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“An open secret among divers”

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Siladen Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Siladen Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 17, 2014

The Bunaken Marine Park is not on the UNESCO list of marine reserves, and that's just fine by me. Let's keep this place as an open secret among us, please. There is no Sheraton, or Hilton here. No jet-ski rentals, no para-sailing, no golf courses, and no Japanese honeymooners shuffling their feet with every step they take.

Here Be Divers! (and all are welcome, including the Japanese)

This was our 5th trip to Bunaken and our 2nd stay at the Siladen Resort. We wanted to stay here on our last trip too, but the resort was closed for renovations. Too bad too, because we didn't enjoy the other place on the island.

Obviously, we keep coming back for the diving. There are probably 30 good wall dives within 30 minutes by boat. You can drop me on Likuan 1, 2, or 3 every single day. I won't complain. The dive team will sometimes try to take you to a Manado coast dive site, but there is no reason for that. The best dives, best visibility, and most awesome marine life is all around the islands. I admit, currents can sometimes be a problem but you have a dive guide for a reason. They know what they're doing out there, and it's not just to find critters for you. They are pretty good at that though. Ask for Maidy as a guide. He found 3 different pygmy seahorses for us.

As for the resort, I have only three minor quibbles that I know can be fixed, so I might as well post them here. The owner/manager reads these posts, so let him know what you think!

1. Guest rooms should be aired out regularly even if there are no guests in the room. The musty tropical moldy smell is a real turn-off when you arrive in a room that hasn't been occupied for a week or two. It took us two days of open windows and doors to get rid of that smell.

2. There is a safe in each guest room The safe in our room (Edelweiss) would have been just a bit more safe if was actually, physically attached to something. A wall, perhaps?

3. Certain dishes should be served hot. I love the spring rolls. I'm certain they're hand made fresh, not frozen, but sometimes they were served cold. French Fries. Sama Sama. This is not rocket science, it's kitchen science and it's not hard.

I have one more comment that I know can't be fixed. I bring it up so that all guests are aware. There is a 22% tax and service charge on everything. Management can't/won't do a thing about it, but it adds up.

If you're a couple, diving for 10 days, doing 3 dives per day each... You're going to pay 22% on top of the package price for the diving. The package prices for diving isn't bad compared to international prices, but that 22% service charge brings the overall cost close to what it would cost in many other locations. After the diving is done and you split a large Bintang at the bar... You're going to pay 22% on top of the menu price for that Bintang. Another one or two at dinner, and it all adds up.

I really don't want to make this sound like anything ruined our trip. We had a blast, and got to see most of the dive sites we wanted. The other guests were genuinely entertaining and the staff didn't just play our Tango music, they asked us for lessons!

It was a fun trip.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Danidive, Direttore at Siladen Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Dear Nofirstna,

thank you for your review and for all the nice suggestions that we will of course take very seriously and make sure that during your next stay you will not have any inconvenient.

For your information by the way ALL our prices already includes the 21% service charge and tax and we do that to avid any confusion to the guests.
What you see is what you pay. No hidden additional charges.

In case you have any doubt about it you can check our website where it is clearly stated.

While I hope that you will come back to visit us again soon, please do not hesitate to contact me directly (daniele.marianelli@siladen.com) should you need any additional clarification.

Best regards,

Daniele

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

We spent 1 week at Siladen in March and it was the highlight of our trip to Indonesia. It is definitely worth the extra travel to go beyond the usual destinations. Diving was our main purpose and it exceeded all expectations- the coral and macro life were unparalleled to anywhere else we went in Indonesia (Komodo/Bali/Lombock). We did 13 dives in 6 days, including the Mandarin Fish dive and the night dive (definitely do a night dive! we saw a blue ringed octopus, huge nudibranchs, eels, . Stefan and Valentina and the rest of the dive crew took such great care of us and the boat and equipment were high quality. It was reassuring that a dive crew member always jumped in the water first to test the currents. We completed our EFR, Nitrox, and Rescue certifications while there and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Stefan was a patient and thorough teacher. As for the rest of the resort- it was luxury beyond what we were used to. They must have cleaned our room and made our bed 3 times a day and we never saw them! The staff is very polite and really caters to your every need. All the food was good. We especially enjoyed the live music, the BBQ on the beach, and the afternoon snack of fried bananas. Thank you Siladen for a great week!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Danidive, Direttore generale at Siladen Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Dear Sara N,

thank you for the beautiful review.
I am happy that Stefan took good care of you and that all the staff made your experience a memorable one.
Looking forward to host you again in the future.

Best regards,

Daniele

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Reviewed April 11, 2014

It's been a week since we returned from Siladen and it feels like a year already!

We travelled with our family (3 kids under 6) from Singapore. From the moment we stepped of the plane in Manado the staff were exceptional. The transfers were hassle free and were like a big adventure for the kids... plane, bus & long boat.

