Indonesia may not be the first place many people would think to go, but it is a real jewel hidden in Southeast Asia.
Flores is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Bali, but it only takes 90 minutes to get there and it’s for people looking for a different kind of holiday. Apart from Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo National Park, you will have the chance to find many things in the nightlife. You will find deserted white sandy beaches, as well as curious inhabitants, surreal volcanic lakes and magnificent sunsets.
The Indonesian landscape is very diverse, Java and Bali are the most fertile islands and rice fields are concentrated in these two regions, while Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua are still largely covered with exotic tropical forests. The open savannah and green meadows are characteristic of Nusa Tenggara. There are clear seas, impressive surfing destinations and beautiful beaches mingled with active volcanoes and rainforests to make this nation a tropical paradise. Individual cultures and traditional practices coexist with romantic holiday destinations and some of the world’s finest hotels, spas and golf courses.
Flores, the island that received a pretty but incongruous Portuguese name by its 16th century settlers, has become Indonesia’s next great thing. The 670-km-long Trans-Flores Hwy serpentine runs along the island, along the ridges at the edge of the knife, along villages bordered by rice fields and opens up dozens of areas that few tourists explore.
Isolated in a quiet cove on the beach of Waecicu Beach on Flores Island, Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa is a true tropical paradise. A luxurious base for sunny days of relaxation and adventure in one of Indonesia’s most beautiful and unspoilt regions. Millions of kilometres from the daily hustle and bustle, luxurious in the privacy of an intimate and spacious villa that is a charming blend of luxurious comfort and Javanese style. Dine by the ocean, on the beach or on the pier – all under the Flores sun or under a romantic starry sky. Explore the incredible marine life of the surrounding waters, or embark on one of Plataran’s private cruises for unforgettable excursions to the islands and the chance to see the legendary dragons of Komodo up close.
Blue Marlin is a small restaurant on the port of Labuan Bajo, which offers a sublime view of the bay, especially at sunset time. Here you can enjoy unpretentious international dishes cooked with care.
Marma in Sanskrit is an energy point massage, a therapy that combines the best Swedish massage techniques, Thai massage and Hawaiian Lomi massage.