We are so fortunate to call La Cecile ‘home’ whenever our Bali-based team and friends come to stay in Flores. Each and every time we stay at La Cecile, we are welcomed back like old friends by the beautiful staff and their flawless hospitality. The famed pool at La Cecile has unrivalled ocean views, and watching the sunset over the islands with a cocktail in hand is truly unforgettable. And when you’ve had enough of being poolside, you can retreat to your room to stargaze over the ocean, as every room has its own spectacular ocean view. No wonder we love staying here!
Guests sometimes mistakenly think that La Cecile’s polished staff who remember every guest, provide impeccable service, and make the hotel run as smoothly as clockwork, must be part of an established global hotel group. In reality, owner and namesake, Cecile is new to running a hotel, but her passion for making her guests happy shines through, and she has made it her life’s work to ensure that everyone who stays here longs to return to Flores and La Cecile time and again.
Cecile first came to Labuan Bajo on a family holiday only two short years ago. Her mother had been to Monaco about six years earlier, and when she saw the beautiful bays in Labuan Bajo, recognised the potential for a similar future here. The stunning coastline, already dotted with luxury phinisi and dive boats, was visible from the small house where Cecile stayed for three days on her family holiday, and that was the beginning of her love for Flores.
Cecile recalls flying in over Flores and seeing the islands for the first time, incredulous that all this beauty could be found in Indonesia. The family holiday may only have been for three days, but it was then that Cecile told her mum what she really wanted to do; run a small boutique hotel with a great restaurant and amazing views. And La Cecile was born.
I asked Cecile what she loves the most about Flores and like many, it was hard for her to stop at just one thing. She lists the smiles of the people, their easy familiarity with each other, and how this creates a warm, family feel, against the backdrop of the eternally magical islands. As she has been busy establishing her hotel, Cecile hasn’t explored Flores as much as she would like but so far she lists Rangko Cave, Wae Rebo or Kelimutu as her favourite places to visit.
La Cecile is perched high on the hill looking out over the bay and port of Labuan Bajo. The sunset views are second to none with every seat in the bar and restaurant occupied by 5pm, leaving standing room only. It’s a lovely mix of friends chatting and taking photos, giving way to a peaceful silence as the purple and orange skies light up in front of you.
Make sure you follow La Cecile on FB (@lacecilekomodo) and IG (lacecilehotel) because they always have something fun going on in the restaurant. And if you are in Labuan Bajo for New Years Eve, head to La Cecile for sunset drinks, dinner and then party in the New Year!