Malolo Lailai Island, Fiji
Malolo Lailai Island is also known as Plantation Island and is home to three resorts, Plantation Island Resort, Lomani Island Resort and Musket Cove Island Resort. It also includes a marina and a 9 hole golf course. The resorts can be accessed by the Malolo Cat ferry service, by the islands airstrip on a 10 minute flight from Nadi Airport or by private speedboat transfers. Musket Cove is home to a mini mart for groceries and supplies and has the only ATM on the island.
Plantation Island Resort
Our group was transferred form the wharf into the resort by golf buggy’s and along the way Fijian warriors jumped out from the bushes (giving us all quite a fright!) and they escorted us to a traditional kava ceremony to welcome us.
The resort is large and takes a little while to figure out which way you are going but the bures are well spread out so you don’t feel like you’re encroaching on some else’s living space. It is not fancy but clean and comfortable and has everything you need for great family holiday at an affordable price. Right off the beach is two inflatable waterparks, one for kids and one for adults, and a huge variety of water and land-based activities are available to keep everyone busy.
The Ol’ Copra Shed Restaurant is the main dining area and offers expansive buffets for breakfast and dinner and the Black Coral Restaurant offers a la carte dining as well.
A great way to explore the island, its sites and the other resorts is by hiring a Bula Bike, cruiser bikes available in a range of sizes for the whole family.
Lomani Island Resort
The first thing I noticed about Lomani was the lack of people, however I found out the resort was actually near fully booked. This is an adult’s only resort which is a short walk from Plantation Island Resort. A beautiful big pool surrounded by cabanas and the beach and spacious grounds on the edge of a coconut grove were peaceful and relaxing.
The rooms are spacious and cool, all overlooking the white sand beach and ocean. They feature private sundecks, outdoor showers and many with their own private plunge pool on the deck. Each room has guest care packages including mozzie repellent and sunscreen. What an amazing couples retreat.
The Flame Tree is Lomani’s restaurant serving Pacific Rim and Fijian inspired cuisine and the Cocktail Bar serves some amazing creations.
While Lomani offer free use of non-motorised water sports equipment they also include some free excursions such as outer reef snorkelling, handline fishing and island tours.
Musket Cove Island Resort
Musket Cove has beautifully themed design throughout the property in plantation and trader style and it feels a bit like a different world.
We stayed in a two storey Garden Villa with two bedrooms and a plunge pool on the patio. The windows in the bedrooms had no glass, just screens and shutters which allowed the breeze in and gave a lovely tropical feel. A jar filtered rainwater and island baked coconut lime shortbread was provided in the room. All of the buildings are spread out over the expansive grounds with plenty of space around you and feels more like a village with some shared facilities provided. Cruiser bikes are available for hire to assist with getting around and exploring the island.
Dick’s Place Bar and Bistro is the main dining venue for breakfast, lunch and dinner and is nicely situated overlooking the pool and beachfront. Light meals and drinks alternative venues such as the Trader Café, the Island Bar and the perfect accompaniment to the lagoon pool, the Pool Bar. We had pre-dinner drinks at the managers cocktail party which occurs once a week, in a beach hut on the sand and watched the sunset.