In West Flores, a one-hour flight from Bali, lies Labuan Bajo, which is overflowing with flora that extends from waterfalls to mountain tops and sunsets overlooking Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991.
AYANA is currently planning the first five-star resort on Labuan Bajo, Waecicu Beach. AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach opens during the northern summer of 2018 with 12 suites and 189 guest rooms. Inspired by light, comfort and open living, each room features an ocean view with windows to capture the sun setting behind Kukusan Island.
The design will allow guests to check-in from the 11th floor lobby, and access their room by descending towards the shores. The resort will also feature a rooftop wedding and function suite accommodating circa 200 guests, with an ocean view terrace.
Restaurants and bars will include:
- All-day dining venue serving Asian cuisine and International food
- Rooftop Bar serving sunset light bites
- Kisik seafood barbeque restaurant
- HonZEN Japanese restaurant
- Pier Bar
- Lobby Bar
- Alongside a private beach, there will be two main swimming pools and one children’s pool.
- The Resort Spa will offer a selection of signature treatments across four single treatment rooms and one double.
- There will also be a gym and kid’s club.
- Local and Balinese hospitality will be intertwined.
In addition to the new resort, and in the interest of making full use of the private pier, AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach will also be launching a 54-metre-long and 11-metre-wide, nine-bedroom phinisi ship. The ship will take guests, either by full charter or bookable by bedroom, around the island for short explorations of approximately two or three nights per trip.
The ship will also be a wedding venue. Named AYANA Lako’dia, meaning “Safe Journey” in the local language, will be of the finest design with lounge and dive decks to suit the mood. Guests can island hop or participate in aqua activities including diving, snorkelling and trawling via AYANA Lako’dia, or join a daytrip on the hotel’s catamaran or power boat.
“Our team is the secret to our success,” explains Clive Edwards, general manager of AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, The Villas at AYANA Resort, BALI and RIMBA Jimbaran BALI by AYANA. “It is with enthusiasm and pride that I can confidently say we are one of the most successful and sought after hotels on the island of Bali. Of course, our range of products and services is inspired by the purpose of fulfilling guest need, but I also believe that it is the care and service from our team members that takes AYANA hospitality the extra mile. Our passion for people, and our philosophy for understanding our guests, will be injected into our latest property AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach. We are excited about introducing the newest member of our resort family to the AYANA community, and look forward to launching the first premium five-star resort in Flores.”
In keeping with AYANA’s philosophy of being a supportive and contributing member of society, the resort will be actively raising funds to support Komodo National Park. Support will go towards developing facilities and enhancing the safety and training of Komodo Rangers.
While the projects are still under development, the team is preparing for the new member of the AYANA Family, launching summer 2018.
Check out the resort brochure here.