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Review of Lorenso Cottages Beach Garden

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Lorenso Cottages Beach Garden
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Perfect snorkeling, nice food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

We had a nice place an Lorenzo`s place. We stayed there 4 days and the last 2 days the food was excellent (eggplant in coconut sauce, fresh fish, tofu). The first 2 days the food was more than oke and there is enough of it.The snorkeling in front of lorenzo`s place is amazingly beautiful .The cottage was very basic (thin matrass, shared bathroom), but they where reasonably clean and this is one of the cheaper places on the island. Had a nice time there.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

Four nights spent at Lorenso’s Cottages made me fall in love with Bunaken and its people. Bungalows are very basic but if you can, choose among the newly-constructed ones. They have better mosquito nets and less squeaky floors and beds. If you go there for snorkeling, bring your own masks and fins since the ones that are being rented at Lorenso’s are quite old and the good ones are taken fast. If you go for diving, you’ll have to use one of the nearby diving centres. Right in front of the resort is one of the best snorkeling/diving spots in Bunaken so no need to swim far and still make it for lunch on time. Food is excellent and so is the evening entertainment! Staff is amazing and really helpful and flexible. Can’t wait to go back.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for four nights and while the owners and staff are friendly I think you get better value for money at other places nearby. There is no electricity during the day, no internet and only bucket showers here, but for the same price you can have all of that plus a pool at Two Fish. On the bright side the reef in front of the cottages is one of the best I have seen in Indonesia. No need to pay for a boat to take you elsewhere!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

We were due to stay here for 6 nights, but when we arrived, we knew we had to find somewhere else to stay immediately. The lodges are desperately in need of renovation or just starting over! The rooms are dark and grubby looking, mozzie nets over the beds have holes in them, the bathroom is utterly basic - large container of water next to the toilet for you to chuck down the toilet to flush it, cold water shower from an old style plastic bath tap hose adapter. We didn't want to touch anything. Even in my backpacking days I'd have been disappointed with this. And the strange thing is, the prices they charge. You can get so much better for virtually the same price! We stayed at Two Fish for our remaining 5 nights and we spent the rest of our time feeling so grateful they had availability.

For divers - whilst Lorenso's say you can dive with the resort next door, when we went to see them and they said they were full and didn't seem particularly bothered or helpful about suggesting alternatives. Diving was the purpose of our trip, so this is a critical point to pass on. The snorkelling reef out the front, also passes in front of many resorts so don't let that sway you. The food is average - we had the same bland noodles for lunch and dinner. There is a nice atmosphere in the evening, as a result of other guests (and not wanting to go back to your room!).

We left as early as possible the next morning and almost ran to the next resort. We were over the moon to leave!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Innsbruck, Österreich
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

we stayed here for about 10 days and had the best time ever! people were so friendly, we felt comfy all the time! lorenzo is a guy who always wants you to have a good time. food is perfekt (when the fishermen come in the morning you see which fish you get for dinner), vegetarian food was there too!
we haven't seen a better reef somwhere else...it's beautiful in directly infront of the cottage (you have to go through a little mangroveforest to start snorkeling, but lorenzo made a good way through it)
in the evenings the whole crew sang at the bonfire, and we had really funny evenings with everyone there!!!
lorenzo takes you to other beaches if you like, he organises dolphintours (we've seen 100 of them!!), takes you to the village to do a lil bit of karaoke, and helps you with everything you need!!!

we had a good time at the bunaken (probably the best in indonesia) and would love to come back anytime!!!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2013

After reading some of the recent reviews we were a little skeptical, but after talking to other travelers coming from here everyone only had great things to say about this little oasis. We were actually booked somewhere else and chose to loose our deposit and stay here. So happy that we did. We stayed in the family cottage that was perfect for us. 2 separate rooms with mosquito nets (which could be replaced with newer ones) and a shared bathroom and very large private verandah. Lovely breezes from the water just through the mangroves in the afternoon. Room price includes all your meals (delicious), plus unlimited tea, coffee and filtered water. We took a private boat here and if you have 5 people the price is the same as the public ferry, plus you get dropped off right at Lorenso’s. The public ferry is a long 25-minute walk away. Excellent snorkeling is right in front of Lorenso’s. The dive boats and snorkeling trips all bring people to this spot. Truly some of the best snorkeling I have ever done. They have equipment, but it would be worth it to bring your own (60,000 to rent for the day) for those who want to dive, living Colors is a 5-minute walk down the beach. The dive instructors live at Lorenso’s and are very knowledgeable about the area. Nights are spent talking to other travelers and listening to the staff sing and play their instruments. A perfect place to relax and unwind.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Jakarta
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79 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2012

First of all, Bunaken was really beautiful, regardless lots of corals have died. We were picked up by a strange dutch man in the port in Manado. We paid 350K IDR for the one way boat that took us about half an hour. We were dropped right in front of the cottages but please bear in mind that you need to pass through the mangrove so prepare yourself with short or upper knee skirt and flip flops. At the beginning, the funny chubby lorenso himself greeted and welcomed us warmly. The good thing about this cottages is the environment is so friendly, the guess were having parties together thus you will be never alone. The staffs will warmly talked to you and sing with you.

From lorenso's to one of the best snorkeling site was swimming distance. We also took a snorkeling tour to visit three snorkeling spots where we saw some cute turtles. The snorkeling gears cost us 60K IDR per day but unfortunately Lorenso does not have enough for all guests. Lorenso also offered us a dolphins tours, we took it but instead we saw a whale, went snorkeling to 2 other spots, and island trekking in manado tua. It cost only 200K per person.

The cottages were average, typical modest beach resort, never be clean from sands, but why we need super clean room anyway when you are in the isolated island? beside the price is a very good deal, only IDR 200K per person including 3 meals per day, free flow drinking water, coffee and tea.

When we went there the running water did not work for a while and I witnessed lorenso and the staffs tried really hard to repair it. I can tell he's a passionate guy who really loves his job. He threw parties almost every night and provides local wine. They created their own musical instruments from junks which will impress every guess, especially the one string bass.

The food was okay, pancake every morning was a little bit boring though. Fish everyday is normal, we were in an island, what do you expect? It's not everyday you can eat fresh fish, no?

I stayed 4 days 3 nights doing so many things and only cost me less than 2 millions there.

So far, I am happy with my vacation to bunaken and stayed in Lorenso. Cannot ask more.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Lorenso Cottages Beach Garden

Property: Lorenso Cottages Beach Garden
Address: Pangalisang Beach, Bunaken Island 95015, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bunaken Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Bunaken Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9

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