Sudamala Komodo Villas and Dive Resort will be the only Indonesian owned and operated luxury resort in this region, which is tipped to become one of the region’s hottest destinations in the next few years, located a stone’s throw from the world heritage-protected wonders of Komodo.
Komodo National Park is located in the centre of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, and was set up to protect the only known habitat of the unique and fearsome Komodo dragon (Varanus Komodoensis), huge monitor lizards that can bring down a cow or adult human, and represent a living link to the dinosaurs.
The national park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 and includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of 1’817km. It is also home to the orange-footed scrub fowl and the Timor deer, as well as one of the richest marine environments including coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, seamounts, and semi-enclosed bays, harbouring more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo National Park their home.
Resorts Director Emily Subrata said she was very excited about the upcoming Komodo launch in one of the world’s most exotic and upcoming destinations on roads less travelled. Ms Subrata shares her father’s appreciation of art and attention to detail at every level, and is committed to developing bespoke boutique resorts that reflect and respect the local culture and showcase the amazing talents of Indonesia’s artists and the richness of its cultures.
“Sebayur Island, 30 minutes on boat from the nearest domestic airport of Labuan Bajo, is still quite remote, with the biggest resort on the same island now about 25 rooms. It’s an exciting part of the world to visit; Flores itself is 450km long and you have triple-coloured crater lakes, smoke belching volcanos, and at the other end they still harpoon sperm whales like in Moby Dick. Komodo is like a real life Jurassic Park, so that will be a big draw of course. But mostly, it’s going to be about the diving.” said, Emily.
Sudamala is the lifelong passion project to create and operate unique resorts by Sudamala Resorts founder Ben Subrata and his daughter and Director of the group Emily Subrata.