Lose Yourself on the Island of Sumba, and Find Yourself at Nihiwatu Resort
The island of Sumba can only be described as a secret gem, with an ecosystem and native culture that is unspoiled by development. Perched on the edge of this amazingly magnificent Lesser Sunda Island is Nihiwatu Resort. Few places on earth offer such an untouched expanse as the Nihiwatu, which occupies 560 acres of tropical oasis. The actual resort buildings only inhabit 65 of these acres, resulting in a feel of pure seclusion during your stay. While many luxury tropical resorts only cater to adults or couples, Nihiwatu prides itself on the family friendly atmosphere it creates and promotes.
Nihiwatu offers 28 villas, each unique to the Sumba experience, constructed from only the finest local materials of teak and rattan. There is a villa to fit each guests needs, from the Marangga that offers secluded privacy for couples to Puncak and Mamole Tree House which offer multiple bedrooms for families to enjoy. All villas have private plunge pools and offer a variety of views overs the resort and Indian Ocean beyond. Larger families or groups of friends looking for a truly indulgent and unforgettable experience should opt for Raja Mendaka, a five-bedroom estate surrounded by Nihiwatu’s own tropical jungle.
When adventure is your aim, visit the Boat House during the day for excursions by land, sea, and even horseback. Tour the local villages to witness a native harvest ritual and spend a few hours appreciating the handmade arts and crafts from the area. At night, head back to the Boat House Bar to enjoy a tropical cocktail and watch the lighting of the beach fire.
With spa treatments and services to suit every lavish desire, there is no better backdrop than the Sumba coast and crashing waves to lull you into complete restfulness. Those seeking a divinely romantic spa experience can book a spa safari, which transports you to the nearby Nihi Oka Valley for massages and treatments performed in a bamboo pavilion overlooking private beaches and the rice paddies. Nihiwatu’s Yoga Pavilion offers breathtaking 360 degree views over the resort – practice yoga and meditate at your leisure, or attend a yoga class for a more personalized and guided session.
If dining is your pleasure, it is Nihiwatu’s pleasure to accommodate you. Their Nio Beach Club combines local produce with the freshest catch of the day to create a lunch extravaganza mere steps from the sea and the resort’s stunning infinity pool. Breakfast and dinner are served daily at the Ombak restaurant, an open air pavilion complete with sandy floors and panoramic ocean views. Located at the apex of Nihiwatu Resort, Menara provides an assortment of table games for families, and an outdoor movie theatre to occupy children and adults alike. If you wish to push your epicurean boundaries, let the chefs at Nihiwatu create a unique dining experience for you in a secluded location, or at your own villa by the pool.
Nihiwatu has the potential to draw out those pieces of your spirit that have gone dormant due to daily life. The staff and services go above and beyond, in a setting that is unmatched. At Nihiwatu getting lost isn’t an unappealing thought.