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Photo of Lestari, Pulau Malenge. , Togean Islands

What we say: 3 stars

Lestari sits opposite a small Togean/Bajau village village on an island that is connected to another island and fishing village and eventually the main island. This gives Lestari quite an unusual outlook compared to most of the Togean resorts, but it doesn't stop here. As with Kadidiri Paradise, Lestari fronts onto the beach (and village) but also at the rear onto a lagoon. Management have built a deck out here for when the beach scene all gets a bit too much. Back on the beach there's a small deck that has a good little pirate plank that you can jump off into safely deep waters -- great for kids. The coral is quite poor here, but plenty of large schools of sizeable fish were swimming around when we gave it a test run. Accommodation comes in a few options -- the cheapest rooms are in the main restaurant building (which sits between the beach and the lagoon), followed by freestanding duplex bungalows and larger more solid wooden bungalows. A French family staying there when we visited described the lodgings as "quite rustic" and we'd agree with that, though they are reasonably solid -- the newer huts are definitely the ones you should aim for. There's also a lawn area that was home to a single tent. Meals are communal and the food, like the management, get very mixed reports -- we had trouble getting a single word out of the owner, but he was quite affable with people who were paying him to stay there.

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    Pulau Malenge. 

    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Dbl fan share b'room 100,000 100,000 Per person full board
    Dbl fan private b'room 150,000 150,000 Per person full board
    Bungalow fan private b'room 200,000 200,000 Per person full board

    Added to Travelfish on: 6th September, 2013
    Last visited or updated on: 26th May, 2014

    Last reviewed by:
    Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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