We stayed for three nights in January with the primary goal of coming to Labuan Bajo to see the Komodo Dragons. The Villa was nice, clean and comfortable. Set high on a hill surrounded by beautiful gardens, it really is a relaxing environment. Unfortunately no pool, which would have been nice given how hot it was, especially with the high humidity. We had one of the upstairs bedrooms with private bathroom. Hot water shower, a comfortable bed, air conditioning and incredible view - basically everything that we needed. Trying to pack light I had not brought a blow dryer and they did not have one to loan (not the end of the world, but would have been nice to have). I would warn that it is quite a hike up a steep driveway to get to the house, so if you have mobility issues this may not be the place for you. To get to the bedrooms upstairs you have to climb steep wooden stairs (almost ladder-like), again this may be an issue for those with mobility issues. There is also a bedroom with bathroom downstairs, and an additional bathroom with cold water only, I believe for those that rent the smaller upstairs bedroom that has no bathroom. There is also a separate one bedroom suite, with bathroom, available at a higher level behind the main house and another cottage being completed in front of the main house. These would be nice suites if you wanted some privacy.
There was always hot water for tea/coffee available throughout the day (no charge) and the fridge had cold beer and pop available at reasonable prices. We received a large bottle of water on arrival and then could fill the bottle at no charge from the water dispenser located in the kitchen.
The Villa is situated in walking distance to the town. You just have to cross the street (which can be a bit frightening dodging the traffic) and then walk down a dirt trail to the town. This was OK during the day, but somewhat sketchy at night (make sure you have a flashlight). There is a restaurant just down the road from the Villa, which we went to a couple of nights in order to avoid having to walk the path into town at night. Although I am sure that Kristina, the housekeeper, would have arranged to have a taxi pick us up had we asked.
Kristina came every morning and made us breakfast and stayed for the day, always very busy doing her chores. She would leave at night and it was the responsibility of the guests to lock up. While there we only had to share with one other couple, who had the smaller bedroom (no bathroom) upstairs. As there is only one common area for lounging upstairs, which just happens to back onto the smaller bedroom window, it made it rather awkward to sit there if the other couple were there. We resorted to just finding seating outside where we relaxed in the morning or evening, or hanging out in our room (which was cool with the AC). Breakfast was served upstairs or downstairs where tables were located. The views of the harbour from upstairs were wonderful. We are social people so "living" with others was not an issue, but not sure how it would be if the house was full or if you had unruly guests all staying under one roof. I guess that is part of the experience in staying in basically a Bed and Breakfast type accommodation.
We had monkeys visit outside our bedroom window, which was great, as well as many gheckos inside and outside the room (that does not bother us). Apparently there are flying gheckos on the grounds, but our search for them was not successful. The tiered gardens were wonderful for strolling around in.
I have pondered how best to describe the town of Labuan Bajo. Basically it is a dirty little town, yet has some of the most incredible restaurants in Indonesia! And there seems to be an Italian influence when it comes to Restaurants. There appeared to be more Muslims than other places we visited in Bali, and the overhead speaker system throughout the town starts at 4am with the Muslim chantings. We find the different cultures interesting, so this just added to our interest.
We organized a boat trip to Rinca Island to see the Komodo Dragons, through a company (of which there are many) located in town. It was a 2 hour boat ride to Rinca Island, included lunch and a stop for snorkelling at one of the small Islands. The cost was about $40 Cdn each, plus costs for the park fees and ranger fees once on the Island (make sure you have enough cash for the added expenses). The Komodo Dragons are incredibly scary, but so well worth the trip! The ride there was great with blue skies, but a bit rocky coming back as storm clouds had rolled in. Remember to take some sea sickness pills with you just in case.
Villa Seirama Alam was comfortable and would be a good choice if you want to be close to town or the harbour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elevated over the picturesque bay of Labuan Bajo, this comfortable house provides breathtaking views of the harbour and the surrounding islands. Villa Seirama Alam is one of the very few private estates in West Flores that is available for visitors. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Seirama Alam Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia