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Papua Paradise Eco Resort

Birie Island Batanta, West Papua 98484 Indonesia
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Papua Paradise Resort lies along the pristine shoreline of the uninhabited island of Birie, Raja Ampat. The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna, while the reefs in the surrounding area offer world-class diving. This ideal retreat away from civilization, echoing with only the sound of the birds and the lapping of the waves under the bungalows. The resort also offers the only luxury spa in Raja Ampat. Spa in Paradise is a place of healing, relaxation, and rejuvenation. This tailor-made paradise for divers is the perfect place to see manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish, and explore reef slopes with some of the widest diversity of corals in the world. Seek out rare dugongs, hike at sunrise to see the stunning birds of paradise, and meet the wonderful local people of Raja Ampat. All this and more before ending the day with a perfect ocean sunset view from your private balcony.
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Birie Island Batanta, West Papua 98484 Indonesia
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We spent a week at PP in May 2019 in a deluxe bungalow. All in, it was a great trip on every mark. The deluxe bungalow was great - spacious, stylish, charming. Truthfully, I think we'd book a regular unit on a return trip unless traveling with kids. The extra space was largely unused and the view et al are all the same. The web access is really sketchy. Assume you'll be offline all week. The meals were served buffet style and all fine. It skews towards fairly bland western dishes which probably matches the guests country of origin. I'd prefer to see a stronger Indonesian take. The restaurant and bar staff were all incredibly helpful and friendly. They try *really* hard. The diving was amazing. For the most part the team was really great and supportive. They largely handled the mixed capabilities of the guests but at times we would have liked a bit more support from the dive leaders. Some of the dive leaders were also a bit "handsy" with the marine life which is unfortunate. We did dive with Deni - he was hands down the best of the bunch. Try to latch on with him if possible. Definitely consider the trips like Fam, Kri, and Arborek. On the downsides: There is a lot of plastic waste in the area. Not just a random bag...big eddies of lots of waste. It is everywhere and really detracts from the experience. While it isn't the fault of the resort, they also don't seem to be helping the address the issue. We also snorkeled a bit. House reef 2 on the backside is really great but the front side is good too. It did look to me like both are starting to get overrun by algae, particularly the lettuce corals. It is easy (and sad) to imagine this system failing in a couple of years. Outside of diving and snorkeling there isn't really anything to do per se. There is no beach or much to do outside the water. The bungalows really heat up in the afternoon with a straight western exposure so relaxing downtime there is...sweaty. We weren't looking for any of this so we weren't disappointed but I can see it as an issue for some. All that said, it is a great spot in a really unique place in the world. Go now.
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My wife and I were there at the same time as the reviewer below who was clearly not happy. All I can say is that we and every other guest I met whilst there found Papua Paradise to be every bit as amazing as all of the other great reviews. But I guess it is not for everyone. We were concerned about visiting in August, the only time we can take our vacations, but in fact it turned out to be the best time of year for us. Yes there was a breeze but certainly not high winds and it was not sunny the whole time. But the weather was generally very pleasant and not too hot. The sea at the resort was always flat calm and no current whatsoever but the crossing to some of the more distant dive sites could be slightly choppy but certainly nothing of any concern to an experienced diver or anyone with sea legs. The great advantage of being there in August is that the top dive sites such as Blue Magic are free of liveaboard boats, in fact we had the site all to ourselves one day with 40m odd visibility and stunning marine life, one of my best dives ever in nearly 30 years of diving all around the world. The dive sites closer to the resort are nice but nothing compared to the sites around Kri and Mansuar. However, that said, we were outside of manta season and all of the local sites had fabulous healthy coral, and plenty of life with Wobagongs, turtles, barracuda etc on pretty much every dive. Pedro the general manager and his colleague Marco who runs the dive centre are both very professional and friendly, and the whole team is charm personified. As we were there at a quiet time we had a dive guide all to ourselves, (Marvela) who did a great job. The only negative point we can think of is the difficulty of betting there, we travelled via Surabaya which was a mistake. We did this as the flight got us in mid morning, departing Surabaya at 5am, so we did not have to wait so long for the boat to the island. If returning however, we would take the night flight via Jakarta and take a day room at the hotel in Sorong to catch a few hours sleep before getting the boat to the island. The spa is amazing and we had massages on 4 of our 7 days, excellent value for money and very talented therapists. Food was always fresh and tasty however wine selection is very limited, but we took our own wine and agreed corkage with the management.
