Ultimate Girls Week Away

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Text the women you love: ‘We’re going to Fiji!’

You work hard, you nourish others, and you put yourself at the end of your list. Give yourself permission to put yourself first with the 2020 Ultimate Girls Week Away, hosted with pride by Plantation Island Resort. Nourish and awaken your soul with a whole week of inspirational speakers, workshops, panel discussions and the ultimate healing hub.

This week-long program offers workshops, talks and panel discussions facilitated by fabulous women from all across the globe, covering a variety of topics to suit all personalities and interests.


The best way to foster a deeper understanding of both ourselves and our world is by embracing and learning about the world’s different cultures. Beginning with a traditional Fijian Elders Blessing and Fire Dance, you’ll have the opportunity to truly embed yourself in Fijian culture, from village visits to resort activities and browsing traditional Fijian crafts in one of our two local market nights.


When was the last time you sat down with a great novel? Escape from those books whose purpose is to tell you how to live your life, and pick up one that will show you how to embrace it. We encourage you to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s City of Girls before embarking on your Ultimate Girls Week Away.

Keynote speaker Elizabeth Gilbert invites you to embrace your longing to live a more creative life. Over two days, she’ll show you that everyone is invited to live a more creative, fulfilled life – one that is guided by curiosity instead of fear.


You don’t have to be a ‘good girl’ to be a good person.

The key ingredients for any type of awakening is a new environment, eye-opening experiences, and a supportive, like-minded community. The Ultimate Girls Week Away is designed to awaken the fire within you and nurture your soul. With passionate and knowledgeable facilitators from around the world, a holistic approach to wellbeing, and experiences to challenge and embrace the person you are now, the Ultimate Girls Week Away creates a safe space for you to be yourself, and gives you the tools to keep that space alive for yourself into the future.

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A new chapter for Plantation Island Resort

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We are thrilled to announce that Plantation Island Resort’s $16 million upgrade is now complete and ready for its first guests.

We’ve upgraded the Arrivals precinct to feature a large Arrivals Bure where guests will be offered a seamless arrival experience. We’ll welcome you right off the Malolo Cat in an Arrival Bure which features stunning views across the Mamanuca waters – you’ll know for sure you’ve arrived in paradise! The new space draws inspiration from the massing, materiality and planning of a traditional Fijian village, with light, rustic and traditionally Fijian design.

The brand-new Tavola Restaurant and Bar, is complete with a new menu designed by renowned Fijian Executive Chef Mo Arun. The new menu will be light, fresh, and traditionally Fijian, with Asian flair and cultural touches from all around the Pacific Rim and beyond.

Adjacent to this new restaurant and bar will be a new beachfront pool, which will bring the total number of pools available to residents up to four.

We have also built 40 new rooms. These rooms will offer couples and small families the option of a hotel-style room, locating them right in the middle of the action and creating a point of difference to the stand-alone bures that make up most of the other accommodation around the resort. Thanks to a beach widening project, all of these new rooms will boast spectacular views of Malolo Lailai Bay.

Environmental protection has been at the forefront of our minds throughout this renovation project, beginning with an extensive beach improvement program across our beachfront to repair areas of erosion and remove years of built-up silt across the sand flats. A comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment, carried out at the project’s inception, has ensured the success of the beach improvement program and ensured that all our efforts to improve our guests’ experience have been carried out in an environmentally-forward way, including through the continuation of our own coral planting program.

We’re thrilled to announce the opening of these new developments, and hope you’ll visit us soon to share in all of Fiji’s wonders.

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Authentically Fiji, authentically Chef Mo

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Raffe Hotels and Resorts is pleased to announce that Chef Mohammed Arun has joined us as our new Group Executive Chef. This new role will see Chef Mo responsible for leading and supporting the kitchen management team across all three Raffe Hotels and Resorts properties, to develop and deliver consistently enjoyable and quality dining experiences in Fiji Gateway Hotel, Lomani Island resort, and of course Plantation Island Resort.

