Sumba Island, Indonesia
In a Nutshell:
A private island paradise in Indonesia. The founder of Nihi discovered the island of Sumba while in search of a secluded surf spot with world-class waves. The resort he ended up building here is luxurious while retaining a rustic, at-one-with-nature feel. Nihi Sumba’s 28 villas are more like openair tree-top mansions, complete with a private butler ready to organize massages, yoga classes, water activities and anything else you could possibly desire.
EDITOR'S TIP: Don’t miss the decadent beachfront Omakase experience. Watch the sushi chefs prepare an assortment of catch-of-the-day dishes for a maximum of eight diners, next to a crackling beach bonfire.
The Style: Bare-foot luxury
Why We Love It:
- An opportunity to be at one with nature while staying in the most opulent accommodations imaginable. Everything is designed to be open to nature (even the bathrooms) with views of the ocean. Sounds of the jungle are like an instant natural sedative.
- During your stay, you are treated like royalty, and in turn, your presence contributes to Nihi’s philanthropic work. The Sumba Foundation partners with local villages to provide essentials like access to clean water, education programs, and malaria prevention solutions.
- Although the resort is high-end, the goal is for you to feel comfortable at all times. Flip flops and shorts are allowed (and encouraged) in every area of the property.
- Saluting the sun from Nihi’s hilltop yoga pavilion is a serene way to begin each day
The Unmissable Experience:
Swimming with horses. You’ll be matched with your steed at the stables and take a dip in the calm ocean together. It’s a totally unique bonding moment and makes for the most gorgeous photos.
Perks When You Book Through Us:
Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
Full breakfast, for two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant
A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people
$50 USD donation paid to Sumba Foundation on behalf of the resort
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
(*perks are subject to change)
All photos courtesy of Nihi Sumba