Nihiwatu, Sumba Island

Nihi Sumba

Sumba Island, Remote Indonesian islands, Indonesia

From £5400 in low season
From £8400 in high season

based on 7 nights

per person for 7 nights, based on 2 people sharing a Luxury Bungalow on a full board basis including private transfers.

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At a Glance

  • You won't find a similar experience on Bali or one of the more populated Indonesian islands - this is a wholly unique experience and we would thoroughly recommend it

  • Nihi Sumba's exclusivity and privacy is unrivalled

  • This stunning resort is situated between the lush jungle on one side and picturesque beach on the other

  • Surfing and fishing are sensational from Nihi Sumba and all are right on your doorstep

  • The resort works hard on its philanthropic offerings and sustainable projects

  • Nothing is to much trouble for the staff here, they are all passionate about where they work

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Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round. Rather than four seasons, Indonesia has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of temperature between winter and summer. In most parts of Indonesia, the wet season falls between October and April and the dry season between May and September. December and January see Indonesia at its most humid and rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours, but it can also rain for more prolonged periods.

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Insider's View

When I was there I went for a 2 hour walk along the beautiful beach and didn't see another soul, aside from 2 local children playing in the surf.

Head barefooted to the Boathouse bar for sunset to watch the surfers ride the waves whilst sipping on a Nihiwatu cocktail. It is a great way to meet others staying at the resort.

A trek to Nihi Oka for the spa safari is a must!

Even if you have never surfed before I would still recommend that you book a lesson, the waves may seem a little daunting but the instructors are so skilled and experienced that you are in the safest hands. When you stand up and catch your first wave the feeling is euphoric.

Nihi offers a baby sea turtle release to all guests right before sunset every night whenever there are hatched turtles.

Ask whether they are doing any turtle releases during your stay. It doesn't happen every day, so worth checking in with the team.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday to Nihi Sumba


Nihi Sumba is a remote, luxury eco lodge on the island of Sumba. Just a short flight from Bali, it is a place for a totally unique holiday experience, perfect for those wanting a remote and exclusive stay in one of the most stunning locations on earth.

Nihi Sumba was born from a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families. The resort is proud to employ over 90% local Sumbanese, a team that hold a genuine spirit of hospitality. This means service can sometimes be a little slow, but we feel that adds to the charm. Guests here have a chance to experience an adventurous holiday in a dramatic, unparalleled setting. The island of Sumba has an ancient culture, untouched by the modern world and a visit to the villages of megalithic tribes is fascinating. 

With lush jungle on one side and the exclusive beach and Indian Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see on the other, the property encompasses 175 hectares of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, while its stunning two and half kilometres of beachfront are protected by headlands that ensure total exclusivity. With an idyllic setting that is pristine, romantic and endlessly peaceful Nihi Sumba is the perfect tropical retreat for honeymooners, couples and families alike.

Tucked amongst the trees are Nihi's 21 villas that represent the cutting-edge of responsible luxury. Hand-built by local craftsmen using materials indigenous to Indonesia, all the villas are air-conditioned with panoramic views. All of the villas are the epitome of understated luxury, featuring spacious outdoor living areas and private Bales. The emphasis is on open-plan living that reflects the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture.

The principle residence, comprising two bedrooms crowned as Raja Mendaka takes prime position on the beach front with private access to Nihiwatu beach and a large outside teak deck with a cold dip plunge pool integrated into the 19m long swimming pool.

The three two-bedroom beach side villas are perfect for family adventures of for groups of friends travelling together. Each of the beach villas feature large relaxed open-air entertaining spaces complete with private dining, bar and kitchens and a dedicated Mori Uma (Butler) service.

The Marangga Wave Front Villas are traditionally Sumbanese in design with an extraordinary bed taking centre stage with undisturbed views of the Indian Ocean. These villas offer secluded privacy for honeymoon couples.

