Family friendly comfort
Named after the owner’s first daughter and in business since 1996, Fadhila Cottages offers two main flavours of bungalows clustered around a sandy peninsula facing Katupat village.
Rooms are cottage style, set on the ground rather than stilted, with tiled floors, verandas and Western-style bathrooms. They’re perhaps a little close together, and thanks to the shady coconut grove they sit in, the rooms are a little on the dark side. Nevertheless they are clean and pretty well kept.
Our room (called “Bomber”) had a comfortable bed with a good mosquito net hung over a four-poster bed frame—be sure to use it, as the mosquitos here can be persistent. The room otherwise had a dresser and room to dry our clothes, and one of the many friendly resort dogs took up residence on our veranda as soon as we moved in—as we were the only guest at Fadhila for the night we stayed, perhaps they wanted to keep us company. Our bathroom had pebble-dotted walls with decorative dolphins embedded in them, which was a nice touch, though the shower head had broken off so it was a surfer-style shower for us.
Most of the rooms are the same, with just a few slightly cheaper and well older wooden rooms at the furthest point from the restaurant. Fadhila is popular with families; there are quite a few bungalows with twin beds and at least one duplex, which would be ideal for a family with older kids. Being directly opposite Katupat, all but the heaviest sleepers will hear the mosque in the early morning.
Fadhila is well known for its food, and the large restaurant has plenty of seating along with a host of recycled tire lazy chairs, which while perhaps unsightly to some are actually really comfortable and ideally placed for the sunset accompanied by an icy drink. Beyond the restaurant, a pier juts out into the depths towards Katupat. While great for watching the sunset, or for leaping off, if you are here with kids watch the current as it can be deceptively fast at times.
While there is plenty of reef directly off the beach, the water wasn’t the clearest when we had a go and last time we visited here there were a tonne of lion fish, we didn’t see a single one this visit. The beach is a yellow pebbly sand—not the finest in the Togeans. While much of the garden is coconut palms, there are also some pine and other shades trees, and keep an eye out for the spectacular green orchids, with flowers blooming along stalks of more than a metre long.
Fadhila lies about an hour and a half to the east of Wakai, though as it is directly opposite Katupat, getting a ferry which drops you there is the fastest way to get here.
Address: Pulau Pangempa, opposite Pulau Katupat
T: (0852) 4100 3685;
Coordinates (for GPS): 121º56'55.55" E, -0º19'10.96" N
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Room rates: 150,000 to 400,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Per person full board
|200,000 rupiah||250,000 rupiah|
|Superior double room|
Per person full board
|300,000 rupiah||350,000 rupiah|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org 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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