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

Join in the buzz and help us celebrate by sharing the news with your social media audiences!

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

Meet Leah,

Hi
Our family has been to Plantation Island twice.  Our three kids absolutely loved it.  There was so much to do for our family of 5.  We cycled around the island, we went on a dolphin safari, we went on a snorkeling trip, we went on an island trip to a local school and we went fishing.  Our kids still talk about all the cool things that they tried at Plantation Island two years ago.  
 
Yours sincerely 

 Leah Setford

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

Meet Leah,

Hi
Our family has been to Plantation Island twice. Our three kids absolutely loved it. There was so much to do for our family of 5. We cycled around the island, we went on a dolphin safari, we went on a snorkeling trip, we went on an island trip to a local school and we went fishing. Our kids still talk about all the cool things that they tried at Plantation Island two years ago.

Yours sincerely

Leah Setford

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We are coming back this year as we came 2 years ago and my now 9 year old says plantation was her best holiday ever!

Congratulations Belinda Williams from Newcastle, Australia. You are the 7th Winner of Plantation Island Resorts 50 Free Holidays Competition!! 🥳

You will be spending your next family holiday in Fiji ☀️🏝 and will get 5 nights accommodation and return coach & launch transfers on us! The prize letter should be in your inbox shortly. 🙏

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations Belinda Williams from Newcastle, Australia. You are the 7th Winner of Plantation Island Resort's 50 Free Holidays Competition!! 🥳

You will be spending your next family holiday in Fiji ☀️🏝 and will get 5 nights accommodation and return coach & launch transfers on us! The prize letter should be in your inbox shortly. 🙏

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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congratulations hoping to win this too 😀

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

Meet Damien,

The Malolo Cat purrs along
In search of smiles and song
We find them at PI, wide and hearty
Bula! Its time to party!

Check in with Apisai is a treat
Cool drinks for all, something nice to eat
Our bure’s always well-serviced and cool 
A fine place to relax, after play in the pool

As returning guests, the fun, well, it doubles 
VIP check in, a platter plus bottle of bubbles
Extra touches at no extra cost 
Everyone gains, nothing is lost

We still mourn the demise of Anandas
Sadly extinct (well before pandas)
Fortunately theres no dining quarrel
My familys happy whether at Ol Copra Shed or Black Coral 

Bula Bikes. Definitely dont miss it
PI by bike, so much easier to visit 
Snorkelling or diving. Open water or near jetty
Its great not needing to pull on a ‘wettie’

Mike and Al at the activities bure 
We got to know more than ok
Mike was always up for a joke
Al, he played the quieter bloke 

We learned to sail Hobie cats, to some degree
We were often becalmed, much to Mikes glee
Each day we polished our kayaking skills
While wrangling a SUP produced plenty of spills

The new waterparks a winner
My boys often played there til dinner
Id launch them high, then watch them plummet 
Splash! Then out of the water and back to the summit  

Our boys loved exploring at night 
Crabs lurking near burrows causing a fright
One evening. An insect. One boy bitten
Off to PIR’s medical clinic for fixin

50 years young is quite a feat
Im sure guests are in for a treat
Well help you celebrate, lend a hand
(My 50ths next year, a little less grand)

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

Meet Damien,

The Malolo Cat purrs along
In search of smiles and song
We find them at PI, wide and hearty
Bula! It's time to party!

Check in with Apisai is a treat
Cool drinks for all, something nice to eat
Our bure’s always well-serviced and cool
A fine place to relax, after play in the pool

As returning guests, the fun, well, it doubles
VIP check in, a platter plus bottle of bubbles
Extra touches at no extra cost
Everyone gains, nothing is lost

We still mourn the demise of Anandas
Sadly extinct (well before pandas)
Fortunately there's no dining quarrel
My family's happy whether at Ol' Copra Shed or Black Coral

Bula Bikes. Definitely don't miss it
PI by bike, so much easier to visit
Snorkelling or diving. Open water or near jetty
It's great not needing to pull on a ‘wettie’

Mike and Al at the activities bure
We got to know more than ok
Mike was always up for a joke
Al, he played the quieter bloke

We learned to sail Hobie cats, to some degree
We were often becalmed, much to Mike's glee
Each day we polished our kayaking skills
While wrangling a SUP produced plenty of spills

The new waterpark's a winner
My boys often played there 'til dinner
I'd launch them high, then watch them plummet
Splash! Then out of the water and back to the summit

Our boys loved exploring at night
Crabs lurking near burrows causing a fright
One evening. An insect. One boy bitten
Off to PIR’s medical clinic for fixin'

50 years young is quite a feat
I'm sure guests are in for a treat
We'll help you celebrate, lend a hand
(My 50th's next year, a little less grand)

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wow so great … Well Done...

Fantastic. It covers the true highlights of Pir and the lovely staff. Maybe not so much the visit to the medical centre lol

clever! Sounds fun!

Love it Damien ❤️🇫🇯🏝

Great one Damien. It nakes me want to visit Plantation Island!!

Clever .

