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, 400km east of Bali, is an outpost to world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through breath taking waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails; to Stand-up Paddling down the Wanukaka River. The activities at Nihiwatu are designed to allow our guests to enjoy Sumba Island in all its extraordinary magic. Nihiwatu was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families. The resort is proud to employ over 90 percent local Sumbanese, a team that hold a genuine spirit of hospitality. Stories of the heart, character and soul of Nihiwatu reached long-time friends, American brand-building entrepreneur Chris Burch and prolific South African-born hotelier, James McBride in 2011, who together acquired the resort in 2012. The property, and main resort on Sumba encompasses 567 hectares of land. All villas are built on terraces with private verandas that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most of the dramatic views of the endless turquoise Indian Ocean. All villas are the epitome of understated luxury, featuring spacious outdoor living areas, sandy-floored bathrooms with an open-air concept and private pools, with spectacular views of the azure Indian Ocean. The emphasis is on open-plan living that reflects the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture. The resort welcomed award-winning Executive Chef, Bernard Prim in February 2014 who brings his international reputation to the new menu and destination dining adventures.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Bar/Poolside -Charge; Business Center -Charge; Coffee Shop on site; Convenience Store on site -Charge; Gift Shop on site -Charge; Front Desk; Breakfast/ Buffet; Breakfast/ Continental; Breakfast/ Full; Express Check-In; Express Check-Out; Late Check Out; Airline/Travel Desk on site; Babysitting/Child Services -Charge; Baggage Hold Car Rental Services -Charge; Coffee/ Tea in room; Evening Turndown Service; Fax Service -Charge; Guest Services; Hotel Operated Airport Shuttle; Local Calls -Charge; Local Shuttle Long Distance -Charge; Maid Service-Daily; Massage Services on-site -Charge; Medical Services on-site -Charge; Photocopy Service -Charge; Security Patrol; Wake up calls.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Arcade/game room
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Total number of rooms - 32
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Multilingual staff
  • Supervised childcare/activities
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Room Amenities

  • Turndown service
  • Room service

Nearby Things to Do

  • Fishing on site
  • Horse riding/rental on site
  • Scuba diving on site

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