Our stay in Manduna has been nothing but fantastic. Right from the very start of the booking experience, Mr. Sofyan the manager of the resort has been very accomodating and he addressed all my concerns of traveling during pandemics and also as first timer to Rote who doesnt quite know what to expect. This time around, I am only traveling with 2 kids, because my husband can't make it, so I am a little anxious about this trip. He has been very patient and kind with all my questions, even the silly ones.
Manduna resort itself is very nice, cozy with amazing view of the beach and great in house facilities. It is probably not the most instagrammable place in Rote, but don't let it fool you. The service, cleanliness and comfort is top notch here. I love that the room is large, bright, airy with practical design, the armoire comes with many drawers where we can unpack our things. Perfect for traveling with kids!
Honestly I am not sure if my stay in Rote will be as great if I weren't staying in Manduna. I dont know how to ride a scooter, which is how most tourist gets around here. Mr. Sofyan has been very kind showing Rote to us, recommending us to all the great restaurants in Rote. We have never had a single bad meal once in Rote. Everytime he brought us to a restaurant, he introduced us to the owners so we will be taken care of well. Food is really an important part of holidays for us, no matter how great the stay is but if the food doesnt live up to it, it's not quite the perfect holiday.
During our stay, Mr. Sofyan arranges fun activities in our itinerary. He arranges surfing classes for us in the morning, checks the perfect tides timing for us to go on stand up paddling and kayaking, arranges sunset drinks and dinners for us at the most beautiful spots in Rote. He knows everyone and everywhere in Rote, where are the cool places to visit, so he makes a perfect guide. Mr. Sofyan is like our guide, chaffeur, personal butler all in one. Without him, we will proly just end up staying in the resort all the time, which wasn't so bad, but I would rather explore Rote, it's much more fun! Thanks to Mr. Sofyan, who took us exploring Mangrove forest and Nirwana Lagoon on SUP and Kayaks, so serene, so beautiful, such wonderful experience. Now I am really loving SUP, he has just introduced me to a new hobby. I would def come back to Rote just to do the SUP all over again!
The awards that they have been receiving from trip advisors are very well deserved! But really, the best employee award of the year in Rote should probably go to Mr. Sofyan, his dedication to the resort and his personalized service has made our stay so memorable beyond our expectations.