Nihiwatu, Sumba Island
Nihi Sumba Island
Sumba Island, Remote Indonesian islands, Indonesia
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.
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 Island'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 Island 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.
Nihi Sumba Island, formerly Nihiwatu, is a remote, luxury eco lodge on the island of Sumba in Indonesia, just a short flight from Bali. It supports local villagers who follow an ancient, tribal culture and is the only property on the island for visitors.
Nihi Sumba Island, formerly known as Nihiwatu, is a place for a totally unique vacation experience, perfect for those wanting a remote and exclusive stay in one of the most stunning locations on earth. Nihi 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 vacation 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 kilometers of beachfront are protected by headlands that ensure total exclusivity. With an idyllic setting that is pristine, romantic and endlessly peaceful Nihi Sumba Island 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 traveling 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 center 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 Island 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.
Nihi Sumba Island 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 vacation.
Children are very welcome at Nihi Sumba Island and those with a sense of adventure will absolutely love all that a stay at Nihi Sumba Island can offer but there are no specific child related facilities. However, Nihi prides themselves on personalized 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'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.
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.
Marina Byers (Staff)
Nihiwatu is a unique and unspoiled paradise, set within the lush tropical island of Sumba. From the moment I arrived at Nihiwatu, I was welcomed into the family with a Nihiwatu bracelet. I knew this place was going to be something incredibly special. The rustic luxury resort is split into three estates, each consisting of two suites and one family villa. I was lucky enough to stay in Lantoro 2 suite, and was spoiled with a plunge pool and spectacular views of the ocean. There is an abundance of activities to try out, from surfing the fantastic waves of Nihiwatu to daily yoga classes, or exploring the local villages. Cocktails at the boathouse bar are a must, especially at sunset when everyone congregates together. The view of the private beach really is breathtaking. Nihiwatu is a place where one wishes one could pause time and experience everything it has to offer. There is always something to see or something to do, be it watching the surfers catch the waves to releasing the baby turtles into the ocean to begin their ventures.
Olivia Smith (Staff)
Claude and Petra Graves, the owners, were looking for a tropical paradise and were searching around Indonesia in 1989 when they came across this amazing part of south western Sumba. They then got to know the villagers and realised that they were desperately in need of a lot of basic facilities and thought that they could combine some tourism with actually helping the locals and Nihiwatu was born. It is in an utterly arresting location, perched on a cliff above a world famous surf break, this is barefoot luxury at its best. The entire property is more rustic than some of the slicker Indonesian properties and the experience is just phenomenal. From visiting the local villages, riding along the beach by moonlight and learning to surf to early morning yoga sessions and divine spa treatments, the whole Nihiwatu experience is out of this world. I would highly recommend visiting if you are looking for an amazing experience, off the beaten track in paradise!
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 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 center 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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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.