It’s not every day that you meet Komodo dragons while enjoying world-class hospitality near a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cue in: AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach, a sustainable retreat sanctuary in Indonesia.
Taking luxury vacationing in the wild to another level, AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach in Indonesia is a sanctuary unlike any other. Located on Labuan Bajo’s glistening Waecicu Beach, this sister property of AYANA Estate in Bali doubles as the luxury gateway to Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to around 5,700 endemic giant lizards.
Introducing AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach
Taking inspiration from Flores Island’s rich cultural heritage, the 205 guest rooms and suites–available in three categories: Full Ocean View Suite, Deluxe Full Ocean View Room, and Full Ocean View Room–at AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach fuse rustic beauty with modern-day comforts. Think bathtubs with ocean views, private balconies, walk-in wardrobes, and more. Add to this ocean vistas from each room and stylish open spaces, and you’ve got the right ingredients for a truly luxurious stay.
Begin your days at AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach with coffee at RINCA, an all-day dining that comes complete with natural hardwoods, comfortable seating, and direct access to the resort’s white sandy shores. A world-class destination in itself, Naga Bar is the apt social hub to unwind with bubbly and tapas. Head here to soak in the picturesque ocean views or simply sunbathe by the shoreline. Alternatively, splash about near the Pool Bar which offers an all-day dining menu — from healthy foods, and indulgent cocktails to even delicious plates to suit every palate.
Treat yourself to a Japanese lunch at HonZEN where fine flavours meet technique in a relaxed setting; followed by sundowner cocktails at Mesa Bar and Lounge, located on the top floor of the hotel. An island interpretation of a hotel lobby bar, this relaxed setting oggers majestic ocean views from every nook.
Open for dinners, KISIK Seafood Restaurant presents a seductive ambience of Jimbaran’s famous beachfront barbecue scene with some of the finest fresh seafood. The ideal nightcap awaits at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar which reflects the wild and rustic nature of Komodo’s timeless beauty and pairs it with endless panoramas of sapphire seas.
There’s no dearth of experiences offered by AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach. Float peacefully across Komodo’s crystal clear waters in a Glass Bottom Boat by AYANA Lako Taka, enjoy breakfast by the sea, go for a round of stand-up paddle boarding or sea kayaking, savour a five-course curated float away dinner for two, or even get close to the island’s marine life with a Snorkeling Trilogy Expedition by AYANA Lako Lelo. Those looking for land-based adventures can trek up the island’s majestic peaks, enjoy the wild beauty of Rangko Cave or cycle around the island.
For a truly packed itinerary, consider a full-day island hopping tour. This tour invites you to explore Padar Island, snorkel along the Pink Sand Beach, embark on a Komodo Dragon Tour, and savour takeaway lunches and chilled beverages along the way. Travellers intrigued by the underwater world can choose the Komodo Dragon Quest by AYANA Lako Taka which not only includes a snorkelling experience, but also takes one to RINCA, Menjerite, and Kelor Islands located not too far away. For shorter excursions, a guided tour of the Mirror Stone Cave is the best bet. Spanning roughly 90 minutes, a professional local guide takes you to this unique natural wonder that lures travellers for its sparkling sunlit walls.
Beyond the Ordinary
Komodo’s natural beauty is best explored by sea and AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach understands this well. That’s why, then, the team has a fleet of exclusive water vessels to take you on aquatic adventures. AYANA’s magnificent phinisi, AYANA Lako di’a, has nine cabins divided into Master, Luxury, and Deluxe Suite rooms. On the other hand, AYANA Lako Sae has 10 cabana-style rooms across three decks. It even has a bar, dining area and multiple sun terraces. AYANA Lako Taka, a glass bottom boat, takes its inspiration from the blue whale to give a peek into the underwater world; AYANA Lako Cama offers a compact guest cabin with a sunroof, a comfortable VIP lounge with a mini pantry and dining section, plus an alfresco helm; and AYANA Lako Lelo has a spacious deck for casting, premium rod holders for a professional fishing experience, and an open lounging area.
One with Nature
In its commitment to save the planet from degradation, AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach has introduced the Komodo Conservation Fund. With this, AYANA pledges USD 1 (roughly INR 80) for every room booked. The funds are then used to work with the local community in support of sustainable development and education, as well as the continued protection of Komodo National Park.
Moreover, the resort has introduced resident Marine Biologist Lee Miles to study the reef’s biodiversity. Miles also joins guests for designated excursions, provides education and awareness on protecting the ocean and marine life, and conducts regular workshops and presentations.AYANA’s commitment to sustainability also extends to the support of the local people by offering comprehensive hospitality training and fair wages, donating to local schools, and organising onsite educational visits. Embodying the spirit of ocean-to-table, the team sources Indonesia’s freshest fish and shellfish from local fishermen, as well as cultivates their seaweed farm to use in dishes.
Stays Made Better
Book directly via the hotel’s official website to enjoy up to 23 per cent discount on room rates and embark on an unforgettable journey to the heart of Komodo National Park with an extensive one-day island hopping tour for two. Experience the breathtaking Padar Island, indulge in snorkelling on its unique pink sand beach, and witness the majestic Komodo dragons in their untouched habitat.
The offer also includes a 10 per cent discount on spa and selected food and beverages; 15 per cent discount on select water activities and boat trips; complimentary daily one-hour kayak, SUP, and snorkelling sessions (on a minimum two nights’ stay in a suite); and shared transportation to and fro from airport for two adults.