Luxury surf travel at its finest, Nihiwatu is situated on the remote Indonesia island of Sumba and is considered one of the most beautiful and pristine resorts on the planet
Situated in one of the most remote yet lush areas of Indonesia, Nihiwatu is an exclusive eco-resort complete with the finest finishings and facilities for the most discerning traveller. The surf resort is five star in every way and is set amongst 438 acres of stunning tropical forest and farmland in an area often touted as Indonesia’s “Lost World”.
As well as world class waves, guests at the resort will enjoy all the finest experience a wide range of experiences including fishing, wellness, spa safari, horse riding, coconut cove, excursions and cultural trips.
The island of Sumba where Nihiwatu is located is well known as historically being an island of fierce warriors, and there is plenty of history encompassing the Sunda Islands. The island group spans 11,000 square kilometres, and the majority of the local island population still follow the ways of their ancestors including a traditional dress with a sarong, belt, sword and turban for men, and sarongs and headbands with motifs for women.
The resort is owned by American entrepreneur Christopher Burch, who took over the resort in 2012 with an aim to turn the establishment into one of the best resorts in the world. Recently Travel + Leisure readers across the globe voted Nihiwatu as the number one hotel in the world in all categories.
Being located on the West Coast of Sumba, Nihiwatu is exposed to swells generated by the Southern Ocean that travel thousands of kilometres across the Indian Ocean’s reefs and shores.
Best surfed between April and October each year, the peak months for surfers are July and August for visitors seeking the perfect wave from across the globe. With tides of nearly four metres, the ocean in Sumba can be a dynamic place, and watermen and experienced surf instructors are on hand to provide support and guidance on the direction where needed. Watermen can also provide transfers to neighbouring waves by boat as required at an additional charge.
There are waves to suit every level of surfers including lefts, rights, beginner waves and waves for the most intrepid surfer. Nihiwatu’s premier wave ‘God’s Left’ is situated directly out front of the resort. Due to Nihiwatu’s dedication to unforgettable crowd-free surfing, surfing spots are limited to only 10 per day and the resort is dedicated to a ten-surfer quota to ensure there are no issues while surfing.
If you are in a group and booking the entire resort we can leave this quota up to the group, however, all surfers will need to be registered ahead of time and will need to confirm their paid surf spot with the resort’s boathouse. Also, surfboards over 7ft will need to be sent separately overland at the cost of the guest due to limits with cargo space on domestic flights.
Re-opened after extensive renovation in 2015, Nihiwatu is a signature surf resort voted by Travel + Leisure readers across the globe as the number one hotel in the world in their annual awards in 2016. Focused on being a new type of luxury that encapsulates culture, philanthropy and attention to detail, the resort offers the very best in adventure and fun encapsulated in a resort that goes the extra mile for the discerning surf traveller.
The resort has 33 private villas with plunge pools, and indoor and outdoor entertaining area with views of Nihi Beach, a wide range of island exploration activities including hidden waterfalls, scenic views of rice paddies, visits to local villages, professional equestrian centre and mountain excursions.
Nihiwatu with the support of hotel guests is a philanthropic resort dedicated to fostering community projects through the Sumba Foundation. Over the past fourteen years, this support has seen the creation of four medical clinics, a Malaria training centre and over 100 water wells and water stations created for the local community as well as the development of a malnutrition and education program for local primary school children in the local area.
Within the resort the total number of guests is 80 people, making for an exclusive and personalised visit for surf lovers.
• Kasambi, Wamoro and Lantoro – 6 residences of 1 bedroom villas with private pools and 3 residences of 2 bedrooms villas
• Kanatar – 1 residence or 1.5 bedrooms in duplex and 1 residence of 1 bedroom Sumba house
• Lamba – 2 residences of wave front 1 bedroom villas
• Lulu Amahu – 2 residences of 1 bedroom villas
• Treehouse (Mamole) – 3 bedroom villa
• Marangga – 4 residences of 1 bedroom honeymoon villas on the cliff top
• Puncak – 3 bedroom villa
• Raja Mendaka residence – 5 bedroom residence with 19-metre lap pool
• Haweri – 5 bedroom residence
• Couples and honeymooners
• Groups of friends
• Solo travellers
• Surfers of all levels
• Luxury accommodation seekers
• Learn to surf
• Groups of up to 10 surfers
Nihiwatu has a number of different dining options to expand your culinary horizons throughout. The Ombak open air restaurant & bar is situated on the beachfront and serves breakfast and dinner daily. The Nio Beach club and pool is made up of open air pavilions and has an amazing infinity pool to cool off after dining on your delicious lunch.
All meals are included in the package for Nihiwatu and include breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon snacks and all alcoholic beverages. The mini bar is restocked once per day with beers and spirits, and tobacco is available at the resort for an additional cost.
The resort chef is Clinton Drake who has spent the last 10 years working in some of the finest restaurants in the world. Since being at Nihiwatu Clinton has created a selection of very unique and inspiring dining adventures for guests to enjoy.
The resort is family friendly and caters for children. Catering for special dietary requirements is also provided including vegan, vegetarian and food intolerance’s.
There are plenty of activities and experiences on the island including sea-based options such as surfing, snorkelling, ocean and river SUP, fishing, kayaking, bogey boarding, wakeboarding and surfing safaris. On the land, guests can indulge in hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, Land Rover safari, visits to village markets, and local arts and crafts.
For those looking to indulge the senses, there is a wide range of spa treatments available at Nihiwatu as well as complimentary yoga sessions in the Pavilion. Unique to Nihiwatu is the ‘Chris & Charly’s Chocolate Factory’ which is the resort’s own chocolate tour.
Other activities available (at extra cost), include:
- Fishing trips & boat excursions
- Jet ski, tow surfing
- PADI dive certification & Diving
- Spear fishing
- Private Yoga/Pilates/TRX instruction
- Private surf lessons
- Waterfall treks
- Spa treatments
Prices & Packages
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|All Inclusive||1 Bed Villa||1||$750||Enquire now|
• All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
• Wi-Fi Internet
• Mini bar
• Scheduled excursions and activities on land
• Activities by sea including stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling
• Yoga and meditation classes
• Butler service
• Private in-villa dining
• Domestic flight arrangement
• Babysitting services
• Destination dining offsite
• Multilingual staff
The exclusive buy-out of the resort is available, and all bookings are a minimum of seven nights. With 38 rooms available in total across 33 villas, there are room configurations to suit all groups including 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom layouts.
Nihiwatu offers not just surfing and world-class facilities but also options for small, private meeting spaces for those wishing to mix business with pleasure.
How to get there
Sumba is a short 50-minute flight from Bali. The resort can arrange domestic flights and ticketing between Denpasar and Sumba’s Tambolaka airport. Should you not be able to get a flight to Tambolaka, there is a second airport five hours drive away from Nihiwatu in East Sumba.
Once you’ve landed in Tambolaka, our resort representatives will drive guests the 90-minute drive on a private road from the airport to the resort.
Nihiwatu is focused on sustainability within the local area as well as being engaged in a wide range of community-minded activities developed to support the local inhabitants of Sumba and the surrounding island groups.
90% of the workforce at Nihiwatu is made up of local Sumbanese – which is equivalent to 280 staff.
The resort has a strong focus on philanthropy with the Sumba Foundation funded by profits from Nihiwatu. This foundation supports local benefactors as well as medical clinics, schools and communal farms in and around the local area.