The spectacular Lembeh Resort, a boutique-style resort situated on Lembeh Island and perched above the beautiful Lembeh Strait of northeast Sulawesi, offers beautiful views of the strait, especially at sunset. Lembeh Resort is the premier destination for critter diving, muck diving and underwater photography in Lembeh Strait.
Guests at Lembeh Resort stay in one of two different Deluxe Cottage styles – Traditional Minahasan or Modern Cliffside – or one of the Garden View Rooms. The very spacious Traditional Minahasan Cottages stand alone and are located along the front resort gardens, which are directly behind the waterline. Built from wood in the traditional style of the local Minahasan culture, with long covered wooden verandas, these cottages offer guests beautiful sea views as well as sunset views over Mount Klabat and other volcanoes. All but one of these cottages include an open bathroom complete with open-air shower as well as a closed shower. Four of these cottages are designed as two separate rooms – living room and bedroom – allowing comfortable accommodation for up to four people.
The more modern Cliffside Cottages are located high above the rest of the resort on the opposite side of a small bay which forms the heart of the property. Their location requires walking up steps, but guests staying at these cottages agree that the uninterrupted 180-degree views over Lembeh Strait from each room’s private balcony are simply stunning and worth the walk! The cottages also include an open-air bathroom with open-air shower.
Constructed in 2012, the Garden View Rooms are located close to the Restaurant and Dive Centre and are surrounded by and enjoy views of the tropical gardens. The rooms are perfect for single travellers or those on a smaller budget. Groomed walkways traverse the well-attended grounds of lush tropical gardens including many local fauna and flora found only in the tropics.
The Restaurant & Bar is centrally located with beautiful views on the upper level of the main building. Breakfast and lunch are usually a buffet. Dinner is served a la carte, when the chefs prepare a wide selection of international and Indonesian dishes catering to all tastes. Morning and afternoon snacks are also served, and tea and coffee are available throughout the day in the dining area. The resort offers regular Indonesian BBQ nights where guests can enjoy a delicious spread of satays and Indonesian dishes while being serenaded by the local Sunday school choir.
Guests may enjoy a bottle of wine from the resort’s cellar, sip a refreshing cocktail or simply have a cold local Bintang beer while sitting at the bar. The new poolside bar is one of the best spots to enjoy the view over Lembeh Strait between dives or to gather with friends for sunset. You can chat with other guests and share your muck diving experiences, have a drink while watching the sunset or simply stargaze after dinner.
Just meters from the sea, guests may enjoy stunning day and sunset views across the Lembeh Strait by relaxing around or cooling off in the freshwater swimming pool. Sunbeds and umbrellas around the pool ensure guest comfort and towels are provided. After a hard day’s diving, guests can unwind by treating themselves to a relaxing massage at the spa. Guests may select from a range of treatments, from a 30-minute reflexology session to 2.5 hours of pampering.
Pintu Kota, North Lembeh
Bitung – Indonesia
Phone. +62 438 36 438
Photos courtesy of Lembeh Resort