Siladen, where to start, such a warm friendly welcome by all including Daniel, the co owner, a bang on the gong announcing our arrival, cool towels, pineapple virgin cocktails and filled rolls as we had missed lunchtime. After a brief introduction to the dive team Stephan and Valentina, we were shown to our lovely garden bungalow, pisang merah, which was to be our home for the holiday. Stepping inside I was immediately impressed by the bed, a huge 4 poster drapped in mosquito nets with clean crisp white linen sheets and..... oh yes.... a duvet! It was like sleeping in an up market tent. The bathroom was equally impressive, open air shower although this did prove a open invitation to the mosquitos whilst sitting on the loo, however we soon got the hang of wrapping ourselves in towels or applying mosquito repellant at every opportunity. Plenty if hot water on tap sometimes too hot!
Food, good variety and well presented, always Salad and fresh fruit, usually buffet style but sometimes not as hot, in temperature, as I would have liked. Nice when the tables were set out on the beach.
A local band was shipped in over the weekend to entertain us morning noon and night seemed a bit of a shame to spoil the quiet but after a few drinks they sounded better.
Diving was fab, fish life so interesting I think the only thing we didnt get to see was a blue ringed Octopus, our dive guide Danny was so helpful attentive and hard working and made every dive an adventure, rumaging about finding all manor of creatures great and small for us to photograph, he even took my fins off when getting back on the boat after a dive! All our equipment was lookec after by the dive guides rinsed and made ready for each dive, tge dive team were very responsive to requests to visit particualar sites.we had few technical We used the whole of our pre booked twenty dives and did 7 more between us we just didnt want to stop, the night dives were the best, mainly because it was usually just us and the guide. The dive schedule is usually 2 boat dives in morning, on one boat trip, commencing at 8.15 a single afternoon dive at 3pm night dive from 5.30 they also do a special manadrin dive at 4.30 on selective afternoons which is well worth it.
We did initially miss not being able to do shore dives and dive by ourselves however we would not have seen half the things we did without the guide and he became quite a friend.
We made good use of the Spa, I think we had about 8 massages between us one of which was courtesy of the resort and not just a 10 minute taster a whole 1 hr aromatherapy massage each which we used on the last day as we could not dive the spa is a little dated and could do with a bit of a spruce up but once you are on the massage table eyes closed that doesn't really matter.
The resort is quiet and compact with the main area being focused around the swimming pool which was kept scrupulously clean and every morning cleared of leaves etc there was always fresh towels available for pool use.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Exclusively located in the heart of the world renowned Bunaken National Marine Park, on the lush tropical island of Pulau Siladen, Siladen Resort & Spa offers guests an authentic, elegant and relaxing atmosphere and an unforgettable experience. The four star boutique resort opened in Jan 2003 is an ecofriendly property which places high emphasis on the protection of the Marine Park and the environment. 16 elegantly furnished villas with a full set of amenities, extra large king size beds, outdoor open air showers, sundecks overlooking the calm seas; a PADI diving center offering a full range of courses; a gourmet restaurant serving the finest cuisine; a traditional Spa offering a wide variety of body treatments and massages; a boutique and gift shop; a lounge bar; a large salt water swimming pool; a long stretch of white coral beach await you. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the Resort. Over 40 different diving and snorkeling sites located in the Bunaken National Marine Park are within minutes of the Resort. Our house reef offers spectacular snorkeling. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Siladen Resort And Spa
- Siladen Hotel Siladen Island
- Siladen Hotel Manado
- Siladen Resort Manado