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Nihiwatu, Sumba Island


Sumba, Indonesia

Nihiwatu is a remote, luxury eco lodge on the lesser visited 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 western visitors.

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

  • Nihiwatu'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 Nihiwatu and all are right on your doorstep

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

Adventure, Culture, Honeymoon, Sailing & surfing

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.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

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.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

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

Louise Brooks

Insider's View

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.

Amy Ropner

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Nihiwatu


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. Nihiwatu 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 Nihiwatu is the perfect tropical retreat for honeymooners, couples and families alike.

Tucked amongst the trees are Nihiwatu'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 Nihiwatu 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. Nihiwatu 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. Nihiwatu boasts one of the top waves in Indonesia, if not the world and the professional surfers who have visited Nihiwatu over the years have attested to this.

A stay at Nihiwatu, without doubt, is a once in a lifetime, unforgettable experience.


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


Meals are taken communally at Nihiwatu 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 Nihiwatu'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, Nihiwatu 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.

Location & Directions

Sumba, Indonesia

Secluded bay on the remote southwestern coast of Sumba island surrounded by tropical forest and rice terraces, to the east of Bali, Indonesia.

When to go

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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Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu, Sumba Island

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