Plantation Turns 50

Fifty & fabulous

Plantation Island Resort’s 50th Birthday Party will be held on the 8th of November 2019. To celebrate, we are offering return guests of the Resort a 50% discount on room rate to attend “Celebration Week” which is from 7th to 14th November 2019. The celebration will include fun activities for Plantation guests such as markets, entertainment, activities for the family, Fijian history education and much more!

Plantation Island Resort is nestled on the second largest island in the Mamanuca group, Malolo Lailai Island. Here is a brief history of our wonderful Resort:

  • 1872 – The Nadroga Chief Ratu Kini sold the uninhabited island to John Thomson for planting cotton.
  • 1876 – Thomson died and the island was sold to the American Louis Armstrong, who died bankrupt and the island fell to a mortgage agency.
  • 1891 – They sold the island to James Borron who owned several plantations throughout Fiji and leased Malolo Lailai Island to a Chinese family for 70 years to plant coconut palms and harvest copra.
  • 1960’s –  the island was bought by Richard Smith, Reginald Raffe and Sir Ian Macfarlane.
  • 1969 – Reg Raffe & Dick Smith built 10 Bures and a restaurant before opening Plantation Village Resort.
  • 1970’s, the three gentlemen decided to part ways and individually manage their portion of Malolo Lailai island. An airstrip was built which ran as a boundary between what is now Plantation Island Resort and Musket Cove Resort.
  • 1977 – the name of the Resort changed from Plantation Village Resort to Plantation Island Resort and Reg Raffe started building the Hotel Block (also called the 100 block).
  • 2015 – Plantation Island Resort was at its largest with 205 rooms, 3 restaurants, 3 pools and a 9-hole golf course. In October 2015, the beloved Hotel Block was demolished for safety reasons and was replaced by a white sand beach area including a volleyball court.
  • 2016 – Ananda’s Restaurant was closed indefinitely leaving 2 restaurants and 165 rooms at the Resort.
  • 2017 – Plantation Island Resort underwent an extensive beach improvement project to enhance the north facing beach of the Resort and create an all tide swimming area for guests
  • 2019 – New Arrivals Bure, Restaurant, Pool, Bar and 40 new Hotel Rooms (to replace the old 100 block) built at the Resort

Memories Over the Years

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Entries now closed!

Date: 17/05/2019

All entries to the competition are now closed, we will be announcing 2 winners per week from 17th May 2019 until our 50th Birthday party on 8th November 2019.

50 Free Holidays

We are giving away 50 free holidays!

Date: 03/05/2019

Yes, you read that right, 50 free holidays. All you have to do to enter this competition is click on the below link and enter your details:

https://www.plantationisland.com/50-free-holidays/

Competition closes on the 17th of May 2019, we will be announcing 2 winners per week from 17th May 2019 until our 50th Birthday party on 8th November 2019. Share with your friends and family so that everyone has a chance to win

Fifty and Fabulous

Steering Committee’s Decided for the Celebration

Date: 05/04/2019

Plantation Island Resort hosted its second 50th celebration meeting to elect committee member’s who will be responsible for carrying out a week-long event in November. The committee members will orchestrate the week-long activities, oversee the entire event and planning process.

Fifty and Fabulous

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Date: 11/03/2019

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Plantation Turns 50

Plantation Island Resort’s – 50th Anniversary

Date: 01/03/2019

Plantation Island Resort has been inspiring travel for 50 years and as 2019 will mark the date for this milestone anniversary we are pleased to share with you some exciting initiatives planned for the year.

To celebrate Plantation Island Resort’s 50th anniversary, we will be offering a 50% discount on room rates for all returnees that stay during Celebration Week, which is 7-14 November 2019. Guest’s travel dates must fall on the 50th Birthday Party, on the 8th November 2019.

