Indeed, all reviews about this resort are positive. Let me just add one from the perspective of a person who lived for a year in Padang.
I could name few good places in this stunning panoramic view of Sumatra mainland, which are known for its natural beauty. Cubadak Paradiso always comes the first to mention when my colleagues ask where to spend their holiday in Sumatra. As the place is named, this paradise is located in a lagoon with pristine coastline surrounded by small islands, a perfect place for a retreat or holiday hideaway. In local language, Cubadak means jack-fruit, though I could not find any jack-fruit tree in the area :)
I have stayed at this paradise resort two times already. They offer 2 package options: day tip or overnight. This time we only came for a day visit. To reach this little island, the drive takes 2 hours from Padang International airport. Driving through Bungus beach with blue water of Bayur bay, light sky and spectacular view along the coast made our trip truly enjoyable. Once we arrived at Carocok bay, a small jetty has waited to take us to the idyllic resort. After 10 minutes ride, we are approaching the island viewing traditional cottages line up by the side of white sands.
Nanni & Federica, italian couple who run this place warmly greeted us on jetty pier and escorted to the reception for a welcome drink.
After a casual short brief about the service and activities available in the resort, the crew took us to our cottage, which looks more as a fisherman hut. Only 12 cottages available plus 1 suite located just above the water. It is Nanni’s policy to keep this resort private by limiting the guests up to maximum 35 persons. I heard from my good friend, Nanni has permit to run this place for 30 years. The resort itself offers various activities from diving, trekking, snorkeling and canoeing.
Federica escort us to a 2 storey of wooden cottage decorated very simple with few ample windows and mosquito net over the bed. vintage! The furniture is also traditional minimalist: beds, writing table and a fridge. Each cottage has own shower & toilet facility. There is no air-con, but a ceiling fan. Who need air-con when we have fresh air from the island? Don't expect some luxuries like in other resorts. The resort is developed and maintained with the green concept blend in the surrounding environment to preserve the mother earth.
I could not resist to immediately strolling on the white sands beach, enjoying the sound of the wave from crystal blue sea water next to the cottage. The uniqueness of this place lies on the service that the owner rendered, where every guess is greeted in person by the owner. The ring of bell chime from the staff calling the guests for lunch also sounds cool! Meal is served in the big table at a communal area set in bamboo-style restaurant. Meal time is also the chance to meet and greet other guest and share the stories or just chit chat about stuffs. The meal served in various dishes of Italian and Indonesian. This time we got prawns –very fresh by the way, chicken satay and stir-fry egg-plants, tomatoes and onion. The deserts come in fruit platters. So delicious!
After meal, they took us on short ride along the beach. Then we snorkel near the pier. Yes, they provide snorkeling equipment for free. Thereafter we relax on the lounge chair at veranda in front of the cottage enjoying the view around and waited for the jetty to take us back to Carocok. Though it was a short stay, this paradise was never lessen our expectation of an exclusive nature escapade.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Cubadak Paradiso Village, a cosy resort ambushed between jungle and lagoon clear waters. Our philosophy : quietness and relaxation above all with a special attention brought to the quality of our cuisine, and to the personal services extended to our guests. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paradiso Village Padang
- Paradiso Village Hotel Padang