- The island of Sumba can only be described as a secret gem, with an ecosystem and native culture that is unspoiled by development. Perched on the edge of this amazingly magnificent Lesser Sunda Island is Nihi Sumba Resort. Few places on earth offer such an untouched expanse as the Nihi Sumba, which occupies 560 acres of a tropical oasis.
- Nihi Sumba is an intimate island retreat located on Sumba, Indonesia, where ancient tribal culture uniquely forms the backdrop to an extraordinary experience of adventure, unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories.
- The resort is an outpost connecting you to world-class surfing, the best sport-fishing in Indonesia, hiking through breath-taking waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails.
- Nihi Sumba Island’s exclusivity and privacy is unrivalled.
- This stunning resort is situated between the lush jungle on one side and picturesque beach on the other.
- All profits are repatriated back into the Sumba Foundation, that was founded by the resort in 2001 to protect, preserve and empower the Sumbanese culture.
EXCLUSIVE LUXE VOYAGER VIP BENEFITS & BEST PRICE
We negotiate rates & benefits for our clients directly with the hotels’ senior management. Our rates match or in many cases are lower than the best online rate for the property. Our clients also enjoy a suite of extra VIP privileges and recognition while staying at a partner hotel.
- Complimentary room upgrade on arrival.
- Daily complimentary buffet breakfast for two.
- Up to $100 dining or spa credit per stay, and or in-house dining / spa discounts.
- Welcome amenities (wine/chocolates/fruit) and card from the GM.
- Complimentary private airport transfers.
- Complimentary roll-away bed if required.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi.
- Enhanced recognition through VIP status at all touch points in the guest experience.
A complete or partial suite of VIP benefits will be offered, subject to the property T&C, including availability, category of room & length of stay.
Nihi Sumba Island is host to one of the world’s most coveted private waves. Known as “God’s Left,” or often “Occy’s Left” (after Australian surfer Mark Occhilupo), the wave is popular for its character. Even for the most experienced surfer it presents a challenge because it is so sensitive to different conditions: tides, size, strength, and direction. Catching a good ride isn’t as easy as it looks, but once you make the right pick, the reward is a 200m to 300m long and often thrilling ride down the line through sections of ripple walls and heaving barrels. We reserve the amount of surfers to 10 per day, adding to the special experience. The wave has been a popular one for avid, recreational, and professional surfers for decades.
From beginner to advanced levels, depending on the wind condition and direction you can launch from our resort-front beach and kitesurf along our 2.5km coastline. Beginners will learn with training kites, and there are beautiful, calm, deserted beaches a short drive away where the conditions are ideal.Our waterman, Oye is a qualified kitesurf instructor and knows our beachfront waters inside and out.
The Indian Ocean’s underwater sea life is dynamic and intense, yet inspires stillness and harmony. Discover its exotic energy and beautiful wildlife with any one of our individual activities, or a tailored package for enthusiasts.Deep sea fishing off of the coast of Nihi produces some impressive catches. Our offshore eco-systems provide an active deep sea fishing excursion for big game enthusiasts. Our expert boatmen and local fishermen will locate the most active spots, and assist with prep and line as needed. Set out early in the morning and your catch will be ready for lunch! For the more intrepid guest, a two-hour spearfishing class combines sport with the awe of the underwater world. If you prefer to relax on the water, enjoy a scenic boat ride with a breakfast or lunchtime troll, then jump in the water for a swim with colorful fish.
We have expert instructors ready to guide you on how to spear your next target. Whether it be your very first catch or a sizeable local species you haven’t hunted before. If it is your first time or you’re still a beginner, a lesson is mandatory. Swimming experience and confidence in the ocean is a necessary pre-requisite. Within 3 hours you will have an introduction to freediving, breath holding and a familiarisation to spearfishing equipment. Including an inwater practical session allowing us to assess and tailor a spearfishing experience to suit your hunting preferences & diving skill level.Spearfishing excursions can be organised, after lesson completion and for experienced spearfisherman. The waters surrounding Nihi Sumba offer a variety of locations from underwater pinnacles, shallow reefs, caves & drop offs to inshore and offshore FADS to optimise your adventure. *Minumum age is set at 14 year old..
