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About Flores

Just east of Komodo Island in the Lesser Sunda Islands, Flores is a beautiful destination for keen divers, snorkellers and beach-goers. Famed for its beauty and its proximity to the Komodo National Park, Flores Island has long attracted holidaymakers from Indonesia and beyond. Whether you choose to stay on this fascinating island, or on one of its tiny tropical neighbours, charming thatch-roofed resorts and chic private villas await. Our pick of the best places to stay in Flores includes fun-filled spots for active families as well as intimate honeymoon hideaways.

The enormous Kelimutu Volcano dominates the Flores skyline. The site of three coloured lakes, this is a must-see for eager adventurers. Hike up the 1,639-metre-high volcano for sunrise, or cycle between the rice paddy fields of Cancar before delving into traditional Flores culture with a visit to a Manggarai village. Treks through the surrounding Wae Rebo jungles, along clifftops and past rushing waterfalls are terrific.

Flores is also the gateway to the Komodo National Park, and wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled to see komodo dragons in their natural habitat. The tranquil waters between islands are brilliant for snorkelling and diving, with tremendous biodiversity hidden below the surface of the sea. Island-hop by boat for coastal walks and water sports galore. Wild, remote and beautiful, it is marvellously unique; book a room at one of the best places to stay in Flores to experience it for yourself!

The Best Places to Stay in Flores

For an Island Escape

  • Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa is a beautiful retreat on Waecicu Beach. Characterful villas have Indonesian-inspired interiors — some with carved wood, four-poster beds and free-standing tubs — as well as terraces and private swimming pools. Unwind in the massage shala, at three chic restaurants, hit the gym or amble down to the beach. Multi-room villas suit families; smaller spots are perfect for honeymooners. Gorgeous.
  • Sudamala Resort offers a collection of 24 thatch-roofed villas on Seraya Island. Ocean-facing villas come with white-washed interiors, light blue accents and pretty private terraces. Gather at the resto-bar, take a dip in the pool or enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and sandy strolls. Romantic yet family-friendly.

For Keen Divers

  • Komodo Dive Resort, on Sebayur Island, has a superb reputation for world-class diving and snorkelling. Pick this place to hone your skills or to take a PADI course with experienced instructors. Villas have thatched roofs & beamed wooden ceilings and open directly onto the sand, the restaurant specialises in fresh seafood, and the Komodo National Park is nearby. For active adventurers.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Frans Seda Airport — also known as Maumere Airport — and travel by car to your destination. Most hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick-up. The Trans-Flores Highway, which runs across 670km of the island, makes getting around fairly straightforward. There are also regular ferries between the area's larger islands.
  • You may want to drive if you're exploring Flores. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Temperatures hover around 27-33°C throughout the year. Visit during the dry season, which runs from June to September, for the best weather. More frequent rain is expected from March - April and November - December. Travel outside the school holidays to avoid the crowds!

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Best Hotels in Flores

  • Sudamala Resort Seraya Seraya Island, Flores 24 rooms from $259

    Total relaxation  -  A secluded island resort with thatched beach bungalows, perfect for unwinding on the beach, at the spa & in the water
    Hideaway  -  Rustic beach bungalows with private terraces and open-air bathrooms are brilliant for couples' hideaways
    Diving  -  Explore magical dive sites with the resort's expert instructors, who also run superb PADI courses
    Snorkelling  -  Spot clownfish and little squids as you snorkel in the clear waters which surround the island
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    A low key resort on Seraya Island with 24 thatched roof villas right on the beach. Crystal-clear waters await keen divers & snorkelers, whilst sunbathers & spa-goers can relax on pristine sands. Airy, white-washed interiors feature big beds & cosy sofas. Utterly charming and very romantic! See More

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  • Plataran Komodo Resort & Spa West Manggarai, Flores 18 rooms from $266

    Cooking classes  -  Sail to the seafood market to pick up fresh produce for a fabulous cooking class, trying your hand at recreating local flavours
    Romantic Break  -  Spacious cottages with private pools and ocean views invite romantic couples to relax in blissful surroundings
    Local exploring  -  Well-placed for exploring Flores and the Komodo National Park, as well as enjoying various water sports
    Wildlife Area  -  See Komodo dragons on the Komodo and Rinca Islands, part of the UNESCO-protected Komodo National Park
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    Beautiful thatched residences with private pools & characterful Indonesian interiors overlook the idyllic Flores Sea at this restful retreat. Life here is all about uninterrupted sea views, whether from the massage shala, gym, stylish restaurants or 18 striking villas. A gorgeous hillside hideaway. See More

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  • Komodo Dive Resort Sebayur Besar, Flores 20 rooms from $340

    Active Holiday  -  A dive-focused hotel for keen snorkellers & divers of all ages to see the best of the region's dive sites & marine biodiversity
    Diving  -  Komodo Dive Center offers PADI courses and top-notch diving experiences; keen divers return again & again
    Beach Life  -  A tropical paradise on a pristine stretch of white-sand beach, perfect for fans of the great outdoors
    Wildlife Area  -  Visit the Komodo National Park to spot legendary Komodo dragons in their natural habitat
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    An intimate & secluded beach resort on Sebayur Island, Komodo prides itself on its reputation for world-class diving. Horseshoe-shaped villas with thatched roofs & beamed wooden ceilings open onto golden sands. Keen divers return again & again with good reason: a magical underwater world awaits! See More

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