Nihi Sumba (formerly Nihiwatu), a small and exclusive island hideaway in eastern Indonesia, sits on 175 hectares of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, and features 1.6 miles of headland-protected beachfront. Due to its location, Nihi Sumba offers adventure sports such as world-class fishing, surfing and diving, yet is an idyllic getaway for couples and anyone in need of rest and relaxation in pristine environs. Surrounding Nihi Sumba are Stone Age sites and traditional villages that have remained unchanged for centuries; this unique tribal culture with its ancient animist rituals is truly incredible. Nihi Sumba is made up of 12 estates, which are divided into one and multi-bedroom villas, all offering a different experience of the remote Sumba island. The thatched-roof bungalows and villas, hand-built by Indonesian craftsman using local materials, have balcony vistas stretching the full length of the beach to the headlands beyond. All are superbly outfitted in contemporary Indonesian style with large glass walls and doors to maximize the views. A swimming pool, cliff-top bar and living and dining room are close by (though you're more likely to use your private pool), and on the beach below is Nihi Sumba's jungle spa, under a grove of Pandanus trees. Dining menus change daily and feature Asian and Western fare, and there is an extensive wine list with Old and New World bottles to suit any palate.
Location: The small and exclusive island of Sumba was once a three days’ journey from Bali, and is now only a 50-minute flight.
Service: Nihi Sumba’s guests often reflect on the warm family-like hospitality of the resort staff, propounding their stay as the best time of their lives.
Spa Safari: The signature NihiOka spa safari experience starts at dawn with a 90-minute trek through the countryside to a traditional Sumbanese village, followed by a private coastside breakfast. Swim in the ocean and indulge in spa treatments; bodywraps, scrubs, massages and facials, then head back to the resort for sunset.
Nihi Sumba's residences are perched high on a hill overlooking the picturesque Indian Ocean. The interiors effortlessly blend modern luxuries with rustic Sumbanese elements. Innovatively designed, the residences are a testament to the management's penchant for eco-friendly design.
Kasambi is inspired by surfing, a popular pastime on the resort's beach thanks to Sumba's famous left-hand wave. Here, you have an interrupted view to help study the breaks, ready for your day of surfing. The estate is made up of one- and two-bedroom villas, which include an open-air and open-plan lounge, dining, bar and kitchen area. Out on the terrace, there's a deck, lounge seating and a large infinity pool.
The jungle hideaway of Wamoro is a four-bedroom estate, which can be split into one- and two-bedroom villas, if requested. King-size canopy beds, a large infinity pool with gorgeous views, a shared outdoor space including a dining area, kitchen and bar.
The Lantoro Estate, comprised of one- and two-bedroom villas, is all about ocean views. This homely accommodation is great for families or friends traveling together, offering a large pool, spacious outdoor dining and entertainment areas, direct beach access and secluded gardens.
The two-storey one-bedroom Kanatar villas are a home away from home. On the lower floor, you'll find a spacious living area with a large deck and private infinity pool, plus a powder room. On the upper floor, the master bedroom features a canopy bed and a balcony with pulse-slowing Indian ocean views.
Watch the waves lap at the edge of the private gardens of Lamba, a beachfront one-bedroom villa. The master bedroom opens out onto a deck, where you'll find your private plunge pool, a daybed, teak cabana and lounge chairs. There's also a peaceful garden space and an outdoor shower with sea views.
The one- and two-bedroom villas which make up the Lulu Estate are all about luxury and design. Playing with light and space, these beautifully-appointed accommodations include outdoor bathtubs and showers, daybeds, a terrace, an outdoor bale for dining, as well as a private plunge pool.
Ideal for adventure lovers, Mamole Tree House speaks to your inner child, transporting you to a castaway or jungle escape. The tree house consists of three separate villas, which can be linked together and the unique design encircles the trunk of a tree. Enjoy facilities such as an open-air living space, ping pong table, infinity pool, a deck area, as well as unique circular bedrooms with sliding glass doors on all sides.
