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“Bentenan and Tumbak Island Paradise”

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Bentenan Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tounelet
Reviewed 24 February 2016

I remember this place and its owner Bang Sami ! Such a good man , always thinking how to develop this area ... And now I would like to say thank you Bang Sami , thank you for inviting me to your beautiful resort ! Thank you for showing me the incredible lagoon of Tumbak Island ! I love these dives I spend with the Bajau local fishermen from Tumbak Village ! I had an incredible time on this traditional cottage on water, watch the shooting stars, playing guitar ...
Unforgetable moments ...
Thank you Bang Sami & all BBR Crew ! ;)

Stayed: March 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Not many people make it to Bentenan..and thats a shame, as its a great place. We stayed 3 nights, with our 9 year old son and the folks there really looked after us well. Go for the superior accommodation..its worth the extra.

We took a boat through the resort for a day..its a really good trip..snorkeling, seeing a nearby fishing village,etc.

The food was also really good..and heaps of it!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank rjo01
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Reviewed 25 March 2013

Bentenan Beach Resort is one of the strangest hotels I have visited. In the four days I was there (July 2012) there were 3 rooms available for rent, while there was a staff of about 10 men (the website says that in march 2013 6 bungalows are available). I was the only guest. It cannot be otherwise than what the website states "BBR is not really a mainly profit-orientated operation" is true.
This being said, the resort is a great place to spend a couple of days. Although the beach is slightly less attractive than the pictures on the website suggest, the surroundings are beautiful. You can ride a small motorbike, rent a pushbike and do some hiking. Furthermore you will not encounter many other tourists. The place is far from everything. About the care you need not worry. There is always someone ready to provide you with cookies and food. The small bungalow where I was staying was comfortable enough. If you look for tranquility this is the place for you. And it is cheap.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled solo
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6  Thank DrLTP
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BBR-Management, Manager at Bentenan Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2013

Dear DrLTP,
thank you for your feedback on your stay at Bentenan Beach Resort! We are delighted that you did enjoy your time at our remote, idyllic place, and that you appreciated our service and accommodation. On behalf of all the BBR-staff I wish you all the best for your further journeys, and hope to meet you once again in North Sulawesi's Hidden Paradise!
Sincerely yours C. U. Assing, General Advisor Bentenan Beach Resort.

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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Its a place to foget ur burden....
to relax........... and to enjoying live.......

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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7  Thank Vini VPR S
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

We found this wonderful place from internet while searching for a quiet resort by the beach in North Sulawesi. We also wanted the place not only focused on diving like most of the resorts at North Sulawesi.

Since there are not that much information found on internet on this part of the island – not even marked roads on Google maps – we were curious what kind of place this would be. So we didn't know actually anything before we went there.

Anyway, for us the place is a paradise. It's totally worth the three-hour drive in curvy and hilly roads that takes you there.

We ended up staying at Bentenan beach resort 11 days and we would've loved to stay longer if we had a longer holiday.

At that moment the resort had two cottages, smaller and a bigger one. The cottages are very simple with bed, western toilet, shower, couple of benches, fan and a nice terrace. The resort is remote so the local electricity doesn't always work but they have an own generator for the electricity brakes.

The beach is perfect. The resort's beach is at least 1000 meters long with soft sand coral reef starting 20 meters from the shore. Most of the time we were the only people at the beach. The water is crystal clear and very warm. So if you are looking for tranquility and untouched nature this is the place.

The villages close by are very small and the people are very friendly. There are no restaurants or real shops in the near villages but you can easily spend a few days just exploring the beach, jungle and the villages.

We rented a motor and explored the neighborhood a bit further. There is a little bigger interesting villages called Ratahan and Languan with ATMs, internet, marketplace, a travel agency and a few shops and restaurants. It takes about 90 minutes to drive there from BBR.

The staff at Bentenan beach resort are friendly and helpful. Even if you have a small problem they will do their very best to resolve. For us they organized the motorbike, pick-ups, hotel reservations to next destination, jungle tours and other sightseeing. From the Bentenan village you can get a massage.

The staying includes three meals and we never left the restaurant our stomaches empty. The food is basic good indonesian food (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, egg, rice) but you can ask the cook to prepare you whatever you prefer.

The german manager, Christoff, speaks fluent english and we guess fluent indonesian in the near future so he is the person who will help you with everything.

After all, we totally loved the place! We came back home totally relaxed and felt that we had experienced some real Indonesia.

Katja & Risto,
Helsinki

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bentenan Beach Resort

Address: Tounelet - Langowan, Minahasa, Tounelet 95694, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Tounelet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tounelet
Price Range: $46 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We have 4 cottages for our guests, built on a small hill overlooking the beach area. We offer three cottage categories: Medium Cottage C3 (family/ 4 persons) and Standard Cottage C4 (2 persons) are build in traditional Minahasa style and made of local lumbers. They include single/ double beds, mosquito nets, fan, sitting area. En-suite bathroom/ WC/ cold shower. Garden or balcony with sitting area. 360° view sea/ lagoon/ park. Rates 30,- EUR per person/ night. Superior Cottages (C1 and C2) are outside traditional and inside spacious, with isolated walls and cool tile-floor. Single/ double beds, mosquito nets, fan, sitting area, big window front with sea view, double-windows glass/ mosquito-net. Very modern, big en-suite bathroom WC/ cold shower. Private garden and/or balcony with sitting area. 360° view sea/ lagoon/ park/ forest. Renovated in spring 2012. Rates 35,- EUR per person/ night. All accommodation rates are inclusive full board. Our open restaurant is an excellent place to hang out during the day or in the evening. You won't find any other place in North Sulawesi that can compare with Bentenan Beach. Our private beach front is more than 1 km long and partly over 50 meters wide. BBR also includes over 300 hektar of private rain forest and plantations, where we harvest the ingredients of our traditional Indonesian cuisine, and half of uninhabited Bentenan-Island with its astonishing coral reefs! Visit and explore North Sulawesi's Hidden Paradise! ... more   less 

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