Coconut Garden Beach Resort Review

Review of Coconut Garden Beach Resort Maumere
If you are visiting Maumere in Flores for scuba diving, work or leisure, you will find this Coconut Garden Beach Resort review rather interesting. Especially, if you are planning to look for a beautiful  place to stay at in Maumere. 

Flores, is also one of the up and coming tourism destinations of Indonesia, namely because of Komodo Island where you can see the real life Komodo Dragons in person. On a trip here in September 2016, I was given the opportunity to explore this fascinating island. 

Maumere is one of the lesser visited destinations in Flores, probably due to very little promotions being done, but for any adventure traveler or even scuba diver, Maumere is highly recommended as it is untouched, peaceful and beautiful. 

Maumere Coconut Garden Beach Resort
A view of the restaurant and some of the beach bungalows
Review of Coconut Garden Beach Resort in Maumere

I have to be honest as I had no knowledge of this place until I visited here. Arriving at the Maumere Airport, everything looked undeveloped and my group was picked up and sent to the Coconut Garden Beach Resort here. 

For a local run resort, I was impressed the minute I stepped out of the bus. Coconut trees dominated the resort landscape and the strange mushroom looking villa units were very eco-designer styled. The main reception area is in the only restaurant which serves as your common area.  

Staff are locals from Maumere and very hospitable, which was a great start to staying here. There were about 8 of us and each of us got our own private bungalow. Coconut Garden resort also sits on a private land with its own private beachfront. 

Everything here is picture perfect as you can see from the photos, lush island landscapes, bamboo bungalows, friendly staff and picturesque moments waiting to be captured. It is also said that this eco-friendly resort caters to a number of honeymooners seeking the ultimate escape to nowhere. 

Maumere Coconut Garden Resort Review
One of the beach bungalows at the resort in Maumere
Beach Bungalows at Coconut Garden Resort

Because there are only 8 bungalows, you are getting the best of Indonesian hospitality here. The owners took no slack in creating some of the finest beach bungalows in the east of Indonesia. Never have I seen such craftsmanship in a finished resort product. 

Every detail was carefully looked into, ensuring that guests get the ultimate experience while staying here. As I walked into my Sunset Bungalow, my eyes immediately looked around to see the small fittings that made a difference.

Coconut Garden Beach Resort Bedroom
A full view of the mosquito net covered queen sized bed
The open concept beach bungalow allows guests to feel free, with no walls in the interior of the unit except for a queen sized beds with traditional mosquito nets and comfy pillows invite guests to just jump in. 

The bathroom area is a separate outdoor part that has a eight foot wooden fence surrounding the place. Natural beach sand is used at the flooring with stepping stones as your walkway. 

The outdoor bathroom at the bungalow
Coconut Garden Beach Resort Bath Room
Shower area which is outdoors and cleverly constructed
Coconut Garden Beach Resort Toilet
The toilet area which is quite interesting
The bathroom is connected by a sliding glass doors to the main bungalow, making this a very natural experience for anyone staying here. Actually, I quite liked how the planned the bungalow layout. 

Each bungalow is also air-conditioned while the hexagon glass walls have rustic matching curtains for privacy. At the entrance of the bungalow, you find a hammock to just laze in all day, while there is also a seating area for you to have your drink while watching the Maumere sunset. 

Bungalow at Coconut Garden Beach Resort
A full view of the sunset bungalow at the resort with coconut trees in the background
Around Coconut Beach Garden Resort

The peaceful and natural surroundings here are incredibly beautiful. In the mornings, I was woken up by the soothing bird chirping which is a common thing at the resort. 

The private beach has a couple of gazebos where you can just laze with cocktail in hand and gazing at the scenery. Or you have have the local masseur give you a local and traditional massage. 

Resort at Maumere
The beach gazebo at the resort
Traditional massage can also be done in your bungalow. Other activities include kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, fishing, boat trips or anything that fancies you. But, do not hope for jet skiing, sky diving or bungy jumping. You must remember, this is in the middle of nowhere. 