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We have our first winner from Fiji!!! Congratulations to Ivamere Chongkit from Suva, Fiji. You are the 5th winner of Plantation Island Resorts 50 free holidays Competition! 🥳🤩

You will be sent a prize letter shortly, we look forward to welcoming you to the West for a sunny family holiday 🏝☀️

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We have our first winner from Fiji!!! Congratulations to Ivamere Chongkit from Suva, Fiji. You are the 5th winner of Plantation Island Resort's 50 free holidays Competition! 🥳🤩

You will be sent a prize letter shortly, we look forward to welcoming you to the West for a sunny family holiday 🏝☀️

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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Congratulations!! Amazing prizes

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary 
50 Years. 50 Stories. 
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Meet Sharnee,

I have been to plantation island 3 times and each time seems to amaze me. I recently visited this amazing Island and resort again last year with my 4 month old nephew and family. Staff of all areas from reception, bar, restaurant etc were amazing. My family and myself visited cloud 9 and got a babysitter for my nephew who was amazing. My family and I felt comfortable knowing that my 4 month old nephew was in capable hands. 

I love plantation island so much that one day I’d hope to get married there.

Thank you plantation for all the memories and being amazing 

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

Meet Sharnee,

I have been to plantation island 3 times and each time seems to amaze me. I recently visited this amazing Island and resort again last year with my 4 month old nephew and family. Staff of all areas from reception, bar, restaurant etc were amazing. My family and myself visited cloud 9 and got a babysitter for my nephew who was amazing. My family and I felt comfortable knowing that my 4 month old nephew was in capable hands.

I love plantation island so much that one day I’d hope to get married there.

Thank you plantation for all the memories and being amazing

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This Top Fan and Abbie cant wait to visit in under 2 months

We have our 4th winner of the 50 Free Holidays competition! Congratulations to Alison Ryan from QLD, Australia!! 🥳

You are the lucky winner of 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. You will receive your prize letter shortly 👏🙏😍

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We have our 4th winner of the 50 Free Holidays competition! Congratulations to Alison Ryan from QLD, Australia!! 🥳

You are the lucky winner of 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for 2 adults and 2 kids. You will receive your prize letter shortly 👏🙏😍

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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Ahhh how exciting. Just got the email. Thank you so much.

Congratulations well done

Congratulations enjoy

Congrats to you all

Congratulations to you 🥳

Love seeing all these winners! Congratulations.

WOOHOO congratulations

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Best wishes, Alison, have an awesome time, it's pure paradise on Plantation, Bula vinaka.. 🍍🍍🍍🏝️🏝️🏝️

Oh congratulations. It’s getting closer to me. 😃😃

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Congratulations to Sarah Whiteman from Napier, New Zealand! You are our 3rd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition, celebrating Plantation Island Resorts 50th Birthday. 🥳🤩

You will be receiving 5 nights accommodation at the Resort and return coach and launch transfers for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter is on its way 🏝

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to Sarah Whiteman from Napier, New Zealand! You are our 3rd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition, celebrating Plantation Island Resort's 50th Birthday. 🥳🤩

You will be receiving 5 nights accommodation at the Resort and return coach and launch transfers for 2 adults and 2 kids. Prize letter is on it's way 🏝

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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Amazing! Congratulations!

What a lovely prize to win. Congratulations

Wow what a great win! We have been there on a day trip and it’s amazing, would love to head back to stay someday soon

Congratulations I’m still hopeful ❤️🤞

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A huge congratulations to our 2nd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition, Jenny Dennis from NSW Australia!! 🙏🥳

You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers for 2 adults and 2 children. 

Our team is emailing you a prize letter shortly 😍🏝

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #celebration

A huge congratulations to our 2nd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition, Jenny Dennis from NSW Australia!! 🙏🥳

You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers for 2 adults and 2 children.

Our team is emailing you a prize letter shortly 😍🏝

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #celebration
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Bianca Ramos

Alyce Jones, 48 lucky draws to go.🏝💐🌅✈️

Congratulations Bula fingers crossed 🤞 I have my entry in this would be amazing for mine and my husbands 50th birthday next year Fiji is beautiful 🌸

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

Meet Shane, Suzette, Shiloh and Shannon,

Hi Plantation Island,

My husband, kids and myself visited your beautiful resort in 2016.

My husband and I actually celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and renewed our vows on the island on 1st January 2016. We were the first couple ever to renew our vows and celebrate Our Wedding Anniversary at Plantation Island. It was the most beautiful and memorable holiday. 

We would love to visit again. 

Thank you Plantation Island for giving us the best holiday and one we will never forget and always cherish in our hearts. 

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY PLANTATION ISLAND RESORT 

Best Wishes Always

Shane, Suzette, Shiloh and Shannon

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

Meet Shane, Suzette, Shiloh and Shannon,

Hi Plantation Island,

My husband, kids and myself visited your beautiful resort in 2016.

My husband and I actually celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and renewed our vows on the island on 1st January 2016. We were the first couple ever to renew our vows and celebrate Our Wedding Anniversary at Plantation Island. It was the most beautiful and memorable holiday.

We would love to visit again.

Thank you Plantation Island for giving us the best holiday and one we will never forget and always cherish in our hearts.

HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY PLANTATION ISLAND RESORT

Best Wishes Always

Shane, Suzette, Shiloh and Shannon

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