Chef Mo brings a wealth of experience to this role and to the Group, and has joined us from his most recent role as Executive Chef for the Grand Pacific Hotel. A native of Nadi, Chef Mo has also worked in Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, where he has won a number of awards and accolades for his fine food and well-rounded dining experiences.

Chef Mo’s signature style is Pacific Rim authenticity cuisine, a style which combines Fijian roots and culinary flair to the Pacific food of his childhood with Asian touches and a host of other cultural and culinary guidance that permeates the modern Pacific Rim. Pacific Rim authenticity cuisine combines fresh, healthy and tropical ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, and turmeric with local fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables to produce modern dishes that reflect the heart of Fijian values.

Chef Mo’s menus are authentically Fijian, serving the best that Fiji has to offer on every plate. His reputation and accolades are well-deserved, and we at Plantation Island Resort are very excited to work with him, and to serve our guests the best meals in Fiji.

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Relax – you’re on Fiji time!

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What is Fiji time?

From the moment you land on the tarmac, you’ll notice two things about Fiji and Fijians: they’re always ready to greet you with a smile and a friendly ‘Bula!’, and they don’t exactly run to a strict schedule.

If you’ve ever been to Fiji, been interested in Fiji, or are thinking about coming to Fiji, you’ve probably heard about Fiji Time. Like many cultures in the world, Fijians have a pretty important relationship with time: Americans are always running out of it, Italians run their days on a pretty measured roster of work-rest-work, and Fijians… well, they’re more interested in the journey than in how long it takes to get somewhere. No one worries about going to bed at a certain time or counting the hours until they have to get up and go to the next thing. Fijians simply enjoy each passing second in the present moment.

Embracing Fiji time – or indeed, getting through a Fiji holiday without getting irritated or frustrated – means being patient and letting go of that ever-present need to Get Things Done. When you make plans to meet someone or do something, state a time and then expect everything to run at least ten minutes late. People will arrive in their own time, the weather might cause your itinerary to change, or an activity might take far longer than you originally planned for. Don’t stress! Embrace the moment you’re living in, here in beautiful Fiji, and let the day take you where it will.

Embracing Fiji time will give you a renewed appreciation for the things that really matter in life – the people you’re with, the place you’re in, and the adventure you’re experiencing.

Fijians always have time to talk to others, to discuss village needs or to plan upcoming events, and generally don’t worry about getting too much done today. If it isn’t done today, well, maybe they will do it tomorrow, or even later. Don’t worry about time; it will eventually get done, and if it doesn’t, it’s probably not that big a problem anyway.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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Malolo Lailai – The Island of the Resting Sun

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Katonimana: Fiji’s legendary beginnings

Mythology and anthropology agree that the beginning of settlement in Fiji stretches back almost three and a half thousand years ago, when Melanesian voyagers sailed west and settled the Pacific islands of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and Fiji. Legend has it that the great seafaring warrior Chief Lutunasobasoba sailed his giant double-hulled canoe Kaunitoni in search of bountiful seas and rich lands where his people could finally rest.

Alongside families, warriors, and skilled craftsmen, legend has it that the Kaunitoni carried something truly precious: the Katanimana, the Box of Blessings. Rounding the outer edge of what is now Malolo Island, Malolo Lailai’s larger western neighbour, rough seas caused the Katonimana to be lost to the ocean. Believing its loss to be the will of the Gods, Lutunasobasoba ordered that the Katanimana should not be retrieved, and called the area Likuliku, a name the lagoon still bears to this day.

Many Fijians believe that their islands’ prosperity and peace is due to the presence of the Katanimana, buried in the seabed, bringing them good fortune.

Na Siga e Dromu i Malolo: The Island of the Resting Sun

The first Europeans came across the prosperous Fiji Islands in 1643, completely by accident. Abel Tasman stumbled across Fiji on his way to discovering the Great Southern Continent, and James Cook sailed through in 1774 in search of the same place.

