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“Another amazing island”
Review of Paradiso Village

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Paradiso Village
Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Padang
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Me and group of friends stayed in the cottage for 3 nights. As expected the room has no air condition due to limitation of electricity power from generator but there is a fan and amazingly the room has hot water, a fridge and a safe deposit box. It is additional value. They make up the bed and provide you clean towel every day. The quality of the bed is ok but still comfortable.

The dinning room of resort is clean and the staff is very helpful. It is quite extraordinary knowing Padang people is tough to be managed. It must be Nanni, Dominique and Marco are good manager to train them.

They serve 3 meals a day. BF was ordinary but you can ask any type of egg you like. Local fruit are always ready and plenty. Only bread quality is not good. It would be perfect if Dominique would like to bake their own bread instead of buying mass local production. Lunch and Dinner were delicious. The variety foods from fish, shrimp, beef, chicken, calamari you can have. They serve very simple vegetable.

The environment is quiet and calm. The activities available are snorkeling, diving and hiking the hill behind the resort. Nanni or Marco time to time offer you to take a boat ride to other island. The corals and fishes in the area were not spectacular like in Komodo or Bunaken but the resort service that make you feel it worth holiday.

Note : if Domonique or Marco worked on the computer, do not bother them you would get a snap, typically french people. The rest they are nice and helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

Yesterday we went to paraidso village for day trip from Padang. We we given the use of a private cabin from 8am-6pm and could use all the facilities during this time. It was fantastic. The beach is so quiet and the water was a clear blue/ green colour, we saw so many beautiful fish whilst snorkeling.
The cabins are basic but have hot water, fans and a mini bar.
Whilst there, as part of your package you can snorkel, trek and canoe for free. There are other water sport activities and diving available as well.
Lunch,tea and coffee was included in the price of the day trip, plus safe drinking water sourced from a fresh water spring on the island. The food was simple but delicious. The best fish I've had in a long time.
If you're looking for a relaxing time surrounded by stunning scenery, great hospitality, delicious food and clear water then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

This is the 6th time I am going to Cubadak Paradiso and I will go back next year (I hope). Nanni, Domique, Marco and the staff are unbelievable. Diving is good, food is fantastic, beach is great. I went alone for my rescue diving with Marco has dive instructor 1:1, I went in couple, I went in family, I went with friends, everytime it was great.
Just enjoy this very unique holiday!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Juanus
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

If you like a peaceful place, if you prefer tranquility over parties, if you like a beach almost for yourself - this is the place to go. There are not more than 15 huts/bungalows on this island and Nani, Benedict and Marco do everything to make your stay a pleasant one. One of the greatest memories concern the food. The chef and his team create an incredible mix of Italian/French and Indonesian cuisine and each meal was fantastic, without exception.
There are possibilities to snorkel and dive, though not too spectacular. The price to stay is certainly on the upper edge, but again, the owners do their utmost to give value for money.

Room Tip: (1) Pick bungalow 11 - it is the last one, amongst the pieceful ones the most pieceful one ;-) (2...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AustrianinAsia
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

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.

Room Tip: cottage not too close from the communal area to reserve peaceful and absolute tranquility. Ask Nann...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

I've been to quite a lot of places in this part of the world, but there is no one like Paradiso Village. Nestled on a beautiful island, facing the mountains of Minangkabau, a peaceful bay with great corals and fish. Simple but comfortable bungalows with the sea at your doorstep, quiet with nothing than pristine nature around you. Dominique and Nanni are the best hosts, you feel at home and in family. Dine with friends, and you'll have many: in this unique atmosphere you'll meet all the guests and become friends. And forget about reading menues and asking about unknown dish: you get what Dominique and Nanni compose for you for lunch and dinner, and you'll never want to leave, as the food is what I imagine nectar and ambrosia must be - just heavenly. If you love good food, nature, the sea, diving and snorkeling, having a good drink and a chat with new friends or just hang out in a paradise-like environment, this is the place!

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

My boyfriend and I were lucky enough to stumble across this paradise island whilst desperately searching the internet for places to go and relax before a friend's wedding in Singapore in December. We'd left it until the last minute to book anywhere as we'd been so busy at work and figured it wouldn't be too hard to find somewhere decent but after reading quite a few less than positive reviews for a number of places near Singapore we began to panic that the little beach dream that had been getting the both of us through a tough time at work was slowly drifting further and further away. How very wrong we were in the end.

After coming across Paridiso Village on Tripadvisor and reading the great reviews we booked ourselves in and hoped for the best and we were not dissapointed, in fact we were delighted! We couldn't really have asked for a more beautiful and peaceful location and the superb service we received as well as the fantastic food (seriously, it's amazing - fresh fish, delicious meats and local treats with an Italian twist) really made the 4 days we spent there very much like our own little slice of paradise.

We were treated very much like part of the Paridiso family and Nanni, Marco and Dominique as well as the fantastic team of staff they have working there made us feel very much at home and well looked after. We were taken on snorkelling trips to some fantastic coral reefs which we wouldn't necessarily have found on our own and had a lovely beach picnic on a nearby island all included within the price.

I honestly can't fault the Paridiso Village, we're already planning a trip back there this year. The only thing I would say, and this is just a little piece of advice really, there are a few places you can go walking on the island including a lookout point across the island but flip flops to walk in will not suffice, shoes are a must and a good strong mosquito spray.

Hope this review proves useful to anyone who's debating whether to take the plunge in to paradise, I promise you won't regret it.

Izzy & Rico

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Paradiso Village

Address: Pulau Cubadak, Padang, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sumatra > West Sumatra > Padang
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Padang
Price Range: $176 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 13
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 
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