We stayed 4 nights in the Grand Seaview Cottage and enjoyed our stay.
Grand Seaview Cottage is the best room they've got. It's a lovely room with an outdoor bathroom but by no means luxurious. Generous amount of drinking water was provided in the room (greatly appreciated). TV is available with very limited channels. A/C could be better but was adequate.
We booked via email with prompt and efficient responses from their end. When we arrived, the manager Dan, welcomed us and chatted with us briefly. Dan was friendly and personable. It was evident he is very proud of the resort and so he should.
The food was okay, they're edible and we didn't get food poisoning. The Tasik Ria fried chicken was quite nice.
The diving was breathtaking! The dive and boat crew were an awesome bunch of people, friendly, cheerful, helpful and wonderfully efficient. We had Jimmy as our private dive guide and he was a great bloke. On the negative, there's alot of rubbish in the sea on the way to Bunaken which was really sad as it's such a beautiful place. We did a couple of land tours and saw people throwing rubbish out into the sea without any regards. It's truly heart breaking. But again, the diving in Bunaken was absolutely fabulous, even better than Wakatobi in our opinion. On one of the days, we saw pods of pilot whales, it's incredible!!
The massage was okay, the technique was quite different than what we are used to. Our masseuses kept whispering to each other which was rather annoying as they would stop quite often.
All in all, Tasik Ria is a good place to stay. It's a functional 3.5 stars accommodation with adequate facilities manned by pleasant resort staff and great diving crew.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tasik Ria Resort is one of the most established resorts in Manado. Boutique resort offering friendly services. Tasik Divers is our PADI 5 Star dive centre. They will take you to see Bunaken, Bangka, Lembeh and Buyat. Come and experience our friendly people. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tasik Ria Resort Manado Hotel Manado
- Tasik Ria Hotel Manado
- Manado Tasik Ria Hotel