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Reviewed December 5, 2017

The boatel is a great concept. I loved waking up on the water, and eating breakfast on the deck while looking out at the great view.

The food is great quality. (I recommend the coconut smoothie)

The staff are very friendly and accommodating (especially Mas Hari)

I did the Gecko cruise. It was great. It was the best snorkelling spot I've ever been to.

Date of stay: December 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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2  Thank kakarotGringo
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TheresiaDevia, Guest Relations Manager at Le Pirate Boatel, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2018

Ahoy Kakarot,

Thanks for joining us onboard our new floating Boatel! we hope to offer our guests a unique experience over the water, as apposed to sleeping in the bustling town of Labuan Bajo.

Harry and the team will be pleased to get your feedback!

Hope the package of Boatel + Day cruise were the perfect combo for your short time in Flores.

Thanks for sharing!

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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

Exctitement was started months before we checked in aboard the Boatel. When we checked in the staff was so friendly to inform us all the procedure and whats going to happend on boatel. Gently brief all the regulation on board to all guest, just to ensure that all guest have a comfortable stay.

Food
Is great, beers is nice above the water, under the stars while watching movie from our tablet.

Room
They make sure the room is clean, fresh paint, it looks as clean as the pics.

Location, is beautiful, away from the busy street and waters.

And the look and the experience it is worth to try. They offered boat transfer to the mainland, at ascheduled time. But why leave the boat, when you got all you need on board...

Welldone guys..!!

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1  Thank Yohanes S
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TheresiaDevia, Guest Relations Manager at Le Pirate Boatel, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2017

Dear Yohanes,

Thank you for these kind words about your recent stay onboard our new Le Pirate Boatel!

The Captain and crew will appreciate your kind words! on behalf of the pirate team we hope to have you back onboard soon!

Happy travels!

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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

- Broken Rooms
- Dirty location unfit for water sports
- Minimal Breakfast (Fruit, toast, Eggs)
- Checkin Procedure

The Reservation Experience
Our group had initially booked 5 rooms for 6 of us at Le Pirate Boatel. 10 minutes before we boarded the shuttle boat to the Boatel we were told that we could only get 4 rooms because one of the rooms was damaged with the rain (leaking roof).

After a group deliberation we chose to share and adjust in order to spend a night at Le Pirate. However, when we got to the Boatel, we were told that we could only get 3 rooms since another room had a leak as well. One of our three rooms also had a leak.

The Room
The rooms, while beautiful to look at, are extremely impractical. We reached the boat after a light shower and our floors were wet and the room smelled mouldy.

The curtains obviously didn’t do much to keep the rain out.

The cushions in the outdoor area were wet and had collected water.

The Location
The Boatel is located in a Bay that has collected a lot of garbage like plastic bags and bottles. Snorkelling here isn’t quite like the island paradise experience that you might hope for.

Overall, not so good experience given the fact that you can stay at much better hotels on the mainland for the same price.

Date of stay: November 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank neilf16
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TheresiaDevia, Guest Relations Manager at Le Pirate Boatel, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2017

Dear neilf16,

We apologise for the unexpected maintenance work needed to service these rooms, we are pleased to confirm that all is serviced and tested with no further complaints.

Unfortunately in Indonesia there can be plastic in the waters, we have a program in place where we collectively the rubbish surrounding the Boatel as well as surrounding islands on our day & overnight cruises. We are doing our best to tackle this issue that Indonesia and the world faces.

We hope that you still managed to enjoy your time in Flores to some extent.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

Very nice for hang out place and good food for a boat. The fish dishes surprisingly good above standard. Must give a thumb up. A good place for good musics and sunshine. The staffs are open and warmth to have a conversation

Room tip: The sunsets room should be warmer and quiter
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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1  Thank Riva48_KomodoCruise
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TheresiaDevia, Guest Relations Manager at Le Pirate Boatel, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2017

Hi Riva,

Happy you enjoyed your time onboard our new Boatel! Thanks for taking the time to write this review :)

We hope your time in Flores was memorable and you will be back soon!

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Reviewed September 21, 2017

Hopping off a backpacker cruise to Labuan Bajo, I was somewhat surprised at the town. A far grittier and basic town that I had expected, but once we found the LePirate shore base/backpackers/bar, I felt relieved. A welcome drink and good music and it all felt more promising. A short walk back to the wharf for the shuttle boat ride to the boatel and excitement set in. We hit the sunset ride perfectly with views out over the islands.
The boatel itself was bigger than expected and the staff were there to greet us, give us a tour of our rooms and the facilities. We were meant to go back to shore for dinner but my friend and I immediately made the call to stay, have a bintang or 3, some dinner (delicious, and a blend of local and european favorites) and watch a movie on the projector. It had been open 5 days and everything on the boat was pristine - my friend's room fan was unused.
The cabins are super comfortable - a decent amount of storage, good lighting, clean, a personal balcony, hammock, and over water netted area with ladder - everything you could ask for.
We were meant to go back to town the next day to plan some activities. This plan was scratched in favour of a day of eating, reading, bintangs, paddleboarding, swimming, snorkelling and winding up with dinner and a movie.
The paddleboards are great and there's some great sights to see around the nearest island.
The snorkelling revealed some lovely fishlife and was a short boat ride and walk away.
And the staff... I don't have words for how friendly, accommodating, and helpful they were. Leo - the captain - was always smiling, laughing, and making sure everyone had a good time.
Any suggestions we made to minor improvements were welcomed and sometimes taken action on immediately. This is a company/operation/boat where they're doing all they can to ensure you're happy, relaxed and enjoying yourself.
The whole experience of waking up to sunrise views over the water from a comfortable bed, before a pre-breakfast swim, is just awesome.
I'd already done a tour around the komodo islands, but had I not I would have jumped at the convenience of the boat picking you up from the boatel to head out for Dragons and snorkelling.
My friend and I left wanting more. We'll definitely be back, and can't wait to be pirates with the crew there again!

Room tip: Every room is a good room! the boat will swing with the tide and wind so you constantly find the view from your room changing.
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1  Thank graphiteoz
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theresia_dev, Guest Relations Manager at Le Pirate Boatel, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

Arghhh me Hearty!

Thank you for this honest review of your time onboard our newest addition to to the Le Pirate Family! ... Le Pirate Boatel in Labuan Bajo!

Captain Leo & his crew will be so pleased to hear of your great feedback towards them!

We always strive to offer our guests a unique experience wherever we go, this time providing waterfront cabins where all rooms have a 5 star view!

From the whole team at Le pirate thank you for joining us onboard, we look forward to welcoming you again in the future!

Hope your time in Flores was memorable and you had the exact experience you were after.. if not better!

Cheers!

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