Leave it to the Italians to keep this gem to themselves.... My wife and I spent five precious days on this island for our 25th wedding anniversary. Its real name is Menyawaken, just a few miles from the main island of Kirimunjawa.
We were told that we were only the fourth Americans to visit this remote place which allows us to hold on much tighter to its mystic being adventurers to such a far flung place.
The island contains an array of over 30 living spaces and we were lucky to have booked a private villa with a pool which was far beyond our wildest expectations. Throughout the course of our stay which was early in the season being the beginning of July, we felt as if we were alone throughout the day.
Please note this place is not for the individuals that feel the need to be entertained throughout the day and night. No matter where you were the place was very quiet and the staff was discrete. For a workaholic such as myself the forced relaxation was not only necessary but a welcome relief from the daily grind of business life.
I myself am a certified diver having been weaned diving in the Florida Keys which is a fabulous place to dive for sure. This island and the near-bye islands provide by far some of the best shallow coral reef diving and snorkeling the world has to offer. This is a true underwater Garden of Eden. The pictures available on the web and in the brochure just do not do it enough justice.
The staff was friendly and courteous throughout our days there. We were attended to from the second we arrived at the airport in Semarang until we boarded our return flight to Jakarta...Amazingly there truly was no stress during this leg of our journey. My advice however gleaned from some friends we made at the resort is to take the flight and steer far away from the local ferry offering services to the island. The open sea can apparently be pretty tough on the non sailors.
I would certainly return to this place again should the opportunity arise...
A big thanks to the staff there, I hope someday to visit their sister property in Myanmar.
Bill & Nathalie Marsh
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