A semi luxury option
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This 88-room, four-star resort hotel was Labuan Bajo's first international luxury accommodation option, and feels like a dedicated effort at imitating the Hilton chain in the wilder climes of Flores.
Rooms are soulless in the international business hotel tradition of things, but pleasant enough. What's really worth it here are the tremendous views over Bajo Bay for forward-facing rooms, which are the only ones worth spending the extra to stay for. Rooms on the left side of the hotel feature views over a grown-over area where people have set up camps, a rather incongruous view for a luxury lodging. Suites are expensive, but offer 360-degree views of the sea and the mountains from the master bedroom, as well as a pleasant sitting area and even a microwave -- making them a good family choice. A large swimming pool boasts a swim-up bar, and an on-site dive shop offers dive training and scuba/snorkelling trips. The hotel looks out upon a rocky and not particularly pleasant beach that's usually covered with fishing vessels, although a popular (if less than clean) public beach is right next door. Laprima offers a free airport transfer every 30 minutes, though talk that it's a mere five-minute walk to downtown Labuan Bajo are definitely exaggerated. Regular ojeks and bemos pass by the road outside the Laprima if you wish to use private transportation, and the hotel offers town transfers by means of a shuttle for 50,000 rupiah.
By Faine Greenwood
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.