HERE BE DRAG­ONS

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

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

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