Ho­tels in Flo­res

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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.

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