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Siladen Resort and Spa is Sulawesi’s premier dive resort, carefully designed to compliment the stunning island environment. The resort combines sophistication, luxury and fantastic service, with a commitment to conservation and social development. The result? A perfect dive experience at the heart of the world-renowned Bunaken Marine Park.
Siladen Resort and Spa is located on the western side of Siladen Island along a 300m long stretch of white coral reef beach facing Manado Tua volcano. Although just 30 minutes from Manado and an hour from the airport, the resort feels like a world away from Manado’s busy port and is perfectly located right at the heart of the Bunaken Marine Park. Siladen was envisaged as an exclusive boutique dive resort offering its guests ‘the most attractive, exquisite and secluded comfort in Sulawesi’, and having been voted in 2017 the ‘Best Dive Resort in the World’ by the UK’s Dive Magazine, it is safe to say that Siladen Resort has achieved its aim.
From its inception, protection of the environment and sustainability have been at the heart of the resort’s ethos. Siladen Resort has removed all single use plastics from its business, installed water refills throughout the resort, runs programmes to educate the local school children about waste and the environment, and is very proactive in working with both the local community and conservation organisations. In the words of the resort management, ‘Our mission is to provide guests with a unique and memorable experience that will lead them to return to Siladen. We will behave in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and we are committed to taking an active role in helping develop the local community.'
The 10 Garden View Villas are set in 5 elegant buildings constructed in wood and natural stone. Located in the peaceful and tropical landscaped gardens just meters from the beach, each of the villas features air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, tea & coffee making facilities, private open air bathrooms with hot/cold water and amenities including a hair dryer, and a small private terrace.
The 6 Beach View Villas overlook the beach and and are the perfect place to watch Bunaken’s beautiful sunsets. Each features wood floors and walls, a comfortable king size draped poster bed, air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, 23 inch flat screen HD television , satellite TV with international channels, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, private outdoor bathroom with hot/cold water and a full set of amenities including a hair dryer, private sun beds and a sun deck.
The 3 new Luxury Villas are located directly on the beach - perfect for relaxing in after the end of a day spent exploring the Bunaken Marine Park. These new villas feature two distinct areas, a bedroom and a living room, along with a spacious terrace. Each features beautiful wooden floors, king size draped poster bed, air conditioning, safe, mini bar, flat screen HD television with satellite connection, telephone and tea & coffee making facilities and a private outdoor bathroom with hot/cold water and a full set of amenities including a hair dryer.
The Nusa Indah villa is located in the peaceful and tropical garden area of the resort, close to the centre of the resort. Ideal for families, the villa is comfortably sized features 2 bedrooms - 1 with king size poster bed, 1 with 2 Twin beds - 2 indoor bathrooms and a common living area with television. Each bedroom features individual air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, tea & coffee making facilities and an indoor bathroom with hot/cold water and amenities including a hair dryer. The living area features couches, a table and a minibar.
The resort buildings and villas of Siladen lie hidden amongst the palm trees and other natural vegetation in a beautiful 4 hectare plot, set back from the edge of the beach. Each is built from wood and stone, giving the resort a natural feel and helping it to to blend into the island environment. And whilst retaining a sense of luxury and understated sophistication, the resort’s staff - the vast majority of which come from Siladen or other local islands - help to give Siladen Resort a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
The resort restaurant, lounge, bar and reception are all built around a beautiful free-form swimming pool at the heart of the resort - the perfect place to relax, order a drink from the bar and watch the perfect sunset views across the beach towards the dramatic volcanic cone of Manado Tua. Siladen’s restaurant serves a wide range of gourmet European and Mediterranean dishes and beach barbeques are a weekly event during the dry season. And after a long day spent diving or snorkeling, the resort spa offers a wide range of Indonesian treatments. Siladen Resort also has paddle boards, a beach volley ball court and kayaks, and can arrange day trips to explore the mainland.
Siladen Resort is perfectly positioned to explore over 50 dive sites both within the Bunaken Marine Park, as well as the fascinating muck diving locations along the coast of the mainland. The dive centre also runs day trips to Bangka and Gangga to the north. Siladen Resort emphasises memorable, exclusive and above all, safe diving experiences and guarantees a low number of guests for each guide - providing a more personal service. Each day the resort runs two morning dives, an afternoon dive, sunset and night dives - all of which are included in the package price.
The dive centre has a full range of professionally-maintained rental equipment and offers nitrox 32% as standard. It also features a teaching room for courses and camera room for use by photographers. The resort’s fleet of 5 traditional-style wooden dive boats have both plenty of space, shade and protection for camera gear, and are fitted with all necessary safety equipment. Private guides and boats can also be arranged. As part of its environmental policy, Siladen Resort’s dive centre employs a strictly enforced code of conduct for its guests and staff.
Siladen Resort and Spa is ‘committed to preserving and protecting the environment in which the resort is located. It is only by ensuring that the environment is adequately protected that we can guarantee the long term success of not only Siladen Resort & Spa, but also Bunaken Marine Park.’
Protection of the local environment - both above and below the surface of the sea - as well as social development of the local community are right at the heart of all that Siladen Resort and Spa do. Amongst many other ongoing projects, the resort has removed all single use plastics from the resort, recycles water, continuously looks at ways to reduce its environmental footprint, employs many people from the local village, supports the local school and church, runs sterilisation programmes for stray animals on the island, and manages its own Turtle Conservation project.
Siladen Resort and Spa is at the forefront of conservation in North Sulawesi, is an active member of the North Sulawesi Watersports Association and employs sustainable practices throughout its business.
4 nights and 10 dives - the perfect short break, with 3 dives a day and 1 extra sunset or night dive spent exploring the incredible dive sites of the Bunaken Marine Park. The package includes accommodation in a Garden View Villa, all meals and transfers from Manado airport. Upgrades to Beach View Villas, Luxury Villas and the Nusa Indah Villa for families are available. High season and single supplements are applicable. Guests can prebook any desired number of dives in advance and the use of Nitrox if suitably qualified.