For a more cultural experience, the resort can arrange for you to learn 'Ikat Weaving' which is a traditional Maumere way of weaving leaves. If not, you can rent a motorbike and self explore Maumere. 

Restaurant Bar Coconut Garden Beach Resort
The one and only restaurant which serves as a reception area
For the fitness lovers, they have an amazing outdoor beach gym, which is also in a similar bungalow design. The gym comes complete with international standard equipment. There is no private pool or swimming pool here as an entire sea awaits you. 

The restaurant here must be highlighted as they only serve from farm to kitchen organic food. Yes, everything here is sourced locally from the various farmers. Fish is bought directly from the local fishermen and livestock from the farmers. The outcome, simply delicious and healthy. 

Organic Food in Maumere
Seafood and rice, done organic and Maumere style
As for drinks, fear not as alcohol is served here. You can get local Indonesian beer and also imported beer, wine and spirits. Beer is sold by the bottles too. For special occasions, a seafood barbecue can be arranged by the resort. 

Room service is not available, but can be arranged. As for the food choices, you can choose from local Indonesian to International fusion styled food. One of the recommendations to try is the fried banana fritters and the calamari, as snacks or starters. 

Beach at Maumere
The beautiful Maumere beach at the resort
Beyond Coconut Garden Beach Resort

For adventures, you can book a trip to Mount Kelimutu to see the amazing tri-color lakes and also explore the Kelimutu National Park. If you are religious, do ask the resort to plan a visit to the Bukit Nilo to see the huge statue of Mother Mary perched on top of the hill here. 

There is also an old wooden church which is said to be over a hundred years old and still in its natural form. These places are all located in the Sikka Regency, where Maumere is the capital here. 

Scuba diving in Maumere is also one of the growing activities as there has been some promotions done in recent years. Maumere is known to be one of the most diverse spots on earth, just after Raja Ampat, in terms of diving. 

Maumere Resort Bungalow Villas
A couple of the Sunset Bungalows that face the Maumere sea
There is a good balance of marine life here with opportunities to spot many types of rays, large and small, healthy amount of reef fish and a wide variety of nudibranch. If you are lucky, you can even spot pilot whales, dolphins or whale sharks on route to your dive sites. 

Honestly, I am hoping that in 2018, my good friend Pinneng from Kupang will arrange a diving experience in Maumere one day, so I can complete my dive articles for this part of East Indonesia. Let us see if this happens. For additional information around here, you can read my article on things to do in Flores as it narrows down that are the main attractions here. 

Coconut Garden Beach Resort Wedding
The 'Wedding Gazebo' on the beach at the resort
Realistic Conclusion

Let us be honest here - why go to Bali when you can visit somewhere totally exotic and yet have the luxuries of beach side resorts plus exploring a place where not many people have visited. I would easily recommend visiting Maumere to anyone who wants something different. 

For honeymooners or those wanting a romantic getaway minus the crowds, the resort offers some pretty good wedding or romantic packages on their website. They even have a 'Retie the Knot' package. 

Picture of Coconut Garden Beach Resort
Just take a look at the peaceful and quiet beach here
If you are interested, you can book a bungalow at Coconut Garden Beach Resort as there are some great rates available online for singles or couples. Or you can contact the resort directly. On a side note, they also have a dorm here that caters to backpackers or those on a budget. 

The location of the resort is about 15-20 minutes from the Maumere Airport and transport is available when you book directly from the resort. The drive there is quite an eye opener for first timers too, so do keep a look out your window. 

This trip was made possible with the team from Skyscanner as we explored various places from Bali to Flores in East Nusa Tenggara. I never thought I would have the opportunity exploring the east side of Flores, as it has always been on my bucket list.  

I hope this review of the Coconut Garden Beach Resort comes in handy for anyone planning to visit this part of Flores. And if you have any questions, please do ask them below in the comment form.

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