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“Beautiful island” 4 of 5 stars
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Seraya Hotel & Resort
Seraya Kecil Island, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia   |  
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Wiedeń, Austria
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“Beautiful island”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

It is a beautiful island, with a great beach. The bungalows are very nice, but kept also very simple - the only thing- they should be better cleaned. Also the "bathroom" is very simple, but would be OK for this kind of stay, my only problrm was that I think it does not grt cleaned;( keep also in mind, that there is only cold water in the shower.
The food is although really bad, actually I think they should change the cook.
Energy is only in the evening - which was not a problem.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This place can be Idyllic if you want to rest, snorkel, feel somewhat like Robison Crusoe : great beach, very quiet sea right in front of all the bungalows, at 20 meters from them, lots of corals of many shapes and colors (blue, pink, yellow, beige,…) and the fauna that lives in: dozens of sorts of fish, with all the colors, stripes, dots, shapes, sizes you see in a movie, along with a couple of turtles and some blue spot rays, lots of starfish and sea cucumbers, and other stuff. Snorkeling here is way better that diving in many other tropical waters, including some nearby diving spots: right after you pass the reef you may encounter bigger animals: tunas, even manta rays and sharks if you’re lucky (early morning better). The coral is still well alive on half of the site: unfortunately there is no jetty and some of the local boats pass everywhere in front of the bungalows, which doesn’t help.
To come here you need to go to the Hotel Gardena in Labuan Bajo. It takes one hour by boat (free). Departure around 11am/12noon from the Gardena; return from the island to Labuan Bajo harbor by 8/9am. You can also (from the island) ask Paul to take you back in his small boat (1/2 hr, 300.000rp): helpful to catch a flight sometimes. It’s better to go there with backpacks than with suitcases, but in the island they would help you take care of them, from the boat (remember: no pier) or even up to your bungalow (sand…).
The bungalows are well located on the; they are nice and simple, BUT they are 10-15 years old and the more rustic individual ones need some serious fixing here and there and they shouldn’t wait too much for it: bedsheets, bathroom, mosquito nets, cabinets; bungalows 7 to 15 are more recent. Outside it’s fantastic, and the people here are really nice and will do what they can to accommodate you - but be aware that half of them don’t speak English.
You get water (imported by boat) in the open-air bathroom adjacent to your bedroom from 7am to 11am and 5pm to 9pm (more or less), and you are invited to use a bucket of sea water to flush the toilet. The restaurant, on the beach too, offers simple food at low prices, great fish, basic Indonesian dishes along with pasta, pancakes, beer, coke, fruit juices, tea-coffee, drinking water… Food is good, relatively cheap, simple, menu is limited; ask as much in advance to someone who speaks a good English about fish, squid or chicken; be sure you have been understood J. You can recharge your electric stuff there when there is some electricity from 6 to 11pm (generator. You get lights in the bungalows at the same hours.
A small breakfast (pancake or egg toast) is included in the price: 220.000Rp one pers / 330.000 2 pers per day, 50.000 extra mattress. No A/C, no fan, but there is enough breeze and shade. When you wake up you enjoy from your porch the sunrise on the beach. For a large sunset on the other side of the island you will need to walk 10 min behind the bungalows. It’s amazingly quiet.
This island is a place not to miss if you can deal with basics commodities and do not need to party; and it’s definitively not a 3 star accommodation. Be careful of protecting the coral here, and to keep this place as much as possible clean of your plastic and other trash that the waves carry already in large amounts sometimes everywhere near Labuan Bajo. Also avoid keeping food in the open in your bungalow: tikus would visit you during the night and find it. And close your mosquito net, even if there are few mosquitoes most of the time.
Take the time to enjoy and just do nothing, this is a place for it: there is no wi-fi, a very poor cell phone connection (at the left end of the restaurant, or at the top of a hill). Relax, dream, snorkle, smile…
Many people who have enough time stay longer than they first expected; at the opposite some left after the first night because of the poor condition of their bungalow: it’s better for you to know all this before getting there. I have been in similar places in other countries and can deal with some issues: this has been (still) a dream place for me.

Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

I have to say at the start that I agree with the review of seddyseddy, I don't know what people expect, for a start nothing in the whole on Indonesia runs on time, get use to it & learn some patience, yes the boat is a bit rough but hello, where are you. If you want all the bells and whistles then don't go budget, you will just wreck it for the people who don't want to waste their money on flash.
Anyway that said we have been to Flores quite a few times and have stayed on Seraya Island twice. Its just beautiful if you just want simple, quite, cheap and fabulous snorkling just out off your Bungalow. I haven't snorkled for many, many years & was a bit nervous, but because you don't have to go far to see so much amazing underwater life its just fantastic. Didn't have any trouble with current on this side of the Island, but my husband snorkled the other side and said the current was stronger there. They do have some snorkling stuff to hire but if you have your own its better. The Restaurant is pretty basic, but just be flexible.(They do run out of ingredients) Remember everything is brought onto the Island by the same boat you come on. Even the fresh water. The generator starts on dark and goes to about 10pm. Thats when you have electricity and fresh water if you want to use it, but remember its brought in, so its on your bill what you use. We also took our own fruit, few bottles water and snack stuff from Labuan Bajo. There's no shop, so if you need anything bring it with you. So if you just want to lay on the beach, relax, walk, snorkle, read a book, then you will love this Island. If you need more go stay somewhere else. Another tip is write down what you buy from the Restaurant because they run a tab and you pay for it all the morning you leave. (cash only) unless prior arrangements are made thru Gardena Hotel. Breakfast with your room is a banana pancake & cup of coffee/tea. We will go back for sure.
PS. just remember the fishing village is mostly Muslim so have some RESPECT for there way of life & don't just wander thru in your bikini or drunk like we heard of some people doing. Very poor taste. Its your holiday but their home.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

First off have to totally disagree with the last review. What were you expecting a speed boat with leather upholstery? Dodgy jellyfish, sea urchins? We spent two glorious weeks there, and there was no issue with any.....so sorry you had a sore bum bum but I would recommend you stay in Thailand. Also tides are dictated by the moon, so maybe best of blaming the moon and not the island

This place is Paradise. My girlfriend and I spent 2 glorious weeks there in August. The staff whilst at times disorganised, were so friendly and would go out of their way to help you. If you want somewhere right on the beach,with not too many tourists and just want to chill out then this is the place. You order dinner in advance, and most nights the conversation went like this:
Us: Seraya Special?
Staff: No Seraya special
us: Fillet of fish
staff: no fillet of fish
us: squid
staff: no squid
staff: just fried or grilled fish
All of us: giggling

TBH food was fine.

Fell in love with this place, if you don't have high standards, then this place is bliss, lovely wooden huts right on the beach, listening to the waves as you fall asleep. The island is lovely to walk around. Good snorkelling. If you like zoning out, taking it easy, enjoying the sun and reading then this is the place. But if you're complaining type, go on a 2 week all inclusive.

The boat goes to the mainland every day, so you can hitch a lift back and stock up on snacks if you want, or just grab some decent coffee/wine/brunch on the mainland. Two weeks there, those mini trips were worthwhile.

This is exactly what my girlfriend and I were looking for during a trip. Loved it and will be back, the place, the people, everything.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

We arrived at Gardena Hotel to go for our trip to Seraya. We had been told to get there at 11 and didn't leave until 12. The sea was really choppy and the boat we were on was pathetic. There were no seats and we had to just sit on the wood floor which was very uncomfortable for the hour plus journey. When we arrived we couldn't even snorkel as the tide was out so we would have had to wade through fields of seaweed which had plenty of hidden treats. That plus the fact that there were warnings up about the deadly venom of a fish that you can easily step on as well as sea urchins and dodging jellyfish was enough to ruin it for us. The food was pretty good and we enjoyed a lovely banana pancake for real fast but that was all that was on offer even though they had a menu. We barely slept too as the cockerels were crowing like mad and someone's dog was barking through the night. If you want to do a desert island trip go to Thailand as you'll get way more for your money!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Beautiful relaxation. Basic beach huts a few steps from a lovely coral reef. Water and electricity is limited but is enough. No mosquitoes as there is no fresh water on the island. Food is good in the restaurant but we took wine and snacks. Worth staying at least three nights to really chill. The nearby fishing village is a nice short hike and very interesting to visit, especially early morning when they bring the catch in.........awesome for photographers.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

18 bungalows on a deserted beach, a few hours of electricity per day, restricted fresh water hours, if you want to live like Robinson Crusoe, this is it. Yes, food is OK but basic and they won't serve everything on the menu, the rooms are not spotless, but the what a paradise still. Snorkeling is wonderful and really, what is there to do but enjoy the beauty of it. The fishing village on the side of the island is worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Seraya Kecil Island, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Labuan Bajo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Specialty lodging in Labuan Bajo
Also Known As:
Seraya Island Bungalows Hotel Labuan Bajo
Seraya Hotel & Resort Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia

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