The reef in front of Nihi Sumba has a beautiful wall that extends past the channel and is full of colorful coral and marine life. The ideal snorkeling conditions are when the surf is small and preferably at low tide when the current is not as strong and the visibility is better. When you would like to go snorkeling, please visit the boat house or inform the Waterman in advance so that we can prepare the zodiac and snorkel gear. For safety’s sake we will also schedule a boathouse lifeguard to standby.
At Nihi, we love paddle boarding for its refreshing way to explore the island: on the lake, down the river, or in the ocean. On our most popular excursion, paddle board with water buffalo and float past everyday village life along the banks of the Wanukaka River. After a 30-minute scenic drive descending through the Wanukaka Valley, guests will receive paddle gear and instruction and be escorted by several guides, who will help acquaint you with the curiosity of little pirates! Playful young children with beaming smiles eagerly await the arrival of Nihi guests, and jump in the river to greet them. This particular activity is offered during the green season, however guests can paddle board all year round on the private 2.5km stretch of Nihi’s beach.
Waterman (Surfer & Freediver), Augusto spends his year sharing knowledge in the practises of breathing & breath bolding, and healthy living.Augusto is the Co-founder of Survival Apnea, an education system that shares Surfer´s and Freediver´s insights with the aim to help individuals increase performance in all types of stressful and challenging situations through the development of Self Awareness & Self Control. Parallel to the above, he is a Head Coach at Wildfitness.Which allows him to share knowledge & skills on how to live a healthy and balanced life, based on the observation of Nature and Human Evolution.
An equine community, horses are the soul of Sumba. Nihi’s state of the art equestrian facility, Sandalwood Stables, offers the perfect vacation for horse lovers. Our resident horse whisperer, Carolyn Sharpe, has handpicked an exceptional team of local sport horses ready to carry guests off into the sunset and beyond. Depending on the time of year, guests might be lucky enough to see one of our foals in training! Trail rides include Nihiwatu Beach at sunset, a beach-to-bush outing through local villages with stunning views of the coastline, select day trips to Rice Island or NihiOka Spa Safari (weather permitting), and a visit to neighboring Coconut Cove for a gallop through calm waves.
Tailored to indulge each one of your senses, the NihiOka spa safari is a one of a kind experience not to be missed. The day begins just after sunrise with a 90-minute trek through rolling countryside hills, expansive rice fields and a traditional Sumbanese village where guests have the special opportunity to meet the villagers and buy local crafts. After the trek, a fleet of staff bearing cold towels and fresh coconuts usher you to a dining area cantilevered over a private coastline where a full breakfast is served.
Our guide will show you the untouched beauty of Sumba through nearby villages where you will observe daily life as a local.
We will help you choose a route according to skill level, tailoring an itinerary that combines a great workout with unmatched sightseeing … from exhilarating downhill rides, to a calm cruises through flat lands, you will arrive at our popular Rice Island with a picnic view of rice fields.
A stay at Nihi combines the ultimate in luxury comforts with the opportunity to authentically immerse yourself into the island’s magnificently preserved ancient culture, to imbibe the local tradition and flavor and enjoy the rich symphony of Sumba daily life.You can witness more of the wild and vibrant culture through a visit to the local villages and markets to see, local arts and crafts or monumental megalithic burial sites and the exquisite Ikat weavings, famous all over the world.
The low tides around the new and full moons withdraw sufficiently enough to expose the entire reef in front of the boathouse, revealing many little pools filled with a variety of marine life. Join the villagers while they forage through the reef in search of seaweed, starfish, sea urchins, crabs, fish, and octopus to use in their traditional cooking. * Please take care not to step on any live coral in the tidal pools or to remove any shells.
