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“A very special place created by very special people” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kalinaun Resort - Lembeh & Bangka

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Kalinaun Resort - Lembeh & Bangka
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Lembeh and Bangka islands, Pulau Lembeh 95000, Indonesia   |  
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“A very special place created by very special people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2012

We spent 6 days at Kalinaun Resort last week. From the start at the booking process, which was handled by Roberto, I got the impression that everything was efficient but done in a relaxed manner. I was not wrong. Allesandro met us at the airport and was not at all stressed even though our flight had arrived late. The one hour drive to the resort was very pleasant. One point to note is the brothers are Italian, and Roberto's wife Olivia is Indonesian. All apologized for not speaking much English, but seriously I think there was nothing to worry about as we got there in the end and understood each other. My husband, daughters, and I, all really felt completely at home there. Their English is much better than they give themselves credit for!

Apart from the owners' mother who was visiting from Italy, we were the only guests at this intimate resort comprising of only 4 cottages. The entire place was built by the owners, in a simple but very tasteful style. Everything was very clean. The views across the bay of the sea and mountains were stunning. These could be enjoyed from both the restaurant and the rooms. The resort is very well integrated into its surroundings, with a few local families living to either side.

The cottage style room was spacious and clean, as was the attached bathroom which featured double sinks which were very useful. There was always lots of hot water as each cottage has its own heater. Most impressive was the refrigerator, which was incredibly cold, so we could always look forward to ice cold drinks when we returned from diving in the afternoons. Two chairs and a table, and two sun loungers were provided outside our cottage. If you can get up early in the morning, it is worthwhile to sit outside and watch the sun rise- an extremely calming way to start the day.

The meals are included in the price. Only extras are beer and soft drinks. We were asked if we wanted any cooked items at breakfast but declined as we usually have little breakfast (if any) at home. Lunch and dinner are ordered off a menu, which Roby had translated entirely into English and reprinted for us. The choices are Italian and Indonesian dishes and barbecue items. Everything we chose was delicious. My family's favorite was the barbecued fish and mixed vegetables (sayur sayur). All the breads and cakes are baked on site and are seriously good. The suppli which are breaded balls of rice and bolognese sauce, which they brought along on days when we had to have packed lunch, were also a big hit. Portions are huge, so don't expect to lose any weight on this holiday!

The beach directly in front of the cottage was very interesting. It is probably worth staying a couple of days extra just to explore. We only really had the first afternoon and the last afternoon and a bit of the morning of the day we left to look around the beach, as the diving was just too good. But the kids and I found so much there- so many crabs and hermit crabs and star fishes everywhere! And little translucent fish darting around and small black and white fish, all too quick to catch of course! We enjoyed lining up our hermit crabs for races! The sand on the bay was also very unusual. In front of resort and to the left, it was finer. Then if you walk to the right of the resort, the sand got coarser and more volcanic. This side was better for beach combing with lots of beautiful shells washing up. At low tide in the afternoons, you can walk out quite a long way.

Diving was excellent, and the resort is positioned so we are able to get to many varied dive sites easily. Lembeh Strait, which was the reason we chose North Sulawesi, is only about 15 minutes by boat. Paradise Pier was 15 minutes by car in the other direction and has an excellent variety of coral, fish, and nudibranches in many colors . And by the tiny island in front of the resort, was impressive coral. Olivia and Alex accompanied us on every dive, and were excellent at finding lots of little and strange creatures we had never seen before, which would normally be hidden or camouflaged. I was quite unsure about muck diving, never having tried it before, but their skill, patience and enthusiasm in looking for creatures was so infectious that we ended up opting to do three to four dives a day. To write about everything we saw would take several pages!

These guys really look after you from the beginning to the end of your trip. On the day of departure, Alex drove us to the airport, helped us with departure tax and made sure everything was ok and clear before he left. Really could not ask for any more from anyone.

We will definitely return. The warmth of our hosts and all the little personal touches really make this resort stand out from any others I have been to.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

Let's start by saying that we probably aren't the typical visitors to the Kalinaun. I have never dived let alone taken photos underwater and I think this is the intended visitor to the Kalinaun.

We were there for the beach, to unwind and we had a two year old in tow. My wife speaks fluent Indonesian and we have traveled around Indonesia over the past five years so we are used to relaxed and hands-off, but this was a bit too hands-off even for us. The proprietors were really only interested in the party of 18 Italian diver-photographers arriving a few days from when we left and the only conversations with us were to try to get us to visit another "resort" around the bay (EUR100 charge for this "excursion") and when we were paying the bill. Let's talk about the bill for a second.

Room rate included food - excellent value. Add aircon (EUR20 per night), the transfers (EUR20 each way in an un-airconditioned 4x4, the 2nd leg being their journey to the market for groceries - very eco-friendly but not very comfortable for us) plus an extra EUR20 charge to drive us to the local store to buy some Bintang because they had run out. Really? What started our "reasonable" now bordered on the Datai!

On the positive side, a great little chalet, hot running water, and great scenery. The food was good - not brilliant, but plentiful. I particularly enjoyed the fresh fish and fresh fruit. The service from the caretaker Harry was friendly enough as well as from the main waitress although what we ate was dictated by what was available - they ran out of eggs, many of the meat dishes were not available. However, what we ate was tasty enough.

We were looking forward to relaxing on the beach but unfortunately the beach was quite unappealing, until we took it upon ourselves to ask Harry to clean up the weeds and the debris. No umbrellas, no loungers (they were being fixed).

I wouldn't recommend on the whole, unless you're a diver and you spend little time on the shore. From the half day snorkling (EUR100) that I did the underwater life was amazing. It's a shame what was found back on land wasn't.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
4 Thank mattoleary
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robertochiappini, Proprietario at Kalinaun Resort - Lembeh & Bangka, responded to this review, June 10, 2012
Thanks for your feedback. Also thanks to your subjective opinion we can work to improve and not to commit the same mistakes. We hope to still have your beautiful family between our guests the next time you come to Manado. Sorry for my bad English. Thank you. Roberto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

My wife and I spent three nights at Kalinaun Resort which has only 4 bungalows. We were the only guests and will remember this for ever. Located one hour from the airport, the resort is planted on a beautiful beach with gorgeous sunrise and sunset. The two italian brothers (Roberto and Alessandro) and Olivia welcome you literally to their home with a mixed of mediterranean and indonesian warmth. They even speak French. The food is excellent and abundant. They bake their own bread and buy fish daily from local fishermen. The rooms are spacious, clean and well decorated. When it came to diving in Lembeh the underwater photographer, in other words the guest, dictates the pace based on the dive objectives. Just let Alessandro know what you are looking for and he will find it and wait for you to take the best shot ever. We will go back there with the kids next time for a long weekend from Singapore.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

This place is another paradise for all divers and all people who are looking for release tension cause this place are full with mountains and islands view

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
2 Thank Willy M
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Address: Lembeh and Bangka islands, Pulau Lembeh 95000, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Pulau Lembeh
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Pulau Lembeh
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Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Italian boutique resort, only 4 sea cottages, for a personally and friendly service.Special for photo/video divers, with our private dive sites, for rare and mimetic critters.Italian and indonesian restaurant, with about 100 dishes in our menu à la carte. ... more   less 

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