Located on a pristine 2.5 kilometre stretch of beach in an area unspoiled by tourism, Nihiwatu was built by a husband and wife team who literally set up camp on the island in 1988. The development from a handful of beach bungalows to what Nihiwatu is now has resulted in a real sense of community with its surroundings – 96% of the staff are Sumbanese whose uniform is their local dress, complete with red headband and sword worn around their waist!
The exclusive property consists of 3 estates with 2 family villas and 2 suites per estate. The feel of the place is luxurious but rustic, with vast airy rooms, thatched roofs, private plunge pools, and gorgeous bathrooms with outdoor rain showers.
Kiddies will have a field day with all the activities that include releasing baby turtles into the sea (March-July), stand up paddle boarding on the Wanukaka River (a real highlight, with local kids swimming up alongside you), and interacting with local schoolchildren and challenging them to football matches. Nihiwatu is a fantastic way for kids to be active, but also experience the cultural side of Sumba.
Barefoot luxury at its absolute finest, this is a truly magical place.
Surfing novices (Christian the watersports guru will get anyone standing within an hour), couples seeking a quieter beach locale, and families looking for something more than the typical Bali resort holiday.
The Sumba Foundation, started by Nihiwatu’s founders, is very special and one of the key reasons why Nihiwatu works so well. The effects of the Foundation stretch for over a hundred miles around the property – building schools and clinics, providing clean drinking water, and reducing malaria by 85%.