Peace Meets Lux­ury

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 from the buzz of daily life.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - Text by Es­ter Pan­di­an­gan | Pho­tos cour­tesy of Ni­hi­watu

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. The re­sort is proud to em­ploy more than 90 per cent lo­cal Sum­banese, a team that hold a gen­uine spirit of hos­pi­tal­ity. Sto­ries of the heart, char­ac­ter and soul of Ni­hi­watu reached two 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. Yet the pris­tine nat­u­ral set­ting does not pre­clude the in­clu­sion of lux­ury re­sort com­forts such as round-the-clock but­ler ser­vice, un­lim­ited Wi-Fi ac­cess and qual­ity cui­sine. Guests also en­joy three meals daily plus snacks, non-al­co­holic drinks in all out­lets, mini­bar and six pieces of laun­dry per per­son each day. 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. And its 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 nights 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. This spring the re­sort will open a range of new lux­ury vil­las as well as a unique Nihi Oka Spa Sa­fari in the nearby Nihi-Oka Val­ley. The ex­pe­ri­ence be­gins with a trek and is fol­lowed by en­joy­ing your own pri­vate bale for the day, com­plete with un­lim­ited spa treat­ments, yoga ses­sions and healthy cui­sine.

Ni­hi­watu also of­fers a culi­nary jour­ney with their five restau­rants. All din­ing venues of­fer à 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. For spe­cial oc­ca­sions, themed nights are or­ga­nized: Sumba White Nights Party, Jun­gle Party and full-moon par­ties. Guests can also en­joy Om­bak, Nio Beach Club, Boat House and Me­nara. In July 2015, Ni­hi­watu will launch three new sig­na­ture villa res­i­dences to com­plete the re­sort’s ex­ist­ing 21 villa es­tate of­fer­ings. Each unique in de­sign, the new res­i­dences range in style from whim­si­cal tree houses to tra­di­tional Sum­bane­sein­spired vil­las. The three new villa res­i­dences are all Sum­banese in style and will fea­ture tra­di­tional touches in­clud­ing beau­ti­ful lo­cal carv­ings, an­tiques and ikat prints. Each villa’s de­sign is in­cred­i­bly unique, rang­ing from the three-bed­room Pun­cak villa that has been cre­ated to re­flect a tra­di­tional Sum­banese house, the whim­si­cal three-bed­room Mamole Tree House and Raja Men­daka – the very best of pri­vate res­i­dences. Although each of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent, the new vil­las all epit­o­mise re­spon­si­ble, un­der­stated lux­ury re­flect­ing the sim­plic­ity and beauty of Sum­banese ar­chi­tec­ture, al­low­ing the wild nat­u­ral sur­rounds to take cen­tre stage. In April 2015, Ni­hi­watu an­nounced that it was join­ing the Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World, Ltd., an un­com­mon col­lec­tion of au­then­tic and dis­tinct lux­ury ho­tels. The phil­an­thropic al­liance will pro­vide the award-win­ning re­sort ac­cess to the Lead­ing Ho­tels of the World global net­work to fur­ther the Sumba Foun­da­tion’s ef­forts.

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