Wakatobi Resort in southeast Sulawesi is home to a marine paradise that’s renowned among divers and snorkellers. It’s also a beautiful resort in Indonesia to stay at. In particular, the one- and two-bedroom beach villas come with extra benefits so you can maximise your time in paradise. Here are some highlights of this Indonesian island resort!
#1 Nature-infused beach villas
While Wakatobi’s pretty bungalows are tucked away in oceanfront palm groves, the beach villas are located on a low bluff at the quiet northern end of the property. Guests here can experience complete privacy. At the same time, it’s within easy walking distance of all the amenities on offer at the resort.
The one- and two-bedroom villas are built from rich woods and sculpted stonework crafted by local artisans. Their designs also include ocean-view decks and a blend of indoor and outdoor spaces that showcase the pristine natural surroundings. Taking a dip is as easy as walking down a short set of private steps into crystal-clear waters.
The Asian-style shower gardens promote relaxation, and the two-bedroom villas also include pools and ocean-view soak tubs.
#2 Beach villas with a personalised touch
What really sets these beach villas apart is the added personal touch. All guests of this resort in Indonesia are welcomed with warm and attentive service, of course, but a villa package elevates the vacation experience. For example, villa guests are provided with personal stewards known as Private Resort Experience Managers. These hospitality professionals are always on call to arrange anything. That includes in-room massages, days trip to quiet islands, private beachfront dinner, and bird-watching jaunts and cultural tours to local villages.
All guests can have a private dinner on the beach organised upon request. And, with the Premier Villa Package, you’ll also enjoy the likes of daily spa treatments and a private boat.
#3 Watersports for all ages and levels
In keeping with Wakatobi’s reputation as a premier diving and snorkelling resort in Indonesia, and indeed the world, villa guests also enjoy the services of a Private Dive and Snorkel Experience Manager. These personal attendants are trained and certified dive masters and instructors and will guide guests with different experience levels through any in-water activities.
For families with younger children and guests who are new to diving and snorkelling, working with a private guide is the best way to discover the vibrant reefs with the greatest degree of comfort and safety
#4 Private boat
The resort’s premier villa package adds the daily use of a private boat and crew. This additional perk means you can create your own itinerary for diving or snorkelling within Wakatobi’s private marine preserve. You can also visit an uninhabited island and enjoy a private catered lunch. Alternatively, opt for breakfast aboard the boat for an early start to the day. Plus, whether you’re a diver or a snorkeller, you’ll appreciate the expertise of the resort’s guides who are skilled at locating and pointing out the many rare and colourful species of marine life found on the reefs here.
#5 Night dives and snorkelling
Diving and snorkelling is breathtaking enough on a sunny day, but exploring the house reef after the sun goes down is a next-level experience. And the villa packages include a unique fluorescent night diving experience and the use of a professional level underwater camera system.
#6 Bali arrangements
The beach villa vacation experience also includes concierge-level travel services. For instance, when you arrive in Bali from your Singapore flight, you’ll be greeted by a representative who handles all the details of your transfers, plus arrangements in Bali if required, such as overnight stays and even day tours with a Wakatobi tour guide.
On the morning of the flight to Wakatobi, you can relax with a free meal at the popular Revolver restaurant before boarding a direct charter flight to the resort’s private airstrip. From that point on, your villa experience at the Indonesian island resort begins. It’ll kick-start what may well be one of your best vacations ever!
Find out more about staying in one of the beach villas at wakatobi.com.
This article first appeared in the September 2023 edition of Expat Living. You can purchase the latest issue or subscribe, so you never miss a copy!
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