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Tasik Ria Resort Manado
Ranked #10 of 45 Hotels in Manado
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Reviewed 11 December 2010

We stayed for 5 days in this wonderful resort. We had three days of diving (boatdives) and that was great. The afternoon dives were better than the morning dives but i like muckdiving better.
The manager Dan is a great guy. He used to be a cook in England but married a local woman and stayed in Manado. Because of his background you can imagine the food is great. Most of the times you eat a la carte in the restaurant but sometimes they organise a buffet near the dive bar, wich is great.
The days we didn't dive we relaxed at the pool wich is huge and clean. Also has a poolbar for snacks and drinks. The small children's pool is cooler than the big swimming pool, so if you need to cool down, take that one. When we were there there were no children, propably becaus the majority of the guests are divers.
The beachvilla's are also great. We had nr. 600 wich is the last house on the beach. There's also a third pool wich looks ok but we didn't use it.

The dive bar is great. This was the first decent bar we had in the whole of Sulawesi. As long as there are guests it stays open. Sometimes Dan the Manager joins you for a drink and a story or two.

Don't let there website fool you. The site is outdated and doesn't give a correct representation of the resort. Dan, can i make a new website?

If you go diving in Manado and want first class diving and resort. Look no further. Go for the Tasik Ria Resort. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 November 2010

We departed the Washington, D.C. area and arrived 2 days later in Manado, Indonesia in North Sulawesi nestled just outside a bustling metropolitian area of Manado sits the resort, TASIK RIA. We arrived at the airport and were met by our hosts who took care of our bags, SCUBA gear and all. Once at the resort, they were ready with our paperwork and room keys so we could shower and get ready for dinner as we had been traveling so long. The rooms were well appointed for what we needed, an entry area with table and chairs, a hallway with fresh water each day, coffee, tea, a room safe and a bathroom. The bedroom was a separate room with air conditioning as the rest of the room was cooled with fans.

The SCUBA group took our gear the first night we were there and it was put together for us on our assigned boats ready for our arrival for our first dive. We spent the day on the boats, which included snacks and lunch as well as plenty of fresh water.

Breakfasts were excellent, good choices of fruits, cereals, omelet stations to add whatever your palate desired that morning. Coffee and Tea always available. Evenings were also excellent, fried rice and many fish options as well as an a la carte ordering menu which included pizza in case you had enough fried rice. One note, unless you get fried rice with chicken, your chicken will have bones in it as that is how they prepare the chicken there.

Dan was our host and with our group of 36, we were not without our issues, which he handled with grace and graciousness. The power in the whole resort went out our first night, perhaps from our group overusing the outlets with all our cameras and SCUBA gear. The SCUBA shop had it's own power source which they allowed us to use that day until the power was restored, and other than a few hours of no lights during the day time, we did not notice any disruption of service.

The Spa at Tasik Ria was excellent. The aromatherapy massage for 60 minutes is approximately $25 USD. Tipping is recommended in the spa area, but tipping for the diving and hotel staff can be done at the end of your stay.

They also hosted a wedding for a couple in our group, and they made the dinner for our group on the beach one night which entailed the staff carting all the food, trays, china, beverages and accessories to the beach. It was wonderful.

The pool bar was great, since we were such a large group Dan allowed the bartender to stay past the normal 6pm time for closing to entertain us.

WI-FI was available in the lobby free of charge and connection times seems quick.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Reviewed 18 November 2010

I was the group leader for a large group (36) of divers travelling from the US to Sulawesi, Indonesia. Tasik Ria worked with me to facilitate the group even well in advance of our arriving. Dan, the house manager and Monica, the dive manager were super and their attention to detail and ability to trouble shoot kept our group happy and well cared for throughout our stay. We had our choice of the Jetty Bar or Main restaurant for meals and the Pool Bar became our de facto club house for apres dive activities. One evening a wedding was staged for a couple in our group and we had a sunset ceremony followed by dinner on the beach to toast our friends...very memorable.

Diving is the reason we were there and the dives at Bunaken and the closer in reefs were awesome. We boarded the boats for the 45 minute ride to the dives sites and would do two dives in the Bunaken reserve and during lunch would transit back to a reef close to the resort for the third dive of the day. Dives off the jetty were worth doing as well. The dive guides handle all the equipment and set up, the boats are well set up with large bins for gear and cubbies for dry gear. As we were a large group we had one smaller boat with a different set up. This required some creativity and cooperation on the part of our divers...this is not the place for inexperienced divers. The guides are good, but be sure to tell them what your needs are. If you want to go slow for extended photo opportunities they can accommodate but may need to rearrange groups to facilitate. Every need was accommodated when requested. The boats did get a bit diesel smelly from time to time but the larger boats had toip side decks out of the fumes.