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We are so excited to release our program for Plantation Island Resorts 50th Birthday
Celebration Week! Running from 7th -14th November, we have heaps of fun activities running throughout each day.If youre interested in joining us for the celebrations, there are still rooms available from 11th - 16th November 2019. Just contact our reservations team on reserve@plantationisland.com for a quote!#plantationturns50

We are so excited to release our program for Plantation Island Resort's 50th Birthday
Celebration Week! Running from 7th -14th November, we have heaps of fun activities running throughout each day.

If you're interested in joining us for the celebrations, there are still rooms available from 11th - 16th November 2019. Just contact our reservations team on reserve@plantationisland.com for a quote!

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Looks great with awesome activities

Looks amazing 👌🏽

Simon Mollica, Damien Bower, Chantelle Jones - great choice of dates for our vacation with a whole week of anniversary celebrations!!! 23 more sleeps until we are there 🍾🥂

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We are on the home stretch now! Congratulations to Olive Whippy from Suva, Fiji! You are the 42nd winner of our 50 free holidays competition.👏👏👏👏👏You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter will be with you shortly. 🏝42 down and only 8 prizes left 🤞😅#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We are on the home stretch now! Congratulations to Olive Whippy from Suva, Fiji! You are the 42nd winner of our 50 free holidays competition.👏👏👏👏👏

You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter will be with you shortly. 🏝

42 down and only 8 prizes left 🤞😅

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Congratulations! Wishing your family an amazing time at PIR. We wish that one day we can return.

Congratulations Ive never been on a holiday, reading all the comments and looking at the beautiful photos, if I did get a chance to have a holiday, id be choosing this beautiful destination 😍

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet Jodi,Hello!
I thought I’d send along some photos of our best Plantation Island memories.
Memory 1: We got married on Plantation Island 14 years ago (16th September) and we had the most wonderful time. We brought 70 friends and family with us and still to this day, everyone talks about how much fun they had during their week on your island. It was the most relaxed wedding .... everything was taken care of for us and nothing was too much trouble for your staff.
Memory 2: 3 years later we brought our baby girl with us ..... and we celebrated our wedding anniversary and my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday .... we met up with my husband’s twin brother who had been on his honeymoon and came to join us at Plantation. Other friends came back with us too.
Memory 3: around 3 years ago we came back to Plantation Island on a day trip with a Fijian family friend from Mana Island and his children. We showed them where we got married and we saw the renovations that had been done. We also had lunch. It was a beautiful day for our family.
Next year will be our 15th Wedding anniversary. We’d love to come back and invite our guests again .... maybe even renew our wedding vows but this time with our two girls.
Kind regards and vinaka!
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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50

Meet Jodi,

Hello!
I thought I’d send along some photos of our best Plantation Island memories.

Memory 1: We got married on Plantation Island 14 years ago (16th September) and we had the most wonderful time. We brought 70 friends and family with us and still to this day, everyone talks about how much fun they had during their week on your island. It was the most relaxed wedding .... everything was taken care of for us and nothing was too much trouble for your staff.

Memory 2: 3 years later we brought our baby girl with us ..... and we celebrated our wedding anniversary and my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday .... we met up with my husband’s twin brother who had been on his honeymoon and came to join us at Plantation. Other friends came back with us too.

Memory 3: around 3 years ago we came back to Plantation Island on a day trip with a Fijian family friend from Mana Island and his children. We showed them where we got married and we saw the renovations that had been done. We also had lunch. It was a beautiful day for our family.

Next year will be our 15th Wedding anniversary. We’d love to come back and invite our guests again .... maybe even renew our wedding vows but this time with our two girls.

Kind regards and vinaka!
Jodi Pracy

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Special moments, of a gorgeous couple. 💞🌅🏖

Life is about memories. How beautiful are yours!!!!

Such a fun place for a holiday! 🌴

Was such a top week . We’ll come and celebrate with you next year

Looks wonderful 😍

Looks amazing. Great story x

Have always wanted to go to Fiji - Plantation Island resort looks like the way to go. Beautiful holiday memories!

Nawww. Seriously beautiful. Wananavu!

