meal plan as the kids just ate pancakes at around F$5.80 rather than the full American F$8.40 and hardly ate anything at dinner. Vegetarian meals were limited to a choice of about 6 pasta dishes, which did not vary. Drinks can be expensive. Fijian Bitter is F$4.50 a bottle, fancy cocktails F$12, fruit punch F$4, can of soft drink F$3.50 (cheaper to ask for a post-mix lemonade or coke in a glass). Happy hour is 6-7pm with about F$1 discount off local beer and spirits. Water on the island is not suitable for drinking but containers of drinking water are provided in the rooms. Almost everything can be charged back to the room for convenience, including dinner at Ananda’s and supermarket purchases but check your account carefully as we found some things had been charged incorrectly.
In general, the resort does need a spruce up and some of the equipment does need to be repaired or replaced. There is a lot of construction being undertaken on the island so hopefully this will improve the facilities. We chose not to focus on negatives such as the partially blocked showerhead, warped joinery and broken tiles but more on the wonderful friendly staff, beautiful white sand, clear warm water and sunny days in the middle of winter!! We would definitely return to this resort but would stay twice as long next time. Bula
Great Family Resort
from A TripAdvisor Member
We just returned from 11 nights at Plantation Island. Great family friendly resort. Wife and kids were all happy with amenities, kids club, and general relaxing around the 3 pools. We had food vouchers for breakfast and dinner for every day. Next time I may do half and half as there are one or two other places too eat. The food for the kids at dinner consisted of stir fries, potatoes, sausages etc and was of good quality bar one night. They had the same as us for breakfast. I would suggest getting early for breakfast as the service can be a bit slow. The Fijians were very friendly especially towards our 8 month old baby so be prepared for some extra attention if you have a small baby or child. The accomodation is varied and I wouldnt be going there if you expect 5 star accomodation. However, we had a 2 bedroom garden bungalow that was cleaned each day so that we never felt that we were "slumming it". Overall we think it was great value and plan to return.
Top Local Tips for Malolo Island
Staying in Nadi
Avoid staying in Nadi if you can - we discover when we were there that we could have gone straight from the island to the airport and caught a flight - it was a bit of a downer after our beautiful island experinece.
take advantage of the meal plans
we got meal plans and they were fantastic had breaky and lunch every day was plenty of food .
If you can, try to catch the plane one way...
as was not much dearer then the ferry and you get a great view! and a real experience in the tiny plane- great for the kids!!