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After difficult flights connections, we finally arrived exhausted at Sorong at 6am but we were then taken to a hotel lobby to wait until 13h for the resort s small transfer speed boat. It really felt agonising to wait so long after a night of no sleep. The transfer with the small speed boat took nearly 2h on a very choppy ocean. It was quite an ordeal for me as i easily get seasick. The weather was cold and rainy and not what we expected for August. When we finally arrived at the resort we had to go through the resort briefing and the diving center briefing. Our superior room was comfortable enough but do not expect luxury. The outside shower drizzled little water in the generally windy cold weather conditions.. I was most times freezing as it took forever to rinse my hair out. The front room was equipped with a old rusty padlock to lock the door which means it could only be locked when we were outside the room. Also I got an electric shock when i plugged my mobile charger so do make sure you are wearing shoes when plugging anything. The mattress was really quite hard and the pillows lumpy. Apart from all this, the room was vast clean and elegant. The sunset view was amazing. Unfortunately there is no access to the water below probably because it gets too shallow in the daytime low tide. The only restaurant only served a buffet for every meal. No à la carte options. The buffet was very limited but the food was freshly cooked and ok. In general everything was ok enough but no luxury. The real luxury was the diving! Our dive master was Donal and he was absolutely fantastic. The diving was amazing. We unfortunately picked the wrong time to visit Raja Ampat and the visibility was not the best especially as it was cloudy, windy and rather cold most days. Diving was however still beautiful. What was most disappointing of all was the unprofessional attitude of the management team. The Swiss/French diving managers couple were often condescending and on a specific occasion even rude to us. We understand we had bad weather conditions which made it difficult to plan to go to Fam island but we didn’t appreciate the condescending tone every time we asked for a weather forecast update. Is it so hard to understand we wanted to visit at least once Fam islands when we had come to spend a whole week in this resort specifically for that?? They spoke to us in a tone you would use when speaking to an unreasonable spoilt kid!! It s really about not only the words you use but also the tone! Both were wrong!! Without going into too much detail, when we addressed this issue to the Portuguese general manager, his response was “i was not present so i cannot comment on their attitude”! Really? The management is clearly not qualified for the hospitality industry and the customers are treated as logistics. They do not make you feel welcome. They give you the impression that they are doing you a favour for housing you and they do not understand that people come with expectations. Also i would recommend anyone wishing to learn diving to book before they make their reservation in this resort because we met 2 different couples that were denied that opportunity and not even just have a trial dive because it was low season and the diving instructors were off on holidays. As far as we are concerned, if it wasn’t for the diving, this would have made a very poor holiday experience and would not recommend the resort to anyone. It is too expensive for what it is and the remoteness makes the access conditions way too harsh! In fact even for diving i would not recommend this resort because the rudeness of the management team really upset my husband and that put a down note on our holiday. It is a pity because the rest of the local staff was so genuinely kind and welcoming! Our dive master Donal was very professional as well as a very gentle warm person. And last but not least, the Spa experience was truly enjoyable. The setting was relaxing and airy and my masseuse Ayu was wonderful! Management should learn from their staff how to talk to people! Logistics are important but when you choose to work in the hospitality industry you need to address your guests with respect!
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A team ... yours, that conveys the special harmony and affection that unites you all .. the outcome of your commitment is impressive, for the high quality and for each one that resonates in a single choir: YOU. You will remain engraved in our hearts as an example ... in our memories. Your sincere smiles your privacy fills the songs and music played with true passion with attention, penetrating and distinguishing themselves for sincerity ... because what is transmitted from within has notes that cannot leave you indifferent, they amaze and move. We will miss your joyful voices that resound our names every day ... The Papua Paradise is a true paradise overflowing with higher meanings and even more an impeccable starry Resort immersed in a territory that is also brilliant with beauty. A special thought addressed to the SPA and to the people who collaborate with it ... ... one of the best and most qualified we have experienced in our life ... Balinese training combined with Ayurveda school. Deep practices, almost impossible to find in the wellness center business. Finally a very special thanks to the management, Pedro and his wife Tion, our compliments for the distinguishable professionalism with which they lead the Papua Paradise Resort To you all, still a sincere hug. Giuseppe and Adelaide
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Pappua Diving is a very good choice to experience diving in Raja Ampat. We have found there very kind and helpful Indonesian and regional staff. We slept in a superior room which was very comfortable and conveniently maintained with amazing sun set view. They provide natural mosquito repellent and you can also buy coral-friendly sun-screen. Food is very good - do not expect a very large selection however (they have 15-day rotating menu). Of course, Raja Ampat is before all a diving destination and I would recommend to have at least 50 dives in order to experience the most scenic dives (Kri for instance). Why not a 5/5 ? Lack of animation at night - I am not asking for much, but at least a bit of music or animation to make people mingle. You definitely need to bring good books. Also, a little disappointed by the very significant extra-charges at the end of the stay - though we had paid for unlimited diving. The cost for the entrance of the natural park (1Mil IDR per pax) should have been included in the total price for instance. Finally, upon our return, the transit team lost our luggage which had been sent back to the resort... Quite stressful experience: make sure to keep an eye on your luggage.
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IndonesiaWest PapuaRaja Ampat
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