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Sea World Club Beach Resort
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Maumere
Certificate of Excellence
Prague, Czech Republic
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
54 hotel reviews
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“Very good value for money”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Stayed for one night for 225000 in a cold water bungalow. Clean, nice garden surroundings, nice sea and good breakfast. They helped us to organise trip to Labuan Bajo (some negotiations needed, but at the end satisfaction). Helpful staff and good accomodation.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the SWBH for 4 nights in Beach House 2 and had a wonderful stay. Do not expect a modern resort with lots of luxury, then you have come to the wrong place. No, this is a "hotel" with a nice last century feel. The beach house was right on the beach with a wonderful view. Local fishermen and their families were bringing in their nets, children and dogs were playing, which made you feel you were really on Flores and not some anonymous resort.
The accomodation is simple but clean. The local staff, with the help of many young students of the "tourism high school" was extremely helpful and always smiling, although their knowledge of English is very limited.
One day we made a tour with the driver of the hotel to an Ikat weaving village, Watuplabi, which was very worthwhile and an other day we went snorkeling with a fishing boat, great fun and all organized by the hotel.
Father Heinrich, a german priest of 81, runs the place and a great part of the money made goes to charity. For example the area is now malaria free! There are two albino monkeys in cages, who are well taken care of, because they would be without a chance let free in nature.
Every day between 4 and 6pm, there is "happy hour" in the bar on the beach, when large Bintang beers are served at a reduced price. Lacking are some small snacks. When we were there a BBQ on the beach was organised, with music and traditional dances performed by young school kids in ikat sarongs, very nice!
The restaurant is ok, food is nice but but nothing special, but the service makes up for that big time!
The receptionist, Joseph, has the nicest smile on the island!
All in all we had a lovely time, and I hope they will not change too much with time.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Italy
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208 reviews
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

My husband and I stayed there for 1 night in July 2012 in the Honeymoon Suite Bungalow which is really fantastic! It is at the western corner of the hotel ground and it overlooks the sea; it is built with coconut wood and has lovely rattan and coconut wood furniture; there’s a large canopy bed with mosquito net, AC (though not very strong), ceiling fan, refrigerator, lots of storage space, a lovely balcony with armchairs and table; the bathroom is very large and comfortable, hot water is provided by an electric water-heater. Sheets, bath towels and beach towels are of good quality. There is free wifi at restaurant, beach bar and reception. We had lunch and dinner at the restaurant and it was really good and not expensive. As we left early in the morning, they gave us a “breakfast box” (only 2 slices of bread, 1 slice of cheese and 2 bananas!!). The beach is good but not something to dream about!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

If you are looking for a easy going, friendly and chill out place to relax in front of the sea.....this is the place for you. Nice grey sand beach, super friendly staff , good breakfast and very clean comfortable bungalows by the sea shore. Also we went to do a lovely boat-snorkelling trip around the nearby islands for a reasonable price (20$ per person - we were 4 people). Be aware that the resort is 8 km from Maumere so you will end up dining here most of the time. The food is decent but don't expect a professional service. It can be slow at times.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

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.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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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Canada
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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
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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
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Maumere
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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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