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Reviewed 26 March 2013

We travelled here for a week mid March. We arrived at dinner time on a very hot night. The room we were allocated had no working air con, but as soon as we had dinner we were moved to the room next door - no problems. We had 2 rooms in our party. We had a beach front bure - I suggest you try and budget for these rooms as they are really what a dream holiday is made of!!! This holiday was a mother/adult daughter trip. We all found the resort perfect in every way, except for the a-la-carte menu, which we found a little boring - but reading the response from management on a previous post - this will be remedied shortly with a new chef. The staff here are all soooo friendly and make you feel really welcome.
It was absolutely fabulous to wake up, put on swimmers and go for a swim without having to get dressed and pack a bag and take other essentials. About 20 steps from front door to water.
This is a child friendly resort and by the looks of families, the children were having a ball and totally catered for.
Overall, this was such a relaxing holiday and just perfect for us.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Jean B
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

We were there in March 2012, cyclone hit and rooms flooded, staff all appeared to care but the management, were in a dream. unfortunately ever since being evacuated on an overcrowded boat in 5 neter swells to Denara, wife has been crook ever since from wading in raw sewwage from the flooded septic tanks, We were moved to another room the night priot to leasving only to find that was flooded also. and the cockroahes had drowned on the floor. Because as the managemnt stated were were A graders which I have no idea what they refer too. We will not be returning to a third world contry resort

Room Tip: Stay waya from the sea
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank brian b
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PIR-management, Director of Sales at Plantation Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2013

Bula Brian,

We are so sorry that your holiday last year was affected by flash flooding. This event was a natural disaster that hit the island without warning. This was the same event in which many Fijians lost their homes and possessions. We are actually very lucky that Plantation is on an island, so although the flooding was inconvenient at least the waters subsided quickly and everyone was safe.

We care a great deal about the guests that visit our shores and always take the safety of our guests into consideration when mother nature decides to challenge us! We have a purpose built evacuation centre that is protected from flooding and cyclones. We also have emergency procedures in place for Tsunamis, cyclones, floods and other natural disasters. Flooding to this extent had never occurred before, and having dealt with this first hand we are now a lot better prepared. We will continue to review our emergency procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure that we will be prepared for any emergency situation that should arise.

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We travelled in march 2013 we stayed in a 2 bedroom garden bure which was huge large bar fridge. We expected budget accommodation so there wasn't too many surprises. The resort is old and needs a lot of work done to it the resort employs locals which was nice so nothing happens quickly but things do get done eventually. The service was fast we ate at Anandas or bought food from the supermarkets which had everything. Best advice is to take a pack of plastic cutlery bowls and cups they have every cereal available for the same price as australia fresh bread cheese rolls daily we made our own meals a few times Anandas BBQ buffet lunch was great huge range of steak fish and chicken. The holiday is what you make of it if you can look past the old worn buildings evening shows were great the island was beautiful. Musket cove resort looked tidier but snorkeling was closer from plantation island resort day trips were excellent especially she'll village. Walk over the island and down the hill it's beautiful and snorkeling off the beach is amazing. Staff were all friendly which adds to the character of the place. If you can handle a run down caravan park in australia then you wil be fine staying here.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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7  Thank Sarah D
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PIR-management, Director of Sales at Plantation Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2013

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay on the island. We experienced a category 4 cyclone in December last year and minor flooding at the beginning of March, which is why the resort looks a little run down. We are working on improvements to the main facilities and gardens at the moment. Last year we opened our new Boat shed and the snack bar for this will be opened in a few weeks. We also re-roofed some of the Beachfront Bures and replaced the patios of the poolside rooms and some of the 1BR Garden Terrace rooms. We are building some new 2BR Bures which will be ready by June, and after that will look at refurbishing the existing bures. Over the next 12 months, you should see a big improvement in resort facilities, especially the main restaurant and accommodation bathrooms.

It's interesting to read that you found the secret snorkelling spot on the island! Not many travellers stumble upon that little gem.

