Nihi Sumba Island

"This is not an escape from everyday life. It is the return to a life well lived"

The world’s best hotel isn’t in London or New York but on a little-known island in Indonesia. Nihi Watu beach is remote and completely off the grid. A former surf lodge on the beach has been transformed into a culturally immersive enclave of active adventure and serious indulgence. Named Travel + Leisure’s #1 hotel of 2016, this is a resort worth going out of the way to see.

Location:The island of Sumba is an hour flight from Bali, but feels a world away.
Perfect for:Luxurious wilderness escape
Why we love it:Unique adventures are designed for every guest – the height of exclusive luxury.
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Three hundred kilometres east of Bali in the Lesser Sundra Islands lay Sumba Island. The island’s 650,000 residents still live a mostly traditional life and practise their own distinct tribal rituals. Nihi Sumba is the only resort on the island and few people have heard of the beach it’s nestled on, aside from surfers.

Sumba’s pristine coastline is home to one of the world’s best left-hand breaks, with swells of up to four metres. This pristine island with world-class waves offers an exclusive surfing experience that is hard to replicate elsewhere.

But there is so much more to Nihi Sumba than surfing. Guests can tailor their own island experiences to encompass yoga, fishing, ‘Spa Safari’, horseback riding, culturally immersive experiences, and so much more. Add in extraordinary dining experiences from BBQs to beachfront sushi, and Nihi Sumba truly earns its place as one of the best resorts in the world.


Where you stay on vacation is more than just a hotel room. It is an experience. A new way of living. Every detail – crisp white bed linens on our signature canopy beds, handmade chocolate in the mini bar, sweeping panoramic views of the Indian ocean – is designed to make you feel both at home yet completely transported.


  • Mamole Tree House
  • Mendaka
  • Haweri
  • Puncak
  • Lantoro
  • Wamoro
  • Kasambi
  • Marangga
  • Lamba
  • Lulu
  • Kanatar

On Island

  • Hiking and trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Safari
  • Tours
  • Demonstrations
  • Cooking classes
  • Weaving
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Chocolate factory


  • Wake boarding
  • Boogie-boarding
  • Fishing and spearfishing
  • Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)
  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • SCUBA diving and free diving
  • Jet skis
  • Private boat charters

Menus are crafted to recall local flavors and far flung tastes, using fresh produce from the on site organic garden. Locally-caught fish is prepared in a new way every night. Toast is always cooked over an open fire – never in a toaster. These details make Nihi Sumba Island a singular culinary experience.

Restaurants include: Ombak, Nio Beach Club and Pool, Kaboku, *Also- “Destination Dining”

  • Private beach
  • Gym
  • Pool
  • Private freshwater pools with each villa
  • Spa
  • Chocolate factory
  • In room dining
  • Activity equipment
  • Laundry
  • Babysitting
  • Equestrian centre
  • Beach cinema
  • Ping pong table
  • Pool tables