Ni­hi­watu, In­done­sia Re­opened: March 2014

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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.

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