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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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.

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Date: 11/03/2019

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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.

Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet Sue and Len Peters,On our first trip to Plantation Island Resort in Feb 1982 with our 3 boys there were no jetties so we were transferred from Cat to small boats with boatmen. One of these was a young man named Watson.We returned in Feb 2003 and low and behold there was Watson. He helped us to our Bures (Hubby, Myself, 3 Sons their Wives and 4 Grandchildren) on what was a wet and windy afternoon.He became a firm favourite with all of us. Always popping up and entertaining the children (and adults). And, for the next 3 visits (2004, 2006, 2007) he was there. A wealth of local knowledge was imparted on our Grandchildren and My elderly Parents (who were on their first overseas trip ever and in their mid 70’s). Watson took great delight in entertaining and walking the Island with my parents. Even taking a small box for my Mum to sit on. He was the reason my parents came back with us. The one story the Grandchildren still talk about is the Life of a Coconut (man).Also on our 2007 trip we had the pleasure of being served and entertained by Inoke in the dining room and he became a firm friend.
On our 2009 trip Watson had retired but he came over to the island to spend the day with us. Making hats and filling us with more local knowledge. An unforgettable day.Sadly we did not have any more contact with Watson but, on our 2011 trip Inoke was there and our friendship was rekindled. We had the pleasure of meeting his wife and two beautiful children (Ben and Faith). Sadly after one of Nadis terrible storms a parcel for the children was returned to us and we lost touch.Now thats 7 trips to Plantation Island Resort, But number 8 is 3rd May so will hopefully reconnect with Inoke. 2 Grandchildren in tow one of which is his first visit.
Another highlight of our stays was when we had my parents with us and Va from the dining room nominated the 4 of us to appear in a promotional video. This included the most amazing evening meal and a few seconds of fame on the video.
Also like to mention Michael (birdman) and Joe (Ugly) for entertaining us and having us in stitches of laughter on most of our latter stays.
Cheers Sue and Len Peters.If you have any wonderful stories youd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.com

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

Meet Sue and Len Peters,

On our first trip to Plantation Island Resort in Feb 1982 with our 3 boys there were no jetties so we were transferred from Cat to small boats with boatmen. One of these was a young man named Watson.

We returned in Feb 2003 and low and behold there was Watson. He helped us to our Bures (Hubby, Myself, 3 Sons their Wives and 4 Grandchildren) on what was a wet and windy afternoon.

He became a firm favourite with all of us. Always popping up and entertaining the children (and adults). And, for the next 3 visits (2004, 2006, 2007) he was there. A wealth of local knowledge was imparted on our Grandchildren and My elderly Parents (who were on their first overseas trip ever and in their mid 70’s). Watson took great delight in entertaining and walking the Island with my parents. Even taking a small box for my Mum to sit on. He was the reason my parents came back with us. The one story the Grandchildren still talk about is the Life of a Coconut (man).

Also on our 2007 trip we had the pleasure of being served and entertained by Inoke in the dining room and he became a firm friend.
On our 2009 trip Watson had retired but he came over to the island to spend the day with us. Making hats and filling us with more local knowledge. An unforgettable day.

Sadly we did not have any more contact with Watson but, on our 2011 trip Inoke was there and our friendship was rekindled. We had the pleasure of meeting his wife and two beautiful children (Ben and Faith). Sadly after one of Nadis terrible storms a parcel for the children was returned to us and we lost touch.

Now that's 7 trips to Plantation Island Resort, But number 8 is 3rd May so will hopefully reconnect with Inoke. 2 Grandchildren in tow one of which is his first visit.
Another highlight of our stays was when we had my parents with us and Va from the dining room nominated the 4 of us to appear in a promotional video. This included the most amazing evening meal and a few seconds of fame on the video.
Also like to mention Michael (birdman) and Joe (Ugly) for entertaining us and having us in stitches of laughter on most of our latter stays.

Cheers Sue and Len Peters.

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Joel Evitts look at that water 😮

So many beautiful family memories

That’s how I remember Plantation from my first trip when I was 4 (1988) when I came with my parents and their friends Several visits later as we lived there and then a stay in 2014 with my husband and my parents group of friends! i am planning a friends 40th Birthday over there so about 30 of us with kids!! Excited!!

Remember Watson with fond memory

Me too

Belkys Viera Carlos Viera Mary Fonseca

Lea Aceveda

been twice and have every intention of going back

Stacey Russell that water!!

Paul Backhouse my 50th!

