Nihiwatu Luxury Retreat (Sumba)

Nihiwatu is a spectacular property located on the untamed island of Sumba. For travelers “in the know”, this quiet retreat is on the map for one thing: a glorious wave that lures surfers from across the globe. Only ten people can hang ten on this left-hand break at a time—unprecedented in the surfing world. These days, Nihiwatu is on our radar for more than the surf. This tropical hideaway is referred to as “what Bali was 25 years ago”—a remote sanctuary with unspoiled beaches, proud locals, and idyllic exclusivity. With nine brand new villas, there are now even more reasons to visit Nihiwatu. The property’s two Ombak (meaning wavefront) villas are within sight of the left-hand break, so die hard surfers can analyze the swell from their private outdoor lounge area while soaking in their en suite plunge pool. Honeymooners will favor the total seclusion of the Marangga villas, enjoying panoramic views from a spectacular Cliffside bale, outdoor garden, and private outdoor dining. While families will find comfort and freedom in the hillside Kanatar Sumba House and Suku villas built with adjoining master and guest bedrooms, outdoor terraces, and spacious living areas.

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The thatched roof bungalows invite the outdoors in, with glass walls that provide uninterrupted views of the swells below. Decorated with hand-woven intricate ikat weavings from the region, the property feels connected to the tribal islanders that call Sumba home. Activities on the island include world class surfing, fishing, diving, and simply kicking back at your plunge pool to relax. You will get a sense of the culture through the staff (the men maintain traditional wear, sporting their signature swords hanging from their belt), but a village visit is the best way to get a glimpse of the Stone Age sites and ancient animist culture that solidifies why it’s unlike any other place on earth.

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