Zoé’s Paradise Waterfront Hotel is located on the shores of Samosir Island in the village of Tuktuk, inside Lake Toba in northern Sumatra.
Samosir Island is 640 square kilometres (247 sq mi), making it the fifth largest lake island in the world. Located within Samosir are two smaller lakes, Lake Sidihoni and Lake Aek Natonang.
At the first glance, Lake Toba may look like a regular lake, but it is actually located in the crater of a huge super volcano called “Toba” that exploded approximately 75,000 years ago. Some people are convinced that this lake has very special powers, and many guests feel very refreshed, vigorous and vital after swimming in the lake.
You can witness the fascinating Batak heritage on Samosir Island in its remains of ancient stone tombs, monuments and white-washed churches that dot the landscape. Perhaps the most famous aspect of the Batak culture are the traditional houses that feature the famous sloped roofs and intricate wood carvings at the entrance.
The countryside is breathtaking, comprised of steep slopes of greenery that meet the clear blue waters of the lake. There are amazing views in every direction, from the mist in the morning to the amazing sunsets that conclude the day.
The weather on Samosir Island is moderately warm with cool nights. It offers a wonderful getaway from the heat and frantic pace of most local cities. There is no need for air conditioning and offers the guests an opportunity to breathe fresh mountain air!
There are many tourist attractions on Samosir. Click here for more information.