Cocotinos Manado, Manado, North Sulawesi Indonesia, Sulawesi
Cocotinos is a boutique dive resort in the heart of Kima Bajo, a fishing village overlooking the Bunaken National Marine Park, well-known for its rich and stunning marine life and diving. The hotel is less than half an hours’ drive from the airport in Manado and a 15 minute boat ride into the marine park.
With laid back, friendly service and lovely views of Siladen and Bunaken Islands, the property is well-run, cosy and comfortable. Eco-friendly building materials have been used to blend with the surrounding villages and coconut grove. Lush, colourful gardens surround the property and pool area, offering pleasant spots to admire the sunset over the ocean. Local and international cuisine is served at the Deho Restaurant & Bar on the open deck over the water and under the stars.
The property consists of 22 rooms, set amongst the gardens, with views of either the pool or ocean. Designed to be simple and practical with modern amenities, high ceilings and daybeds, they are spacious and comfortable. If you’re looking for something extra, the suites offer lovely views over the ocean from the private spa on the balcony.
It is to be noted that there is no beach as such, and you cannot swim off the shore. The surrounding area is not an idyllic beach paradise either. However, the property is very pleasant and great value, especially for keen divers or those wanting an easy first or last couple of nights.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.