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet Nicole Robinson,We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful wedding. Everything from the moment we made the booking, until our special day was not stressful and typically Fijian and relaxed. When we arrived on the island it was as perfect as we expected with beautiful blue water straight out of the travel brochure. Where else can you have a beautiful garden wedding, a few quick photos then a quick dip in the ocean to cool down before the reception dinner (keeping the hair dry of course J) Even a little rain as we sat at our tables on the sand didn’t dampen the spirits. Guests and staff just picked up our tables and moved them under cover. We are looking forward to coming back again, hopefully in the next 12 months and show our youngest son the beautiful resort that we all keep raving about. The staff at the resort are truly the most friendly, welcoming and helpful people you could ever meet and we really felt they were as happy to be a part of our day as our Australian friends and family.
Thanks
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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50

Meet Nicole Robinson,

We couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful wedding. Everything from the moment we made the booking, until our special day was not stressful and typically Fijian and relaxed. When we arrived on the island it was as perfect as we expected with beautiful blue water straight out of the travel brochure. Where else can you have a beautiful garden wedding, a few quick photos then a quick dip in the ocean to cool down before the reception dinner (keeping the hair dry of course J) Even a little rain as we sat at our tables on the sand didn’t dampen the spirits. Guests and staff just picked up our tables and moved them under cover. We are looking forward to coming back again, hopefully in the next 12 months and show our youngest son the beautiful resort that we all keep raving about. The staff at the resort are truly the most friendly, welcoming and helpful people you could ever meet and we really felt they were as happy to be a part of our day as our Australian friends and family.

Thanks
Nicole

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50My family and I travelled to the beautiful Plantation Island in March 2015. I was with my husband Mark, our 2 boys Blake and Zane and our 3rd baby boy Harper was also along for the ride in my tummy. We travelled with my husband’s family – his sister Raquel and her daughter (our niece) Mikayla, and his brother David and our sister in law Alex. Alex also had a little boy along for the ride, (Parker) but didn’t know at the time!Our holiday holds incredible memories for us as a family. Raquel had mentioned to us that she would really love to travel overseas for the first time, and have the chance to create some unforgettable memories with her daughter. Whilst this is not usually a remarkable request, it was for Raquel. At the time she had been battling a rare form of cancer for almost 4 years. Diagnosed at just 32 with GIST, gastro intestinal stromal tumour. Her cancer was not responding well to treatment, she had been through the 3 treatment options available to her and unfortunately, she wasn’t winning. She suffered through many terrible side effects before deciding to end the treatment and retain some quality of life.So, we sprang into action to make her dream a reality! She was a single Mum and didn’t have the finances to fund the trip. We organised a ‘Rally for Raquel’ trivia night to raise money for her and Mikayla. We raised enough money for their passports, trips, and spending money. Together we chose Plantation Island and we set off on March 13, 2015.After a bumpy start (we were travelling at the time of Cyclone Pam!), we reached the paradise that is Plantation. We had 8 nights together filled with swimming, snorkelling, parasailing, banana boating, canoeing, lounging, massages, laughing, eating and drinking! The kids loved it and Raquel had the time of her life. The people were so amazing and friendly and it was a totally relaxing holiday. The island is just stunning and we are glad we picked PI. We had an amazing holiday together and Raquel got to forget everything else for a week, which for us was priceless. Her dream was realised.Raquel’s health continued to decline after our trip, she passed away 2 years to the day we flew to Fiji, 13th of March, 2017.
We would love to return one day with our niece Mikayla, who is now 14. We have so many incredible memories that we would love to reminisce over, and add some new ones to the family collection.
Thank-you Plantation Island, for holding such treasured memories for us xI’ve included 3 photos.
#1 Raquel relaxing on the beach
#2 Raquel and Mikayla loving the pool
#3 David, Raquel and MarkIf you have any wonderful stories youd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.comImage attachmentImage attachment

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My family and I travelled to the beautiful Plantation Island in March 2015. I was with my husband Mark, our 2 boys Blake and Zane and our 3rd baby boy Harper was also along for the ride in my tummy. We travelled with my husband’s family – his sister Raquel and her daughter (our niece) Mikayla, and his brother David and our sister in law Alex. Alex also had a little boy along for the ride, (Parker) but didn’t know at the time!

