Nihi Sumba, Indonesia
Our little blue planet is heavily populated and it is rare to find a spot which offers real escapism in the truest sense of the word. On the remote island of Sumba, an hour’s flight east from Bali, we have found just such as a place – welcome to Nihi Sumba.
Over thirty years ago, the vision for Nihi was to create a truly sustainable resort that would preserve the unique and rich Sumbanese culture and empower the local community. Recently refurbished and revitalised, yet still with the same ethos at heart, Nihi has re-opened its doors as one of the finest resorts in the world.
Nihi has been voted in the top 20 best hotels in the World in the Conde Nast Traveller Gold List 2018.
Understated luxury is all encompassing here. Each villa is unique and complete with private terrace and pool, designed at the cutting edge of sustainable luxury. Hand built by local craftsmen using only indigenous materials; think spacious outdoor living, sandy floor bathrooms and open-plan styling reflective of the simplicity of Sumbanse architecture.
The hub of all social activity at the resort is Ombak restaurant with a deck cantilevered over the ocean. Daily menus are inspired, as you would expect, by the freshest local ingredients and are diverse, intriguing and ever-so slightly adventurous. Nio Beach Club serves up fresh from the sea fish, delicious items from the grill or freshly made pizzas from the wood fired clay oven for lunch and on selected nights transforms into an extraordinary setting for legendary Indonesian BBQ feasts. If you’re after a little more privacy, we can highly recommend private dining in the Nihi Oak treehouse, beach picnics in romantic Konda Malba Bay, or for something a little different, under a cascading waterfall!
The Wave remains central to Nihi’s story, the famous left-hand break attracts surfers from all over the world and with only ten surfers allowed per day its cult status remains intact.
Every guest experience is thoughtfully crafted and the resort offers a menu of unique land and sea safaris. Immersion in local culture and tradition is all part of any stay and signature tours take guests into local villages and out into the wild. In conjunction with Big Wave Surf Champion, Mark Healy, Nihi has created a list of ‘once in a lifetime’ sea experiences including private surf lessons and free diving, sustainable spear fishing and stand-up paddle boarding down the Wanukaka River.
Within the resort there are a number of spa bales, some located on the beach or in the jungle, or even in the privacy of your own villa. Sumbanese staff are on hand to offer a range of treatments to relax and revive. The yoga pavilion, with its breath-taking 360 degree views is the perfect stage for daily group yoga classes and for the active you can even up the ante with ‘The Sumba Method’ a style of yoga which combines yoga stretches with resistance training.
If this all sounds too much you can simple laze around at the brand new Nio Beach Club and Pool, located just footsteps from the sea with epic views of the ocean.
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