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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Congratulations to our 26th Winner, Kenyon Lee, who will be visiting us all the way from Perth, 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! 🏝26 down 24 to go.#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to our 26th Winner, Kenyon Lee, who will be visiting us all the way from Perth, 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! 🏝

26 down 24 to go.

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We are halfway there! Congratulations to the 25th Winner of our 50 Free Holidays Competition - Terence Tan from Wolli Creek, Australia!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. Prize letter will be with you shortly. 🏝☀️😎25 down 25 to go.#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We are halfway there! Congratulations to the 25th Winner of our 50 Free Holidays Competition - Terence Tan from Wolli Creek, Australia!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. Prize letter will be with you shortly. 🏝☀️😎

25 down 25 to go.

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Wow congratulations that’s amazing. We can’t wait to get back to plantation island. We love it there.

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oh, Terence lives not far from me! Congratulations!

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Fingers crossed to be one of the next 25..

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet Nicola ,
My family have a great association with Plantation Island and Fiji visiting at least every 10 years.Our mother, Margaret celebrated her 60th and 70th in Fiji and we have also had my brother’s wedding there.  After the passing of our father and enduring the Christchurch earthquakes, Mum’s dream was to bring the entire family back to Plantation Island in 2018 – her 80th.All 23 of us made it and what a fantastic time we had.  From the breakfast on the first morning the staff made our holiday so memorable, not only for Mum but all of us.  The entire staff sung to her at breakfast.  By the evening word had got around the resort and at the dinner in the evening the same thing happened again.  All the staff, guitars and the like all surrounding Mum for her birthday.We were then invited to the Managers party and you guessed it happened again there too and one last time at the resort next door (word had travelled there that she was the birthday girl).Plantation Island is the ideal location for any age range of family, ours ranged from 14 to 80.Now our wish is to be able to bring Princess Margaret (nick named by Api) back for a well earned treat.HAPPY 50th Birthday Plantation Island – We’ll be backApi and all the staff made the trip so special for Mum and we will be forever grateful.Nicola StuartIf 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 Nicola ,

My family have a great association with Plantation Island and Fiji visiting at least every 10 years.

Our mother, Margaret celebrated her 60th and 70th in Fiji and we have also had my brother’s wedding there. After the passing of our father and enduring the Christchurch earthquakes, Mum’s dream was to bring the entire family back to Plantation Island in 2018 – her 80th.

All 23 of us made it and what a fantastic time we had. From the breakfast on the first morning the staff made our holiday so memorable, not only for Mum but all of us. The entire staff sung to her at breakfast. By the evening word had got around the resort and at the dinner in the evening the same thing happened again. All the staff, guitars and the like all surrounding Mum for her birthday.

We were then invited to the Managers party and you guessed it happened again there too and one last time at the resort next door (word had travelled there that she was the birthday girl).

Plantation Island is the ideal location for any age range of family, ours ranged from 14 to 80.

Now our wish is to be able to bring Princess Margaret (nick named by Api) back for a well earned treat.

HAPPY 50th Birthday Plantation Island – We’ll be back

Api and all the staff made the trip so special for Mum and we will be forever grateful.

Nicola Stuart

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How awesome Nicola family is so special lovely memories for you all x 😊

This is so cool!

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Congratulations to the 24th winner of the 50 free holidays competition - Jenna McTague from Auckland, New Zealand!!You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for your next family holiday. Prize Letter will be sent to you shortly. 👏👏👏👏24 down 26 to go! 🤪#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to the 24th winner of the 50 free holidays competition - Jenna McTague from Auckland, New Zealand!!

You have won yourself 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat for your next family holiday. Prize Letter will be sent to you shortly. 👏👏👏👏

24 down 26 to go! 🤪

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Wow thank you so much Plantation Resort! This is the most perfect wedding anniversary present ever!! Specially seeing as this is where we got married!!

Congratulations Jenna Mc Tague awesome.

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I would just love a special getaway with my man 🍹🍹

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We have another local winner! Congratulations to Namrata Chandra from Suva, Fiji. You are the 23rd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition!You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. Prize letter will be sent to you shortly.23 down 27 to go !#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We have another local winner! Congratulations to Namrata Chandra from Suva, Fiji. You are the 23rd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition!

You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. Prize letter will be sent to you shortly.

23 down 27 to go !

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Congrats, Orange’s NSW turn next please 👍

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

Bula,
In June of 2016, 6 families headed from Australia to help one person celebrate their 40th Birthday ... we nicknamed the group “40 in Fiji”.

Birthday girl Karen had one location on her mind ... Plantation Island was the number one choice!!

Wow, wow, wow the resort was awesome ... from having a spacious poolside room, hiring Bula Bikes to explore the beautiful surroundings, delicious food, cocktails to quench the thirst, day adventures and best of all meeting the wonderful Fijian people that make it a home away from home.

We loved every minute of our holiday with memories we will cherish forever x x Vinaka Kirsty

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It was definitely a great holiday 👍

If the boat float the water park open if the water park open we go to the art gallery

Karen Callaghan Nikki Patto David O'Brien Melissa Cox Brendon Cox Kellie Carey Rachel Buckingham Corey Pattinson Madison Cox Wasn’t it such an awesome holiday 🍹☀️

Congratulations to Thao Nguyen from Sydney, Australia! You are the 22nd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition!You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. Prize letter will be with you shortly.22 down 28 to go..#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

Congratulations to Thao Nguyen from Sydney, Australia! You are the 22nd winner of the 50 Free Holidays Competition!

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

22 down 28 to go..

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Congratulations what a wonderful prize. I ❤️ plantation Island. 🤞🤞💕

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We have another local winner!! Congratulations to Vugakoto Vuli from Suva, Fiji. 👏👏You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the sunny west! 😎☀️🏝20 down 30 to go...#plantationturns50 #50freeholidays #giveaways

We have another local winner!! Congratulations to Vugakoto Vuli from Suva, Fiji. 👏👏

You have won 5 nights accommodation at Plantation Island Resort and return coach and launch transfers on Malolo Cat. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the sunny west! 😎☀️🏝

20 down 30 to go...

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This is the best 😍😊 congratulations

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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50Meet Deanna,Bula!
My parents (Moya and Eduardo Amigo Medina) regularly took my brother and I to Plantation Island during our childhood.
Our first trip was in the early 1980s.
We would always have the most magical time there and felt at home from the moment our feet touched the sand.
Now, as an adult, I have the pleasure of taking my three daughters to Plantation Island.
My husband and I feel so fortunate to be able to share a piece of paradise with them and we cant wait to return again soon!
One of our most memorable trips to Plantation Island was when we scattered my late Mothers ashes on the Coral Reef at sunset, as was her dying wish.
As a family, we now have a very special connection to the Island and the wonderfully welcoming Fijian people.
Vinaka...
Deanna Antcliff
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Plantation Island Resort 50th Anniversary
50 Years. 50 Stories.
#plantationturns50

Meet Deanna,

Bula!

My parents (Moya and Eduardo "Amigo" Medina) regularly took my brother and I to Plantation Island during our childhood.

Our first trip was in the early 1980s.

We would always have the most magical time there and felt "at home" from the moment our feet touched the sand.

Now, as an adult, I have the pleasure of taking my three daughters to Plantation Island.

My husband and I feel so fortunate to be able to share a piece of paradise with them and we can't wait to return again soon!

One of our most memorable trips to Plantation Island was when we scattered my late Mother's ashes on the Coral Reef at sunset, as was her dying wish.

As a family, we now have a very special connection to the Island and the wonderfully welcoming Fijian people.

Vinaka...
Deanna Antcliff
Sydney, Australia

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