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Arrived on the 6th of March 2013 to a warm welcome. Unfortunately they had had alot of rain a few days prior and the bar and restaurant on the waterfront was completely boarded up and closed due to it having being flooded, it did not reopen again while we were there for the following 5 nights even though we had fantastic weather. The food at Plantation is extremely basic, especially for the kids and whilst not bad I got sick of the buffet pretty quickly. It was pretty quiet in the resort so didn't feel like many people there due to it being low season, hardly anyone on the beach. Lomani's adults only restaurant next door was lovely and the food great, and also was Musket Cove, really great food here and only a walk along the beach and if you don't feel like walking back in the night after dinner they were more than happy to take us back to Plantation Island reception via buggy (this was great when my 4 yr old was asleep!) Sandbar snorkelling was excellent for kids as it isn't too deep and beautiful clear water. The doesn't seem to be enough lighting on the paths back to the beachfront bures. I would highly recommend a beachfront bure, although basic again inside they are in the best position and it was great of an afternoon to sit back having a drink on the verandah and watch the kids playing in the water only about 20 steps away from us. There are two pontoons which are both great and great snorkelling around one of them. We travelled as a family of 4 with our children being 4 and 7, the kids club was okay although ours never went, only to watch a movie on one or two nights which runs from 7pm till 9pm. We had a babysitter which is crazy cheap, $4 Fijian per hour per child, so around $2.15 aussie. I wouldn't get the meal plan although if you can use the credit at Ananda's again pretty basic but decent food or Lomani's then that isn't too bad. You can't use the credits though at Musket Cove which for me was the best option if travelling with kids. This place has heaps of potential if they spent a little money on it, in saying that it definitely grew on us the longer we were there! Take your insect repellant as you can't go outside at night without being eaten alive!

There is a little shop at Plantation and also down at Ananada's which sells bread, alcohol and all the things you need, our children just had a vegemite sandwich for lunch most days with some snacks. Fiji Bitter was only about $4 Fijian so just over $2 aussie, cheap for takeaway. I would recommend this resort for families and you would enjoy yourself if you want great water and location and not too fussed on the finer things.

Room Tip: Definitely go for beachfront bure in 200 series
  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Leeandjas
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PIR-management, Director of Sales at Plantation Island Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2013

Bula Lee and Jas! Thank you for your feedback. We did experience flash flooding in early March which is why we had to relocate the restaurant to the convention centre. We have a new Chef arriving in a few weeks who will be tasked to reinvigorate the buffet and all of our restaurant menus. Unfortunately Musket Cove is owned by another family which is why our meal plan credits are not available to use at their outlets. Plantation guests can however enjoy the restaurants and facilities over there. The benefit of the meal plan is that 2 kids under 12yrs can eat free and Mum and Dad have the option of eating with them at the main buffet OR dining at Ananda's, Black Coral or Lomani.

We will look at getting more path lights put in at the back of the beachfront bures. We're glad you enjoyed the convenience of the bure's beachfront location and the affordable baby sitting. We hope to welcome you back to the island one day!

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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Stayed in early Feb 2013 for 6 nights. I think it may have been low season because there really wasn't many people! I think it would be better is there was more people otherwise take your own group to party with at night :) Overall, it's about what you'd expect from a three star resort, and as we came from a five star resort on the mainland you really felt the difference.

The pros
- Beautiful island with a lovely view
- Snorkel straight off the beach. There was a really good spot just off the beach near the coco hut which we spent ages exploring
- Enjoyed the cultural show
- Anandas supermarket. Cheese buns and cream buns fish everyday for about 50c each! Saved us a lot of money when we just wanted something to nibble on.

The cons
- Tired. Everything was just so tired looking. There seemed to be a lot of mould in our bathroom and mould growing on the lampshades. The tea spoons were rusty. Broken light fittings. The towels must have been used at the kids cliub because I kept getting towels covered in brightly coloured paints! There was nothing that would spoil the trip, but all the little things became very noticeable and would bother some people.
- The meal plan. I regret booking it. The breakfast wasnt enjoyable...buffet breakfast was mediocre and often cold- toast was per made and in a pot so it was always cold an soggy. There as one really awesome buffet dinner on a night there was a few more people but the other nights we had to pick off a set menu to the value of $40 which got pretty boring. It is probably better just to pay as you go, at least you have choice to go to another resort or just get fresh buns for breakfast from the supermarket.
- Noise. We stayed in a garden bure. There was a construction site right near our room which started early and went until late in the day. I also thought it was odd that even though the resort is so big the 3 rooms either side of us us were always full so it was noisy because of all the activity from the other rooms. I thought that maybe they would have spread everyone out a bit. Anyway, it was hard to relax or sleep in the room so if you could find a hammock that wasnt broken it was nice to sleep in the shade of a palm tree on the beach :)

If I had kids and was on a budget, I would return (and hope the food quality improved). If you are low key Plantation Resort will be adequate enough.

Room Tip: Pay the extra and go for a free standing bure so you get peace and quiet!
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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