Misool Eco Resort: "Beyond expectations"My husband and I got certified in scuba to come here, and it was worth everything. Facilities were wonderful considering mission of resort. If I had vacation time and money, I would bring my three kids there tomorrow. House reef was such a lovely snorkel opportunity. Food was delicious, as long as one can let go of Western thoughts. I personally found nudibranchs, scorpion fish, and a frog fish (fist bump!) and saw mandarin fish on dusk dive. For the bird addicts, we saw wild sulfur crested cockatoos on the resort island. I will budget to get here again asap with my kids. Dive master took great care of us... (Hugs to Kiikii, despite my great faith that he was Benny). Wait staff was always ready with an eager selamat pagi for early breakfast. Getting here is difficult, but As noted above, I would come back in a heartbeat. Shout out to Mark, Sue and Calvin. I cried when I left...
The Apsara Rive Droite: "Six-star service""I've stayed at a lot of hotels, and have never experienced service at the level of what I experienced at the Apsara River Droit. Mr. Han and the rest of the staff will go above and beyond - and even further - to ensure that you have an amazing time in Luang Prabang. I stayed at the hotel from 28 April to 2 May, and was a solo traveler. An example: when I wanted to go to fabric village Ban Xieng Man at 1 pm in sweltering 37 degree weather, and the hotel couldn't find a tuk tuk, they dispatched one of the hotel workers to take me for a 10-minute motorbike ride there. Another example: I left my chargers in my hotel room, and the receptionist drove to the airport terminal so that I could have them before my flight. The rooms are spacious and have every expected amenity (coffee, tea, hair dryer), but the real standout is the balcony. It has both two chairs and a daybed; it was great to sit on the daybed during the extremely hot afternoons. I would highly recommend the second-floor river view rooms; I stayed in room three. I had great views of the garden, the pool and the Nam Khan river. The breakfast was also very generous; the highlight was the three fresh jams (papaya, pineapple and mango). As for the river, it's very easy to call the boat back and forth across the river. It's a 1 minute ride, and I never had to wait. Just as a warning - the stairs on the Luang Prabang side can be quite steep. And be prepared to climb stairs! (Not just at this hotel, but throughout the city). If I had to suggest anything for this hotel - and it would be minor - it would be to have mosquito spray available in rooms! The mosquitos throughout Luang Prabang are vicious, and I would have spent a lot more time on the balcony if it had been readily available. Although, on second thought, I'm sure it would have been readily available had I asked."
Misool Eco Resort: "Beyond my expectations""We got used to spend our vacations in upscale botique resorts. That's why i had to dig internet quite intensively prior to making up our mind to choose this resort. Due to it's location i was sure that the nature would be at it's best. However i had doubts about the quality of accommodation and services we would get in comparison to our previous vacations. After the vacation i would say that everything was beyond my expectations. Misool Eco Resort is a boutique resort with a max. capacity of 40 guests. Luckily during our stay there were only three couples. The resort has 3 personnel to 1 guest ratio. Probably during our stay this ratio was 5 or 6 to 1. Furthermore Mark(GM), Sue(Dept. GM) and Calvin(Guest Operations Manager) were available 24/7 for any problems/questions we might have. We stayed in the Tabisasu villa just because we wanted some extra space and extra privacy and we were totally satisfied with our choice. We had problems to get used to sleep on new beds even at upscale resorts. Here we slept perfectly from day one till the end. I think this was not just because we got tired of daily diving/snorkeling activities but the beds and pillows were really very good quality. Considering resorts remote location we were really satisfied with the variety and quality of food. We like to ear local food when we travel to Indonesia. Here all local stuff with noodles, rice etc were very tasty. In addition frequently we had western cuisine like burgers, pizzas etc. And of course diving and snorkelling - which were our main aims of the trip to Raja Ampat were perfect. We had personnel dive and snorkel guides which we ordered in advance. However the other couples also had one guide per couple. The reefs were arguably the best, the most healthy coral reefs we have ever seen. Full of life! Both macro and pelagic. One just need to show the dive guide what he is interested to see and the guide finds it unless it is a polar beer or dugong(which unfortunately do not live here) We were very lucky with our dive guide Kiikii and snorkelling guide Nelson as well as captains Samsul and Fikram. If you have underwater photo/video equipment this resort has very convenient camera room and was very comfortable for us to prepare our cameras for the dives. The only negative side of this resort for me is the lack of mobile network. But this can be a positive fact for many who would like to have a break from daily routine. For whom the presence of communication is a must taking an Iridium satellite phone is the only solution. By the way there is awkwardly slow internet however its good enough for communication via whatsapp, viber, messenger or similar apps which really helped. We have been in Indonesia 7 times in previous vacations. Since we read that west Papua is a risky zone for Malaria we decided to take pills as a precaution. Especially after rain in the evenings we felt the presence of mosquitos. We were told that since the island is 5 hours boat ride from Sorong there are no infected mosquitos at the resort. This actually sounds logical because the staff working here would get infected for sure since they would not be allowed to use pills agains malaria daily for years. However since a stop over in Sorong is also required i would recommend to use pills for this trip.We had one tablet of Malarone per day and no side effects. Other than diving and snorkelling with did the excursion to the view point and cave. I recommend it. But be warned that the health and safety standards are different than the ones you are familiar with.(and this was told in the resort in advance) In my opinion the view is worth it anyway. :-) One final advise - on the way to resort i organised our flight schedule in order to avoid one night stay at Sorong.(which is unavoidable on the way back) However the guests who did this arrived the resort after the 4.5 hours boat trip a lot fresher than us. The Swiss Bell Hotel which is booked by Misool Eco Resort is quite satisfactory to spend the night in Sorong. Room Tip: Tabisasu has extra space and nice view to the ocean and islands around. More privacy while still ver..."
