Indonesia, Asia – Siladen Resort & Spa

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Siladen Resort & Spa

North Sulawesi, Indonesia

 

An Introduction to Indonesia

 

Located on Pulau Siladen, a lush tropical island located in the heart of the world famous Bunaken National Marine Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia – Siladen Resort and Spa is the only certified 4-star resort in North Sulawesi. The exclusive resort is a 90 minute car and boat transfer from Manando’s Sam Ratulangi Airport.

Siladen opened in January 2013 and is an eco-friendly property, built entirely of wood which emphasizes the importance of the protection of the Marine Park and the environment.   The resort is located on the western side of the island along a 900 foot stretch of white coral beach facing the Manadotua resting volcano.

Siladen Resort is a true hidden gem.  It proudly offers the most attractive and secluded accommodations with special attention paid to every detail – including extra large King size beds, outdoor open air showers, and sundecks overlooking the ocean.  Guests are able to choose from 16 villas; Beach Villas, Garden View Villas, and the Nusah Indah Villa.  Each of the 5 Beach Villas, which overlook the beach, offer approximately 210 square feet of comfortable living space for guests.  Located in the beautifully landscaped area just steps away from the beach are the 10 Garden View Villas, set in 5 elegant buildings made of wood and natural stone.  The Nusa Indah Villa is ideal for families as it features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living room.

Room Amenities:

  • Air conditioning
  • Room Safe
  • Mini-bar
  • Satellite TV
  • Tea and Coffee making capabilities
  • Private open air bathrooms with hot/cold water

The quality of the dining experience will delight every palette.  You will find a wide selection of local Indonesian and Asian fusion dishes in combination with Italian and other International recipes at Full Board Restaurant.  A highlight during summer is the seafood barbeques held on the beach.  Siladen also has 2 bars, The Lounge Bar located next to the pool complete with pool tables and The Boat Bar located on the beach.  Both offer stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and feature local beers and cocktails using fresh local ingredients.

For those looking for the ultimate in relaxation, the Siladen Spa offers a full range of traditional treatments that will allow you to rest you mind and pamper your body.  Their uplifting and restorative therapies are based on ancient knowledge and use all natural ingredients.  A large free form salt water swimming pool is located at the heart of the resort close to Full Board Restaurant.  Here you will find private sun beds as well as pool towels for guests to relax and enjoy.

Diving is a must while at Siladen and the fully owned and operated PADI 5-Star Dive Center is located on site at Siladen Resort.  It is here where you will explore an incredibly diverse ecosystem.  The Bunaken National Marine Park is where the Indian and Pacific oceans meet.  It is composed of the islands of Siladen, Bunaken, ManadoTua, Montehage and Nein. It covers a total area of over 890 square kilometers, hosts 390 different species of corals, and is a center of marine global biodiversity and ranks among the top diving destinations in the world.  The Park is known for an incredibly rich macro life as well as reef sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, tuna, and turtles.  The Marine Park is characterized by wall dives, rich in hard and soft corals.  As currents change in intensity, all dives are drift dives, they do not offer shore dives, and all diving takes place with a guide.  The Dive Center has three traditional Indonesian dive boats with a maximum occupancy of 12 guests on each boat.  There are 40 dive sites close to the resort and a typical day includes up to 4 dives including daily night dives.  Water temperature is on average 82 degrees Fahrenheit and it is recommended to where full length 3m suites.

Snorkeling is also a great option for guests as the reefs come up to about 9ft.  Every morning, snorkeling guests can join the dive boats at 8am and venture to a variety of snorkeling spots throughout the Marine Park.  Snorkeling is also available at the House Jetty, which is a short walk from the resort.

More to Explore:

Dolphin and Pilot Whale Tours – Take one of the resort’s boats for a 3-hour excursion in the Marine Park in search of some of the most famous local inhabitants; the lumba lumba (Indonesian for dolphin) and pilot whales!

Manando Sight Seeing (1/2 day) – Depart from the resort by boat and head over to Manando to the traditional market and then visit the Ban Hian Kiong Temple, it’s the oldest Buddhist temple in eastern part of Indonesia. It was built in the early of 19th century.  After some shopping, the boat will take you back to Siladen.

Tangkoko Rainforest Tour (full day) – The island of Sulawesi, Indonesia’s third largest, is characterized by large tropical forests and dense jungle home to many endemic species, insects, birds, plants, beautiful waterfalls and wild rivers. Flora and Fauna is the order of the day. If jungle walk is your forte, why not try this adventure?  From the Resort, you will proceed in a comfortable coach for a 3 hour journey on the road towards the national park where you will trek and hike in search of the Black Crested Macaque (Makaka Nigra, indigenous to North Sulawesi) and the Tarsius Spectrum (the world’s smallest primate). There are plenty of birds – look out for the Hornbill Bird (Rhyticeros Casidix). Upon finishing your tour of the park, you will proceed towards Manado and stop by a local restaurant for dinner before returning to the resort.

