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.
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.