Sumba is a magical Island, a landscape filled with natural wonderment and geographical opulence. Tailor-made itineraries include everything from visits to local Stone Age sites and traditional villages to picnics under breathtaking Lapopu and Blue waterfalls to butterfly and nature trails.Guests have the opportunity to partake in a daily excursion with our Land & Activities team who takes guests to experience some of the island’s most spectacular and scenic excursions by hiking, mountain biking, horse riding or open-air Land Rover Safari.
If the surf at Nihi Sumba gets too big, Rua can provide smaller option. This is a fairly soft wave, with both rights and lefts. It usually only breaks when the surf at Nihi Sumba is over 8 feet.
This right hand wave can be very powerful on the right swell but is usually a playful wave. It is especially worth a try during the months of March-May and October-January. This is a great option for when the winds at Nihi Sumba are onshore.
Located on the far corner of the Western reef, this lefthander only starts breaking when the surf at Nihi Sumba is double overhead or bigger. It is consistently twice the size of Nihi Sumba.
This is a smaller right and left that breaks on a rock shelf close to the beach. Normally, it can only be surfed on low tides. It can be a good option when the tide is too low or the winds are too strong at Nihi Sumba.
Take a culinary journey though Indonesia with our kitchen as you take a tour through our organic garden and learn about the local herbs and spices
used in traditional Indonesian cuisine followed by a trip into the kitchen to learn to cook some of Nihi’s signature, and your favorite, Indonesian dishes.
You wouldn’t believe it at first but there is a Charly who actually does own a chocolate factory in Bali. Of course we found him and, with the hectares of cocoa plantations growing in Sumba, invited Charly to re-create a twin on the grounds of Nihi Sumba Island. Rumors has it it that Charly lives and sleeps among the trees of Nihi Sumba Island chocolate factory.
We aim to delight your child by creating memories that last well beyond your stay with us, with a focus on engaging and immersive experiences that foster a respect for the environment, build upon the adventures of travel, and develop a curiosity for discovery. Watch with a smile as your child explores and grows through our curated experiences.
Nihi Sumba Island, formerly Nihiwatu, is a remote, luxury eco lodge on the island of Sumba in Indonesia, just a short flight from Bali. It supports local villagers who follow an ancient, tribal culture and is the only property on the island for visitors.
Nihi Sumba Island, formerly known as Nihiwatu, is a place for a totally unique holiday experience, perfect for those wanting a remote and exclusive stay in one of the most stunning locations on earth. Nihi was born from 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% local Sumbanese, a team that hold a genuine spirit of hospitality. This means service can sometimes be a little slow, but we feel that adds to the charm. Guests here have a chance to experience an adventurous holiday in a dramatic, unparalleled setting. The island of Sumba has an ancient culture, untouched by the modern world and a visit to the villages of megalithic tribes is fascinating.
With lush jungle on one side and the exclusive beach and Indian Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see on the other, the property encompasses 175 hectares of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, while its stunning two and half kilometres of beachfront are protected by headlands that ensure total exclusivity. With an idyllic setting that is pristine, romantic and endlessly peaceful Nihi Sumba Island is the perfect tropical retreat for honeymooners, couples and families alike.
Nihi Sumba Island is made up of a collection of different villas to suit the size your needs. Whether you are looking for some privacy, great ocean views or just ample space to unwind, our Travel consultants can help you find the perfect villa for your holiday.Where you stay on vacation is more than just a hotel room. It is an experience. A new way of living. Every detail in our rooms – 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.
Mandaka - Wave Front One Bedroom Villa
Nestled under the trees in a cottage like setting, Mandaka’s one-bedroom villa combines the luxury of the expansive estate with its own secluded corner of the property overlooking Nihi’s coveted surf wave.A private path leads directly down to the Boat House for water activities, socializing, and sunset cocktails.Ideal for those traveling alone and can also be rented out as a guest bedroom for friends and family of those staying in the Master One bedroom villa.
