TA’AKTANA: A New Luxury Resort In Labuan Bajo, Indonesia

by | May 22, 2024

Discover TA’AKTANA, Labuan Bajo's new luxury eco-resort opening May 2024, offering stunning sea views, rich cultural experiences, and world-class diving adventures.

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As the sun sets over the pristine waters of the Flores Sea, anticipation is high for the opening of TA’AKTANA, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, in Labuan Bajo. Set to welcome guests at the end of May 2024, this modern yet culturally immersive resort promises an unparalleled experience on the western coast of Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. With its perfect blend of comfort and local charm, TA’AKTANA is poised to become the premier resort within East Nusa Tenggara for those seeking both luxury and adventure.

Nestled between the Flores Sea and Savu Sea, close to Sumba Island, TA’AKTANA on the west coast of East Nusa Tenggara offers various accommodations to suit every traveller’s needs. Guests can choose from suites, overwater sea villas, family villas, and a luxurious three-bedroom mansion with stunning sea views from private balconies. Designed with modern comforts and local touches, the resort aims to create an immersive encounter with the surrounding beauty and rich cultural heritage of Labuan Bajo.

Labuan Bajo, the capital of the West Manggarai Regency, is a vibrant hub of maritime charm and cultural richness. Home to the indigenous Manggarai people, this area boasts a history of cultural exchange and maritime traditions. Visitors can expect a comfortable base to explore the region’s many attractions while enjoying uninterrupted ocean views from the resort’s vantage points.

Overwater Sea Villa at TA'AKTANA

Overwater Sea Villa at TA’AKTANA

Exploring Labuan Bajo and savouring its local flavours & traditions

Labuan Bajo is renowned for its unique experiences, making it a must-visit destination. One of the primary attractions nearby is the Komodo National Park, which is accessible by boat from Labuan Bajo port in under two hours. This UNESCO World Heritage Site encompasses three large islands—Komodo, Padar, and Rinca—and offers some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving opportunities. The park’s diverse marine life includes coral reefs, sea turtles, reef sharks, and many bird species, such as kingfishers, eagles, and hornbills.

Adventurous guests can explore the hidden wonders of Batu Cermin Cave, a fascinating calcite cave with intriguing formations. A hike up Sabana Hill is highly recommended for panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. The entire region thrives with rich marine and terrestrial biodiversity, ensuring every visit is filled with discovery and wonder.

The coastline of East Nusa Tenggara

The coastline of East Nusa Tenggara

A stay at TA’AKTANA is not complete without indulging in the local cuisine and cultural experiences. The resort, part of Marriott’s prestigious Luxury Collection, offers world-class dining options highlighting the freshest seafood specialities and traditional Indonesian dishes. Guests can savour the rich flavours of Flores Coffee, which includes varieties such as Robusta, Arabica, Juria, Red Caturra, and Yellow Caturra, available in medium, medium-dark, and dark roast profiles.

One of the most unique cultural experiences available is witnessing the artistry of the Tenun weavers of the Manggarai. These intricate fabric patterns are part of a long-standing local tradition, reflecting the deep cultural heritage of the region. This hands-on cultural immersion gives guests a deeper understanding of the Manggarai people and their way of life.

The Tenun weavers of the Manggarai

The Tenun weavers of the Manggarai

Travelling to TA’AKTANA is convenient, with flights from Bali or Jakarta to Labuan Bajo’s Komodo International Airport, serviced by airlines such as Garuda and Air Asia. Alternatively, visitors can opt for a traditional pinisi boat journey to the port of Labuan Bajo, adding a touch of maritime adventure. Labuan Bajo’s deep connection to local culture offers a unique sanctuary for travellers seeking an eco-luxury experience. TA’AKTANA’s location in Labuan Bajo, with its modern comforts and immersive cultural offerings, makes it an ideal destination for relaxation and exploration.

Whether you are captivated by the chance to see Komodo Dragons, eager to dive into some of the world’s most vibrant coral reefs, or simply looking to unwind in an eco-paradise while sipping on locally grown Flores Coffee, TA’AKTANA promises an unforgettable getaway. This new resort is a gateway to discovering the rich tapestry of natural and cultural wonders that make Labuan Bajo an extraordinary destination. ◼

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© This article was first published online in May 2024 – World Travel Magazine.

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