Great, relaxing place in lovely garden setting

Reviewed March 25, 2012

This was one of our best experiences we had when we visited Sulawesi in February 2012. Beautiful place, Service with a capital S and really really nice food. Below full breakdown of our experience, hope it is of some value to u..! Booking/Price As it was low season, we had the place practically to ourselves, which made bargaining for the price worth our while. At first we got a $100 per night deal, but after a phone call we managed to book for 500000 Rp per night, which was quite a nice price for this kind of place. We also booked an airport pickup with them for 300000 Rp, which was overpriced, but well arranged. Stay Our driver was right on time and after an 1 hour drive we could check-in at the central villa. We were welcomed with nice (fresh) banana fritters and tea, a really nice gesture and examplary for our stay here. We were placed in one of the bungalows on the central part of the grounds. A spacious dark wooden bungalow, with nice ammenities like good WiFi, Sat TV, good bathroom, fresh fruit, complimentary drinking water, and a seperate living room. No aircon in our bungalow, but this wasn't a problem as it's a pleasant (cooler) temperature in Tomohon at night. The garden really stands out, it is very well maintained and has loads of different varieties of plants - all with nametags. Also the lovely view on the active volcano (Lokon) is very nice Food The food was really very nice, the owner told us that they have hosted several gastronomic events in the hotel, and you can tell the chef is very experienced. We had the local fish in a very refined spicy sauce (among other dishes) and also the homemade pastry is excellent. Things to do We hired a driver/guide (whom we met when walking around Tomohon) for 500000 Rp for a full day, which was a lot cheaper then what the hotel offered. I will review this tour soon (very nice) There are several things to visit - various hot springs, lake Tondano, lake Linow (sulphuric green lake), hike to the mahawu crater (+crater lake) and the tomohon market. Service The whole staff goes out of their way to make sure your stay is pleasant. from assisting us with booking our flight to makassar, to the afternoon tea with sweets, free fruit/pastry dessert, it's the small things that really make Gardenia Country Inn stand out. So all in all, I would definitely recommend Gardenia Country Inn to anyone who enjoys a relaxing stay, great food and great service!!