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Private Moments

Published June 25, 2014 in Accommodations, Amenities, Non-diving Activities, RESORT

Wakatobi Dive Resort is located in a remote and pristine corner of the world. The setting is ideal for reflection and relaxation, and it’s intimate design allows guests to enjoy both private time and convivial socialization. Some of these experiences are best when shared, but others can be quite personal, and even intimate. These can range from morning beach walks to evenings under the stars, and can also include a number of special experiences made possible by the resort staff. We invite you to indulge your imagination and join us on some of these private and very memorable moments that can happen only at Wakatobi.

A tranquil start

You’re standing on the porch of your villa, admiring the ocean view as the sunrise begins to light the shallows and reef in a hundred shades of turquoise and blue. It’s the perfect time for a walk along the beach.

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Breakfast delivered to your villa or bungalow is a relaxing, yet energizing way to start the day at Wakatobi. Photo by Wakatobi Dive Resort

When you arrive back a cheerful “good morning” breaks the silence as two servers appear at the steps and greet you by name. Coffee is poured and as you savor those first lingering sips, the pair sets about the business of laying out the breakfast you’d ordered the previous night.

There are a variety of fresh fruits, savory breads and eggs cooked just the way you like them. As they say their goodbyes, your significant other emerges, lured by the tempting aroma of the coffee. There is plenty of time to relax and linger over the food and the views before the day’s activities begin.

Guided encounter

With plenty of dives in the logbook, you are perfectly comfortable in the water. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a knowledgeable companion along as an extra pair of eyes—especially if those eyes have spent hundreds of hours in local waters, and know every hiding place of shy and rare marine life. That’s why you’ve booked a private dive experience manager for the day, and it’s already paying off.

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Unusual and rare marine life such as the Denise’s pygmy seahorse are abundant on Wakatobi’s reefs, and the guides are particularly skilled at finding them.  Photo by Cor Bosman

On the morning’s first dive, your guide leads you right to a pastel gorgonian that you would have otherwise swam right past. Following his gestures, you look close, then closer, and suddenly the timely and perfectly camouflaged profile of a Denise’s pygmy seahorse is revealed.

“Having a private dive guide was a real advantage. He spotted many of the creatures we had always wanted to see, and was quite helpful with our gear and supporting our skill level. All the staff are extremely courteous and friendly, we enjoyed getting to  know them.” Jen and Jeff Leopold, April 2014

This is one of the top twenty must sees on your list. Your guide places a steadying hand on your shoulder, allowing you to ease in for a close up without disturbing this tiny reef dweller or its surroundings. Your day is off to a pretty good start.

Barefoot and beachfront

After two morning boat dives and some snorkeling around the jetty, you return to the resort inspired but also hungry. Instead of making your way to the restaurant, you detour to the bungalow for a quick shower and change of clothes, then head for a quiet section of the beach. An umbrella and bamboo mat marks the spot, and soon after you settle into the sand, a server appears and takes a drink request. A few minutes later, your spouse joins you, having taken a bit longer at the bungalow. This arrival is the signal for your server to return with an assortment of picnic fare, all prepared fresh for you by the kitchen team. After it’s all put into place, he  departs, and you’re left noshing on a great spread, breathing in the ocean breeze and mulling over what to do, or not to do, for the rest of the day.

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Private picnics on the beach can easily be arranged and offer guests a pleasant diversion. Photo by Didi Lotze

After two morning boat dives and some snorkeling around the jetty, you return to the resort inspired but also hungry. Instead of making your way to the restaurant, you detour to the bungalow for a quick shower and change of clothes, then head for a quiet section of the beach. An umbrella and bamboo mat marks the spot, and soon after you settle into the sand, a server appears and takes a drink request. A few minutes later, your spouse joins you, having taken a bit longer at the bungalow. This arrival is the signal for your server to return with an assortment of picnic fare, all prepared fresh for you by the kitchen team. After it’s all put into place, he  departs, and you’re left noshing on a great spread, breathing in the ocean breeze and mulling over what to do, or not to do, for the rest of the day.

