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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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet the Heyden Family,My Husband and I first came to Fiji in 2001 and stayed at neighbouring Musket Cove Resort. While there at age 21 we walked over at low tide to check out Plantation Island. My husband tried jet skiing and we fell in love with the resort as it looked so family friendly. We talked about one day having lots of kids and bringing them to Plantation Island.
This year our family trip needed to be something special. We had our fourth child Jaheim last September (2018). He was born at 24 weeks and we loved him for 3 months. We decided to go somewhere peaceful and celebrate as a family the birth and love we had for Jaheim. So of course we chose Plantation Island and it felt so special returning with our 3 children all those years later.
The staff were amazing, the food was fantastic and we just enjoyed being on Fiji time relaxing as a family and being grateful for all we have. The people are so happy, friendly and caring. Greeting you with a Bula wherever you go
Plantation Island we will be back........ with a great mix of activities for all and the kids club for that little bit of adult time you can make your holiday whatever you want and you never want to leave.
WE will be back!Heyden Family
Shane Jasmine Jada-Belle Shane Jr JamariIf 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 Heyden Family,

My Husband and I first came to Fiji in 2001 and stayed at neighbouring Musket Cove Resort. While there at age 21 we walked over at low tide to check out Plantation Island. My husband tried jet skiing and we fell in love with the resort as it looked so family friendly. We talked about one day having lots of kids and bringing them to Plantation Island.

This year our family trip needed to be something special. We had our fourth child Jaheim last September (2018). He was born at 24 weeks and we loved him for 3 months. We decided to go somewhere peaceful and celebrate as a family the birth and love we had for Jaheim. So of course we chose Plantation Island and it felt so special returning with our 3 children all those years later.

The staff were amazing, the food was fantastic and we just enjoyed being on 'Fiji time' relaxing as a family and being grateful for all we have. The people are so happy, friendly and caring. Greeting you with a 'Bula" wherever you go
Plantation Island we will be back........ with a great mix of activities for all and the kids club for that little bit of adult time you can make your holiday whatever you want and you never want to leave.
WE will be back!

Heyden Family
Shane Jasmine Jada-Belle Shane Jr Jamari

If you have any wonderful stories you'd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.com
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We have drawn our final winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition! Congratulations to Danielle Henry from Caroline Springs, Australia! 👏👏👏👏👏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.Thank you to everyone to entered the competition, followed this page and congratulated all our winners. 😍#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We have drawn our final winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition! Congratulations to Danielle Henry from Caroline Springs, Australia! 👏👏👏👏👏

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.

Thank you to everyone to entered the competition, followed this page and congratulated all our winners. 😍

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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Congratulations to all of the winners. Great prize!

Congratulations to all the winners. What an amazing prize to holiday in this perfect tropical paradise! 💗

Massive congratulations!!! We will be back one day it's a sensational family holiday destination

Congrats to the very last winner - how wonderful of PIR to give away 50 free holidays to the happiest island resort in Fiji

Wow wow wow how lucky the winners have been. We cannot wait to be back in March next year 🙌🏻

Congratulations to all the winners enjoy the beautiful Plantation Island of Fiji.

Congratulations to you all. How lucky you all are. I have been going to PIR for 21 years now, but only 7 times. Enjoy.

Congratulations ,,,We didn't win Maureen Lester sorry .We will have to wait for the next competition . Congratulations to the winners 🌞

Gutted 😥 congrats x

Congrats to the 50th winner

Bugger... now I’ll hav to pay my own way there 😝

Congratulations to all of the winners. We know all of you will have a great time.

Enjoy your holiday winners!!

So sorry Lisa Mignone. I was hoping you would be selected as I know how much you love Fiji! 🌺🌼🌴

Awesome congrats

Congratulations enjoy

Congratulations enjoy

Congratulations 🥳

Congratulations !

Congratulations!

Congratulations

Congratulations

There's always a next time.

Brenton Barnes Mary Clark last one. Congratulations to all the winners 👏

Casey Viney last one 😢 gone Congratulations to all winners

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The 49th winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition is Michelle Miller from Alexandra, New Zealand!😍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.49 down and only 1 more to go!! 🤞#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

The 49th winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition is Michelle Miller from Alexandra, New Zealand!😍

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.

49 down and only 1 more to go!! 🤞

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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May as well give up now. Im so upset!!! Oh well I hope all the winners enjoy my paradise!!!!

