Luxury travel to Sumba
Just an hour’s flight from bustling Bali, and twice the size of its popular neighbour, Sumba’s virtually untouched island is impressive. Soaring thatched bamboo houses are set on an island rich with pristine rainforest and rice paddies, fringed with white sand beaches and lofty palms.
The 6,000 inhabitants, predominately villagers, have so far resisted modern developments and continue ancient rituals, following the traditions of their ancestors. We can arrange cultural trips with the islanders, where you can spend time learning about their age-old beliefs and trades, from ikat weavings to traditional knife carving, and take the opportunity to buy directly from them.
Adventure and activity is certainly well catered for here in Sumba with an abundance of outdoor excursions available. Visitors can acquaint themselves with this fascinating island on jungle treks, swimming in cool waterfall pools or whilst paddle-boating on the Wanukaka River. You can also try your luck at surfing on Nihiwatu beach, take a speedboat out for deep sea fishing, dive into vibrant reefs and explore the idyllic coastlines and private coves.
A wild, tribal and incredibly striking island. For those with an adventurous spirit, looking for a different kind of luxury and island experience – Sumba is the perfect island to explore.
What to do
- Visit the local market at Waikabubak
- Surf at Nihiwatu beach
- Take a dip in the cool waterfall pools at Wanukaka
When to go
April to November is perfect for travelling to Sumba. Although tropical thunderstorms are always a possibility, it is usually very sunny and humid year round. The 'green', rainy season, is between December to March, however it is still possible to visit.
Itineraries including Sumba
Accommodation in Sumba
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NIHI Sumba IslandThis eco-friendly resort takes a responsible approach to hospitability, and its restaurants make use of organically grown produce from the grounds, while its foundation and community outreach programmes seek to benefit and upskill the local villages, and protect the environment. Positioned within the diverse natural setting of 438 acres of tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands on a private stretch of beautiful beach, Nihi Sumba Island provides utter scenic seclusion. All rooms are tucked amongst the trees, with huge windows and private terraces or balconies boasting expansive sea views. With 32 villas, all made from reclaimed wood by local craftsmen and furnished with unique regional artefacts, the accommodation here is exceptional. Meanwhile, the restaurant is a fusion between Eastern and Western cuisine, with an extremely accommodating team and chef. Though dining tends to be a communal affair with couples, families and friends, the staff will happily arrange private dining in your room or at one of many private romantic locations among the grounds. During the day, guests can try their hand at surfing along the beach or take in the Sumbanese countryside and culture by horseback. Those looking for a more relaxing pursuit can indulge in the Jungle Spa, with a massage or yoga class. There’s also fishing trips, stand-up paddleboarding and diving to be enjoyed, plus destination dining and a sea turtle hatchery.