Togian Island Retreat

Guest Reviews

“A small lost paradise...”
5 of 5 stars by Simona K.
... ideal for the ones looking for a break, the simple life outside in the wild nature, with no signal at all!
It's more than worth it, as there are lots of places nearby to go snorkeling or diving, to enjoy a wonderful underwater world, you can otherwise only dream of! But therefor you need a boat, which you can of course hire including the driver, so no problem.
Very good food, various (not just rice and fish) and also more than enough, way over the average in the region!
Nice big rooms, the bungalows are all directly at the beach! Lock food and soap away in the closet! If there is nothing interesting, wild animals stay away. Get used to wild birds singing in the evening and geckos in the night.
Good connections to Ampana, due to ferry and frequent speedboats now!
Must do: enjoy the sunset on the bridge! Don't forget to put on Autan or Sitronelle (even better)!
Thank you everybody for the wonderful time I had! I hope to be back soon”

“Perfect stay”
5 of 5 stars
By public boat from Ampana we reached Island Retreat in about 3 hours. Our stay in the Island retreat resort was just perfect.
The cottages were very nice and clean and only a few meters from the privat beach away.
Furthermore, the meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) were very delicious. Not only typical Indonesian food was served, but also western meals such as pizza and spagethi.
We did our PADIS open water in the resort. Our dive instructor John has a lot of experience and it was good fun to learn diving with him.
Island Retreat Resort is the perfect place to unwind and learning to dive while you will be served with delicious food!!
Thanks to Sylvie and her team for a unforgettable stay!!”

 Schnaggabial – Zurich, Switzerland

“Super Place, friendly staff, beautiful beach”
5 of 5 stars
"We had a really great time at island retreat. Sylvie the owner is really nice, before we came to Togean she helps us with planning our trip. Because she stay in low season in Bali where she is working on a wildlife project we can easily contact each other by email. We made our reservation by email en sylvie responds quick. In high season she is back at island retreat and then it is the best to arrange it earlier than only one week before. Because we where in low season we had the hole retreat to ourselves with ofcourse the staff. We stayed for 2 weeks and we have got an amazing time. For us it was perfect to be alone and enjoy the quiet on the island. Second week there were more quest and that was really cosy. When we have dinner we eat at a long table so you can talk with each other. It is nice to meet different pleople with there on travel story.
The food was really good, in the morning mostly pancakes with some fruit. Lunch and dinner always warm food. We had things like pizza, pasta, salads, rice, potatoes in different style made. Also most dinner was fresh fish out of the ocean or sometimes chicken. I don't eat meat but my boyfriend does, so for the both of us where a lot of things.

The staff speaks a little English. the dive instructer Ubi speaks good enough English to say what you want or need. Ubi was really friendly with diving and we saw beautiful things. Around retreat you can snorkel perfectly you will see many fish. If you have more budget go on a snorkel tour! Also do the jungle tour if you want to do something.
Because sylvie stays in Bali in low season, her son Guntur is always available at the retreat, he is really friendly and speak English very well!

If you want to read a book, don't worry there are enough at the big library wall, many different languages. We left also our Dutch books there.

Big thanks to island retreat, we had a really good time!!"
By Fleur and Peter

5 of 5 stars
"Island Retreat is a place that will stay etched in my mind as one of the most beautiful places I've visited. It was a bit of a mission to get there but well worth it.

My friend and I needed a break from our busy lives and was recommended this picturesque hideaway by a friend in Bali. We spent our week swimming in the crystal clear water, reading and relaxing in hammocks, snorkelling, playing beach bat and ball and sunbaking.

The staff could not have been more polite and helpful, they were there to assist us with anything we needed. There was also three lovely resident dogs who kept us company. The food was a delicious, a credit to the friendly kitchen staff who spent a lot of time preparing it. We took a tour to one of the nearby islands to visit the local sea gypsies and then onto another island for sunset to watch the flocks of hornbills fly overhead. The owner Sylvie was extremely helpful in helping us with which flights and boat to catch and booking us our overnight stay in Ampana. She has certainly thought of everything to make your stay in the island unforgettable I hope I can return to Island Retreat in the near future."