Food at Tasik Ria was plentiful. Breakfast was a buffet arrangement with eggs and pancakes cooked to order. The toaster, a charcoal grill arrangement made it into everyone's photo album. Lunches on the boat had mixed reviews. Rice, a variety of meat in tasty sauce (although sometimes tough) and some great veggies were the standard fare, spicey hot sauce was plentiful and should be tested. When asked, cold cuts and peanut butter were provided with bread made in the resort for sandwhiches. Coffee, tea, water, fruit and cookies were available. We were always well fed although some would have wanted variety. Dinner was a buffet with several choices of starters and entrees, salads and Indonesian style rice or noodles stir fried to order. Dinner always offered dessert choices and one could always order off the restaurant menu which included pizza, pastas and other Indonesian and western choices.

Tasik Ria has a beautiful pool with a swim up bar which became the spot for post dive "desalination!" Bintang beer (in liter bottles) was popular but be aware that mixed drinks and wine can get pricey. The spa is lovely and was a popular choice amoung our group. A variety of treatments are available in a very pretty setting.

Overall this was a super dive resort with much to offer post dive and for non divers. I would reccommend Tasik Ria and will happily take another group there in future. My thanks to Dan and Monica!

  • Stayed: October 2010
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Reviewed 7 November 2010

Dan Green and his team manage this resort fabulously well - nothing is too much trouble, the rooms and amenities super clean, the water always plentiful and hot, the swimming pool clean, the food authentic and varied (great local cuisine but also Western dishes available).
Whilst the rooms are in need of updating (the management is doing this soon), they are more than adecuate with plenty of space, beds are comfortable, bathrooms clean, the aircon does the business. You can choose from the poolside rooms to beachfront ones (see photo) which a more like little houses.

The location is perfect if you are a keen diver. The dive centre is within the resort, managed with quiet efficiency by Monica. Her team are incredibly helpful and the dive masters great underwater guides. The two larger boats are very well organized and they operate smaller speedboats for those who want to go separately or to different dive sites. Three dives a day are the norm, with options to do night dives and/or shore dives. We never had to manage our gear, the dive team even washed and dried it at the end of our trip.

The resort also has a lovely Spa where you can get fabulous massages, manicures and other treatments. Highly recommended at prices you will not believe if you live in London!

So, all in all I would highly recommend this resort if you plan to dive although non-divers can come on the boat to snorkle, spend time by the pool and visit the spa. I even managed to get to the local fish and vegetable market, a unique experience.

I look forward to returning.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 October 2010

Basically, these people have got it right! I live in Singapore and dive fairly extensively in South East Asia and my 4 days at Tasik Ria with my wife and daughter last week were wonderful. It's the sort of service that everybody hopes they'll get! It's a combination of very good diving (and diving facilities) along with a good general holiday experience too. The staff at the divecentre and in the hotel are very attentive and can't do enough for you!
I dived but my wife and daughter didn't and were very happy to relax and chill at the hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 October 2010

The hotel staff are very friendly, including Dan the manager. The hotel was quite empty when we were there, so not much atmosphere. The pool rooms are spacious but the decor is very tired and needs a revamp. We enjoyed the food. The hotel covers quite a large area but they have not made the most of it. The 'beach' was deserted. The diving operation was well organised. There was lots of small stuff to see, but no big stuff whatsoever. Its mainly drift diving walls, stopping to look for tiny things in the sea fans. The guides use a prong to keep themselves stationery against the sometimes very strong current. We went over to Lembeh for the day and that was nice as we got to see part of the island. Its a very long way to travel from the UK and on balance the hotel and diving were disappointing.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2010

from the moment we were met at the airport to the moment we left, it was an amazing holiday. everyone was welcoming, friendly and helpful.
Dan, the manager, went out of his way to make sure that all of our needs were catered for. having never been to Indonesia before, it will not be long before the Prof. and I go back.
Just bloody fab!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jalan Raya Trans Sulawesi Mokupa, Manado 95351, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Manado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Manado
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Manado
Price Range: £54 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tasik Ria Resort Manado 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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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