Our holiday holds incredible memories for us as a family. Raquel had mentioned to us that she would really love to travel overseas for the first time, and have the chance to create some unforgettable memories with her daughter. Whilst this is not usually a remarkable request, it was for Raquel. At the time she had been battling a rare form of cancer for almost 4 years. Diagnosed at just 32 with GIST, gastro intestinal stromal tumour. Her cancer was not responding well to treatment, she had been through the 3 treatment options available to her and unfortunately, she wasn’t winning. She suffered through many terrible side effects before deciding to end the treatment and retain some quality of life.

So, we sprang into action to make her dream a reality! She was a single Mum and didn’t have the finances to fund the trip. We organised a ‘Rally for Raquel’ trivia night to raise money for her and Mikayla. We raised enough money for their passports, trips, and spending money. Together we chose Plantation Island and we set off on March 13, 2015.

After a bumpy start (we were travelling at the time of Cyclone Pam!), we reached the paradise that is Plantation. We had 8 nights together filled with swimming, snorkelling, parasailing, banana boating, canoeing, lounging, massages, laughing, eating and drinking! The kids loved it and Raquel had the time of her life. The people were so amazing and friendly and it was a totally relaxing holiday. The island is just stunning and we are glad we picked PI. We had an amazing holiday together and Raquel got to forget everything else for a week, which for us was priceless. Her dream was realised.

Raquel’s health continued to decline after our trip, she passed away 2 years to the day we flew to Fiji, 13th of March, 2017.
We would love to return one day with our niece Mikayla, who is now 14. We have so many incredible memories that we would love to reminisce over, and add some new ones to the family collection.
Thank-you Plantation Island, for holding such treasured memories for us x

I’ve included 3 photos.
#1 Raquel relaxing on the beach
#2 Raquel and Mikayla loving the pool
#3 David, Raquel and Mark

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What beautiful memories you created with Raquel. We went to plantation island June 2017 after I got through Chemo for bowel cancer it was a great holiday. We spent 2 weeks there for a bit of r&r absolutely loved it

Beautiful story 🌴💚

You are beautiful people, big love ❤

We have the best memories of this holiday together!

Thank you for sharing

Please share your stories to gsm@raffehotels.com I am having a blast reading them all!

Another great story 👍🏻🇫🇯❤️🏝

Is there any photos of the new pool area

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#plantationturns50Meet Drina Botica,So many firsts have happened at Plantation Island! Hi, my name is Drina Botica and I first visited Plantation Island 45years ago when I was 10 years old. It was 1974 so please excuse the poor quality of my photos.
This was my first family holiday overseas with my parents and two older brothers and I have so many beautiful memories. We arrived by small plane and were greeted down at the golf course end of the resort and taken by tractor to our room. We stayed in a Bure and could see the beautiful beach.
We made friends with the other kids on the Island and the staff treated us like royalty. One of the staff members, his name was Shadow, was never far from where my brothers and I would play, always making sure we were happy and not needing anything. He made us feel very special, just like part of his family. One day my brothers decided to take me out for a row in a little boat just out the front of the resort but Shadow was so concerned about the three of us being out in the boat alone he rowed out just to check that we were ok.  I remember one evening we were treated to a show of fire walking. Wow! I couldnt believe my eyes. We had so many first experiences on this holiday,  I knew even then that I would bring my children here one day and thats exactly what I did.
In 2010, my husband Kevin and I bought our youngest daughter Lillie on her first overseas holiday and she also got to experience this magical paradise. Kevin had his first attempted at wind surfing and then we all went out on a submersible boat to look at all the stunning coral and tropical fish, we feel very blessed to have had this experience in the boat and to then go snorkelling and get up close enough to the little fish to hand feed them with bread that we had saved from breakfast. To this day, we believe that being able to snorkel right from the beach is one of many reasons we are forever recommending this tropical paradise to our friends and other family members.
In 2012 we returned again, this time for a very special celebration. Myself, Kevin, Lillie and our middle daughter Chevaun came to the island to relax and play. This time we were here to celebrate Chevauns 21st birthday and of course, the island did not disappoint. The girls spent their days trying to catch frogs, snorkelling, fishing, sunbathing and for the first time ever had a go at parasailing. What a great experience to be flying over the beautiful water and then to be dipped into the sea before flying back up into the sky. The girls absolutely loved every minute, a birthday never to be forgotten.
Not to be left out our eldest daughter Keegan has also had a very memorable experience on Plantation, she travelled to the island with her boyfriend who got down on one knee and proposed! They now have a four year old daughter and another baby on the way. Kevin and I hope to come back to the island again soon, perhaps even bring our grandchildren or even perhaps celebrate a Wedding one day.Thank you for the wonderful memories lovely people of Plantation Island, You really have been a huge part of my life, my childrens lives and hopefully one day our grandchildrens lives.
Love to you all x
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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
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Meet Drina Botica,

So many firsts have happened at Plantation Island! Hi, my name is Drina Botica and I first visited Plantation Island 45years ago when I was 10 years old. It was 1974 so please excuse the poor quality of my photos.
This was my first family holiday overseas with my parents and two older brothers and I have so many beautiful memories. We arrived by small plane and were greeted down at the golf course end of the resort and taken by tractor to our room. We stayed in a Bure and could see the beautiful beach.