Kathleen Rae 🏖🏝🐠☺️

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Congratulations to the 41st winner of our 50 free holidays Competition - Coralie Nicholls from Geraldton in sunny Western Australia! 👏👏You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids.41 down and 9 to go..#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to the 41st winner of our 50 free holidays Competition - Coralie Nicholls from Geraldton in sunny Western Australia! 👏👏

You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids.

41 down and 9 to go..

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congratulations. I hope you have a fab holiday! I will see you there as I am 1 of the 9 holidays left to go! LOL

Would so love to go back again. Congratulations to the last 9. Hoping that me and mine may be one of the lucky ones.🥰🥰🥰🥰

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Congratulations 😃 9 to go and I am still hoping😉

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet The Hawira Whanau (family),Bula and Kia Ora from New Zealand!I am proud and happy to share our story of our special Wedding day on Plantation Island on October 19th 2016.It was the perfect idea!  A Island wedding, close family and friends, sunshine, honeymoon and 8 days in Paradise.  I added the Bula Bride package which covered all the extra touches to our Wedding, stress free and the perfect little extras my guests or myself didnt have to worry about.  It truly was my dream wedding .Our Wedding day was perfect in every way.  We had our reception on the beach by the volleyball court which was lit up with fairy lights and beautiful table settings, but best of all was the traditional buffet dinner, Oh My Lord! All the food was amazing, one thing I  know is that we all agreed the Raw Fish was the best weve ever had!!! Another reason for us to return.Thank you Plantation Island for the best memories made on our special day, especially our 3 children witnessing our wedding and promises to each other.  The kids still ask when we are coming back, hopefully soon.  When we returned home to N.Z my whole family were homesick for Fiji, it took us a whole month to come right!  Thats how special this beautiful Island is to us. I hope you enjoyed our story and we hope to see it shared.We miss you Plantation Island, see you again soon xxIf you have any wonderful stories youd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.comImage attachmentImage attachment

Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
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Meet The Hawira Whanau (family),

Bula and Kia Ora from New Zealand!

I am proud and happy to share our story of our special Wedding day on Plantation Island on October 19th 2016.

It was the perfect idea! A Island wedding, close family and friends, sunshine, honeymoon and 8 days in Paradise. I added the Bula Bride package which covered all the extra touches to our Wedding, stress free and the perfect little extras my guests or myself didn't have to worry about. It truly was my 'dream wedding' .

Our Wedding day was perfect in every way. We had our reception on the beach by the volleyball court which was lit up with fairy lights and beautiful table settings, but best of all was the traditional buffet dinner, Oh My Lord! All the food was amazing, one thing I know is that we all agreed the Raw Fish was the best we've ever had!!! Another reason for us to return.

Thank you Plantation Island for the best memories made on our special day, especially our 3 children witnessing our wedding and promises to each other. The kids still ask when we are coming back, hopefully soon. When we returned home to N.Z my whole family were homesick for Fiji, it took us a whole month to come right! That's how special this beautiful Island is to us. I hope you enjoyed our story and we hope to see it shared.

We miss you Plantation Island, see you again soon xx

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Beautiful family. ❤

A big congratulations to Scott Moylan from Sydney, Australia - the 40th winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition!👏👏👏👏You have won 5 nights accommodation at the best family island resort in Fiji along with return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter coming to you shortly! 🏝😎😍40 down and only 10 to go.🤞#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

A big congratulations to Scott Moylan from Sydney, Australia - the 40th winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition!👏👏👏👏

You have won 5 nights accommodation at the best family island resort in Fiji along with return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter coming to you shortly! 🏝😎😍

40 down and only 10 to go.🤞

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Congratulations what a great prize

Congrats....now if you could announce that i won would be great 🤣👌😍

OMG, that’s my husband! This is so awesome

That’s another one.... still not me? Guess I’m giving up 😢

Congratulations ❤️Oh with only 10 to go ,I do not know if I will show, Please have a heart and let us go .❤️

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Congratulations to Mary Ratudradra from Suva, Fiji! You are the 39th winner of our 50 free holidays competition! Great to have another local winner. 🥳🥳🥳You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach & launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter will be with you shortly!39 down and only 11 to go. 🤞#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to Mary Ratudradra from Suva, Fiji! You are the 39th winner of our 50 free holidays competition! Great to have another local winner. 🥳🥳🥳

You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach & launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter will be with you shortly!