Mamole Tree House - Three Bedroom Estate
Three separate but conjoining villas punctuate this breathtaking jungle property. Built around the trunk of a tree, Mamole is ideal for anyone who appreciates unique design and a sense of immersion in nature. The first floor contains an open air living room and a half bathroom that leads out to a private lounge area overlooking a spectacular infinity pool. Generously appointed deck chairs and lounge seating make Mamole a social estate perfect for larger groups of friends or families that wish to be separate but close together. The second floor holds the master bedroom and bathroom: circular in shape and encased in fully functional sliding glass doors on all sides, the Mamole master bedroom is one of the most beautiful and distinctive Nihi Sumba Island has to offer, complete with a balcony overlooking the ocean.
Haweri - Two Bedroom Villa
Haweri is indeed the villa of abundance. There are two large swimming pools, a ten person hot tub, a waterside yoga pavilion, a secluded bamboo bale above a private beach, and a spectacular living and dining room perched on a hilltop overlooking the coastline. For those seeking absolute privacy surrounded by nature at its best, this is the place to be.On the hilltop is the open air dining, living and entertaining pavilion with a fully equipped kitchen, fire place and two outdoor decks offering jaw dropping views in all directions. Below are the swimming pools and the villas, each individually designed and positioned to maximize the beautiful vista; giving a breathtaking perspective from each area of the property.
Puncak-Four Bedroom Villa
Perched near the highest point of the resort above a hillside of organic gardens, Puncak comprises of a four-bedroom estate with a sunken outdoor dining area and two plunge pools. One of the two-bedroom villa includes a bedroom each upstairs and downstairs with adjacent bathrooms. The other two-bedroom villa has a master bedroom upstairs with an en-suite bathroom and the children’s room downstairs, which can accommodate up to two children in a bunk bed, also with an en-suite bathroom. This villa includes a ground floor open-air living room. Puncak was a featured winner for PURE’s Best in Design 2015.
Lantoro - One Bedroom Villa
Located on a shared beachside estate, the Lantoro villas are perfect for families and groups of friends travelling together yet also have the flexibility to be rented separately. The one bedroom suites feature secluded gardens, a private path leading down to the beach and a private plunge pool.
Wamoro - One Bedroom Villa
Spacious and grand, the one bedroom villas feature king sized canopy beds with a sitting area and work station. High ceilings and three walls of windows makes each bedroom feel both airy and serene. Outside you will find your own private plunge pool and lounge area with spectacular unimpeded views of Nihi beach.
Kasambi-One Bedroom Villa
Kasambi’s two luxury one-bedroom suites feature private, creek-side entrances and are surrounded by gardens of Jasmine, Frangipani, and Palm trees. They share a plunge pool with a private path to the Nio Beach Bar.
Marangga - Wave Front One Bedroom Villa
Marangga is a single level master bedroom and bathroom estate with its own private gardens leading directly to the ocean. At the foot of the property with panoramic views of the Indian ocean is a private cliffside bale. Inside the private bale is king sized day bed that can be appropriated for any number of uses: catered lunches during the day, massages at sunset and even made up in bed linens and canopy netting as a romantic seaside bedroom for sleeping at night. Each Marangga has its own private plunge pool, outdoor shower and dining area.
Lamba - Wave Front One Bedroom Villa
Built entirely on one level, each of the two Lamba estates features an exquisitely appointed master bedroom that opens out onto a deck with lounge chairs, an upholstered day bed and teak cabana next to a private plunge pool. A rambling backyard, private garden and outdoor shower with ocean views complete the scene. Ideal for couples looking for a sense of privacy and the perfect amount of space, Lamba is the jewel tucked conveniently away in the heart of the resort. Can be rented separately or connected for families and friends.
Lulu - One Bedroom Villa
Our Lulu one-bedroom villa is made up of a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and outdoor tub, connecting to a living room or children’s bedroom with en-suite bathroom and outdoor shower.
Kanatar - One Bedroom Villa
Each one-bedroom villa is made up of two generously proportioned stories. The first floor houses a powder room and a luxurious open air living area that overlooks a sprawling deck with a private infinity pool. An adjacent family room can be used as a second bedroom accommodating up to two children, or to relax, watch movies, or work. The second floor features a large master bedroom, the hero of which is a signature canopy bed with dramatic ocean views.