All to yourself

Wakaobi’s spacious dive boats never feel crowded, and you always enjoy sharing details of the diving adventures with your fellow guests. But today, you want to pursue your own itinerary, focusing in on a couple favorite sites in hopes of capturing some special images and honing your photography skills. By reserving a private boat, it’s just you and a long-time dive buddy who will be able to spend as much time as you like searching the reefs and perhaps capturing that one perfect image. You devote a couple long dives to the hunt, then enjoy an onboard lunch while mulling over the next spot to hit. The day and the boat are yours, and the waters of Wakatobi await.

Nature tour

After days of focusing on the beach and ocean, you decide to spend a few hours exploring the local landscape. Donning shoes for the first time in days, you relax for a moment on the verandah of your Bungalow, then right at the appointed time, your private guide arrives ready for a walk. The two of you set off along the Onemobaa Nature Trail, which leads into a world of greenery. Your guide seems to know the name of every bird and plant you come across, and is a font of information on the many details of Wakatobi’s ecosystem and inhabitants.

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Monitor lizards are seen along the Onemobaa Nature Trail, particularly in an area set aside as habitat for these intriguing animals. Both nature lovers and bird watchers alike will enjoy a stroll along the trail.  Photo by Paula Butler

He tells you to keep your eyes open for monitor lizards, which can be seen around the island, and in an area that has been set aside as habitat for these intriguing animals. Eventually, your walk leads to the local village, where you are swarmed by curious children with infectious grins, then invited to share a cup of tea with a family who is related to your guide.

Waterfront pampering

After five days of diving and snorkeling, you decide to skip an afternoon boat and accept a bit of pampering from the resort’s spa staff. The Balinese Massage looks perfect, but with a twist. Instead of visiting the spa, you make your way to the beach, where a private table has been set in place for your treatment. Your therapist arrives, greetings are exchanged and you relax on the table as she begins a traditional series of treatments that includes gentle stretches, long soothing strokes, acupressure and muscle kneading, all with slow, fluid movements and a holistic attention to the entire body. After 90 minutes of pure bliss, your only ambition is to make it to the Jetty Bar to enjoy the sunset over the reef.

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With a caring heart and well-trained hands, Wakatobi’s spa therapists will ease your aches or stresses and leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Photo by Shawn Levin

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Private tête-à-tête dinners in a romantic setting on the beach is a perfect memory for honeymoon couples and those celebrating anniversaries, but also an ideal way to turn any vacation into a special occasion. Photo by Wakatobi Dive Resort 

Sunset and celebration

It’s been an incredible week of diving and relaxation at Wakatobi, and to celebrate your final evening at the resort, you have planned something special for your significant other. After a final afternoon visit to the House Reef, you pay a bit more attention to your eveningwear, and tell your spouse to do the same. On the way to the restaurant, you make a surprise detour to the water’s edge, where the serving staff has placed a full table setting just a few yards away from the water’s edge, complete with white table cloth and full place settings.

“Our wedding day ended with a romantic candlelit dinner on the beach with a five-course meal. To top it all off, the resort arranged a photographer to capture the events of the day, so we have photo memories we will always cherish.” Matt and Elizabeth Westphal, May 2014

As the sun sinks low, you toast with a glass of wine, and await the arrival of some of your favorite dishes, prepared just as you like it.

Before you go

On the way to Wakatobi, you were pleased by the way the resort’s Bali-based staff helped you breeze through the International arrival and transfer to the resort. Now, before heading home, you want to see a bit more of Bali itself, and with the help of the concierge staff, you’ve created a three-day layover that begins when a personal driver greets you at the airport and whisks you away to a charming hotel.

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Temples like the Klungkung Temple of Justice are some of the sights you can explore with your personal driver, all arranged by Wakatobi’s concierge team. Photo by Steve Rosenberg

All details of your stay and activities are meticulously planned, but with enough flexibility to allow you to pursue impromptu adventures should they arise. After a quick refresher in the hotel pool, you ready yourself for an authentic Indonesian dinner experience at a highly-recommended restaurant. You driver will pick you up, and will also be waiting in the morning to begin a personal sight seeing tour of the island.

To learn about a visit to Wakatobi contact our office at office@wakatobi.com or complete a quick trip inquiry at wakatobi.com.  A guest experience representative will be in touch with you to answer any questions and provide information about your next dream dive vacation.

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