We made friends with the other kids on the Island and the staff treated us like royalty. One of the staff members, his name was Shadow, was never far from where my brothers and I would play, always making sure we were happy and not needing anything. He made us feel very special, just like part of his family. One day my brothers decided to take me out for a row in a little boat just out the front of the resort but Shadow was so concerned about the three of us being out in the boat alone he rowed out just to check that we were ok. I remember one evening we were treated to a show of fire walking. Wow! I couldn't believe my eyes. We had so many first experiences on this holiday, I knew even then that I would bring my children here one day and that's exactly what I did.

In 2010, my husband Kevin and I bought our youngest daughter Lillie on her first overseas holiday and she also got to experience this magical paradise. Kevin had his first attempted at wind surfing and then we all went out on a submersible boat to look at all the stunning coral and tropical fish, we feel very blessed to have had this experience in the boat and to then go snorkelling and get up close enough to the little fish to hand feed them with bread that we had saved from breakfast. To this day, we believe that being able to snorkel right from the beach is one of many reasons we are forever recommending this tropical paradise to our friends and other family members.

In 2012 we returned again, this time for a very special celebration. Myself, Kevin, Lillie and our middle daughter Chevaun came to the island to relax and play. This time we were here to celebrate Chevauns 21st birthday and of course, the island did not disappoint. The girls spent their days trying to catch frogs, snorkelling, fishing, sunbathing and for the first time ever had a go at parasailing. What a great experience to be flying over the beautiful water and then to be dipped into the sea before flying back up into the sky. The girls absolutely loved every minute, a birthday never to be forgotten.

Not to be left out our eldest daughter Keegan has also had a very memorable experience on Plantation, she travelled to the island with her boyfriend who got down on one knee and proposed! They now have a four year old daughter and another baby on the way. Kevin and I hope to come back to the island again soon, perhaps even bring our grandchildren or even perhaps celebrate a Wedding one day.

Thank you for the wonderful memories lovely people of Plantation Island, You really have been a huge part of my life, my children's lives and hopefully one day our grandchildren's lives.
Love to you all x
Drina Botica

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Hi there have just stayed for a week was so awesome!!!!! Played rugby with the guys on the back field for the week best experience of my life!

love Plantation it holds a lot of great memories. it is wete I met my husband 29years ago xx❤

