Best hotels and hostels in Sulawesi

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Wakatobi Islands

    Hoga Island Dive Resort

    Searching for that perfect barefoot vibe? Look no further: this relaxed place enjoys an idyllic location, with big, rustic wooden bungalows, a white-sand beach and hammocks galore. The ambience is warm thanks to the genial staff, food is fresh, plentiful and very tasty, and the dive shop is well managed, with excellent guides. All-inclusive dive packages are from 1,450,000Rp per person. The resort supports the community in various ways, such as paying local children to clean up the beach to earn money for school uniforms as well as providing a boat for them to get to school on Pulau Kaledupa. Don't confuse this place with other nearby outfits with suspiciously similar names.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South Sulawesi

    Salassa Guest House

    This family-run institution has six cheap rooms with shared mandi upstairs, and four sparkling bungalows with outdoor showers out back. However, the highlight is the exceedingly helpful owners who are fluent in English and understand backpackers; unfortunately, they were keen on selling when we last visited. Until they do, at least hit up the restaurant – the best in town.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Sulawesi

    Living Colours

    This peaceful place enjoys a lovely hillside setting overlooking the mangroves. Its elegant wooden bungalows boast enormous terraces with hammocks, and spacious hot-water bathrooms. There's a little bar (the Safety Stop) by the shore, and meals are served in an open-sided restaurant above the bay. Living Colours' five-star PADI dive school is particularly well organised.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Makassar

    Ge JacMart

    This sparkling white homestay down a quiet lane near the seafront is run by the hospitable Marlah Pongrekun and George Biuw. The breezy, immaculately clean home is splashed with art and has nine very comfortable rooms – each with private bathroom and hot water. Additional touches like bicycle rental (25,000Rp) make this Makassar's go-to lodging. Breakfast available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Sulawesi

    Siladen Resort & Spa

    Luxurious airy resort with 17 sumptuously furnished villas that boast all mod cons; the older villas are directly on the beach. Facilities include a (saltwater) lagoon pool, an indulgent spa, pool table, and small army of blue-cushioned sofas and loungers spread out on the pristine white sand beach. There's also a top-notch PADI dive centre.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Manado

    Lumbalumba Diving

    Consistently maintaining high standards, this serene, intimate resort is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and serves some of the best food in the region. Divers will love the small groups and knowledgeable staff, while nondivers can while their days away at the infinity pool with its marine-park view. The resort is 17km southwest of Manado.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Sulawesi

    Panorama Backpackers

    With a homestay atmosphere, excellent home-cooked meals and good-value huts terracing down the hillside above the beach, Panorama is the best budget stay on the western side of the island. Diving is accommodated through the more upmarket Panorama Dive Resort owned by relatives next door.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Central Sulawesi

    Lawaka Hotel

    An unexpected find in deeply provincial Ampana, Lawaka feels like a hip hostel with its zany decor, cool cafe and urban art-enriched rooms that face a central garden. It was made for travellers, and the beer garden out back is a chill place to meet a few of them. It's about 1km east of the centre, just steps from the coast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South Sulawesi

    Tevana House Reef

    Elevating the area's offerings to a higher plane, Tevana's attention to detail is palpable in everything from their exquisitely landscaped cliffside grounds, to the four ironwood and coral bungalows with outdoor showers, to the rooftop sundeck above the excellent vegetarian restaurant.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Togean Islands

    Bahia Tomini

    Facing a secluded Malenge beach, this wonderful castaway location features four beautifully created seafacing wooden bungalows. The whole tiny operation is full of life, and incredibly welcoming. The three-night minimum may not be enough.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tana Toraja

    Sulawesi Castle

    Modern, comfortable rooms with splashes of colour and thoughtful touches make this sparkling new towering orange guesthouse a winner; the exceedingly helpful and gracious owner (who bakes bread) catapults it into a league of its own.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Togean Islands

    Kadidiri Paradise Resort

    Kadidiri Paradise basks in a stunning location fronted by a small beach and a long private jetty that's perfect for snorkelling. The timber bungalows vary from ageing garden cottages to better sea-view rooms, all with attached bathroom, mosquito nets and generous front decks. Staff are sociable and it has the Togeans' only real bar with cocktail happy hour every evening at sunset. The well-run dive centre offers single dives (500,000Rp), open-water certification (5,500,000Rp) and discounts of up to 10% on multiple dives.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Central Sulawesi

    Dolidi Ndano Towale

    This beautifully designed place has lovely lakeside cottages in a wonderful location on a sandy beach. There's a jetty for waterside drinks and a fine restaurant with sweeping views, and the manager is extremely informative and helpful. Tours of the lake and national parks can be arranged. It's 6km south of Tentena, down a bumpy access road hugging the lake. Profits aid the orphanage next door (no visitation allowed).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tana Toraja

    Pia’s Poppies Hotel

    This well-organised backpacker lodge with very helpful staff is in a tranquil location, 10 minutes' walk from the centre. Rooms face a quiet field and have quirky details such as boulders in the bathrooms. The cafe serves excellent local food, including Torajan pa'piong, and cold beer. Breakfast is available for an extra cost.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Makassar

    Dodo's Homestay

    An excellent homestay owned by Dodo, a super-friendly local who's been assisting travellers and collecting pens for more than 20 years. His spacious, air-conditioned house is in a quiet neighbourhood 7km south of the centre; one room has an en suite, and there's free tea and coffee. Dodo arranges transport (including motorbike and car rental) and tours around Sulawesi.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Sulawesi

    Highland Resort

    A collection of spacious, well-equipped wooden bungalows surround a green open courtyard and are run by a friendly owner who bends over backwards to help you fall in love with the Minahasa Highlands. The restaurant serves decent food, but it can take a while to prepare. Follow the signs from ‘Kinilow’, about 5km before Tomohon, on the road to Manado.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Manado

    Libra Homestay

    This lovely private home occupies a spacious whitewashed villa on a quiet street, where the kindly Chinese family looks after guests well. There are five rooms, all with air-con, cable TVs, desks and private bathrooms with hot water. It's in the south of the city, a five-minute walk from restaurants and 15 minutes to the waterfront.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Sulawesi

    Tangkoko Hill

    About 1km inland from the village, this solid, comfortable, modern place is the best option in the area, with hyper-clean rooms, quality mattresses, desks and TVs. The genial owner, Franky, speaks good English and is super-helpful maximising your time here. Fine local food is served in the breezy dining room.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in South Sulawesi

    Amira Guesthouse

    These basic but clean rooms occupying the sprawling upstairs of a housing complex come with Anton, the helpful English-speaking owner who can arrange tours and even has his own lake boat. The guesthouse sits above a decent restaurant and is near the bus station and all the downtown chaos you can handle.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in North Sulawesi

    Lanosa Guest House

    Conveniently located on the south end of town, this large guesthouse provides polished, clean and modern rooms arranged around impeccably manicured grounds and relaxing common areas. The guesthouse and attached cafe are both great places to hang out and enjoy the cool mountain air.