The first Europeans to land and live among the Fijians were shipwrecked sailors and runaway convicts from the Australian penal settlements, some decades later. Sandalwood traders and missionaries came by the mid 19th century. Tensions among indigenous Fijian tribes, and between local Fijians and settlor communities, ebbed and flowed throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries. The British pressured the beleaguered indigenous Fijian leader to cede control in 1874; in 1970 following the establishment of cabinet government, the British finally granted independence to the Republic of Fiji.

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The Nadroga chief Ratu Kini sold the uninhabited island of Malolo Lailai in 1872 to John Thomson for cotton planting. After some time as a cotton, coconut, and copra plantation, the island was sold in the 1960s to Richard “Dick” Smith, Sir Ian MacFarlane, and Reginald Raffe, who parted ways in the early 1970s to develop their own parts of the island. It was then that Plantation Island Resort was first developed as a lush resort where travellers could come to seek adventure, relaxation, and some time away from the world. Plantation Island Resort celebrates its 50th birthday in 2019, and we’re so happy to share our journey with you.

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Fiji weather

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What it’s like and how to manage it

Fiji is a magical place, with sand, surf, and sun aplenty. But what does ‘endless summer days’ really mean? Fiji’s tropical climate means that there is little change in temperature from season to season, with most months reaching highs of 30C/86F, and the water remaining a balmy 26C/81F. But there are still fluctuations in temperature, rainfall, and – most importantly – mosquito activity, so read on and be prepared for Fiji’s tropical climes, no matter what time of year you travel.

Wet season: November – April

Unlike the continents to the north and south of the globe, the equatorial region where Fiji is situated doesn’t have four seasons in the classical sense. Instead, the year is divided into two seasons: the wet season, and the dry season.

Fiji’s land mass is quite small, so “wet” season is a bit of a generous term. The wet season is characterised by heavy, brief local showers and contributes most of Fiji’s annual rainfall. Annual rainfall on the main islands is between 2000mm and 3000mm on the coast and low lying areas, and up to 6000mm in the mountains.

The wet season is much more humid as well, so don’t forget your insect repellent. Be sure to choose one without Deet, as it can react badly with many sunscreens and become toxic.

Dry season: March – December

The dry season is the most popular time to visit, so it’s peak tourist season in most of Fiji. One of the reasons this period is so popular is that May – October is the best time for underwater activities, when visibility is at its highest. Highs in this season remain in the high-mid 20sC/70s-80sF, and rainfall and humidity are lower – though those insects are still lurking!

The constant sun is taxing on your skin, so be sure to pack plenty of your favourite sunscreen. Use something nourishing and lightweight on your face, and grease-free over your body – you’re more likely to reapply if you love your sunscreen and the way it feels on your skin. Be sure to choose a sunscreen that’s friendly to the reefs.

Self-care in tropical climates

Be sure to eat plenty of those beautiful local tropical fruits – they’re high in vitamin C and antioxidants, which help keep your skin rejuvenated. Fresh fish and eggs are high in protein and antioxidants, and can stimulate collagen growth, keeping skin elastic and preventing wrinkles.

Keep your skin clear by rinsing off in a cool shower and using gentle cleansers each evening to get rid of the day’s dirt and sweat. Don’t forget your hair – gently wash out the salt water and apply a hair mask weekly to combat sun and salt damage.

Lastly, and maybe most importantly: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. With year-round temperatures solidly in the ‘warm’ category, and a humid tropical climate that will make you sweat, it’s crucial that you replace the moisture you’re losing.

Get that Fiji Glow

Get that Fiji Glow

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Relax, reflect, revitalise and rejoice with Plantation Island’s spa treatments and hair salon

Fiji is a stunning tropical destination that you won’t want to miss – with sunshine all year round and temperatures averaging between 26 and 31 degrees Celcius, there’s never a bad time to travel.

