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Occupying a 24 hectare island the Siladen Dive Resort sits on a very good white sand beach, a real rarity in this part of Indonesia where the majority of the beaches are black.
Having visited a lot of hotels in the area, we were very impressed with the Siladen Dive Resort with its lovely new pool and a general refurbishment that has really lifted the place.
Life centres on the pool and the main communal areas around it. Low bamboo sofas, a cool and breezy open-sided dining area and a new fishing boat beach bar for sunset cocktails lend a relaxed feel to the place.
There is a lovely spa with excellent therapists too for those post-dive massages. Apart from this there is a small boutique but really when you are here it is all about diving, rest and relaxation.
When it comes to eating, options are limited, but the hotel does what it can, so as well as the main dining area you can have private lunches or dinners on the beach. The food however is excellent, yes, Italian managed again, and for those into chocolate fondant...
The rooms are all very comfortable with stylish outside bathrooms; they have something of a Maldives feeling about them. The Beach View Villas are the biggest and best but the Garden Views are also good, just not as spoiling. There is also a 2-bedroom family villa and occasionally the owner's 4-bedroom villa can be made available. All have a king-size bed and outside bathroom, flatscreen TV and DVD player, as well as Egyptian cotton sheets among other touches and are very comfortable.
The diving is very well organised. There are three well equipped boats and the dive centre is excellent and well set up for novices (including kids) and experienced divers alike. It caters particularly well to photographers, offers Nitrox and has a good range of excellent Scubapro equipment. They offer up to four dives a day with small groups of up to four for every divemaster.
Why we love it
Diving with the most amazing oddball marine life and dining on a fabulous chocolate fondant. A normal day at the Siladen Dive Resort!