The Resort itself is great. If you want a 5 star Sheriton experience, then this isn't your place. It is a down to earth resort that suits its island environment. It maintains a personal & relaxed feel, without having the commercial trappings of other resorts. Everything you could want is there and the food at every meal was fantastic. The staff went out of their way to accommodate the kids at the restaurant and even brought meal times forward to help us manage the little ones.

I cannot say enough about all of the staff. They really did make this the best holiday ever. The owners and management of the Hotel were away during our visit and the resort was still running impeccably.

And finally to the Dive Centre staff. Thanks for your professionalism and friendship. You catered for our "special" needs and introduced our eldest daughter to the joy of the ocean. The dives we experienced were brilliant. The equipment, dive sites and entire crew were awesome.

Thank you to everyone at Siladen and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Room Tip: If you are travelling with kids try and get the Family Room. The additional space certainly helped u...
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Danidive, Direttore generale at Siladen Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Dear TD_Abroad,

thank you for the nice review.
I am really proud of all the staff at the resort and I am happy that they made an extra effort to accommodate the needs of your kids.
Looking forward to host you again in the future.

Best regards,

Daniele

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

We decided to enjoy out first trip to Sulawesi on the small island of Siladen. There are only three resorts in Siladen, so we booked the Siladen resort and Spa because it appeared the best accommodation available under a price/quality point of view.
The resort is nestled among the lush vegetation of the island right on a sandy beach. The rooms are spacious and clean, the architecture is typical of the region. F&B are of high standard (thanks to the supervision of Stefan), local staff is attentive and friendly.
The real attraction of the resort is the diving centre, managed by Valentina and Stefan (yes, Stefan is a multi-talent person!): there is an incredible choice of diving activities for everybody. It doesn't matter if you are an amateur or a professional diver, Valentina and Stefan will advice and entertain you.
All in all it was a very good experience that we would like to repeat soon: looking forward to the next dive!
I hope the local authorities of Sulawesi will invest more time and efforts in keeping the sea and coastline clean of plastic and rubbish.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Danidive, Direttore generale at Siladen Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Dear Tom M,

thank you for the kind review.
I will pass all your great comments to Stefan and the rest of the staff.
Looking forward to host you again in the near future.

Best regards,

Daniele

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

Siladen resort is nice, but its not a 4* resort as it markets itself and i think it has quite a lot of improving to do. Curtain poles as towel rails?!! at least put them on straight please. The outdoor bathroom isn't practical in reality and the showers really do need to be hot or at least warm on demand. The bathroom need to be modernised as painted concrete isn't 4*. Beds are very comfy but the frames should look like proper frames and not as if they were nailed together in a hurry. The food at Siladen is very good and the staff very friendly and helpful. The dive centre and the diving in the area is excellent. Overall we were pretty disappointed with the place, the resort needs to live up to its marketing.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Danidive, Direttore at Siladen Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2014

Dear HelenT201,

thank you for taking the time to review us.
I am really sorry that we did not fulfill your expectation and I hope that you will give us another chance in the future.
For your information we have been thinking of renovating the bathroom style for a while even though many of our guests really enjoy it.
We will keep our guests updated for any future changes.

Once again sorry.

Best regards,

Daniele

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

This really is one of the best hotels we've stayed in. Right from the pick up at the airport through to departure, everyone was so attentive and made sure everything went smoothly. The resort is beautifully set up on its own island and the staff work so hard at keeping it looking emaculate. Every meal was outstanding. There is plenty of fresh fruit and salad at every meal and the buffet means that there is always something to suite everyone taste. Considering this is a remote island resort, the quality of the meals was exceptional. Compared to other resorts on the main island, this was in another league.

Lying on the beach, you are regularly presented with a very welcome cocktail / ice tea. Our beach fronted cottage was beautiful. It was very clean and maintained exceptionally well.

The snorkelling / diving itself is typical of the area, but the set up at Siladen was extremely efficient and boats comfortable and safe. The position of siladean in the national park make it ideal for most of the dive sites and certainly the better ones. The only warning I can think of is for the dolphin watching. This is slightly on the pricey side and the dolphins are extremely shy meaning it is almost impossible to swim with them.

You must enjoy the massages when here. The prices are great and it is perfect at the end of a day diving!

We can't recommend this resort more highly and definitely look forward to a return trip!

Room Tip: The first beach front cottage is a little dark, but fine seeing you don't spend too much time ac...
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We had a very relaxing stay at Siladen Resort. The staff was very attentive both at the resort and dive centre. Beautiful beach and comfortable room. The food was very good at all meals. The boat was comfortable with all the amenities a diver may need. I only wish we could have stayed longer but we do plan to go back. Its a very well managed property in a beautiful location with great staff. Didn't have time to visit the spa.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Siladen Island 95011, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Siladen Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Siladen Island
Price Range: $314 - $472 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Siladen Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 16
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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