Twice the size of Bali yet virtually undiscovered by tourism, Sumba is a hauntingly beautiful Indonesian island 250 miles southeast of Bali. It’s a magically pristine land of gorgeous beaches, tropical scenery and a fascinating tribal culture which is undiscovered by mass tourism. It’s home to the intimate retreat of Nihiwatu – a hotel of innovative design, multiple activities and strong ties to the community through the Sumba Foundation.
After a major refurbishment programme, this autumn Nihiwatu will introduce nine new villas to complement the existing 12 villas in the Estates – all hand-built by local craftsmen with material indigenous to Indonesia, including alang alang, teak and rattan. Tucked away amongst the trees, Nihiwatu’s new villas like the existing ones will overlook the Indian Ocean and offer the epitome of responsible, understated luxury. Sandy- floored bathrooms, private pools and open-air, open-plan living, reflect the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture, allowing the wild natural surrounds to take centre stage. The resort is set within 580 acres of land (only 10% of which is developed) and one and a half miles of pristine beach, and also comprises a bar and restaurant pavilions, boathouse and jungle spa as well as the new Mark Healey Watersports Operation.
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