A destination wedding’s on the cards but Bali‘s not quite your thing? Consider Flores Island next door, just an hour’s flight away from Bali. Not only is it home to volcanic peaks, mesmerising sunsets and pristine waters, it’s also the gateway to the Komodo National Park.
It also houses the recently opened luxury AYANA Komodo Resort, Waecicu Beach, which is located in the fishing town of Labuan Bajo. The only five-star resort in Flores, it’s primed to be the ultimate wedding destination. The 205-bedroom property, each with remarkable uninterrupted ocean views, has unveiled four wedding venues for a celebration you’re unlikely to forget.
Exchange vows on a beautiful pier
The Naga Pier, which means ‘Dragon pier”, can be transformed into a romantic spot to pledge your love. Extending out into and hovering just meters above the crystalline waters, it’s great for your ceremony as well as an intimate reception.
A rooftop garden wedding
For a setting that combines the casual alfresco vibes of a manicured lawn party with the air-conditioned comfort of a sophisticated wedding chapel, there’s the Kukusan Terrace. Perched on the rooftop of the resort, you’ll get soaring views of Labuan Bajo’s azure skies and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean.
A seaside celebration
The resort’s Waecicu Beach with powdery sand and turquoise waters makes the perfect setting to have a balmy outdoor celebration.
Get wed on board
With magnificent exteriors that hint at extravagance within, you can expect a wedding on the AYANA Lako di’a, a brand new 9-bedroom phinisi (traditional Indonesian sailing ship), to be nothing short of truly unique. The boat will be docked during your nuptials, but you’ll be able to take it for a spin around the surrounding islands after the wedding. The main deck can hold up to 150 guests.
Destination wedding packages are available from SGD 5,072++ for up to 70 of the couple’s closest family and friends. Visit www.ayana.com/labuan-bajo/ayana-komodo.