Siladen Resort Manado, North Sulawesi

Siladen is the perfect combination of breathtaking beauty, gourmet food, luxurious comfort, and excellent diving with a combination of walls and muck – where the water is warm and the sea rich with life, where the day we leave, we are making plans to return.

Located only a half hour boat ride from Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, the luxury boutique resort is an eco-friendly property which places high emphasis on the protection of the marine park and the environment.

The resort officially opened in 2003 on the island which measures only 24 hectares. The Bunaken National Marine Park is regarded as one of the top marine parks in the world and is at the centre of marine biodiversity. It offers visitors breathtaking diving and snorkelling with an incredible variety of marine life. Siladen Resort & Spa is located on the western side of the island on a 300m-long beach facing the resting Manadotua volcano.

Tucked away behind palm trees, Siladen offers guests an elegant and relaxing atmosphere with king size beds, outdoor open air showers and sundecks overlooking the calm seas. Along with all this luxury, the pièce de résistance is the wonderful diving, with the best dive operation, and the greatest dive team in the world.

Three luxury villas are located directly on the beach. Each villa measures 74 sqm, features a bedroom and a living room, a spacious terrace, beautiful wooden floors, king size draped poster bed, air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, flat screen HD television with satellite connection, telephone and tea & coffee making facilities.

The ten smaller garden view villas are set in five elegant wooden buildings. They are located in the peaceful and tropical landscaped area just metres from the beach and provide individual air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, tea & coffee making facilities, private bathrooms with hot/cold water and a private terrace.

A variety of local Indonesian and Asian dishes and gourmet European and Mediterranean recipes are available at the restaurant. Barbecues on the beach are a regular feature in the dry season and private beach dinners are available on request. A wide selection of imported wines, spirits and cocktails are available.

The Siladen Spa is a great place to de-stress after a day’s diving. On the menu are traditional Indonesian rituals, massages, aromatherapy and cleansing treatments, body scrubs, and herbal, honey, lulur, salt and mud skin treatments.

The diving in Bunaken Marine Park is divine with only a 15-20 minute boat ride from Siladen to most dive sites. The resort owned dive centre is located on Pulau Siladen, a lush tropical island in the heart of the world renowned Bunaken National Marine Park. Located in the centre of the Coral Triangle and created in 1991 Bunaken National Park covers a total surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97 per cent of which is clear, warm tropical water. The remaining three per cent of the park is terrestrial, including the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen.

Besides diving and snorkeling in Bunaken National Park, muck diving in Manado Bay or soft coral dives in the slopes of Bangka Island are available. The four traditionally designed boats are spacious and have all the necessary amenities such as marine toilets and sundecks. All boats provide covered seating and dry storage areas for cameras and personal belongings and are staffed by licensed captains and an assistant. Each vessel is equipped with first aid and emergency oxygen as well. Drinking water, coffee and tea are available free of charge on all boats and fresh fruit and snacks are provided after every dive. Towels are also available onboard.

Recently they have made a number of improvements throughout the resort, ranging from new furnishings to new services. Perhaps more impressive though, is the incredible marine sightings witness right from our shore. They have had two turtle nests hatch over the past couple of months, and still have more nests yet to hatch. There have been a number of Orca (killer whale) sightings throughout Bunaken Marine Park, and one even cruised directly past their restaurant! Also, everybody’s favourite critter, frogfish, are about in full force – there are currently five at one of  their favourite Manado Tua dive sites.

Ongoing Social Projects

These past couple of months have been very busy with their ongoing social commitment projects. They recently had the vet come out from Manado to do the yearly vaccinating and neutering of the islands dogs and cats. This service is free to everybody on the island, so anybody who wanted their pets looked at could arrange a visit from her. This is important as locations like Siladen can fast become overpopulated with stray animals, and disease can run riot if the population is not controlled.

School will soon start, so they have been busy collecting supplies to offer to the children. They already have enough materials for all the children, and they just need to get some more school books and backpacks. As always, donations are always welcome and highly appreciated, click here for more details.

Siladen gets better each time you visit. Come and see for yourself.

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