Meals are taken communally at Nihi in the rustic dining room or private dinners can be enjoyed at the various outdoor pavilions and vegetables are mainly organically grown on the island. There is also a dramatic cliff top bar and living room for guests to enjoy. In 2014, the main Wavefront restaurant was completely rebuilt and extended with a decked area and cantilevers over the ocean. Nio Beach Bar was also completely rebuilt with a new cabana-style lounge area serving lobster and champagne. The Jungle Spa has wonderful massage and body treatments and the Boathouse has a whole host of watersports activities on offer. There is also a swimming pool.
The hub of social activity is the main sandy-floored Ombak (meaning wave front) restaurant and bar lounge.Ombak, an exquisitely crafted open-air restaurant, serves a la carte breakfast and dinner daily with a relaxed convivial atmosphere. During the week we create special dining experiences including spectacular BBQs.The large outside deck, cantilevered over the ocean, offers relaxed lounge seating and a spectacular private dining experience, The Nest, perched on the crest of the ocean, perfect for a romantic dinner or an intimate group meal.
Nio Beach Club & Pool
Just bare footsteps from the sea, the Nio Beach Club offers open-aired pavilions and the Kapten’s Goa (Captain’s Cave) serving the highest quality of fresh ingredients for lunch: whether it is a fish just caught from sea, delicious vegetables and legumes from our three thriving organic gardens, items from the grill, daily rotisserie or freshly made pizzas from our wood fired clay oven, the Chef and his brigade will satiate your appetite with sumptuously healthy dishes.The newest addition is a state-of-the-art resort lap pool, perched on the Edge of Wildness with soothing, cooling, and epic views of the ocean, sunsets, Occy’s Left and local village life during low tides. Lunch or snacks are served by the pool, and for special occasions, we create magical settings for romantic dinners.
The latest addition to our dining experiences is Kaboku (Sumbanese for “fish”), our beachfront sushi bar.Visit Kaboku for an intimate meal of fresh caught seafood, Omakase style. Watch our sushi chefs prepare an assortment of catch-of-the-day, against a backdrop of brilliant sunsets and a roaring beach fire. The chic structure captures a high-end Japanese sushi bar environment, while surrounded by our signature open-air resort ambience.Limited to six people per seating, the restaurant is open five nights a week from 6pm until 10pm, with advance reservations. The seven-course menu of local ingredients also includes avocado tofu, shrimp dumplings, Teriyaki dishes, miso soup, desserts, and more. Try the sake and wine pairing with your meal.
Besides this, Nihi offers the Nihi Oka Spa Safari, a unique spa experience incorporating a 90-minute trek through the rolling hills, beautiful scenery and local villages. Your final destination will be Nihi Oka where you will be welcomed with fresh fruits and a sumptious breakfast. With unlimited treatments, relax and unwind with the sound of the breaking waves beneath you.
Allow yourself to let go as the healing hands of our Sumbanese Spa team take you on a therapeutic journey where your mind and body transcend, assisted by the healing blends of pure essential oils in combination with gentle nurturing and energy work.
Yoga is an integral part of the Nihi Sumba Island experience and the design of our yoga pavilion reflects just that: a breathtaking platform set atop a cliff side ridge offers sweeping views of Nihiwatu Beach on the Indian Ocean.
Meet us in the jungle for an upbeat class combining strength training, cardio and stretching. We will take you on an adventure off the mat, using “nature’s gym” to get our hearts pumping and endorphins flowing. Expect a full body workout followed by a balancing series of stretches leaving you energized for the rest of the day.
Leaving the Boathouse, a sandy path parallel to the ocean will lead you past the turtle hatchery, to Nio Beach Club and Pool. With an inviting 20 meter state-of-the-art infinity lap pool overlooking the Indian Ocean it is the perfect spot for beach lovers to chill and watch the
die-hard surfers shred the wave. Our culinary team serve the highest quality fresh ingredients for a lunch and pool experience: just freshly caught fish, delicious salads; items from the grill and freshly made pizzas from our large clay oven along with our Nihi Sumba® classics.