Congratulations. Hoping the 50th person drawn is me 🤞

Congratulations hope we are the lucky last 🌴🌴🌴❤️

Wish I had of entered, thought it was a hoax because it was too good to be true !!!!

Surely I’ll be lucky number 50 🥰

Ok... seriously, it has got to be me next 🤣🤣🤣🥳🥳🥳👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Mel Higgins, I have everything crossed for you.

Congratulations hope you have a great holiday .. I'm sure you and your family will love it ❤️

Well done congrats 🎉

Congratulations 🥳 I have everything literallyc 🤞 Fiji is just beautiful

Congratulations! Hope I'm lucky last 💕🌴💕

Congratulations, I’m hoping I’m lucky last

Congratulations enjoy

Woohoo congratulations

Congratulations enjoy

Would be nice to try again after the last holiday disaster there 20 yrs ago

Hopefully I will be lucky last

Congratulations 🥳

Congrats, my name next pleasssseeeeee

Congratulations enjoy

I'll wait for the next one. Enjoy!

Congratulations

Well Yvonne McCallum one more to go Will it be yours?

Hope I'm the 50th!!

Congratulations. Hope for the lucky last. Pliz pliz🙂🙂🙂

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Congratulations to the 48th winner of our 50 Free Holidays Competition - Jane Finau from Suva, Fiji! 👏👏👏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. Prize letter will be with you shortly.48 down and only 2 to go#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to the 48th winner of our 50 Free Holidays Competition - Jane Finau from Suva, Fiji! 👏👏👏

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. Prize letter will be with you shortly.

48 down and only 2 to go

#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways
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Forever hopeful... Congrats to all the winners so far. Love love love Plantation and would love to bring the kids back ✈️🏝️

Congratulations Jane, well done, enjoy your awesome holiday 🎅🏼🎄🤶🏻

2 to go here’s hoping as we had to cancel our holiday 😍🌴🌴 congratulations on your win

Congratulations ...You will have a great time .Beautiful people and an awesome place .

Congratulations. Good luck to everyone for the remaining 2!!

Congratulations to all the previous winners. This would be great to win

Congratulations, hoping for the next two...🤞🤞

Please pick me 🙏🤞Would love this trip for my 40th next year.

2 to go 🤞 as I would love this for my family right now 😎☀️🍹🏊‍♀️🏝

Yay another Fijian won. Congratulations

Would love my daughter and family to have this.

2 to go yay has bewn great so far with all the lovely winners 🙂 now just see my name hehe now that would be just FAB

Congratulations 🥳 fingers and everything crossed 🤞 2 more to go

Noooooooooo not me again. Well I better unpack my suitcase. It’s been ready to go for a long time now. Feeling ☹️

Congrats Please can i be the 49 or 50th🏖💙

Congratulations....surely i must be next to win 🤔😉😁 lol

Congrats ...stii finger cross🙏🙏🙏🙏

Only two more Tim. Don’t think the odds are in our favour 😢

Gosh my fingers and toes are crossed now

Fingers crossed tight

Congratulations to all the winners here’s hoping 🌴🌴🌴❤️❤️

Congratulations... I’m still hoping with the two draws left that my name gets drawn. What a wonderful experience for our family. 🤞🏼🏝🐡💕

Congratulations enjoy

Congratulations enjoy

Congratulations!

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet Liz Sale ,The week before we left for Fiji our 3 year old daughters swimming instructor had informed us that our daughter was afraid of water, we were at a loss as how to continue her swimming lessons when she refused to participate.
Little did we know that Plantation Island Resort was the answer.Due to the lure of the clear warm water, Nemo, a baby octopus, and beautiful coral our daughter was jumping off the wharf and snorkeling. Snorkelling!!Thanks to the staff at the water sports shed for lending us her little flippers.It was a dream come true and our daughter is enjoying her new found water confidence.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 Liz Sale ,

The week before we left for Fiji our 3 year old daughters swimming instructor had informed us that our daughter was afraid of water, we were at a loss as how to continue her swimming lessons when she refused to participate.
Little did we know that Plantation Island Resort was the answer.

Due to the lure of the clear warm water, Nemo, a baby octopus, and beautiful coral our daughter was jumping off the wharf and snorkeling. Snorkelling!!

Thanks to the staff at the water sports shed for lending us her little flippers.

It was a dream come true and our daughter is enjoying her new found water confidence.

If you have any wonderful stories you'd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.com
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Good luck guys

Good luck

Good luck

😁

Here, y’all! Heather Megan Michelle César Kristin Tim

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