Nihiwatu is a beautiful, luxurious and authentic resort on one of the most exotic islands in Indonesia—Sumba. This is the ultimate destination for people seeking a quiet escape away from the buzz of daily life.
The experience of Nihiwatu is one of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories. The resort, located on the island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia, 400 kilometres east of Bali, is an outpost of world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, and glorious hikes past breathtaking waterfalls, through ancient villages and along butterfly trails and the Wanukaka River.
Nihiwatu was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and empower local communities to support themselves and their families. Stories of the heart, character and soul of Nihiwatu reached long-time friends American brand-building entrepreneur Chris Burch and prolific South African-born hotelier James McBride in 2011 and they acquired the resort in 2012.
The resort’s 32 elegantly thatched villas are set amidst lush gardens, surrounded by more than 500 hectares of land to ensure privacy and seclusion. All are the epitome of understated indulgence, featuring spacious outdoor living areas, Indonesian marble-floored bathrooms, private pools, and stunning Indian Ocean views. The open-plan design reflects the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture.
Travellers are curious about the world in which they live; they seek out adventure, with the intent of discovering the unusual and untrammeled. At Nihiwatu, they will find a true embodiment of the island and its people, a distinctly authentic and immersive experience.
A skilled team of watermen at the iconic boathouse offers a wide range of water sports, from surfing on the world-class break to free diving, spearfishing and scuba diving. Families will find diversion in Menara, the expansive outdoor bale, with books, games, table tennis, a pool table and an area for children’s movie night under the stars. In addition to world-class surfing, guests can enjoy outstanding sport fishing, hiking through forests and waterfalls, and visiting ancient villages during a uniquely Sumbanese holiday.
Nihiwatu also offers a culinary journey with their five restaurants. All dining venues offer a la carte menus and seating is at individual tables. Special events, two times weekly, are served and seated in family-style tradition. Exceptional private dining experiences and events include barbecues, Mexican nights, romantic dinners and movie nights.
Nihiwatu Sumba Island
Nihiwatu Bali Office
Kuta PoLeng Complex Block C/2
Bali – Indonesia
Phone. +62 361 757 149
Text by Ester Pandiangan | Photos courtesy of Nihiwatu