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“Great hotel off the beaten track” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Sea World Club Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Maumere
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Great hotel off the beaten track”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

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.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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2 Thank EngYew
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Canada
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24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

We were so looking forward to staying here, as we had just spent the last 4 days travelling overland on Flores, and we just wanted to rest and relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view. Our oceanfront bungelow room was very huge and clean, with a lovely little front porch, and they put out 2 loungers for us on the beach when we arrived. The air conditioning however barely kept the room cool, it was not very powerful. There was a ceiling fan, but it was so loud it wasn't pleasant to leave on. They did have a small battery operated fan to use, which I needed as it was so hot in the room. There are alot of local children playing in the ocean and beach right in front of our room, I'm not sure why this area is not kept private? The food was not really good at all, but the wonderful girl who worked in the restaurant was so friendly and pleasant. When my husband went to pay for the room their credit card machine was not working, so he had to pay in cash, which thankfully he had. What made matters worse was the people working at the front desk at that time could barely speak English, so it was hard to communicate what was going on with the credit card situation. We had an early flight so they gave us a 'breakfast box' to go, which had an egg, some overly ripe banana's in it, 2 pieces of bread and a cheese slice, nice gesture, but really not too edible. Free transportation to airport. The grounds are beautifully landscaped.

Room Tip: I think we chose Bungelow No. 4 or 5? right on the beach, the room was huge, clean, but hot.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mitchee63
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Finland
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24 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

Basic resort cottage with mosquito net, AC, fridge and warm shower. Location is outside town and noises. There's dive center and bar on beach with black sand.

Room Tip: Garden cottage was ok, and cheaper than the other at beach.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VDiver
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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125 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2011

We had a night in Maumere before a liveaboard dive trip. The dive company recommended Sea World Club. We were happy with the choice and it exceeded our expectations of a hotel in a remote town on a remote island of Indonesia. Our visit was just before the rainy season and it was uncomfortably hot.

The Sea World Club is right on the beach. It is just 100 ft to water across a stretch of dark sand punctuated with the occasional palm tree. The water’s edge was clean and free of odors. In the morning, we noticed the staff raking up debris.

Our room was a comfortable suite – beach house #1. It was clean, free of insects, and thankfully air conditioned. There was a big king bed – a bit hard for our taste – with optional mosquito netting, a refrigerator, in room coffee, a work desk, some pictures for decoration, a wardrobe closet and drawers combination, bedside nightstands with reading lights, and a sitting area with two big chairs next to a big window. There was an outdoor covered patio however it was too warm for our comfort. The bathroom was clean, with no odor, no bugs, and no mold/mildew that are common in less advanced regions. The bathroom was not air conditioned and the décor was a bit older and the fixtures were water stained. We appreciated good hot water, nice towels, and basic toiletries.

From the comfort of our air conditioned room we enjoyed the fisherman working their nets morning and night. Each catch was pitifully small suggesting that the growing population is overfishing the region. The look of disappointment on their faces was moving. Also during our stay we watched naked local children playing in the water. And when not entertained by such outside activity we checked our email on the well-functioning internet at Sea World Club. They offer three plans: $1.50 for an hour up to $4 for 5 hours. Hint: in order to stretch your purchase, simply log off after downloading the emails and web pages you need.

Breakfast – omelets or eggs, fresh squeezed juice, toasted local bread, coffee, etc -- was included with our room price. We purchased dinner. Our order was taken at 4PM for a 7PM seating. Our chose of asparagus soup, grilled fresh catch of the day, potatoes, vegetable side dish and guacamole side dish cost just $16 and could have fed 4 persons. The food was excellent. Wine and beer were available for $4.50/glass and $3.50 for 0.6L bottle.

We were most amazed by the service oriented attitude of the staff. They seem to *really * want to help. And they always had a smile on their face, as if someone told them “be friendly and more commerce will come”. The staff’s English was good.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank djonce
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2011

The place was managed by catholic clergy made the areas very clean, green and quiet although the place was located near village and an estuary. The room rates are reasonable. Yet, the best thing from this place is the calm and clean black sand beach. It was like a giant swimming pool for me, and if you want to go for snorkeling, the hotel offers service for boat reantal and they will take you to some islands nearby. You can also dive, with a dive gude (NOT a dive master) ...

The location is pretty far from anywhere, so make sure you eat your dinner before their kitchen closed before 9PM, or you will end up with empty stomach.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dugongidae
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Amsterdam
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78 reviews
70 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2011

I stayed 2 nights in a standard room and found the bathroom very poor maintained and dirty.
The sink was almost coming from the wall and the shower was just a pipe with cold water falling down. But worse, the bathroom was full with crawling insects. I really had to put my shoes on to enter the dirty bathroom.
The foreign manager was very unpolite when I arrived. She hearty welcomed a German couple with who I shared a taxi and at the same time completely ignored me. She arranged someone to carry the luggage for the german couple and I had to carry my own bag. This was probably because I hadn't booked any tours with her, so no commission for her I suppose. Or was it because I am not German?
There are not many other options in Maumere, so I suppose the get away with it, but if any competition is coming here, they have to take care. It must be said that the local staff was extremely friendly.

Room Tip: They say the suites are better.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Malkia
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Singapore
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51 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

After a trip across Flores this place was heaven. I had an ocean front suite with a 4 poster bed and the quality was 4* world class, clean and comfortable. There was a good size verandah and beach loungers right at the front of the bungalow. Service was good and booking very easy. The beach was beautiful as well and they arranged our transfer to airport early morning (in fact woke me up since I overslept and nearly missed the flight). If I am ever in Maumere again I would definitely book again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank tuu32
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Property: Sea World Club Beach Resort
Address: Jl. Nairoa KM 13 | Waiara, Maumere, Flores 86181, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Maumere
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Maumere
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea World Club Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 27
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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