But all that sun, saltwater, and humidity can take a toll on your skin, hair and body. That doesn’t mean you should stay indoors — with a little care and a few precautions, you can enjoy Fiji to its fullest.


Relax and ease into Fiji time with a luxurious massage. Whether you need a quick 30 minutes to ease your travel-induced muscle stiffness or have hours to while away on a deep tissue massage, our massage menu has a full- or half-body massage treatment for you.

Beauty rituals

Keep yourself looking your best with our extensive range of beauty rituals. From revitalising facials to brow tinting, mani/pedis, and hair removal, you can revitalise your look easily with Plantation Island Resort’s Beauty Rituals spa menu.

Hair treatments

All that swimming, sunbathing, and Fiji adventure makes for a great holiday – but summer activity can take a serious toll on your hair. Tame your tresses and keep your locks shining with our protein treatment, or get ready for a big day with our full menu of hairdressing services. It’s easy to keep your hair in tip-top shape with our Hair Treatments spa menu.

For the kids

Plantation Island is a family resort, so of course our spa has a treatment menu just for kids! Whether you’re after a mother-daughter manicure, matching facials, or traditional Fijian braids, you and your kids can relax and reconnect with matching spa treatments designed just for them.

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Dreaming of that perfect ocean view

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There are many highlights on a trip to Fiji – the beautiful food, the friendly people, the endless potential of every day – but nothing is as good as that first sight of the Pacific Ocean when you step out of your room every. Single. Day.

Every time, it catches your breath a little bit – the sparkle of sun on the waves, the fresh, salty smell of the air, the sheer potential for adventure and relaxation that the sea holds.

But why wait to experience that moment? Step out of bed, stumble over to open the curtains, and breathe in the splendour of the ocean in one of our brand new Ocean View Hotel Rooms.

Located within touching distance of the ocean, each Ocean View Hotel Room boasts stunning views of Malolo Lailai Bay from the balcony or patio. It’s the best view on Mamanuca Island, and it’s exclusive to Plantation Island Resort.

Each room features a split-level design and Plantation Island Resort’s timeless décor, making stunning use of locally-made indigenous handicrafts and arts. The queen-sized bed shares the upper level with a bathroom, giving you and your partner the illusion of privacy while the kids enjoy a slumber party on the two easily-converted day beds in the lower level.

Our brand-new Ocean View Hotel Rooms will be part of an all-new resort precinct, including an Arrivals Bure, restaurant, pool and bar, so everything you need to make your Fiji holiday a dream is right at your fingertips.

Experience the charm and delight of uninterrupted Malolo Lailai Bay views in our brand new Ocean View Hotel Room, available from 1 September 2019.

Discover the best Fijian souvenirs and cultural keepsakes

Discover the best Fijian souvenirs and cultural keepsakes

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Fiji’s culture is rich and diverse, and its food, culture and language come from a range of sources including its Polynesian and Melanesian roots and its Indian, Chinese, and European immigrant history.

But while Fiji is truly a modern melting-pot of food, culture, and language, its traditional handicrafts are firmly rooted in its Polynesian and Melanesian heritage. These beautiful craft wares can be found throughout the Fijian islands, with different areas known for different forms of craftsmanship, including weaving, pottery, crafting, pearl fishing, and more.

As you stroll the towns and marketplaces looking for that perfect gift or keepsake, keep an eye out for the Made in Fiji stamp – that way you’ll know your Fiji souvenir is locally-made and supporting Fiji’s economy.

Fabrics and woven products

Traditionally the domain of Fiji’s women artisans, woven products range from the soft, bright sarongs or sulus worn by every Fijian and holidaymaker around to the traditional, stiff Tapa cloth wall hangings, bags and baskets made from the bark of mulberry trees and then adorned with traditional designs in black and rust.

Wood carvings

Fiji’s craftsmen are most famed for their stunning woodcarving work. From cannibal forks to yaquona bowls, face masks to spears and clubs, you’ll find the perfect wooden keepsake to remember your time in Fiji. Pair your Tanoa drinking bowl with a kava kit for the perfect Fijian gift, and be sure to check that all wooden keepsakes have been properly lacquered and treated so they don’t get confiscated at Customs!

