Definitely the place to stay for families with young kids. Ours were a bit old for the activities (12 & 15), but enjoyed the tabletennis and fuzbul table. There were heaps of younger kids there, and they seemed to have a ball - good kids club, lots of acitivities from morning till night, wonderful carers.
The place is a bit tired, and the service is patchy, but we had a wonderful 7 days there. Make sure you get a beach bure - they're worth it. The view from your door was a tropical island cliche. And the beach in front of the beach bures is lovely - a 30m walk out to a coral reef right at your doorstep, with so many wonderful fish. We've done the Great Barrier Reef a number of times, and while the coral here isn't that spectacular, we never tired of getting up each morning and snorkelling as a family on our doorstep. I only wish we had an underwater camera. And snorkelling gear/flippers are free to hire - you just need to get them back by 4pm, which isn't too onerous. And beach towels are provided, so don't bother to bring any.
We bought a heap of cereal/milk with us from Denarau, which proved useful, as then we only needed to purchase the Breakfast/Dinner meal plan (yes cereal for lunch - if you have teenage boys, you'll know its the most cost effective way to feed the ravenous creatures). It was excellent value FJD59 for Adults and FJD35 for kids under 16. We also brought with us our own wine/champagne/nibbles which we kept in our fridge and enjoyed by the beach eacn night. But cocktails in the Bar aren't too expensive - FJD15.50 at happy hour. It was just nice to escape the crowds and have a quiet drink on our own in the late afternoon.
Ananda's Restaurant - at the far end of the resort - has better food than that in main eating area. Also the chap playing synthesiser in the main eating area can get a bit loud and unwelcome (not to mention cheesy), so don't get a table too close to the middle.
There is no tv in the rooms - my kids got a bit of a shock, but we bought a pack of cards and played every day. In the end they didn't even notice there was no tv. The shops there are pretty good if you forget anything, and most importantly there is a coffee machine with 3 trained baristas! They ran out of soy milk though, so if you need it, you can either buy it at another supermarket on the island (we found 3 - the one at Musket Cove is the biggest) or do like me and bring your own to the island.
This isn't a 5 star resort, so don't expect it to be (the prices certainly aren't 5 star), and in the end we really felt it was great value and a wonderful family holiday location.
- 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
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