Nearby you will find a rustic living and dining room and adjacent is the cliff-top bar overlooking the sea. On the beach below, nestled under a grove of Pandanus trees, is the jungle spa and close by is a rustic boat house and bar that is the focus of a myriad of daytime watersports activities. Just uphill and overlooking the full length of Nihi's beach is a swimming pool area where you can lose yourself in the views for hours on end. To rejuvenate the body and soul, indulge in massages and body treatments available at the Jungle and Hilltop Spas. Nihi Sumba also have private and group Yoga instruction available under the largest traditional Sumbanese structure on the island.

Enjoy the many water sports or land activities, from fishing and yoga to horse riding along the beach at moonlight. Nihi Sumba Island boasts one of the top waves in Indonesia, if not the world and the professional surfers who have visited Nihi Sumba Island over the years have attested to this.

A stay at Nihi Sumba Island, without doubt, is a once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience.

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Nihi Sumba is made up of a collection of different villas to suit the size your needs. Whether you are looking for some privacy, great ocean views or just ample space to unwind, our Travel consultants can help you find the perfect villa for your holiday.


Children are very welcome at Nihi Sumba and those with a sense of adventure will absolutely love all that a stay at Nihi Sumba can offer but there are no specific child related facilities. However, Nihi prides themselves on personalised service so children will be extremely well looked after.


Meals are taken communally at Nihi in the rustic dining room or private dinners can be enjoyed at the various outdoor pavilions and vegetables are mainly organically grown on the island. There is also a dramatic cliff top bar and living room for guests to enjoy. In 2014, the main Wavefront restaurant was completely rebuilt and extended with a decked area and cantilevers over the ocean. Nio Beach Bar was also completely rebuilt with a new cabana-style lounge area serving lobster and champagne. The Jungle Spa has wonderful massage and body treatments and the Boathouse has a whole host of watersports activities on offer. There is also a swimming pool.


All of Nihi Sumba's guests receive a complimentary full body massage and village tour. Additional activities you can partake in during your stay include surfing lessons, fishing, horse riding, yoga, meditation, trekking and a weekly cooking course.

Updates since the resort opened include the Menara, a beautifully hand-crafted spacious outdoor Bale for families including books and games, table tennis, pool table and area for children's movie night under the stars.

Besides this, Nihi offers the Nihi Oka Spa Safari, a unique spa experience incorporating a 90-minute trek through the rolling hills, beautiful scenery and local villages. Your final destination will be Nihi Oka where you will be welcomed with fresh fruits and a sumptious breakfast. With unlimited treatments, relax and unwind with the sound of the breaking waves beneath you.



Charlotte Winter (Staff)

Where to begin with Nihi Sumba. Previously listed as the #1 hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure, my stay at Nihi Sumba somehow managed to exceed my expectations.

From the moment you arrive at Tambolaka Airport, you are met by a beaming member of staff with a fresh coconut in hand, before you are whisked off to the resort, approximately an hour and half's drive away. Here again you are met with the amazing Nihi dream team who couldn't be friendlier or more helpful. I was soon enough shown to my One Bedroom Pool Villa which was absolutely spectacular with an infinity pool offering views across the ocean, an enormous ensuite bathroom and an equally spacious bedroom with beautiful interiors throughout. However, it is the activities at Nihi Sumba which are really incredible. On my first evening, I was lucky enough to release baby turtles into the ocean, as part of the resort's conservation programme, and during my stay I also rode horseback through the sea, and learnt about the Sumba Foundation, a charity initiative which supports the local community.

If you are looking for a little bit of pampering during your stay on Sumba, then I would strongly recommend booking onto the Nihioka Spa Safari, which is available as either a Half Day or Full Day experience. I started my morning with an hour and a half hike through the Sumba countryside which is available as either a Half Day or Full Day experience. I started my morning with an hour and a half hike through the Sumba countryside and farmland with my amazing guide Nick, who provided fascinating insight into local Sumbanese life. We then arrived at Nihioka where I was graced with the most spectacular views across the ocean, which I got to enjoy during breakfast post-trek, before I was treated to a number of spa treatments in my own private bale. Photos and words don't do it justice, but it really is an absolute must.
Overall, I had such a memorable stay at Nihi Sumba. The villas on offer are beautifully designed and incredibly spacious, there are some incredible activities to take part in and outside of the resort, and the staff are some of the friendliest you'll be meet -and good fun too!


