Lembeh Resort is a stunningly spectacular boutique-style resort on Lembeh Island, with awesome views of the Lembeh Strait. And, the diving operation, Critters@Lembeh, is top-notch.
"A fantastic diving resort, this is also a fabulous spot for non-divers. Everything about the resort is first-class without being pretentious. The staff are friendly, the grounds lush & inviting, the bungalows traditional but elegant .... What can I say? It's just one of my favorites in the world .... somewhere to return to again and again. Dominick Macan
The views are nothing less than luscious
The spacious guest cottages, all sporting huge verandas, most with views of the Strait & the impressive volcano on the opposite side, are set in lush tropical vegetation. The staff , largely from the local villages, will welcome you warmly to your heavenly home away from home.
The centrally located pool offers perfect lounging possibilities, but just in case of rain, the dining area, bar & lounge are also comfortable and welcoming for your non-diving hours. Of course, you can also indulge in a massage, a highly recommended way to pass the time!
The diving facilities are simply amongst the best, giving you access to what is probably the most magical critter world in the oceans. The guides, natives of the region, are some of the most experienced & professional you'll ever encounter and it is almost certainly guaranteed that you will leave Lembeh Resort having seen things you have never seen before in the underwater realm.
This is one of our very favorite escapes and one we hope you'll have the opportunity to discover!
Accommodation consists of the Garden View Rooms, the Deluxe Cottages or the newly constructed luxury unit, the Cliff Side Suite.
Garden View Rooms
Garden View rooms are located close to the restaurant and Dive Center and are nestled in the resort's lush tropical gardens. These rooms are perfect for single travelers or those guests with a smaller budget. The indoor space in the Garden View Rooms is 28m2 plus a 8m2 veranda.
You can stay in one of two different Deluxe Cottage styles: Traditional Minahasan or Modern Cliffside. The Modern Cliffside Cottages are perched on a lush green hillside above the bay, offering the best ocean and sunset views in the resort.The Deluxe Ocean View Cottages have total indoor size of 42m2 plus a 16m2 veranda.
The Lembeh Resort traditional cottages have been completely renovated, the new luxury cottages have been rebuilt to provide you with contemporary tropical accommodation, designed with absolute comfort, livability and sustainability in mind. This incorporates a mix of modern materials combined with traditional Indonesian detailing and organic touches to promote a sense of harmony and balance. Attention to detail has been applied throughout, from the ambient lighting and elegant furnishings through to the carefully concealed sockets and charging station.
The stone and wood of the cottage exteriors blends in with the natural surroundings and in an effort to minimize the environmental impact there are solar water heaters, water collection systems, fully weather sealed windows and doors with thermal insulation. While the new cottages incorporate modern energy saving technologies, the stunning views over the Lembeh Strait and the warmhearted, friendly service remains the same as ever before.
Each luxury cottage offers a living area with generously sized closets, coffee table and chairs, and a comfortable sofa for relaxing. The bedroom space is elegantly simple with a canopy bed (double and twin configurations available) and thoughtfully positioned bedside tables and reading lights. the luxury cottages have en-suite semi-open tropical bathrooms which feature exquisite detailing, rainfall showers and small palm gardens. All cottages are supplied with toiletries, hairdryers and a selection of towels. Outdoor seating is found on the private veranda so you can relax after a day of diving whilst enjoying the sunset over the water.
The light, neutral tones which have been selected for the cottages’ interior design create a feeling of modern cosy comfort in which you can unwind from the stresses of daily life. Canopy beds, premium bedding and a choice of three different pillow types will ensure a good nights sleep before your next day of spectacular diving.
Of the 14 beautiful cottages on this sumptuous property, #1 - 7 are traditional Minahasa style wood construction, with twin or double beds. Four of these are detached with private verandas, while cottages 3 A & B feature a shared verandah and two bedrooms plus an adjoining air-conditioned sitting room (which can sleep two extra people).