By Gypsy WW, Bali Indonesia

“The best place to relax on Togean Islands”
5 of 5 stars
"This was an absolutely fantastic stay. If you're looking for a secluded place with lovely white-sand beach, turquoise sea, delicious food, peace and tranquility, look no more as this is the place.

Located very close from Ampana (only 30-40 mins with speed boat which leaves you directly at the hotel's pier), the green paradise is a perfect getaway. My husband and I were surprised to see that this is actually is relatively small resort. All bungalows lie in front of a beautiful beach, have big verandas with hammock, comfortable bed and lovely traditional bathroom. They are surrounded by lush green vegetation with romantic coco palms all over. It gives a sense of privacy and intimacy. It's a quiet place, not accesible overland, only by boat.

We spent most of our time snorkelling just in front of the resort. Whether you enter the water from the pier or directly from the beach, you will see lots of fish and nice coral. When not snorkeling, we would read on our veranda or chill out at the common open restaurant.

The food was always fresh and delicious. We loved specially the fish - barbecued or fried. We had also delicacies like home-made pizza and french fries. A perfect mix of Indonesian and international cuisine.

This is definitely not a place for perty-lovers and maybe that's why we enjoyed it so much. We were looking for a place where we could disconnect from the phone, computer and noise.

Sylvie (the owner) created a magical place. Thank you for letting us have this experience!"
By Kasia S, Poland

“White sand beach, palm trees and bird songs”
5 of 5 stars
"We stayed 8 full days. We did some spectacular dives, the food was excellent and we were very happy with the honey moon cottage.
The beach in front of the resort is nice and the snorkeling is good.
It's a good option for families with kids and people who are looking for a quiet place to stay."
By Didier, France

5 of 5 stars
"Paradise exists! The kind of place you want to keep for yourself :) It's hard to get there but it's worth it! bungalow on the beach, well appointed. Hammock on the balcony, shower in the bowl that may surprise at first but we adapt quickly! And almost no mosquitoes !! We eat together with the owner who is very friendly and the meals are so good! (especially soup!) In short, a unique place in the middle of the world ..."

5 of 5 stars
"Le paradis existe ! Le genre d'endroit qu'on a envie de garder pour soit :)
Difficile d'y arriver mais ça vaut le coup ! bungalow au bord de la plage, bien aménagé. Hammac sur le balcon, douche à l'écuelle ça peut surprendre au début mais on s'y adapte vite ! Et presque pas de moustiques !!
On mange tous ensemble avec la propriétaire qui est très sympathique et les repas sont tellement bons ! (surtout la soupe!)
Bref, un lieu unique au milieu du monde."
“A real Eden”
5 of 5 stars
"Unforgettable stay, pure happiness. We stayed 5 days in this fabulous resort. Upon our arrival, we were greeted with love. This working staff is fantastic, like family. The cook simmered us every day with succulent fish dishes, a treat. The bungalows located 3 meters from the beach are wonderful with comfort at the Rendezvous. The breakfasts are complete and excellent. Our dream is to return quickly. A big thank you to all the staff."

"Un véritable Eden"
Inoubliable séjour, un pur bonheur. Nous avons séjourné 5 jours dans ce complexe fabuleux. Dès notre arrivée, nous avons été accueillis avec amour. Ce personnel travaillant est fantastique, comme de la famille. La cuisinière nous a mijoté chaque jour des plats succulents à base de poissons, un régal. Les bungalows situés à 3 mètres de la plage sont merveilleux avec un confort au Rendez-vous. Les petits déjeuners sont complets et excellents. Notre rêve y retourner rapidement. Un grand merci à tout le personnel.

By Sanary-sur-Mer, France