FIRST FIVE-STAR RESORT ON FLORES ISLAND, DESIGNED BY WATG
WATG, a leading integrated design firm has revealed their design for a contemporary hotel in Indonesia, which is now open. The AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach in Labuan Baio, on Flores Island, will be the latest five-star destination in the archipelago.
This stunning resort is spread across a 1.4-hectare site, with 192 rooms and 13 suites. From the rooftop lobby area, where one of the hotel’s three luxury bars can be found, there are beautiful views of the unique lagoon landscape. The design allows guests to feel immersed in the natural surroundings and the remarkable marine life located in the area.
The island named Flores translates to ‘flowers’ in Portuguese, this reflects the natural beauty of the flora and fauna of the island. WATG’s design for the resort was widely inspired by the area’s rich ecological landscape. Named after the world’s largest species of lizard, the amazing Komodo dragon, found in Komodo National Park is just a short journey by boat. The curving shape of the guest wing represents the form of the famed reptile. The architecture of the resort also draws inspiration from the rough Manggarai mountain range and the abundance of local materials to create a clear and informed identity for the hotel. Other guest facilities include two large pools on the shore, six restaurants and bars, and a 420 square-metre spa.
There are not only viewing expeditions for the dragons, but also diving and snorkeling tours for both experienced and casual adventurers. A 500-metre pier extending from the beach into the sea allows visitors to explore the aquamarine paradise without going in to the sea. There is also a large catamaran moored at the pier for daylong diving trips and a spectacular 4-metre phinisi ship operated by the hotel. Guests are allowed to embark on luxury one, two or three night escapes, with other volcanic islands situated nearby.
“The site’s amazing location on the edge of the sea forms a destination and gateway to the Sunda Islands archipelago,” says 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.”
The considered design of the property will be underscored by AYANA’s impeccable and caring service, building on the success of their nearby resorts. Clive Edwards, the General Manager of AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, says, “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.”
Find more information about WATG and the team’s designs at: www.watg.com