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Set just meters away from Siladen’s idyllic beach overlooking the volcanoes of North Sulawesi, Kuda Laut Resort offers a spectacular location, laid-back luxury and high standards of service. This boutique resort caters to guests’ every need whilst operating in an ethical and sustainable manner – providing a stress-free and low-impact holiday.
Located on the idyllic island of Siladen, Kuda Laut is a beautiful boutique resort operated by Celebes Divers. The island is the smallest in the Bunaken National Park and with no cars and roads, life is enjoyed at a slower, more relaxed pace. The resort itself lies on a beautiful sandy beach with fantastic views of North Sulawesi and one of Bunaken’s best reefs just offshore, ensuring guests are guaranteed an amazing island experience.
Celebes Divers take pride in providing sustainable dive holidays and, as of 2019, are a certified climate-neutral company. Kuda Laut is committed to sustainability, working closely with the local village community and carefully considering the impacts of their operations. Combined with a stress-free valet-style diving service, relaxing spa and incredible lounge areas, Kuda Laut provides laid-back luxury to guests wanting a taste of paradise - while keeping their impact to a minimum.
Kuda Laut Resort’s four Superior Rooms are located on the upper floor of the main building. Each room is equipped with double or twin beds, air-conditioning, mini bar and large ensuite bathrooms with freshwater rain shower. These Superior Rooms offer fantastic views either of the jungle and palm groves behind the resort or out towards the ocean.
Designed as single floor double bungalows, the two Family Garden Cottages offer plenty of living space and floor to ceiling windows with views of the sea. These bungalows are air-conditioned and equipped with a large double bed, walk-in closet, mini bar, music system and an extra large open-air bathroom with freshwater rain shower and twin sinks. The second bedroom includes two single beds and a fan, making it an ideal choice for families or friends. A large porch provides an extra lounge area including a hammock or swing
All four Beach Cottages are just steps away from the beach and feature beautiful views of North Sulawesi’s volcanic landscape. These cottages are also designed as single floor double bungalows with impressive floor to ceiling windows overlooking the ocean. The Beach Cottages are air-conditioned and equipped with a large double bed, walk-in closet, mini bar, music system and a spacious open-air bathroom with freshwater rain shower. A large porch with lounging area provides extra living space and includes a hammock or swing.
Kuda Laut’s two detached Beach Villas are located on the beach at one end of the resort, offering maximum privacy for intimate holidays or honeymooners. These villas are air-conditioned and feature floor to ceiling glass windows overlooking the ocean. They are equipped with a large double bed, a walk-in closet, a mini bar, a music system, a spacious open-air bathroom with freshwater rain shower. A large porch with lounging area provides extra living space and includes a hammock or swing. The Beach Villas are spacious enough to accommodate a third bed upon request.
Kuda Laut’s on-site restaurant serves buffet-style Western breakfasts with a selection of breads, fruits, jams, yogurts, cereals and juices – warm meals such as omelettes are freshly prepared and made to order. For lunch and dinner, guests can choose from the a la carte menu which changes daily. Afternoon tea and coffee is also included. The resort bar is located beside the swimming pool, directly on the beach, and serves a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks. Experienced mixologists are also on hand to create the perfect cocktail for any occasion. Guests can also relax or play pool in the large lounge area beside the bar.
The resort spa is located on the upper floor of the dive centre, and provides a variety of services performed by certified and skilled therapists. Treatments include massages, exfoliation, manicures and pedicures, designed to loosen muscle contractions and soothe the skin after a day in the sun. Adjacent to the spa, is the resort’s gym, equipped with a treadmill, elliptical trainer, exercise bike, weight station and fantastic ocean views. A variety of excursions can be organised to places such as Tangkoko National Park, Minahasa volcanoes, the Kali Waterfalls, and Manado, as well as romantic sunset boat tours. Kuda Laut also offers dolphin tours where guests can search for dolphins, pilot whales and even whale sharks from the boat’s sundeck. Snorkeling is possible on the house reef directly from the shore and day trips to Bangka Island can also be arranged.
The dive centre is operated by Celebes Divers and comes equipped with a large drying room, individual storage booths for guests’ personal equipment, and an air-conditioned camera room for storing and preparing photography equipment. This resort’s house reef is one of the nicest in Bunaken National Park, and guests are free to explore the reef at anytime by snorkelling or on a guided dive. Regular night and sunset dives are also organised. To minimise the resort’s impact on local habitats, Kuda Laut decided not to build a jetty, landing their dive boats directly on the beach instead. The dive centre offers valet-style diving, ensuring equipment is ready for guests whenever they need it. Full equipment rental is available from the dive centre which uses aluminium tanks with INT and DIN connectors, and Nitrox 32% is available at an additional cost.
Diving is done from traditional fibreglass dive boats which are both spacious and comfortable, boasting a fully-covered seating area, sun deck and toilet. Boats carry fresh water for cameras as well as refreshments such as fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, coffee and tea. Oxygen and first aid kits are also stored onboard each boat. Groups are kept to four divers per guide and all dives are organised as if there is current, meaning divers must carry a safety buoy. SSI training from beginner to instructor are offered by the dive centre as well as a range of speciality courses. Day trips to Lembeh, Nain Island and Manado Bay can also be arranged.
Celebes Divers is in partnership with Climatepartner – a renowned organisation which helps companies offset their carbon footprint – who worked with the resort to assess the climate impact of the companies entire operation. Celebes Divers now participates in supported offset projects, and as of summer 2019, is a certified CO2-neutral company. As a member of SSI’s Blue Oceans initiative, they also follow the Blue Oceans Responsible Diver Code by providing eco-friendly soap and shampoo, selling reef-safe sunscreen, discontinuing the use of single-use plastics and regularly organising beach and reef clean-ups.