Hotels in Flores
There are plenty of places to stay in Flores. With escalating tourism in Labuan Bajo, travellers can now find myriad options from luxurious 5-star resort hotels like the Plataran Komodo Beach Resort and the Jayakarta Suites Komodo Flores. A quick search on the internet renders many new resort options as well as private luxury villas with all the amenities you could want including swimming pools, spa and gardens, to comfortable and cosy guesthouses, budget hotels and losmen – a locally run and managed small hotel or inn. Most establishments now come with free wifi, air-conditioning, hot and cold water, sitting toilets as well as flat-screen TVS.
In other parts of Flores outside of Labuan Bajo, there are local hotels, guesthouses, hostels and losmens which you can pre-book online or telephone ahead to secure your accommodation. In other more remote parts of Flores, for example Larantuka in East Flores, rooms are available in the local hostels, hotels and guesthouses. As tourism is yet to escalate to its peak in the more out-of-reach areas, establishments are rarely at full capacity and would most likely not turn away paying guests.
Around Labuan Bajo in West Flores, are the secluded islands of Bidadari, Kanawa, Seraya and Waecicu, to name a few. With rising interests in tourism, accommodations are now available on these islands, which are easily accessible via a 30 minutes boat ride. These places are reachable via boats but if you have booked your accommodations on these islands, you should call ahead to arrange a pick up or risk negotiating with random operators on your own at the harbour. Do consider to stay on the mainland for easy access to banks, ATM machines, grocery stores, essentials and healthcare. If you’re travelling to Komodo Island or Rinca Island to see the famous dragons, you can also choose to stay on sailboats or cruise boats that ferry passengers to and from Labuan Bojo in your very own rooms/bunks. Some of these packages include full board or half board options and Wifi, and take travellers around the many smaller islands surrounding Labuan Bajo. Again, it is best to do your research before booking your preferred accommodation via the many travel and hotel websites and applications that are available today. Some of the more trusted and credible boat operators include Le Pirate, Ombeng Boat, Kajoma Boat, Aliya Boat, Le Pirate and Madeinitalythe Boat.
Rooms prices in Labuan Bajo and the surrounding islands may range anywhere from IDR 200,000 a night for the most basic accommodation to IDR 3 million per night and even more for more luxurious options. Cruise boats and sail boats are on the higher spectrum with packages going for about IDR 9 million to IDR 30 million per person. However with popular demand and through the use of social media, affordable group sailing and tour packages to Labuan Bajo and the Komodo National Park are now available for groups of up to 10 people with rates starting from IDR 2 million per person depending on preferences.