Siladen Resort & Spa is famous for is world class diving, but to make it run smoothly and efficiently it needs a hard working, dedicated team operating the gears behind the scenes. We are fortunate to have a great team of roughly 100 people working together in order to make your experience at Siladen Resort & Spa the best one ever!
The majority of our staff come from Siladen, and almost everyone else comes from one of the neighbouring islands. A good percentage of our staff have been with us since the very beginning, and during your time with us at Siladen Resort & Spa, you will find that our resort team is second to none.
While passing through the resort you will always meet friendly, welcoming faces that will be ready to help or greet you, even if they do not speak perfect English.
Daniele Marianelli (CEO)
Miguel & Ana
Miguel studied Hotel & Tourism Management at University in Portugal, and after that he worked for many years in the industry with leading hotel chain Accor.
He began diving in 1993, and his newfound passion for the underwater world made him leave Portugal to work in Mexico, where he became a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and managed a dive centre in the Riviera Maya.
After doing this for many years, Miguel craved to return to his earlier passion of hotel management. After working as a room division manager at Wakatobi Dive Resort, Miguel took the position of general manager of Lembeh Resort, which he did for two successful years before deciding to make Siladen his new home.
“It is a privilege to work in a resort that not only has amazing reefs and dives but also a great team of people that genuinely cares for the guests well being.”
Miguel is able to speak in Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and his own version of Indonesian (Bahasa Miguel), besides he is always willing to communicate in any language (even if it means inventing new words). He may look serious on a first impression, but you’ll soon discover a great humour and patience, an intense enjoyment of spending his time with guests and sharing his wide knowledge of diving.
Ana Fonseca – Guest Experience Manager
Ana graduated from University in Lisbon where she studied Portuguese and English literature, but after a ‘tryout’ dive in Brazil 14 years ago she just couldn’t stop diving. Back in Portugal she became PADI certified and continued her dive education, becoming an Instructor soon after. After living and diving in various places Ana fell in love with the caves of the Riviera Maya and coral formations of Cozumel, working with divers in Mexico for several years. But there was still something missing – Indonesia’s Underwater Biodiversity and it’s amazing hospitality.
“Indonesia is a fascinating country with amazing people, a rich, diverse culture to explore and that one simply wants to know better.”
Ana worked as the Dive Center Manager of Wakatobi Dive Resort, and later as Guest Relation Manager at Lembeh Resort. She is always available to answer any questions or help the guests in any way and is very happy to join you on a dive or snorkel trip. Ana speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, and is trying to improve her Bahasa Indonesian and Italian. She is calm, kind, organised and appears quiet, but she loves to chat about Indonesia’s diving and hear about other people’s experiences.
Committed to offering a high level of service and making their guests stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible, Miguel, Ana and the entire Siladen Resort & Spa team look forward to welcoming you soon.
Riri Manembu- Operational Manager
“ I just love Siladen, for me it feels like home and this home is just beautiful. I am also very grateful and happy to have the chance of meeting nice people from all over the world.”
Celine and Neils have worked in many places around the world including Mexico, Costa Rica, Maldives, and Djibouti, bringing a lot of different experiences to enhance the team. Both are passionate diver professionals with a background in dive operation management and marine conservation.
Whilst diving in North Sulawesi, they both enjoy underwater photography. Niels, in particular, is a talented photographer, whilst Celine creates fun, interesting, and educational underwater videos, highlighting the beautiful reefs and wonderful marine-life that Bunaken National Marine Park offers.
If you want to develop your diving skills, try diving for the first time, get tips on underwater photography or video, or maybe you just want to pop in for a chat, they will be happy to help in either Indonesian, English, French, Dutch, Spanish or German. Together with Teddy – our local dive centre manager – they will be working hard to make your diving and snorkeling experience of Siladen Resort & Spa better than ever before. We are also very happy to count with Cindy who helps the dive center managers with administrative work, planning and even briefings.
Our love for the Ocean brought us to diving and to Siladen Resort & Spa. We endeavor to pass on this love by providing a unique guest experience and maintaining high standards of customer service. Here to enjoy sharing diving stories, we are looking forward to welcoming you – always with a smile
– Celine and Neils
One of our long-term dive guides, Teddy, has joined the managerial team in 2015 and we are very happy with his work. He has a vast knowledge of the local area, and will work closely with Celine and Niels and the rest of the dive team to ensure that your dive/snorkel experience will be safe, fun and memorable. Teddy, originally from Siladen, joined us in 2008 as a member of the boat crew team. Since then he was trained as a dive guide and passed his Padi Instructor course in 2015.
I would like to thank Siladen Resort & Spa for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the management team for the diving centre. It has been a lot of work but also fun and rewarding, I particularly enjoy teaching new divers.
Supervisor Jerrie Soleran has been with us for nearly 9 years. Always serving with a smile, Jerrie and his team will help you book a massage, plan a tour of the local area, do some shopping in our boutique. Besides that, they are always happy to simply chat with guests about anything.
Restaurant and Bar
Our kitchen team is led by chef Yongki Bukunusa, who has been with us at Siladen Resort & Spa for over 8 years. He began his catering career as a humble pot washer, but his curiosity pulled him away from the sink and towards the stove. He loves to prepare and introduce guests to local traditional dishes, and he is also very talented at Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. His passion for fresh, quality ingredients, combined with his ability to pair different flavors and cuisines is the reason why our kitchen team will not let you lose weight on your vacation.
Accounting & Purchasing
They are not only responsible for all the resort accounting, but also for all the purchasing too. Being based on a small island, if we run out of something we cannot simply go to the local supermarket to resupply. Everything needs to be planned, stock checked and organised to make sure we never run out of anything.
Housekeeping and Grounds
Engineering and Security
Supervisor Jefrey Bawekes, from Siladen has been with us since the very beginning.
Micky and Mina