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Kima Bajo Resort & Spa, Manado
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Wori
Trivandrum
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“Not worth the money they charge...”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

This resort is way out of the city & if you are on a business trips, this hotel is not at all recommended.. Wifi facility in this hotel did not work on both days I was there.. Rooms are good with view to the sea .. but not that clean up to the mark... Price wise they are very much over priced.. breakfast has not much choices.. Service wise staffs are very good & is at your help at any time. This place is not suggested to the elderly as one need to climb steep from the restaurant to the room & from the room to the reception area. please carry a lot of mosquito repellants.. Kimo Bajo has a good swimming pool & nice spa... There is no restaurants or shops near the resort & once night falls, there is nothing to do other than staying back in the room.

Location is good for honeymooners or others those who love to spent time from the hustle & bustle of the city...

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

I've been in Kima Bajo at december 2011, just for one night, coming from the opposite part of the town, and I needed to be at airport very early in the morning.
This resort is very close to the airport and located in a wonderful area with a lot of trees and a wonderful view on the Bunaken National Park.
Room (the standard one) was very large with a double-size bed and a large bathroom equipped with shower and hot water.
Dinner was good even a little expensive. Personnel was extremely helpful even carrying the terrible heavy luggage I brought with me.
It's an expensive resort, but all the facilities are very nice and personnel as well. And the view from the pool at the sunset is extraordinaire.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 3, 2012

During my 3 week stay in Indonesia in 5 hotles this was the only one offering such poor service for the price. Do not stay here if you can avoid it.

My daughter and I stayed at the resort having just spent a week at the nearby Lembeh Bay Resort. The price difference was $100 more at Kima, but the quality was much poorer. By comparison the room at Kima was much smaller and the food quality much inferior. When I asked to speak to the manager (an American) he was absent in Bali, incredible at the time of the peak holiday period (Xmas). His staff who were all excellent and kind, did speak to him by phone (I could hear) but he refused to speak to me, which I found was very poor service.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Bristol
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed December 17, 2011

Firstly the dive operation here was very good and i have no complaints about the dive staff, the dive facilities and the service they provide.

The resort however was another matter, the rooms are very nice and on first arrival i thought this was going to be a nice place to stay, the walk from the room to the dive centre was a bit of a trek with some steep stairs but this is a small gripe.

The main issues was the incredibly loud music three nights in a row from the near by village, always until 3am and on one night 5am.

The food was also terrible, very limited selection and poor quality and all buffets, when we complained we were told that the main chef had left a few months back. On another night they apologised for the poor selection and service explaining many of the staff had gone to the village party without permission.

One night they served food outside but left everything out for breakfast the following morning, it rained overnight and the toaster was soaked the following morning which was incredibly dangerous.

They did finally agree to let us eat off the menu, rather then buffet but it was no better, choice of a couple of starters, 3 main courses and pudding from the buffet.

After 3 days i could not take anymore, the manager did not seem to care about our complaints and i asked our tour operator to move us. They were fantastic and moved us back to the KBR, where we had stayed the week before.

Since coming back i have noticed a number of reviews complaining about the food and it r appears that when the resort is half empty they switch to a buffet selection and limited choices, to control costs is the only conclusion i can come to.

We also had problems finding out the drink prices as we could not find them published and even the manager could not tell us whether the bar drinks and drinks in our room were the same price.

This is definitely not a 4 star resort and it appears that your experience will depend on how full they are at the time. I am sure if the resort is busy you will have a good time but if it is half empty then it could be a different matter.

I will reiterate once again the dive operation was excellent but they are being let down greatly being based in this resort.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

The highlights of our stay were all the staff at Kima Bajo and Eco-divers. The staff were extremely friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. The dive centre is very professionally run, as well as being very friendly and accommodating. The guides were excellent and could find the tiniest critters imaginable. The diving was very different to any we've done before - particularly the muck diving. Extraordinary underwater life that we never knew existed. The spa also provided excellent massages. The resort itself is above average but not exactly luxurious and has a limited food menu, but the helpfulness of the staff and the service from Eco-divers definitely made the holiday very worthwhile. I would definitely recommend it to any diver without any reservations!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

This is our second trip back and was amazed to find some to the same divemasters still working here. What was even better was that we got Malik to dive for us again and he remembered us. Eco divers are very well run. The equipment is great and your diving experience is always great.

The resort is very good. The only bad thing was that they were quiet when we were there so no buffet style meals. This meant that there was too much "western food" on the menu but after we asked for more authentic food it was cooked for us each meal.

The only complaint I have is that the soft drinks and beers are very expensive.

If we are back in the area I am sure we will visit again.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

Kima Bajo is a finer resort than we would stay at in the United States-rooms and grounds are lovely and the staff is gracious, but we visited for the diving, which is lovely, also.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kima Bajo Resort & Spa, Manado
Address: Desa Kima Bajo dusun 1, Kecamatan Wori, Kabupaten Minahasa Utara | near Manado, Wori 95000, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Wori
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Wori
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kima Bajo Resort & Spa, Manado 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled amongst undulating coconut grooves overlooking the tranquil Wori Bay and just minutes away from North Sulawesi's Bunaken National Park, Kima Bajo is a small upscale boutique resort that offers romance, luxury and every comfort a traveler could wish for. ... more   less 
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