In an isolated setting on the west coast of Sumba, surrounded by tropical forest and rice terraces, NIHI Sumba overlooks 2.5 kilometres of pristine private beach that’s home to the island’s famous ‘Occy’s Left’ left-hand surf break. Born out of a dream to ride the perfect wave, this remote retreat is arguably the most stylish and luxurious surf resort in Asia. However, it’s not solely aimed at surfers. Anyone can appreciate the spectacular location, the kick-back chilled vibe and incredible private pool villas.
Each hand-built villa features a pool and wooden terrace, skillfully softened amidst the surrounding greenery. If you’re here to surf, you’ll be one of only ten experienced surfers allowed on the water each day, hence the break’s cult status. Beginners can hit the water with surf lessons at nearby Nihiwatu beach, head out on paddle-boards and kayaks, or explore marine life with a snorkel or dive expedition. Away from the sea, relaxation and quiet moments can be found at the spa and yoga pavilion, and afternoon tea can be enjoyed at the highest point of the resort – the homemade banana bread is not to be missed.
On a private beach on Sumba’s north coast, an hour and a half’s drive from Tambolaka airport, NIHI Sumba combines the island’s rugged wilderness with classically-styled gardens just a few moments from world-class surfing breaks - the best of all worlds.
World-class surfing hotspot
Horse riding along the beach
Snorkelling, diving & water sports
Spa, yoga & meditation
We got maximum peace and privacy with a nothing-is-too-much-trouble atmosphere to boot. NIHI Sumba definitely didn’t disappoint.
Discover what to expect from staying at NIHI Sumba
There’s no denying that this is a premium hotel experience, with facilities and service of the absolute highest quality, but there’s a certain rawness brought in by the landscape that really gives Nihi the edge. The combination of the very best hospitality experience with such unbeatable natural surroundings ticks a lot of boxes.
Though there are elements which are specifically aimed at dedicated surfers, the huge range of activities on offer besides surfing is a huge draw. Whether you’re travelling solo, looking for a romantic break, or after a family getaway with real ‘wow’ factor, the Nihi has something to fit the bill, yet without feeling contrived. This really is an excellent all-rounder in a much less visited corner of Indonesia.
Families are very welcome, and the seclusion of each villa makes for a relaxed stay with kids. There are plenty of activities for younger guests to get involved with, from pony riding, to mini spa experiences, to chocolate cookery classes.
Experienced surfers can book a slot to ride the famous ‘God’s Left’ wave (also known as ‘Occy’s Left’), while beginners can take surf lessons on a nearby beach. Head out onto the water to kayak, kite surf or paddleboard, and explore beneath the surface with snorkels or full diving trips. Ride across the sands on horseback and accompany the horses out into the shallow waters. Take private boat and fishing trips, walk to inland waterfalls, trek or mountain bike through the island’s rugged landscape, and watch exhilarating displays of traditional Pasola horseback spear throwing. Take classes in Indonesian and Japanese cookery, or yoga classes in the dedicated pavilion, and combine exhilarating trekking with sublime treatments on a day-long spa safari.
The property supports the Sumba Foundation, an organisation dedicated to helping local communities through providing reliable access to clean water, educational programmes and preserving the island’s distinctive culture.
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