Chevaun Botica, Lillie Botica 🌴🍸💗

Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing ❤️🇫🇯🏝

My happy place x

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#plantationturns50Meet Sarah McFarlaneWe love Plantation Island Resort!
Plantation Island Resort is my special place, it’s my home away from home, it truly is my little slice of Paradise.I first travelled to Fiji for my honeymoon in 2011. It was our first visit to Fiji and we didn’t know much about Fiji at all. We decided to stay on the mainland in Port Denarau. We enjoyed it and did a few tours and we instantly fell in love with Fiji and its beautiful people. We did a tour out to an island and it was amazing so we decided that if we were to visit Fiji again we would stay out on an Island the next time.We decided to go back to Fiji for our 1st wedding anniversary and I spoke to my travel agent and said pick us an Island. She suggested Plantation Island as it was great value for money- stay 7 pay 5 deal so we said yep let’s do it! My parents also decided to join us.We arrived to Plantation Island Resort with no expectations and it did not disappoint. We didn’t realise we would be in Fiji for Fiji Day. This was the highlight of our holiday. Plantation Island Resort definitely know how to put on a big party. This was the day we fell in love with Plantation Island and knew we had found something special.We returned again the next year 2013 and introduced our good friends Liz and Mark to PIR, they also fell in love with the resort too!
We had also booked a 4 day cruise of the Yasawa Islands so we divided our holiday and did the first part of our holiday at PIR then left for the cruise. When it came time to leave PIR for the cruise, the 4 of us did not want to leave. We boarded the cruise and it was great and the Yasawa Islands were amazing but all we wanted to do was go back to PIR.We returned again the next year 2014 with Liz and Mark and had another fabulous trip. This time we spent the whole holiday at PIR.
We came home and I was missing PIR and our PIR family so much that I decided to create a Facebook group, like a fan page/ info page for the resort as I knew there were many other returnees that also loved the resort as much as I did. I contacted management and asked for their permission.
On 13th January 2015 I created the group We Love Plantation Resort.It was 3 long years before we were able to return to Fiji/ PIR. We decided to start a family and life got busy but running the “ We Love Plantation Island Resort” Facebook group kept me up to date with what was happening at the resort and kept me in touch with our PIR family and friends. I also met a lot of returnees over this time which was awesome to meet others who loved PIR as much as I did.  I was really missing my second home and really wanted to take our Son over to introduce him to Fiji and for him to meet our PIR/ Fiji Family. The staff had been seeing Lucas’ photos on Facebook and were excited to meet him too! So myself and a few other returnees planned to head over together in October 2017 for Fiji day.2017 was a very special and memorable holiday for us! Not only was it the first time taking Lucas to Fiji/ PIR but he took his first steps at PIR and by the end of our holiday he was walking confidently on his own. This was so special for us and something we will never forget! Mike and I were also chosen as special guests of Honour for Fiji day. It was such a privilege for Mike and I to be Chief Guests for the day. For anyone who has been lucky enough to be at PIR for Fiji day will know how much of a special event it is. We were also lucky enough to be included in the Bula Bikes team for Fiji day and had a blast participating in all the fun activities!
Another highlight of this trip was travelling and sharing our holiday with the Sukavakarua Family. We all had the most amazing time.Our most recent holiday was this year in January 2019. We travelled with and shared our holiday with the Sukavakarua Family and took our good friends- The Campbell Family. We all had another fantastic holiday. Highlights of this trip included snorkelling at Sunflower Reef and the Solevu Village Tour through Dulcinea Charters, participating in the “ Keep our Island Clean” campaign, Coral Planting with Michael Wong and a proud mummy moment watching my 2 year old dress up and participate in the kids cultural performance with kids club. There were so many other highlights from this trip, I could go on forever! I have just booked to go back with Lucas later in the year for the Resorts 50th Anniversary Party. We are so excited and already counting down until November.If you haven’t already joined the “ We Love Plantation Island Resort “ FB page please pop over to do so. Myself and the 3 other admin members who help me run the page love hearing other returnees stories and assisting new guests with advice/ information to help everyone have an amazing time at PIR. We currently have 8.8k members in the group and would love many more!Last but not least-  one of my favourite things about PIR is the amazing staff! Over the years I have made life long friends. We love our PIR family and they’re one of the main reasons we continue to go back again and again!My 3 photos I have chosen include:
- Fiji day 2017 when we were the Chief Guests
- Lucas with his amazing baby sitter and also a special friend of ours- Livi Qaya in 2017
- My Island Boy all dressed up after his cultural Performance with kids club 2018If you have any wonderful stories youd like to share with our audience, please send your stories and photos to gsm@raffehotels.comImage attachmentImage attachment

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Meet Sarah McFarlane

We love Plantation Island Resort!
Plantation Island Resort is my special place, it’s my home away from home, it truly is my little slice of Paradise.

I first travelled to Fiji for my honeymoon in 2011. It was our first visit to Fiji and we didn’t know much about Fiji at all. We decided to stay on the mainland in Port Denarau. We enjoyed it and did a few tours and we instantly fell in love with Fiji and its beautiful people. We did a tour out to an island and it was amazing so we decided that if we were to visit Fiji again we would stay out on an Island the next time.

We decided to go back to Fiji for our 1st wedding anniversary and I spoke to my travel agent and said pick us an Island. She suggested Plantation Island as it was great value for money- stay 7 pay 5 deal so we said yep let’s do it! My parents also decided to join us.

We arrived to Plantation Island Resort with no expectations and it did not disappoint. We didn’t realise we would be in Fiji for Fiji Day. This was the highlight of our holiday. Plantation Island Resort definitely know how to put on a big party. This was the day we fell in love with Plantation Island and knew we had found something special.

We returned again the next year 2013 and introduced our good friends Liz and Mark to PIR, they also fell in love with the resort too!
We had also booked a 4 day cruise of the Yasawa Islands so we divided our holiday and did the first part of our holiday at PIR then left for the cruise. When it came time to leave PIR for the cruise, the 4 of us did not want to leave. We boarded the cruise and it was great and the Yasawa Islands were amazing but all we wanted to do was go back to PIR.

