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“Perfect Place to stay in an Enchanting Indonesian Village”
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Bahowo Lodge
Ranked #21 of 45 Hotels in Manado
Reviewed 18 October 2011

I stayed here on my own for good on two weeks in September of 2011. I would recommend this place to any type of traveler; be it someone traveling alone, a honeymoon couple and or anyone in-between. Paula and Phil, the proprietors, will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Words that come to mind when remembering my stay here are; genuine people, delicious home-style cooking, stimulating dinner conversation, friendly and efficient staff, and a homey, heartwarming atmosphere. Would I go back to the same place again? In a flash. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We spend more than 10 nights at the lodge and enjoyed every minute of it. Phil and Paula are perfect hosts to make you feel comfortable and so nice to chat with. Good spacious rooms and so much other places for the guests to sit or rest. Dinner at various places near the house or the garden. And the swimming pool was good to cool down if the temperature got too hot. Very good also for divers as alternate for the bigger hotels. Free ride to and from the dive base Thalassa. And not to forget the small Bahowo village with wonderful nice people and everybody always wanted to say hi. Esp. the children are a must see and visit their school. The book Phil wrote about their settlement in the village and starting up the lodge is worthwhile reading every page. When after the live aboard we stayed at a big hotel, but returned for a BBQ to the lodge and it felt a bit like “coming home”. Special thanks to the excellent cooks for cooking us such delicious meals, only eating the big crab was a challenge! Absolutely recommended for a stay near Manado or Bunaken.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

My wife and I are regular visitors to Bahowo Lodge and think of it more as visiting friends rather than booking in to a hotel.
With staff who know your name and the integration you experience with the local village it really is a unique experience to stay here. Throw in the two most laid back and flexible hosts you have ever met and the promise of Bunaken Marine Park ten minutes away by boat and there is nowhere in Manado that compares
We have been visiting Bahowo on and off now for two years and expect to return many times in the future

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

My friends and I stayed for 4 nights at Bahowo Lodge, Sulawesi Manado, Indonesia. It was the most memorable experienced you've ever had. The lodge owners Phil and wife Paula were the excellent hosts. You'll also feel at home when you stayed at the lodge. You always get a personal touch and attention. They prepared your breakfast and dinners. The food here is excellent with fresh catch from sea everyday. This place is fantastic if you want to enjoy diving Bunaken Marine Park. Just say no more, you must stay there to find out yourself.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

We stayed at Bahowo Lodge for three nights, and loved it! Phil and Paula are wonderful hosts (and great dinnertime conversationalists), who went out of their way to make our stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. The food was delicious, with authentic Indonesian specialities and tropical fruits expertly prepared by local cooks, and we were even treated to a Western-style breakfast of cheese omelettes, jam and toast every morning. The rooms are comfortable, and there are lots of amenities including a TV/DVD player, full movie library, and excellent collection of books which we enjoyed, as well as an outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs. The lodge was perfect as a base for visiting Tangkoko park. If I'm ever back in Sulawesi, I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

Stayed at Bahowo Lodge for three nights and loved it! The food is delicious and plentiful, the a/c works great, and the village is just fantastic. I also really enjoyed spending time chatting with Phil and Paula (the fabulous owners). They will do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING to make your stay comfortable and fun. Nothing but great memories from this place!

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 August 2010

Going to Bunaken/Manado? Bahowo Lodge is the only place to stay for great company, service and the food - which is fantastic! I've stayed with Phil and Paula 3 times now and plan to get back there asap.

Rob Williams. UK

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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Address: Bahowo Village | Bunaken Park, Manado, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Manado
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Ranked #21 of 45 Hotels in Manado
Price Range: £67 - £83 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bahowo Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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