This hotel was better than I expected given the mixed reviews. I recommend it, but with a few cautions.
My first caution is this: do NOT go out of your way to head to Seaworld thinking exotic resort, stunning beach, awesome snorkeling.... we actually met a family who had flown in from Bali for two days especially having heard how good the snorkeling is. It isn’t! There are some nice corals if you swim out a hundred or so metres, but the fish are fairly sparse. The beach is actively net-fished by the villagers every evening, which probably accounts for why there are not millions of fish. What fish are there are interesting, but few compared (for example) to Amed in Bali, and not a patch on what can be seen on islands around Labuan Bajo or Riung. I’m sure, if you were into diving or wanted to take some snorkeling boat trips, you would see more - we didn’t do that. As for the beach, it’s a greyish pebbly thing that won’t get Australians excited. It’s pleasant enough, but not spectacularly beautiful.
If you are passing through Maumere, though, Seaworld makes a great place to spend a few days. It is genuinely peaceful and relaxing. During the day you might almost think you were alone, and yet the place was fully booked. There was plenty of room for my kids to safely go exploring. The grounds are well kept with lots of good shady spots. The beach bar is a top place to be during happy hour (4pm-6pm) and sunset, which can be very pretty.
The staff were excellent. There are a number of Indonesian staff who speak excellent English, including in the restaurant where the young man in charge there has a bachelor’s degree in English. The place really had the feel of being well-managed. Everyone really went out of their way to help us and make us feel relaxed and looked after. This was from the more senior Indonesian staff, the German owner and the young work experience people who were delightful. Seaworld was one of the few places in Flores where the high school work experience kids really did seem to be being trained at least in some form (coming out to listen to experienced staff take orders in the restaurant, for example), rather than just being used as free labour as seems to be the case everywhere else.
The food in general was good. We stayed four days and sampled most of the menu. One exception was the pizza. I imagine the person making it had never seen nor eaten a pizza as the pastry was almost an inch think and kind of wet. Steamed in a pan under a lid was my guess.
Free WiFi is available. It was good enough to watch the Hawks beat the Magpies (Australian football) on my laptop!
I also liked the fact that they would refill water bottles in the restaurant without charge.
We thought our room was hideously expensive ($90 USD), but that’s because they were fully booked on their cheaper rooms and we had to take a fancy room. What we got was way too extravagant for us. Two bedrooms, an indoor lounge room and a front porch lounge room. It was really very tasteful and nice to be around. We also got a fully cooked breakfast for four people included. So while it was expensive, it was probably not enormously overpriced for what it was.
One big negative for me... The presence of two white monkeys in 19th-century-style cages. I really, really hated seeing that. Maybe being white, they would not survive in the wild... maybe there was a good reason for having them there, locked up for life.... if so, would love to have seen something to explain... It bothered me the whole time I was there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 2 hours flight from Bali bring you to this tropical beach paradise on Flores Island where you will enjoy peaceful & relaxing holidays. Flores island is a green jewel in Indonesia Archipelago and has something magical, it is so close to Bali but you wonder yourself in a different world. We offer our guests: comfortable beachfront cottages and bungalows, authentic Florenese hospitality, simplicity, a slow and easy way of life, free spirit, mind & soul, good music, good food and cold bear, always accompanied with a warm smile.The hotel and the island is really 'away from it all': peaceful and relaxing. If you want entertainment and sophistication don't bother - this resort is not for you. The hotel is a casual , read, swim, dive and relaxing beach destination. Enjoy the folklore and smile of the people. Leave the hectic, modern lifestyle behind, take your snorkel or diving equipment and lots of books, stay with us and enjoy relaxing holidays on a calm volcanic beach. This beach and dive resort is the perfect holiday place for those who look for silence, peace and recreation off the beaten track. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sea World Club Beach Hotel Maumere
- Sea World Hotel
- Sea World Club Beach Resort Maumere, Flores, Indonesia