Plantation Undergoes Renovation Phase
Plantation Island Resort, on Malololailai, has embarked on a $5 million redevelopment project.
Yesterday on the island, resort staff members marked the beginning of the first stage of redevelopment in a ground breaking ceremony opened by the Tui Lawa, Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu Lalalabalavu.
The resort’s CEO, Bradley Robinson, said there were three significant development projects and because of the size of the resort, they couldn’t do the redevelopment in one project.
“Plantation Island Resort has recently gone through a master planning process on how to improve and redevelop the resort as a whole, and what’s come out of that is a number of projects. We’re about to start the first project,” Mr Robinson said.
The first stage of the project, according to Mr Robinson, includes the redevelopment of arrival bure, followed by the construction of a new restaurant, pool, bar, departure area and activities bure.
He said: “We’re also doing some beach dredging because over the years there has been a lot of erosion. We had a coastal process survey done where a New Zealand company, that was also involved with the Vunibaka development, gave us a plan that we have incorporated into our environmental impact assessment and environmental management assessment of how we can improve the beach and how we can protect it for the future.
“The second stage of the redevelopment, which is expected to commence late 2018 to early 2019, focuses on the main part of the resort with the reception, restaurant, and shops.
“The third stage will be more about accommodation; we will look to build 30-40 rooms. Currently we have 165 rooms,” Mr Robinson added.
The first project is expected to be completed by August next year.
Mr Robinson says the second and third projects are estimated at $20m, which brings the total redevelopment figure of the three projects to $25m.
There are 280 people employed on the island. The redevelopment project is expected to employ about 40-50 people. Upon completion, according to Mr Robinson, there would be six new jobs created.
Resort’s director of sales and marketing, Akshay Singh said 2016 was a good year for the resort because they received a good number of tourists despite the Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Animals Fiji Golf Tournament
Plantation Island Resort is hosting a Animal Fiji golf tournament today on the island.
Mr Singh said the resort focused on local charity this year and the first step was assisting Animals Fiji.
“We received no government funding for this tournament, so we rely heavily on donations and a lot of companies have sponsored.
“We are looking to raise about $9,000 to $10,000 in this tournament,” he said.
All money raised will be directed towards Animals Fiji.