Maduzi Hotel: "Beautiful, serene hotel with lovely attention to detail""We were pointed towards 'small luxury hotels of the world' and found this little charmer. By comparison to a lot of the other hotels on the site, it was relatively inexpensive at just under £100 for the night. The welcome was lovely, a genuine welcome drink from a selection (including alcohol - yay) and a strict rule of no tipping. The lobby is beautifully appointed with great attention to detail, from the sumptuous sofas to the endless array of Asian teapots. The room itself is gorgeous, with a GINORMOUS bed which could easily sleep around 27 good friends, a fabulous infinity jacuzzi bath and separate large dressing area and luggage storage. I would HIGHLY recommend this place and likely stay again. Stayed April 2017"
Muang La Lodge: "Lovey setting and relaxing atmosphere""Lovely setting in the hills and next to the river; rooms are set in the gardens. Rooms are large, as are the bathrooms, and well-equipped and comfortable. Rooms are access via outside steps. Meals are served on the atmospheric outside terrace overlooking the river, it is a set menu but definitely fine dining. One little moan through, we were offered coffee after our meal and were then surprised to see it billed on our account at the end; it needs to be included (preferable) or made clear that it is extra. The swimming pool is accessed via a ""trip trap"" bridge which crosses the river to an island and the salt pools in the river can be accessed from the gardens. There are also spa pools in the gardens which use the natural salt water from the river. t was definitely a lovely experience staying here and we were very well looked after."
Cuca: "Best Dining Experienced in Bali!""This is my first time for us to dine at Cuca. One of my Friend who live in Bali recomended this place and also the chef from Folie Kitchen told us ""if you stay at Jimbaran you must try this restaurant Cuca"". They were so right! We had the best Dining experienced in Bali. We ordered 6 tapas (3 tapas each as recommended on the menu). For me the best dishes was Meat & Potato. It was simply delicious! And We ordered a couple of cocktails with the meal as well. I was very impressed with the waitress knowledge on every dishes that we ordered. When I asked one of the waiter what's in this dishes (meatball) she was able to describe all the ingredients. Overall I will give 5/5, I will definitely come back and will recommend this restaurant to my friends . JR"
Slow Villas and Spa: "THE PLACE TO BE"Our stay was intensely amazing, the team at Slow is extremely professional and friendly and helpful. We felt at home from the minute we stepped in. I will be back to Gili Air just to stay at Slow. Thank you to all the team!
4 Rivers Floating Lodge: "Escape to this floating paradise""First the location on the wide rivers is simply to dream about. You can swim from your luxury tent or watch the boats the birds or the sky. The lodge is staffed by gentle people who attend to every wish. The food is delicious. I would put it high on the list of adventures in Cambodia. Loved the sunset cruise and waterfall excursion. Room Tip: All the tents look straight over the river"
The Island Lodge: "Natural elegance"The Island Lodge is a luxury property in a natural location. The ambience is unique in the Mekong Delta. The pool, the food, the rooms, the staff, the welcome, the good-bye, the attention to detail in every regard are nothing short of spectacular. This is a 5-star resort in an otherwise humble Delta surrounding. Although the prices are considerably higher than the local competition, the value is definitely there. If you want to pamper yourself in every way, this is your destination in the Mekong Delta. Everything you need is available on the premises. We went on a boat trip to a floating market, and the Lodge provided us with one of their staff to act as our personal guide, without additional cost. Every detail is covered.
Dewakan: "Fantastic experience""When a restaurant is touted as one of Malaysia’s best with innovative dishes, it couldn’t be helped that there will a lengthy wait for reservations. And so it was with Dewakan. I tried my luck giving them several Saturday evenings and was rewarded when a slot for 2 was confirmed. It was partly to celebrate my better half’s birthday as well so I wanted it to be a nice occasion. Getting there was half the battle, we didn’t stay too far away and even then it was still challenging for us, especially when the roads leading to KDU were dimly lit. My guess is that it would be a bigger problem for diners not familiar with the area. Parking was easy and free and the guard told us where to head towards for the restaurant. We were greeted warmly upon entrance and waited for our table to be ready. The menu was shown to us while we waited. There was a buzz around the restaurant and it was full. The restaurant staff were relatively young with many servers being college students. We decided to go for the whole nice yards and were recommended a white wine to pair the food. What can we say about the food that has not been expressed by other reviewers? Sublime, different, beautiful and really good? What about good value for money and a good sign of the maturing dining scene in Malaysia? It was all of the above as far as we were concerned. There was a play with taste and structure, presentation was interesting and what you see is not necessarily what you get. And the white wine recommended went superbly with the food. Service was adequate, you have to give the ladies some room to improve, they do try hard and it was easier for us to understand the nerves. We even had a chance to talk to Darren after the dinner and he was a very down to earth chap with lots to say about the fine dining in Malaysia and obviously a clear vision as to where Dewakan is headed. The man obviously has put in a lot of heart and soul to Dewakan. Go give this place a chance, it will blow your mind."
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