Alex Ancira (Staff)

I had such high expectations for Nihiwatu - so much so that I was getting very nervous the resort would not be able to live up to the images and stories I had built up in my head leading up to my stay.But holy cow, I could not be more blown away by this place! It is one of the few places that is even better than the photos. The staff, the ambiance, and the views have a way of enveloping you, creating a feeling that is truly special. Something that cannot be put into words. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted with such a warmth and energy that lasts your whole stay. One fun aspect of Nihi is you are paired with an English speaking local who will be your "captain" throughout your time at Nihi. You can reach out to him or her with any needs or simply to ask questions about the interesting culture and way of life on Sumba. I could go on and on about the incredible spa at Nihi Oka, the delicious food, the out of this world sunsets, and lively staff, but it is one of those places that is best experienced for oneself.


Amy Ropner (Staff)

I could sing Nihiwatu's praises forever and would be very happy to do, but this resort needs to be experienced first hand as however glowing the reviews are, when you arrive they will still seem pale when you are faced with the amazing reality that is Nihiwatu. Without a doubt the best hotel I have ever been to, there is

something so unique about Nihiwatu that you won't fail to fall in love with. Whether it's the waves you surf, the staff you hang out with at the boat house, the spa treatments you get at Nihioka, or the sunsets you experience. Nihiwatu really is a little slice of heaven with something so different to offer that nothing else can even remotely compare.


  • FAD Trips at Nihi Sumba Island

    Travel by boat 1-hour from the resort and dive to the FAD to snorkel with the ocean's inhabitants. Guests can also try their hand with a spear and attempt to catch a fish for the chef to cook for lunch or sashimi for dinner.

  • Horse riding at Nihi Sumba Island

    At Nihi Sumba Island, Sumbanese horses from the Sandlewood Stables can be ridden across the island from beach to bush routes by riders of all levels of experience. Local guides and the resident horse whisperer will get you ready for your adventure.

  • Nihi Sumba Chocolate Factory

  • Nihi Sumba Chocolate Factory

  • Nihi Sumba Chocolate Factory

  • Nihi Sumba Island - Sumba Foundation

    Discover the Sumba Foundation, the philanthropic arm to Nihi Sumba Island. The Sumba Foundation has had an incredible impact across the island, enriching lives of local people. Learn all about the work and find out how you can help.

  • Nihioka Spa safari at Nihi Sumba Island

    This unique wellness activity includes a 90-minute hike or jeep ride through Sumba's incredible landscape and local Sumbanese village, secluded beach breakfast and your choice of all-day treatments in beautiful and remote surroundings.

  • Photograph the Pasola Festival with your Private Photographer

    Take the extraordinary chance to experience the incredible annual spear fighting Pasola festival on Sumba Island, Indonesia. On top of this you will have a private photographer at your disposal to help you capture the experience perfectly.

  • Stand up paddle boarding at Nihi Sumba Island

    Float through the centre of Wanukaka Village past buffalos and daily Sumbanese life during the green season or along the 2.5km of Nihi Sumba Island's private beach. A fun and simple way to exercise either standing or kneeling on the board.

  • Surfing at Nihi Sumba Island

    The west coast of Sumba is often referred to as a surfer's paradise and the team at the Nihi Sumba Island Boathouse is well known for successfully getting beginners to surf "Occy's Left", the resort's best wave.

  • Trekking on Sumba from Nihii Sumba Island

    The landscape of Sumba is a joy to explore and Nihi Sumba Island offers trekking routes to many of its most beautiful spots where guests can have a well-deserved lunch under a waterfall, between private beaches or overlooking verdant rice paddies.

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    • It includes a huge array of soft adventure activities suited to the whole family

Location & directions

Sumba Island, Remote Indonesian islands, Indonesia

Nihi Sumba Island is in a secluded bay on the remote southwestern coast of Sumba island surrounded by tropical forest and rice terraces, to the east of Bali, Indonesia.

How to get there

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali and have a chance to explore as you stay overnight, then take a connecting flight in the morning to Tambolaka airport on Sumba Island. From there, a 90-minute drive through the magnificent countryside brings you to Nihi Sumba Island.

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