AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach Proudly Supporting ASEAN Summit 2023

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Labuan Bajo, Indonesia (May, 2023) – AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach, Labuan Bajo’s first five-star resort, was the designated host hotel for the heads of state delegation and main event during the recent ASEAN Summit 2023, held in Labuan Bajo from May 9 to May 11, 2023.

Each of AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach’s 13 luxury suites with 180-degree Flores Sea views hosted the leaders of Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Vietnam. The resort also served as the venue for the oceanfront welcome dinner, and provided a sunset sailing experience aboard the AYANA Lako di'a, one of the largest luxury yachts in Labuan Bajo.

Artboard 3.jpg Left: Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim
Right: Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong

Artboard 3.jpg Left: President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr.
Right: Prime Minister of Vietnam, Pham Minh Chinh

Artboard 3.jpg Deputy Prime Minister Don Pramudwinai

On May 10, 2023, the resort hosted an unforgettable oceanfront gala dinner, which saw its renowned swimming pool transformed into a spectacular stage with the illuminated Kukusan Island as the backdrop. Indonesian singers, dancers and other artists gave their performance of a lifetime while the esteemed guests were treated to an opulent culinary experience curated by outstanding Indonesian chef, Arnold Purnomo.

Artboard 3.jpg President Jokowi and First Lady Iriana enjoying the gala dinner alongside other heads of state

Prior to the welcome dinner, heads of state were invited by Ir. H. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia, to experience a memorable sunset at sea aboard AYANA's luxury phinisi vessel, AYANA Lako di'a. Under the command of Captain I Made Gusdana, the ship sailed on the pristine waters of the Komodo National Park. The leaders had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the region while engaging in informal discussions, further enhancing the bonds and camaraderie among the member nations.

Artboard 3.jpg Sunset cruise aboard the AYANA Lako di’a (image courtesy of Agus Suparto)

For business or leisure travellers, AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach offers a luxurious home away from home with its 13 Full Ocean View Suites, and 192 Deluxe Full Ocean View Rooms and Full Ocean View Rooms, each elegantly appointed and inspired by Flores Island's rich cultural heritage and biodiversity. The 1.4 hectare resort features a pioneering design that immerses guests in the lush natural surroundings. The large windows in every room guarantee breathtaking ocean views, especially at sunset when the sky shimmers with golden hues above Kukusan Island. The resort’s unique design allows guests to check-in from the lobby on the 11th floor, providing a grand welcome with 180-degree views of the Flores Sea.

AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach's impressive 250-meter long private jetty provides the ultimate launchpad for guests to explore the island and its surroundings. The star of the resort's fleet of vessels is the AYANA Lako di'a, a 54-meter luxury phinisi. As one of the largest vessels in Western Flores, it provides prestigious, ultra-modern suite accommodation for up to 18 guests in nine fully air-conditioned cabins, each with queen beds and ensuite bathrooms. Lako di'a also features a library, lounge, bar, an indoor dining area seating up to 20 guests, and daybeds on the main deck. The magnificent vessel is an inspired blend of South Sulawesi and Dutch aesthetics combined with modern Japanese elegance.

Meaning “safe travel” in the local Manggarai language, Lako di'a boasts nine of AYANA's signature luxury bedrooms. Guests can relax in the phinisi’s lounges and on the dive decks, and also experience aquatic activities such as diving and snorkelling in one of the world’s richest areas of marine biodiversity. Its three luxury decks for hosting events, height of 39 metres and total space of 1,100 square metres makes Lako di'a the largest phinisi in the region. Building a wooden vessel such as this is a unique undertaking, and raises the bar for all phinisi in terms of quality and safety.

“As an Indonesian luxury hotel brand, we are honoured to have hosted the leaders of the Southeast Asian nations at AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach, as well as on our phinisi AYANA Lako di’a during this important international event. AYANA Komodo Resort Waecicu Beach boasts spectacular panoramic ocean views from its lobby, which is often referred to as The Windows of Indonesia, making it the perfect place to welcome the leaders of Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Komodo's natural beauty is best explored by sea, while cruising aboard one of AYANA's exclusive water vessels. This was an unforgettable opportunity that we at AYANA will cherish forever,” said Mr. I Gusti Agung Manik Sudarsana, Hotel Manager of AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach.


About AYANA Hospitality Established in 2009, the AYANA Hospitality portfolio comprises ten luxury hotels and residences: AYANA Villas Bali, AYANA Segara Bali, AYANA Resort Bali, RIMBA by AYANA Bali, and AYANA Residences Bali within AYANA Estate, Bali; along with AYANA MidPlaza Jakarta and AYANA Residences Jakarta in Indonesia’s capital; AYANA Komodo Waecicu Beach in Labuan Bajo on the island of Flores; and Delonix Hotel Karawang and Delonix Residences in Karawang, West Java. AYANA Hospitality is recognized for its genuinely caring and attentive service inspired by its guiding principle of Tri Hita Karana, a Balinese philosophy evoking harmonious living with one’s inner-being, other human beings, and nature. AYANA means “a place of refuge” in Sanskrit; AYANA Hospitality properties are where peace, harmony and happiness are embodied and celebrated.

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