Mt. Mahawu Volcano trekking (full day) – The Minahasa region is formed by montains, hills, green valley and volcanoes (active and non-active). Some of them are possible to be explored during your stay at the Resort. All the guides follow the safety standard set by UIAA (United International Alpine Association) and have more than 15 years experience in trekking on volcanoes.  Mahawu is capped by a 180-m-wide, 140-m-deep crater that sometimes contains a small crater lake, and has two pyroclastic cones on its northern flank. Less active than its neighbor, Lokon-Empung, Mahawu’s historical activity has been restricted to occasional small explosive eruptions recorded since 1789. In 1994 fumaroles, mudpots, and small geysers were observed along the shores of a greenish-colored crater lake.  A surprisingly easy to climb Mt Mahawu is a must for those who love to see nature while enjoying a gentle climb towards the top.

White Water Rafting (full day) – The Minahasa region is formed by Mountains, hills, volcanoes, green valleys and rivers. Rafting gives the chance to ride deep into the forest of sulawesi. The music of the nature is surrounding all the Nimanga river which offer 9 km and 35 rapids during the 3 hours ride. Black macac monkey and beautiful birds can be seen during this adventure.

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An Introduction to Indonesia

Stretching between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator lay the exotic islands that make up Indonesia.

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: “Indos” meaning Indian and “Nesos” which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago (the world’s largest), as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands of which only about 6,000 are inhabited.

Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra,  Kalimantan,  Sulawesi,  Irian Jaya  and last but not least Java, home to 70 percent of the country’s population.  Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.

Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the world’s greatest marine biodiversity, boasting more amazing diving destinations than anywhere else on earth. Not only is diving in Indonesia on every semi-serious diver’s ‘Must do’ list but there are also many great places for less experienced but no less enthusiastic divers. Areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat are becoming known as among the world’s best live-aboard destinations, adding to places such as Sulawesi and Wakatobi which are already established as world class.

Indonesia also offers many delights for non-divers. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular Prambanan temples in Java: enjoy ancient music while watching traditional dancers in spectacular costume: visit animated floating markets: experience a close ecounter with the famous Kamodo dragons, spend time with enigmatic orangutans in their natural habitat: hike volcanic cones, forests and mountains.

What to Expect in Indonesia

BANKS:

  • Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday
  • Some bank branches in hotels, however, keep longer hours. Jakarta has several international banks but money can also be changed at hotel cashiers, and authorized money changers.
  • Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers.
  • The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency.
  • Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel to remote areas, it is advisable to change money and travelers cheques in advance.
  • Credit cards are acceptable only at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.

CURRENCY:

  • The unit of currency is Indonesia Rupiah indicated as IDR. USD1 is roughly equivalent to IDR 9,055. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.

CLIMATE:

  • Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round.
  • Rather than four seasons it has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of winter and summer.
  • Temperatures climb to about 88°F in coastal regions, dropping (but not by much) further inland.

DEPARTURE TAX:

  • Departure tax applies on both international and domestic flights. Departure tax from Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) Airport is 100,000 IDR and at other international airports, 75,000 IDR.

DRINKING WATER:

  • Visitors should not drink tap water and avoid ice and fresh juices as they may have been watered down.
  • Bottled water is generally safe but check that the seal is intact at purchase.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:

  • To drive in Indonesia, you officially need an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your local automobile association.
  • This permit is rarely required as identification when hiring or driving a car but police may ask to see it.
  • You should also bring your home driving license as well as it’s supposed to be carried in conjunction with the IDP.

ELECTRICITY:

  • Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas.
  • Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins.
  • It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage.
  • Certain nationals, including US citizens are able to obtain a “Visa on Arrival” processed at a recognized gate of entry following the payment of an official fee. Such fee is dependent upon a 30 day or a 7 day visa. The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted into another class of visa.
  • Details of countries participating in the Visa on Arrival program, variations and current visa prices are available from the Consular Section of your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

TOURISM SEASON:

  • The season for scuba diving in Indonesia runs all year round.
  • However, the best dive conditions usually exist from April to October, as many provinces have a rainy season from November to March.
  • The live-aboard season – cruises all year round.

VACCINATIONS:

  • In addition to your routine vaccinations, no other inoculations are required for entry into Indonesia with the exception of: Yellow fever is required for all travelers greater than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
  • However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician or specialized travel clinic for a personal recommendation.
  • As most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, allow sufficient time for consultation before departure.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS:

  • Water temperatures vary between 70 degrees and mid-80s Fahrenheit depending on destination and season.
  • We will be happy to advise you in more detail when arranging your trip.

 

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