I love a hotel that does not list it's location by an address but rather by its GPS coordinates. On Flores, far way from the well trodden tourist tracks, this is excellent place to stay. The staff are courteous, friendly, customer orientated and speak English. The hotel guests are mostly westerners though, over the weekend, the place livens up with local families coming to enjoy the beach.
The hotel picked me up from Maumere airport. It was a 30 minutes drive to the hotel. The weather was cool when I stayed here (surprisingly much cooler than Bali).
I had a quiet large beach front bungalow to myself. One double bed plus kids single. It has an air conditioner, fan, fridge, kettle, coffee, tea, mosquito netting and incense. Use the mosquito netting. The bathroom facilities are reasonably adequate, nothing fancy.
WiFi is available in the common areas: reception, restaurant and beach bar. There is a scuba shop on the grounds. I was told that scuba dives are done at Pulau Besar, a boat trip away.
Happy hour is 4p to 6p. Grab a seat and a beer on the beach, and watch the sunset. At around 6p, the restaurant staff will come around to take you order for dinner which starts at 7p. Try the fresh fish - it was excellent. Try their Baratak cocktail (arak+lemon juice), it has the kick of a water buffalo.
As the sun slowly sets below the horizon, watch the fishermen push out to sea. See their fishing lanterns twinkle in the ocean horizon. Look up and see the Milky Way.
This is Flores, not Bali. Set you expectations right and you won't be disappointed. I really enjoyed this hotel because it reminds me of hotels before the tourists came.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to The Sea World Club Beach Resort & Dive Center Sea World Club Beach Resort & Dive Center, located in peaceful Waiara beach in Maumere, the biggest city in Flores Island-Indonesia. Situated along 500 m nice grey sands beach and surrounding by beautiful tropical garden makes the resort looks very exotics. Rebuilding a bankrupt hotel was a far-sighted self-help-project of the German father Heinrich Bollen SVD. This courageous project offers financial support for the social project in education, health and children to development the island and provides jobs for about 40 people. The Sea World Club Beach Resort & Dive Center features 9 beachfront cottage and suites,1 honeymoon suites and 3 family cottages overlooking the ocean, 12 garden cottage and 2 private villas. With the nice beautiful beach and surrounded by tropical garden, the exotic buffet breakfast with home made jam from the local fruits, dinning at beachfront restaurant with selection of menu, enjoying the spectacular sunset while watching the fisherman working, diving and snorkelling activity, The Sea World Club Beach Resort & Dive Center is the place to be to have the amazing exclusive holiday experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea World Club Beach Hotel Maumere
- Sea World Hotel
- Sea World Club Beach Resort Maumere, Flores, Indonesia