39 down and only 11 to go. 🤞

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Congratulations lucky ducks enjoy

Congratulations! Oh how I wish I could be in the last 11

Congratulations! Would so love to win with our wedding anniversary coming up on the 11th Nov where we got married at PIR. Would love to be able to come again 🤞💓👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🛫🏝🏄‍♂️🥥🍹👌

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet the Svehla family,Plantation Island = Paradise.
When I was a wee boy I imagined going to an island paradise, with warm azure water teaming with tropical fish, coconut palms swaying in the breeze and white sandy beaches. My childhood dreams came true at Plantation Island at the age of 45!
My young family indulged in 8 days of bliss on the island. We loved everything – the family atmosphere, the space, our cosy modern room, the garden setting, the three pools, the food … and especially the genuine friendliness of the staff. My wee braided princesses (Daisy 9 and Lulu 6) were in heaven. They loved all the swimming (of course) and the Kids’ Club activities. Really took a load off us. To be honest, I’ve never felt so absolutely relaxed in years.
There are lots of flash hotels on Denerau with lovely pools. But, you can get that in Singapore, or anywhere really. To me, when I go to Fiji I crave a pristine beach lined with coconut palms and lovely water. That’s what you get at Plantation Island, as well as lovely family friendly and affordable facilities. We’re going back as soon as possible!If you have any wonderful stories youd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.comImage attachmentImage attachment

Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50

Meet the Svehla family,

Plantation Island = Paradise.

When I was a wee boy I imagined going to an island paradise, with warm azure water teaming with tropical fish, coconut palms swaying in the breeze and white sandy beaches. My childhood dreams came true at Plantation Island at the age of 45!

My young family indulged in 8 days of bliss on the island. We loved everything – the family atmosphere, the space, our cosy modern room, the garden setting, the three pools, the food … and especially the genuine friendliness of the staff. My wee braided princesses (Daisy 9 and Lulu 6) were in heaven. They loved all the swimming (of course) and the Kids’ Club activities. Really took a load off us. To be honest, I’ve never felt so absolutely relaxed in years.

There are lots of flash hotels on Denerau with lovely pools. But, you can get that in Singapore, or anywhere really. To me, when I go to Fiji I crave a pristine beach lined with coconut palms and lovely water. That’s what you get at Plantation Island, as well as lovely family friendly and affordable facilities. We’re going back as soon as possible!

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Am loving every moment here again after 27 years !!

Congratulations to Melanie McEvoy from Adelaide, Australia who is the 38th Winner of our 50 Free Holidays Competition!! Well done. 👏👏👏👏👏👏You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter will be emailed to you shortly. 🏝😎38 down and 12 to go..🤞#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to Melanie McEvoy from Adelaide, Australia who is the 38th Winner of our 50 Free Holidays Competition!! Well done. 👏👏👏👏👏👏

You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter will be emailed to you shortly. 🏝😎

38 down and 12 to go..🤞

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Congratulations! Eeeek only 12 more to go 😊🤞

Congratulations, time to enjoy holiday in the beautiful Plantation Island Resort..❤️❤️❤️

Congratulations ..still wishing and hoping 😎😁😀

Woohoo holiday time!!!! 🎉

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Congratulations. Still hoping for me! 😀

Yay!! This is so good. Thankyou, cant wait to come back!!!

Wow congratulations 🤞 for the next 12 draws looking forward to going home

congrats Melanie McEvoy do hope you enjoy your stay here...m also hoping to win the stay @ PIR.....✌ crossed

Yay for you!

Oh my goodness. It’s still not me 😭 Gee I’m keeping everything crossed that real soon you WILL choose me. I have never needed good luck like I need it now. I will be patient lol 😝

Congratulations still got my fingers crossed my name will be called out

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