Cottages 4 A & B also share a verandah and are perfect for friends or families while cottage 7 is the Garden Suite nestled a bit further back into the gardens from the cottages facing the Strait.
Cottages 8 through 12 are very private, cliff-side villas, all with twin or double beds, very contemporary Asian-themed decor, and like their traditional sisters, all offering breath-taking views across the Lembeh Strait. It's a climb to reach these gems ... but be assured it's worth it!
The bedroom has floor to ceiling windows, a king size canopy bed and via sliding doors is connected to an elegantly decorated bathroom with two sinks, one indoor shower as well as one Balinese style open air shower from which one can directly access one of the pool-side sundecks. Nowhere is the natural beauty of Lembeh Island enjoyed better than at the outdoor living areas of the Cliffside Suite.
The Cliffside Suite has a total indoor floor space of 70m2, plus 40m2 of verandas and outdoor living areas.
Unwind at the spa
Why not unwind by treating yourself to a a relaxing massage at the Lembeh Resort purpose built spa, nestled away in the lush jungle-gardens of Lembeh Resort.
Enjoy one of their signature treatments with locally made products and essential oils, the perfect way to end an amazing day of critter diving in Lembeh Strait.
The resort receives daily deliveries of fresh locally grown produce, much of which is cultivated with traditional and organic methods.The restaurant & bar opens at 7 a.m., breakfast is served as a buffet with a wide variety of fresh tropical fruits, healthy juices, freshly baked breads, imported cheese, cereals, yogurts & oven-fresh pastries. The breakfast menu is a mix of both western and of course Indonesian dishes. Pancakes, waffles, french toast and eggs any style is made á la minute and to your liking.
Lunch is either a-la-carte or buffet style depending on occupancy. A choice of 7 different a-la-carte dinner menus ensures you have a wide selection of international & Indonesian cuisine.
Morning & afternoon snacks are served at the bar, where tea & coffee is available all day long. Or you can relax by the pool between dives and the staff will serve afternoon tea or a sunset cocktail. You will find a well-stocked bar and a selection of wines.
In addition to the daily menu the resort features Indonesian BBQ nights where guests can enjoy a delicious spread of authentic Indonesian dishes, a great chance to try the local specialties all the while being entertained with song and dance by the local choir.
The new poolside bar is one of the best spots to enjoy the view over Lembeh Strait between dives or gather with friends for sunset. You can chat with other guests and share your muck diving experiences, have a cool drink while watching the sunset, or simply stargaze after dinner.
The pool bar staff offer freshly made snacks between dives, ice-cold beverages and coffee & tea. If you are so inclined, order an espresso, café latte, or a homemade ice cream after lunch.
Diving as exotic as it gets
It's a tough question to answer, as in many other parts of Indonesia, the Philippines & Micronesia, where the diversity of life is so immense, pages are necessary to list even a portion of the species found.
Let's start just with the basics: you'll find slopes of black, volcanic sand or white limestone; you'll dive pinnacles, walls, rocky reefs with soft corals, rubble zones, hard coral reefs (we've been told that at least 450 species of hard coral inhabit this area!) . . . . and even shipwrecks.
Of course, each of these unique habitats supports different sets of marine life.
You're going to see frogfish galore! Warty, hairy, painted and giant frogfish are a few of the ones you'll see. Add to the list: mimic, wonderpus and hairy octopus; flamboyant cuttlefish; estuary, common and thorny seahorses; hundreds of nudibranchs and crustacean species; cockatoo wasp fish, devil fish, short spine lionfish, Ambon scorpion fish & rhinopias.
If you want to hear more . . . you can add stargazers, red octopus, pipefish, Banggai cardinal fish, hermit crabs, spider crabs, countless coral crabs, Spanish dancers, ribbon eels, gobies, mantis shrimps and harlequin sweetlips.
Now, it's time to go see for yourself . . . .