The SpaceWelcome to the coolest thing happening in Central Sulawesi...If you are looking for an unforgettable experience, you've found the right place!
The room is part of my friends house, Lian, who is a native of here but is fluent in English and very well traveled, and her cute seven year old daughter. It is her dream house that is styled and built with green architecture and local design. It is connected to a three story bamboo structure where Lian runs a large NGO and social movement. It includes a library for kids, her office, a women's radio station, two more guest rooms, a private dock on Lake Poso, and a soon to be restaurant. With the room you get a private porch, clean sheets and towels, a not attached but nice private bathroom with hot water and modern amenities. There is Wifi and electricity that works 80 percent of the time, which for Central Sulawesi is pretty high. It has beautiful views.
But the best and most important part of staying here is the experience that you will have. Most people come to Tentena only as a stop over between Toraja and the Togean islands, and skip what has become my favorite place in Sulawesi. The people of Tentena are a bit shy but very excited when people come to visit them. By staying here, you will get to know Lian and her staff, as well as see and (if you want) participate in the daily activities taking place here. It's the perfect spot to take a break, lay back and have a chat with the locals, and take a swim in the lake. Guest Access-The kitchen
-The library (there are some books in English and Dutch)
-The people (the best part!!). Interaction with GuestsI don't live here, I just come to visit and rent this out to help fund the mobile library that Lian runs that is still underfunded. So by you booking this room, your money is going directly to funding a fantastic project that brings kids together from different faith and ethnic backgrounds that have no access to books in remote villages of Poso. It's deeply a passion project for all of us involved and of course you are more than welcome to join in with the trips. You'll be shocked how excited these kids are to see these books! The NeighborhoodThis house is at the edge of the lake, slightly outside the town of Tentena. There are no neighbors and it's quiet and peaceful. Lake Poso is one of the true natural gems left in Indonesia that remains unpolluted and clear.
And there is so much to do! Here are a few of the highlights of what adventures await you:
-Visit Latea Cave where they keep traditional Pamona graves.
-Butumpondoli rice field landscape and sunset, totally beautiful.
-Salopa water fall, and eight tiered waterfall you could play in all day.
-Siuri Beach for great swimming
-The village of Taipa
-Padamarari Hill hiking
-The Pine Forest
-The traditional village of Dulumai, which can only be reached by boat. Getting AroundEven though I am not there, the staff that is there and Lian will try their very best to coordinate and organize for you the transport you need to your next destination. Other Things to NoteThis is a great place for someone who is really looking to connect and experience Central Sulawesi at it's core. I promise you won't be disappointed.