HERE BE DRAGONS
KOMODO DRAGONS, the largest lizard species in the world, live on just five Indonesian islands. Four of these lie within the Komodo National Park, with the other – Flores – recently receiving its first five-star resort. The 205-room Ayana Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach opened last month, offering guests the chance to join professional rangers to observe the dragons in their natural habitat, along with a host of water-based activities from diving and dolphin watching to SUP yoga (yoga on long boards).
Preservation of the local ecosystem is at the heart of the resort’s mission, with initiatives ranging from educational workshops with resident marine biology expert Jinjing Yan, to sourcing fresh seafood from local fishermen for its six restaurant outlets.
The resort is a one-hour trip from Bali by air and offers 13 suites, 192 guestrooms, a nine-bedroom traditional Phinisi sailing yacht, two swimming pools and a private pier. ayanakomodo.com