Fijian pearls

Fijian pearls are something else, lustrous and shiny and with colours found nowhere else in the world. J. Hunter Pearls farm their pearls off the coast of Viti Levu, and offer educational tours of their pearl farms where you’ll learn about the history of pearling in Fiji. There’s even a snorkelling tour if you bring your own gear.

Pure Fiji beauty products

The coconut is just about the most versatile vegetable on the Fijian islands, and well-known throughout the world for its healthful and antibacterial properties. Pure Fiji harnesses South Pacific Islanders’ ancient knowledge of the coconut’s beneficial properties, using all-natural, all-local coconut milk, coconut oil, and flower extracts to produce products that hydrate your skin and beat back skin-dulling bacteria and inflammation.

Celebrate your new beginning in paradise

Celebrate your new beginning in paradise

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If you’re a lover of travel, the beach, or romantic destinations, a destination wedding or honeymoon in stunning Fiji is probably your dream wedding. Scattered across miles of turquoise sea, this nation of 333 volcanic islands exudes tropical charm. There’s something intimate and romantic about gathering your nearest and dearest to stay together, adventure together, and celebrate together as you and your loved one begin the rest of your lives as a married couple.

Destination weddings can seem daunting to plan and execute flawlessly, but a little research can go a long way. Once you’ve established your budget, check out local hotels and resorts to see what they offer. Plantation Island Hotel is one of Fiji’s best family-friendly resorts, so you don’t have to worry about what to do with the little ones. They offer a range of wedding and honeymoon packages to suit all tastes and budgets, and best of all, their in-house wedding planners will work to fulfil your every wedding wish – they can even marry you!

Bringing a dozen or so of your favourite people to one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world can be less expensive than throwing a big to-do back at home. Marry on the sand with the sea as your backdrop, or in a historic limestone church or chapel, before returning to celebrate surrounded by tropical flowers under the stars. If your wedding party books 50 nights of accommodation between them (that’s only 13 people at four nights each!), you and your brand-new spouse will receive a free night’s accommodation at Plantation Island’s luxurious couple-only sister resort, Lomani Island.

A tropical resort with all the trimmings, Plantation Island offers a stunning backdrop to your perfect day celebrating your wedding surrounded by your loved ones and the bright turquoise sea.

For more information about throwing a wedding at Plantation Island Resort, check out our wedding flyer and previous posts.

Redeeming Benefits


You are eligible to claim these benefits

  • $100 Food & Beverage Voucher per stay
  • Complimentary WIFI during stay (2 devices)
  • Invitation to Returnees Cocktail Party every Wednesday
  • Exclusive Plantation Family Wristband on arrival

To redeem these benefits, please quote your Plantation Family Membership Number with your Travel Agent or our Resort when you make a booking.

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Redeeming Benefits


You are eligible to claim these benefits

  • $100 Food & Beverage Voucher per stay
  • Complimentary WIFI during stay (2 devices)
  • Guaranteed upgrade to the next available room category at time of booking
  • Invitation to Returnees Cocktail Party every Wednesday
  • Exclusive Plantation Family Wristband on arrival

To redeem these benefits, please quote your Plantation Family Membership Number with your Travel Agent or our Resort when you make a booking.

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Redeeming Benefits


You are eligible to claim these benefits

  • $100 Food & Beverage Voucher per stay
  • Complimentary WIFI during stay (2 devices)
  • Guaranteed upgrade to the next available room category at time of booking
  • An extra $50 Food & Beverage Credit per room per day (on top of other available offers)
  • Invitation to Returnees Cocktail Party every Wednesday
  • Exclusive Plantation Family Wristband on arrival

To redeem these benefits, please quote your Plantation Family Membership Number with your Travel Agent or our Resort when you make a booking.

Contact Us