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At the risk of stating the obvious, there’s a lot more to explore in Indonesia than just Bali. With rolling hills, pristine water, lush marine life and endless sunshine, Labuan Bajo also tops the list of dreamily romantic destinations.

And tucked away off the secluded, sun-kissed Waecicu Beach, Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa is a true tropical paradise. Located just 20 minutes from the airport, the resort is a picture-perfect spot for adventure and relaxation surrounded by lush rainforest and crystal-clear beaches.

With newly renovated villas, Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa offers the perfect escape not only for honeymooners but also for families from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta. Designed with the beauty of local and traditional culture in mind, private, two-bed Villa Suites are each individually designed with bespoke furniture, hand-picked Javanese antiques crafted from 100 per cent certified teak and iron wood.

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To let guests enjoy Plataran Resort & Spa without distraction, families or groups of friends can enjoy the two-bedroom Duplex Pool Villas. This most spacious of accommodations boasts a modern design combined with the elegance of Indonesian heritage and craftsmanship, which can be seen in every detail of the structure.

The master bedroom opens directly out onto a large furnished terrace, a private garden, a swimming pool, and a sundeck. To enjoy the best views, the villas also feature a second bedroom with a balcony, a luxurious living area, a bathroom with a terrazzo tub and shower, and direct beach access.

Meanwhile, couples can enjoy the executive Oceanfront Villa surrounded by lush tropical gardens overlooking Bidadari Island, Monkey Island, and the ocean—as the name implies. This spacious one-bedroom villa is wonderfully connected with nature, featuring a large veranda, a spacious indoor bathroom, and direct access to the beach and a private sunbed from which to enjoy the famous Balinese sunsets.

Underwater paradise

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The nearby limpid waters, minutes by boat from Labuan Bajo, feature some of the best snorkelling beaches on the island and offer numerous outdoor experiences both on land and sea, never far from spectacular marine life.

With adventure in mind, Plataran Resort & Spa spoils guests with its boat service to nearby islands like Pulau Bidadari (Angel Island) and Padar Island. Meanwhile, holding the title for being one of the four most-beautiful islands in West Flores, Bidadari Island is the perfect spot for divers to enjoy the beauty of the vivid coral reefs and marine life at less than 10 metres deep. Furthermore, guests can enjoy a trip to the park’s signature dive spot, Manta Point, where they can expect to meet with some oceanic giants.

But what is a trip without getting in touch with local community and other beautiful spots around the area?

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With Plataran’s encounter programme, guests are allowed to experience local culture like visiting the famous Komodo Park on Rinca Island, exploring the majestic mirror cave located just half an hour from the resort, and sailing on the Plataran Phinisi Komodo to explore Flores Island’s most spectacular diving and snorkelling locations.

Culinary paradise

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Plataran’s beach picnic and sunrise breakfast are also added to the long list of amazing experience you will get during your stay. After a long day on the beach, guests can enjoy the lively ambiance of the open-air restaurant and bar overlooking the beach. At Xanadu, guests are treated to delicious dishes that celebrate the diversity of flavours from across Asia and the Indonesian archipelago, as well as high-grade seafood prepared from the freshest catches, and signature dining experiences that include beachfront barbecues and candlelit dinners under the stars.

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In addition to its picture-postcard view, guests can enjoy sunsets while they dine at Atlantis On The Rock restaurant. Located within a few steps from Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa, Atlantis On The Rock is renowned as the best sunset point in Labuan Bajo. Levelled over the ocean, the deck offers a great spot to relax while enjoying a refreshing drink and Indonesian and international comfort food.

Guests can then dance the night away at the Plataran’s latest entertainment venue, Atlantis Beach Club, and discover the huge variety of dishes on the menu, ranging from traditional Indonesian dishes to casual Western fare with the added pleasures of a swimming pool, pool bar, and regular live music and DJ performances. Located on Pantai Pede, the most happening beach in Labuan Bajo, Atlantis Beach Club is renowned as having one of the best sunset views along this stretch of coast.

Whether you want to enjoy the beauty of the marine flora and fauna, cruise around the beautiful island, explore rolling hills, or savour dishes that celebrate the diversity of flavours from across Indonesia, Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa surely has everything for everyone to enjoy.

Read more: Labuan Bajo: 5 of the Most Attractive Diving Spots South of the Equator