An island for the whole resort and here are some of the info:
1. There are several options to stay:
a. A hut right next to the ocean
- small hut for couple
- bigger hut (for groups or family). There's a famous hut call Sunset Hut (just beware that you may have to share bedrooms with the other guests) where you can watch the sunset on its deck.
b. A bungalow
- next to the ocean
- in the middle of the island
c. A tent
2. Not for tourists who like to have fancy water sport such as banana boat and diving.
3. For tourists who like relatively more simple kinda activities or just need a quiet getaway eg. snorkeling, having a massage at the spot/hut, canoe-ing to the nearby white sandy uninhabited island, reading books on the hammock or sunbathing on the deck.
Occasionally they would invite a DJ and have a small party.
4. Good Food
5. Helpful & friendly staff
- The sensation of sleeping right to the ocean is something you cannot find in any other beach resort. You can feel the warm tropical ocean wind rush into your hut. There are some bamboo curtain to protect you from too much wind. You will sleep/doze hearing the sound of breaking wave just in the right distance (the wave will break in the outer ring of the island's coral atoll.
- They create a village atmosphere, eg. during dinner all visitors will dine together in a long table, encouraged to introduce themselves to each other. This new 'villagers' will snorkle together on a traditional boat during the day.
However if someone/a couple wants to have their own privacy, it's also ok.
- They use solar power system for electricity so it's absolutely silent, compared to the noisy diesel-powered system which is usually being used at other islands.
from 1995 onwards i'm spending my holidays in Indonesia, this mainly on Java, the last five years i also been to Pulau Sepa. From the first time i visited Sepa i really had the feeling i was on a holiday.
The Island is very relaxing, there's a nice beach for swimming only meters from the cottages, the water is nice and clean, where the water is little bit deeper the water is deep blue. A few years ago they had this funny crow (bird) there, he always approched the locals and sometimes also the guests....shame he 's not there anymore. At night it's nice fishing with the islands staff members (they caught fish, i only caught a piece of stone, to the amusement of the local staff)
The islands staff is nice and friendly, the food is nice and fresh, when your lucky early morning its possible to see dolphins passing the island.
The rooms are with AC, TV, shower (cold and salty), toilet, the bed is good (but on a island its always collecting sand.
The price is ok, the more because its a real holiday feeling you get here.
The most nice thing that had happened is that i have't been to the island for two years, then when i went there again the island manager still remembered my name and called me by my name when i approched the front desk.
Pulau Macan is paradise on Jakarta's doorstep. The natural environment is incredible; clear aquamarine waters, white sand beaches, colorful corals, playful fish, and lush greenery. The resort is cozy and has excellent service. The rooms have a very natural touch, with nice bathrooms. Huts dot the island with comfy cushions and delightful chill out music serenades guests at the main sundeck and chillout hut on the north side of the island.
The food at the resort is fantastic, with a scrumcious blend of Indonesian and international dishes. Seafood is always super fresh from the fisherman's morning catch. Vegetarian dishes are mouth watering. International cuisine includes such delights as the Spanish Gazpacho soup, grilled German style Nuerenberger and Bratwurst sausages, French crepes for breakfast, etc.
For the laid back customer who appreciates a cozy atmosphere, great company, fantastic food, and the responsible conservation of nature, this place is an awesome place to stay!!!
The Reefs: They are well protected, literally just a few meters from the pier and the sundeck one can find an amazing variety of marine life. Purple crabs, clown fish and sea anemones, hard and soft corals, etc. The snorkeling is fantastic, and the resort has good gear for guests to use.
Eco Features: The resort has recently upgraded it's energy system to run on photovoltaic solar panels and plans to install a wind turbine by the summer of 2008. They have a compost and a recycling system, and regularly clean trash from the seas and dispose of it properly. They have also started a small organic garden nourished by their compost and organic waste. To conserve water, they have a water catchment system and recycle their tap and bathing water, after being filtered, to use for the gardens.
Prices: While it seems expensive, it's actually the best deal in the thousand islands. Prices start at Rp. 1.45 million (around USD 160) per person for a weekend package. This includes transportation by a private speedboat or yacht, 4 gourmet all you can eat meals, unlimited snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, accommodations, snorkeling equipment and canoe/inflatable boat usage, and taxes and services.
I booked a weekend diving trip (see my other sports tip) to Palau Seribu. They offered me a discount to Matahari Resort.
The resort is the entire island, which only takes a few minutes to walk around. There are many cabins and bungalows which keep the stay more private.
The resort offered a nice breakfast included with the room price.
Lunch and dinner at the restaurant were good and within reasonable price.
There are no Hotels. However the Forest Department has made Provision for People who wish to go for an Overnight trip. The Island has provison for Power supply using Diesel Generator.
There is also one Small House powered by Solar cells.
Clean water is available for washing Purpose however u have to manage your own drinking Water.
You can manage to get some fish if you have the Patience for Fishing.
Else better pack your food and other provisions.
You have amazing view of Jakarta from this Place.
I stayed at the most expensive cottage room but everything is old. At least the TV has all the channels, the bed is clean, and the aircon is working. The food, combination of European, Chinese, and Indonesian, needs lots of improvement.
Clean shallow beach. Beautiful white sand. Nice view of surrounding islands. Spectacular view of the night sky. Amazing giant water monitor lizard and lovely cats!
There are 4 types of Cottages in Sepa island, ranging from most expensive to cheapest are:
Penyu is located in the swimming beach
on the right side from the restaurant. While the others are in the left side
I was staying at Gurita, the cheapest room. I wanted to stay at Flipper but they were fully booked. Just found out that if you want to stay in Penyu & Kakap in weekend you have to book 2 weeks in advance.
Gurita has aircon and 14 inch TV. Bathroom has sitting toilet, a shower and a wash basin and no hot water and no fridge.
All Cottages were lookinga t the beach with a verandah.
The island has many bungalows made from woods. The basic colors are Brown, White and Clear glasses. Very nice
it has pools, scuba diving, snorkeling, boats for rent, bicycle, jet boot, banana boat, and children play ground.
The only cottages near the beach with AC, TV, nice bed, clean toilet. The price? Not so bad lah.. It's reasonable, I would say. Unfortunately--just like another inn. guesthouse or homestay in Pramuka Island, we have to prepare our own daily meal. The good news is, you can arrange the meal with local people or tour guide with reasonable price too. Or, there are some decent restaurants that serves various foods.
There are so many names of cottages at Pulau Bidadari. Titled by sea creatures like Kepiting [crab], Cumi-cumi [calamari], Hiu [shark], etc.
Nice and tranquil enough. Choose to direction Pulau Kelor [Kerkhof] island if you want to see sunset. So bright, so gold, so ... so :) [romantic??!!]. All of these cottages made from teak and united to the nature; lush and greenery place at Pulau Bidadari.
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