WATG, an integrated design firm, has opened AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, the island’s first luxury offering.
The AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach in Labuan Bajo, Flores Island, will be the latest five-star offering in the Indonesian Archipelago. Featuring an intimate setting with 180-degree views of the Flores Sea, the resort is nestled on a 1.4-hectare site with 192 rooms and 13 suites. Located in a lagoon rich with marine life and pristine white beaches, its design aims to immerse guests in the lush natural surroundings.
“A benchmark for future development”
“The site’s amazing location on the edge of the sea forms a destination and gateway to the Sunda Islands archipelago,” said Bill Reed, vice president of architecture at WATG.
“This is the first world-class destination in the area and it will serve as a benchmark for future development. We designed the AYANA Komodo Resort to reflect the relaxed aesthetic of the Komodo Islands, with a feeling of spontaneity and subtle sophistication.”
One of AYANA Komodo Resort’s highlights is its location in paradise. The name Flores means ‘flowers’ in Portuguese, named for the abundance of flora and fauna on the island. In addition, the resort was named after the world’s largest species of lizard, the Komodo dragon. Komodo National Park, Indonesia’s renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, is just a short journey by boat.
While Labuan Bajo is best known as an ideal point for dragon-viewing expeditions, the island also features reefs along the coast, popular among seasoned divers and casual snorkelers alike. AYANA Komodo Resort allows guests to explore with the design of a 500-metre pier extending from the beach into the sea, featuring a dedicated dive centre.
“The first premium five-star resort in Flores”
Clive Edwards, the general manager of AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali, said: “Our passion for people, and our philosophy for understanding our guests, will be injected into our 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.”