There weren't much choices in Siladen Island as they are very small. The top 3 could be Siladen resort, Tanta moon and Onong resort just next to tanta moon. We picked Tanta moon because there were other reviewer talking about the snorkeling experience they had just a few feet from the resort. So, why not!?
I was happy with the beach, that's the most important thing about the island. You want beautiful beach. We got that! First and foremost, we had a hard time reaching them both phone-line and email. We were in manado for few nights and was waiting for their respond about transportation. We were given free transportation (update from the worker) if we stayed 3 nights and so did we. After responding to them, it took 2-3 days almost to reach them again. I had no choice but to ask from the previous resort to help us out. Since manado and Siladen are VERY close to each other, we were lucky that the resort from the previous place knew their secondary phone number. We talked and she managed to call for a boat to pick us up. It's funny how one person told me we get free transportation if we stayed 3 nights and the other lady came to me and said it's 5 nights and we get free transportation and not just that, when we arrived, the lady told us its actually free for one week stay PFFT! When you said "free transportation", they are supposed to be 2 ways and not just 1.
We booked "High view" room from agoda. It didn't look so bad but I was very much disappointed. So we upgraded our room to the chalet just right in front of the beach. I would never ever in my right mind want to stay in the High View room. It's just SAD! We were told for upgrading, we need to pay extra EURO30. After all, i wanted a nice holiday with the beach just right in front of my doorstep. So, whatta heck right? Total up, we spent a great deal amount of :: USD447 + Extra EUR90 (upgrade room)
We decided again to extend another night, it ain't because the room were superb, it is just the fact that we love the beach so much we wouldn't want to leave. We asked the lady if we could have a better offer for another night, since we've had already upgraded our room and she gave a tad better offer for us. FYI, we were the only customer during that week! It would have been nice if they could give a better offer seeing that we loved to stay. We were ready to extend 2 nights but seemed like they were not so keen to have customer, we decided just to extend 1 more night.
Food were great. We were both very satisfied with the full board menu. Every food were deliciously cooked and I love the red meat the most! But of course others are well done too.
Beers are superbly expensive : Rp. 60,000 approximately EUR5, Soda drink are superbly expensive as well : Rp. 25,000 approximately EUR2. A bottle would normally cost Rp. 5000 or so. But there was one day the lady gave me a free soda drink because the day was too hot. Well, everyday was very hot. Even with A/C and Ceiling fan on 24hours, It just didn't work except the night.
We were told that if we needed to take their boat to go back to Manado city, we will need to pay Rp. 500,000 one way and she suggested for us to take a local boat that she mentioned "Rp.10,000". We certainly didn't mind a local boat if your boat would cost us a bomb! Local boat was good tho it was slow and we were sitting outside with the local kids and adults but most women locals were all by the shades and shelter. After arriving, We were told to pay "Rp. 50,000 each" instead of Rp. 10,000. Yes, we felt we were being ripped. First of all, you don't give false information to the customer and then denied saying "I did not say that". 2 pairs of ears, Hello?
To summarize it all, it's not a matter of money but when you know how much you could have paid in the local stall, you would felt really ripped off by the resort. Moreover, the island is not developed and very small. The cost of living are very small too, so for whatever they are charging from the room to transportation, they were below expectations.
Will i go back to Tanta Moon? We had a nice time but we would prefer to try other resorts.