This is a comfortable resort with a homely atmosphere. If you are looking for a 5-star environment, it is probably best to look elsewhere. But if you are looking for a laid back place, with friendly staff, then you will be well pleased with this choice. There is also a fresh water pool, which I believe was built back in Y2007.
We had a bungalow with two rooms as we are a family of 5. The rooms were very clean and comfortable. The bathroom/toilet was also very clean, although not new.
The food was average, but there was no shortage. Meals are served buffet style. The kitchen staff was also very accommodating when it came to children meals. They entertained special request outside the buffet menu, for example, preparing cheese sandwiches and soup noodles when my kids requested for it.
Although there was no TV in our bungalow (some chalets have TV), it was of no concern as the resort has cable TV in the main area (above the dining hall).
Most people come here to dive Bunaken. The dive shop is professional. The dive protocol is simple as well. Dive briefings are just that - very brief. In most of the dive briefings, all you get is the name of the site and which direction we will dive. Not so much on what we anticipate to see, and hazards of the dive site. I gather that this will generate some level of discomfort among less experienced divers. I also noticed that the divemasters do not wait for the whole group to be in the water before they start the dive. Typically, it is one divemaster to around 5-6 divers. The dive operation will suit more experienced divers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Murex’s casual yet classic vibe makes it your home away from home in North Sulawesi. Choose to dive, explore or just take it easy and relax with friends and family – whatever you decide, exceptional service is guaranteed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Murex Dive Hotel Manado