Nihiwatu, Indonesia Reopened: March 2014
What do you get when a fashion billionaire (Chris Burch) sinks $30 million into developing a resort on one of Indonesia’s most picturesque and untouched havens (Sumba)? The answer is an idyllic island escape reminiscent of what Bali offered travellers 30 years ago – before the crowds caught on and tourism burgeoned to new heights. At Nihiwatu you alight from your flight at Tambolaka Airport and find a world where nature, culture and luxury converge. While it may sit on 230 hectares, only 26 of them have been built upon, meaning wildlife and verdant foliage abounds. The resort comprises 21 villas that breathe with warm light and panoramic views, 2.5 kilometres of private beach that allow guests the chance to surf one of the world’s best left-hand breaks, a seaside Beach Spa and communal beach clubs, restaurants and spaces to unwind, dine and soak up the scenery.