Catering particularly to people on business, the central location and helpful staff of the Belhotel are perfect for those flying in for conferences or meetings.
Indonesia’s most northerly city is penned in by a ridge of volcanoes, on the Minahasa Peninsula that stretches towards the upper tip of North Sulawesi. And it isn’t just distance that separates it from the rest of Indonesia: the people of Manado pride themselves on their warmth and their hospitality – so much so, it has earned the moniker “the Land of the Smiling People”. Unusually for Indonesia, the region is 70% Christian and the landscape is dotted with church crosses, while Christian feast days bring people to the streets in their droves.
Manado and the surrounding area is a place of staggering beauty. Rugged mountains run down to white-sanded beaches. Coral reefs are home to some of the most beautiful sea life on earth. Rainforests are teeming with life, with some of the rarest and most interesting creatures on the planet to be found in the dense jungle – including the smallest monkey in the world, a type of bug-eyed tarsier.
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Take a trip to BunakenNature
There are numerous ways to take to the waters around Manado: you can rent a boat and equipment from a local fisherman, if you wish...Family
Trek in the jungle
Sulawesi Island is known as one of the “lungs of the world”, with the gaseous exchange among the many tropical forests providing t...Adventure
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A premier diving spot, the Onong also offers relaxing stays in one of the seven wooden cottages that line the white beaches of the island.
A family owned dive resort that offers “more than just diving”, the Tasik Ria is a place to slow down and relax in luxury by the seaside.
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Well known for their noodle soup, fried kway teow, and pork buns, Jantung Hati is popular among Indonesians and has been featured extensively in the local press.
Often cited as the purveyor of the best dim sum in the area, owner Libby Sinsuw takes pride in the freshness and quality of her ingredients.
Diners seeking authentic Minahasan food (as Manado cuisine is sometimes called) should check out Bumbuden, one of the oldest restaurants in Manado.
Billed as “semi-traditional”, the Raja State serves up western dishes as well as the more local goat curry or seafood soup served in a coconut.