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“Superb location, restaurant and shower need drastic improvement”

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Hotel Waecicu Eden Beach
Ranked #12 of 17 Hotels in Labuan Bajo
Gorinchem, The Netherlands
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“Superb location, restaurant and shower need drastic improvement”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

We stayed here in August 2011 for two days. The cottages/B&B are only accessible by boat and thus the hotel owner's boat picks you up at LabuanBajo harbour. The location is absolutely magnificent. Not easy you will find a location that is so peaceful, remote and restgiving. Use this hotel to relax for there is not much to do, because of its remote location. There are snorkle day trips the French owner organises but that is about it.

About the restaurant: we had to order our dinner choice and a specific time during the afternoon so they could prepare it on time and so we did request our food at 7pm. Don't expect quick and good service. Often, we had to wait for longer than an hour but hey, its holiday right? It gets more annoying if you order food and they simply forget you and you finally have your lunch at 4.30pm.

Anyway, the showers in the huts are horrible. We spoke to a lot of guests and they faced the same problem. Only 2 skinny beams of water to wash yourself isn't rare and the shower cube itself is more than small. Improvement here is more mandatory than recommended but I don't think that Philippe the French owner will renovate within a short period of time.

So, enjoy the vast white beach only populated by the guests of the twelve huts and stay for two or three nights, don't mind the most horrible and smallest shower of Indonesia and simply wait for your food...to wait even longer. Don't get mistaken, the place and location are absolutely unsurpassed but Philippe could turn this place in a true Eden Paradise if he only would improve the restaurant's kitchen and workers and the showers.

Philippe himself also does not know much about Flores so any inquiries about trips on/around Flores are useless. Instead, relax for two days and then move on.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2011

I've stayed in Labuan Bajo and surrounding area for one month now and have seen many hotels and restaurants (I am myself working in the restaurant business here so I know what's on offer) and I was delighted to find such a gem of a hotel with the Waecicu Resort. This remote beach hotel is not only cleverly built in the steep of a hill, which in itself makes it a stunning work of design, it also comes with a beautiful stretch of clean beach, which is not to be taken for granted here, at all. Other than the my lasting impression of the fantastic design, I found that the service was very accommodating, the food was good and the room was clean and had a splendid view on the ocean. If you are looking for a really special experience during your stay in Komodo/Flores, Waecicu is definitely the place to go.

Cheers and have fun dreaming away
Thomas

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

The location was excellent, with wonderful panoramic views. The rooms were comfortable and clean but there was no hot water and the generator for power ran from 7am until 11pm.
The food was basic, small portions, crepes for breakfast each day. The staff were good but apart from Chris had limited English.
The owners Dewi and Philippe were like chalk and cheese. Dewi worked tirelessly to ensure everything worked smoothly for the guests. Philippe was incompetent. Organising transfers to and from Labuan Bajo was an event in itself. Allow yourselves an extra 2 to 3 hours of leeway to ensure that you meet connections.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

Are you planning a once in a lifetime visit to see the Komodos? Then avoid this hotel. I found my plans turned upside down when Eden Beach declined to honor my previous reservation. By that time, other hotels had filled and I really had a very stressful scramble to find another place. If reliability matters then avoid this place.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2011

Having travelled widely, this is one of the loveliest places I have ever stayed. The "hotel" is a series of bungalows, made of local materials, which disappear sensitively set into a steep slope adjacent to the most beautiful bay. We stayed in adjoining bungalows, ideal for a family, with a superb terrace between the two. The views from the rooms were sublime, and can be well seen on the hotel's website, www.waecicu.com. The casual restaurant is beachside with a great ambience and wonderful views.
The hotel is run by french expat Phil and his lovely Indonesian wife, Dewi, who cooks beautifully. Phil will arrange trips on their large boat to Rinca and/or Komodo island, where the famous dragons can be seen, and local fishing villages and lovely deserted islands with exquisite beaches and coral, can be visited during the trip.
This is remote Indonesia, so don't expect room service. There is no hot water, it's a decent walk up the hill (thru beautiful gardens) to the bungalows, and while the food is great, it takes a long time to arrive - Phil and Dewi deliberately offer experience to locals training at a nearby hospitality and tourism school, so be patient and understanding, while you await your meal in paradise.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Waecicu Eden Beach
Address: Pantai Waecicu-Kec. komodo, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Flores > Labuan Bajo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Labuan Bajo
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Labuan Bajo
Price range (per night): $60 - $95
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Waecicu Eden Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the western part of Flores Island, on a peninsula, just 15 minutes from Labuan Bajo, the gateway to the Komodo National Park. The hotel is in the middle of a wild and beautiful bay, offering a fantastic view of magnificent sunsets. The bungalows are on a hill, built with natural materials such as wood, banboo and coconut (eco construction). They are designed with Manggarai or Indonesian architecture, and all have thatched roofs keeping them cooler. The charming restaurant offers excellent international cuisine and the friendly service at our family-run hotel will make you feel at home. ... more   less 
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