The intimate getaway of Marangga is the ultimate romantic retreat; a single-level master bedroom and bathroom estate, encased in private gardens with a pathway that leads straight to the sea. Enjoy panoramic ocean views, a bathtub meant for two, a private plunge pool, outdoor shower, al fresco dining area and a cliffside bale, which features a king-sized daybed that can be used for private dining, massages, or sleeping under the stars.
The hilltop retreat of Puncak is perfect for those looking for solace and wellness experiences. Located a short stroll through the resort's organic gardens, the four-bedroom estate features award-winning design and includes a sunken dining area, two plunge pools, an open-air living area, a bonfire for cozy evenings in and relaxing outdoor bathtubs with a view.
Raja Mandaka is Nihi Sumba's largest estate, comprised of a five-bedroom residence that can also be reserved as individual one-bedroom or two-bedroom villas. The estate includes a lap pool, cold plunge pool, fully-equipped kitchen, outdoor entertaining space, a deck, dining area, covered lounge area, daybeds and an incredible ocean view. A private passageway leads from Raja Mandaka to the resort's Boat House.
The most private estate at Nihi Sumba, Haweri is a five-bedroom estate that can also be divided into one- and two-bedroom villas. Between 1989 and 2017, this was the private residence of Nihi Sumba's founders, set apart from the resort itself. The beachside property includes two large swimming pools, a hot tub that can fit 10 people, a waterside yoga pavilion, a living and dining area with coastline views, a secluded bamboo bale, a full-equipped kitchen, fireplace, plus two outdoor decks.
The facilities at Nihi Sumba have been designed to make the most of this stunning remote island's natural beauty and fantastic features, from one of the fastest surfing waves in the world, to some of Indonesia's best fishing, to spectacular trekking.
Take a tour of the factory and participate in chocolate-making (and of course, tasting!).
Head to the Sandalwood Stables for a sunset trail ride along the beach, a beach-to-bush excursion, or even an equine meditation program.
Keep on top of fitness goals with a workout at the resort's well-equipped gym area.
Cinema under the stars with this post-sundown experience. Cuddle up on a sun lounger with a drink and relax with a movie.
Nihi Suma offers endless options for activities by both land and sea. Some of the best include snorkeling, ocean and river SUP, free diving, fishing (spearfishing, deep-sea and FAD fishing), ocean and river kayaking, boogey- and wake-boarding, "surfaris," mountain biking, horse riding, village and market visits, plus much more besides.
Featuring some of the best surfing in Indonesia, surf fanatics will be pleased to know that the resort aims to limit the number of surfers in the water to a maximum of 10 at one time, allowing for space, comfort, and optimal surf time.
The island of Sumba features a number of incredible hiking trails, including one popular trek to a jaw-dropping waterfall.
Unplug from daily life and stretch out stress with a yoga class on the beach, or from the scenic cliffside yoga pavilion.
Nihi Sumba offers several dining venues, serving a range of different cuisines, as well as options for private diving, in-villa or in a special, scenic spot nearby.
Boat House serves snacks and drinks all day, and is also the resort's sunset meeting point, serving a wide range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.
This sushi bar is right on the beachfront, serving omakase-style fresh seafood.
This living room and recreation area includes a pool table, table tennis, a dartboard and a library.
Nio Beach Club offers beachside pavilions which open for lunch every day, serving fresh fish of the day, salads, BBQ dishes and pizzas.
The sand-floored beachfront restaurant features mouth watering combinations of Western and Eastern cuisines, made from the highest quality ingredients shipping in daily to Sumba. Menu specials change daily so that guests may experience a variety of tasty and fresh dishes. Dishes are complemented by an extensive international wine list. Vegetarian and vegan options are readily available.
Dining at Nihi Sumba is a creatively-bespoke experience. The resort features a beachfront restaurant, while private dining experiences in remote and exotic spots can also be arranged by the resort's staff.
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