Lotus Hotels | Papua Paradise Eco Resort, Raja Ampat
Remote and exotic, Papua Paradise Eco Resort lies along the pristine shoreline of the uninhabited island of Birie in Raja Ampat. The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna, while the reefs in the surrounding area offer world-class diving. This tailor-made paradise for divers is the ideal opportunity to dive with manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish. Dugongs and other rare species sometimes come by to say hello and there are endless reefs with some of the widest diversity of corals in the world.
Gangga Divers at Papua Paradise is one of few PADI 5* dive centres in Raja Ampat. The professional local and international staff operates the centre according to PADI best safety standards with an emphasis on customer service.
Papua Paradise has purpose-built dive vessels equipped with oxygen, first aid kits, fresh towels, hot drinks, snacks and fruit, as well as VHF Radio and standard marine safety equipment. A professional crew is on hand to help with guests needs, and while diving a strict 4 divers to every guide ratio is upheld to ensure quality dive experiences.
Diving really is what Papua Paradise is all about. With 75 per cent of all the coral species found in the world, and well over 1,000 fish species, spending as much time underwater is the goal of most guests.
There are endless dives to choose from in Raja Ampat, including the stunning Fam Islands and The Passage, which are both offered as day trips from Papua Paradise. Marine biologists frequent these sites and often say they have never seen healthier reefs anywhere else in the world. The Passage is also iconic for its overhanging mangroves that can be seen from above and below the water.
The Rooms & Facilities
Papua Paradise Eco Resort offers 26 overwater bungalows built in the traditional local style. Using local wood and thatching, these spacious bungalows are both rustic and luxurious, connecting guests with nature on every side.
With the sounds of the jungle behind and the waves lapping below guests can be as close to nature as possible without having to give up any of the comforts of a luxury hotel.
At the heart of the resort is a lounge and bar area where guests can relax and enjoy chatting, reading or just having a drink at the end of the day. The resort’s restaurant also receives glowing reviews from guests. Fresh dishes made with local and imported produce are both delicious and energizing.
A luxury spa, the only one in Raja Ampat, is also a highlight of the resort. The therapists at Spa in Paradise specialise in relaxation, rejuvenation and beauty treatments, as well as Ayurvedic techniques from India and South East Asia. This is an oasis of jungle and ocean sounds where you can refresh and relax any time of day.
Above the Water
In the time off from diving, there are also numerous day trips offered to explore the natural beauty and cultural uniqueness of the area. Trained guides will lead you to see the incredible birds of paradise at dawn, take you on treks to hidden waterfalls for a dip, and show you local villages where age-old traditions are still practised today.