We returned again the next year 2014 with Liz and Mark and had another fabulous trip. This time we spent the whole holiday at PIR.
We came home and I was missing PIR and our PIR family so much that I decided to create a Facebook group, like a fan page/ info page for the resort as I knew there were many other returnees that also loved the resort as much as I did. I contacted management and asked for their permission.
On 13th January 2015 I created the group We Love Plantation Resort.

It was 3 long years before we were able to return to Fiji/ PIR. We decided to start a family and life got busy but running the “ We Love Plantation Island Resort” Facebook group kept me up to date with what was happening at the resort and kept me in touch with our PIR family and friends. I also met a lot of returnees over this time which was awesome to meet others who loved PIR as much as I did. I was really missing my second home and really wanted to take our Son over to introduce him to Fiji and for him to meet our PIR/ Fiji Family. The staff had been seeing Lucas’ photos on Facebook and were excited to meet him too! So myself and a few other returnees planned to head over together in October 2017 for Fiji day.

2017 was a very special and memorable holiday for us! Not only was it the first time taking Lucas to Fiji/ PIR but he took his first steps at PIR and by the end of our holiday he was walking confidently on his own. This was so special for us and something we will never forget! Mike and I were also chosen as special guests of Honour for Fiji day. It was such a privilege for Mike and I to be Chief Guests for the day. For anyone who has been lucky enough to be at PIR for Fiji day will know how much of a special event it is. We were also lucky enough to be included in the Bula Bikes team for Fiji day and had a blast participating in all the fun activities!
Another highlight of this trip was travelling and sharing our holiday with the Sukavakarua Family. We all had the most amazing time.

Our most recent holiday was this year in January 2019. We travelled with and shared our holiday with the Sukavakarua Family and took our good friends- The Campbell Family. We all had another fantastic holiday. Highlights of this trip included snorkelling at Sunflower Reef and the Solevu Village Tour through Dulcinea Charters, participating in the “ Keep our Island Clean” campaign, Coral Planting with Michael Wong and a proud mummy moment watching my 2 year old dress up and participate in the kids cultural performance with kids club. There were so many other highlights from this trip, I could go on forever! I have just booked to go back with Lucas later in the year for the Resorts 50th Anniversary Party. We are so excited and already counting down until November.

If you haven’t already joined the “ We Love Plantation Island Resort “ FB page please pop over to do so. Myself and the 3 other admin members who help me run the page love hearing other returnees stories and assisting new guests with advice/ information to help everyone have an amazing time at PIR. We currently have 8.8k members in the group and would love many more!

Last but not least- one of my favourite things about PIR is the amazing staff! Over the years I have made life long friends. We love our PIR family and they’re one of the main reasons we continue to go back again and again!

My 3 photos I have chosen include:
- Fiji day 2017 when we were the Chief Guests
- Lucas with his amazing baby sitter and also a special friend of ours- Livi Qaya in 2017
- My Island Boy all dressed up after his cultural Performance with kids club 2018

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Good luck hope you win

Such a great story and such a lovely island. We also went there on our honeymoon and returned just before we had kids. I love plantation island too.

Good luck - you deserve a holiday

Been to plantation island a few times with our kids and love Livi she is such a beautiful person !!

Good luck my lovely

Good luck cuz

Great story, yes Mark & I have thoroughly enjoyed our PIR stays

What a lovely story i really love it

Hope you win Sarah Ann, you so deserve to x

Lovely story Sarah ..

Good luck Sarah Ann

Good luck Sarah!!

13 trips to plantation island in the last 16 years that should let you know something the wonderful friendly staff are 90 percent of the reason the other 10 percent weather. food .surroundings.

Fantastic Sarah. Always love seeing your pics from PIR xx

Lovely, Goodluck with everything, Sarah Ann 🇫🇯💙💕

Great story Sarah

Hi darling, did I do it right this time? Hope so! Regarding my back, had more skin cancers removed on Monday, plus two more biopsys taken, (one on my back and another from the back of my head). My problem at the moment is that the cut on my back, has to have the original pressure dressing removed, then bathed, and another strip of pressure dressing applied along the cut line. Trouble is, I am here on my own, and I haven't got eyes in the back of my head, so I can't see to do the job. No problem, it should all get sorted out hopefully. Let me know if I didn't do the like and share completely this time darling, and I will get Roslyn to do it for me. Love to you all. XXX❤️❤️❤️

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