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“Sadly not up to expectations, despite the amazing scenary.”

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Kalinaun Resort - Lembeh & Bangka
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Pulau Lembeh
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“Sadly not up to expectations, despite the amazing scenary.”
Reviewed 17 April 2012

Let's start by saying that we probably aren't the typical visitors to the Kalinaun. I have never dived let alone taken photos underwater and I think this is the intended visitor to the Kalinaun.

We were there for the beach, to unwind and we had a two year old in tow. My wife speaks fluent Indonesian and we have traveled around Indonesia over the past five years so we are used to relaxed and hands-off, but this was a bit too hands-off even for us. The proprietors were really only interested in the party of 18 Italian diver-photographers arriving a few days from when we left and the only conversations with us were to try to get us to visit another "resort" around the bay (EUR100 charge for this "excursion") and when we were paying the bill. Let's talk about the bill for a second.

Room rate included food - excellent value. Add aircon (EUR20 per night), the transfers (EUR20 each way in an un-airconditioned 4x4, the 2nd leg being their journey to the market for groceries - very eco-friendly but not very comfortable for us) plus an extra EUR20 charge to drive us to the local store to buy some Bintang because they had run out. Really? What started our "reasonable" now bordered on the Datai!

On the positive side, a great little chalet, hot running water, and great scenery. The food was good - not brilliant, but plentiful. I particularly enjoyed the fresh fish and fresh fruit. The service from the caretaker Harry was friendly enough as well as from the main waitress although what we ate was dictated by what was available - they ran out of eggs, many of the meat dishes were not available. However, what we ate was tasty enough.

We were looking forward to relaxing on the beach but unfortunately the beach was quite unappealing, until we took it upon ourselves to ask Harry to clean up the weeds and the debris. No umbrellas, no loungers (they were being fixed).

I wouldn't recommend on the whole, unless you're a diver and you spend little time on the shore. From the half day snorkling (EUR100) that I did the underwater life was amazing. It's a shame what was found back on land wasn't.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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robertochiappini, Proprietario at Kalinaun Resort - Lembeh & Bangka, responded to this review, 10 June 2012
Matt,
Thanks for your feedback. Also thanks to your subjective opinion we can work to improve and not to commit the same mistakes. We hope to still have your beautiful family between our guests the next time you come to Manado. Sorry for my bad English. Thank you. Roberto
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

My wife and I spent three nights at Kalinaun Resort which has only 4 bungalows. We were the only guests and will remember this for ever. Located one hour from the airport, the resort is planted on a beautiful beach with gorgeous sunrise and sunset. The two italian brothers (Roberto and Alessandro) and Olivia welcome you literally to their home with a mixed of mediterranean and indonesian warmth. They even speak French. The food is excellent and abundant. They bake their own bread and buy fish daily from local fishermen. The rooms are spacious, clean and well decorated. When it came to diving in Lembeh the underwater photographer, in other words the guest, dictates the pace based on the dive objectives. Just let Alessandro know what you are looking for and he will find it and wait for you to take the best shot ever. We will go back there with the kids next time for a long weekend from Singapore.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reviewed 7 October 2011

This place is another paradise for all divers and all people who are looking for release tension cause this place are full with mountains and islands view

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Kalinaun Resort - Lembeh & Bangka
Address: Lembeh and Bangka islands, Bitung, Pulau Lembeh 95000, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bitung > Pulau Lembeh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Pulau Lembeh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Italian boutique resort, only 4 sea cottages, for a personally and friendly service.Special for photo/video divers, with our private dive sites, for rare and mimetic critters.Italian and indonesian restaurant, with about 100 dishes in our menu à la carte. ... more   less 

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