Exclusive eco resort on the island that time forgot

Facilities & services
  • 32 villas
  • Swimming pool and plunge pools
  • Restaurants and bar areas
  • Jungle and hilltop spas
  • Private beach
  • Wi-Fi
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Trekking
  • Visiting local villages
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Surfing
  • Diving
  • Cookery classes

Regarded as one of the finest resorts in the world, Nihi Sumba Island, formerly known as Nihiwatu, has a blissfully remote location on West Sumba. This 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.

Positive Impact

The Sumba Foundation

The Nihi Sumba established The Sumba Foundation, which is committed to lessening the consequences of poverty on the island of Sumba. Their aim is to provide humanitarian aid through village-based projects that measurably impact local health by establishing access to clean water, creating educational programmes, and lessening the effects of Malaria. While these are the top priorities, so too is preserving and respecting the fragile culture and traditions of the Sumbanese people.

The foundation has also set up nutrition programmes for malnourished infants and provides school lunches, and supports 22 primary schools with water, toilets, tables, and chairs. At three of these schools, existing buildings, which were deemed unsafe, were renovated and new classrooms were added to accommodate the growing youth population.

Four clinics that have been built by the foundation, treat around 25,000 patients a year for a large range of infectious and non-infectious ailments. Through their care, the clinics have also reduced the occurrence of malaria by 93% in a core intervention area, and aim for elimination in Sumba over the coming decade.

In 2019, the foundation opened their flagship Learning Development Center in Hobawawi, where they are now teaching 300 students English in a classroom three times per week. Their classrooms use technology, such as tablets pre-loaded with DuoLingo and computers to expand their knowledge.

The foundation is renovating and upgrading water systems and expanding their coverage to provide more people with direct access to water and they have supplied clinics, government clinics, and 22 primary schools with access to clean water.

Another project the foundation established is the Eye Care Programme, which is dedicated to alleviating the people of Sumba from eye diseases and assisting their refraction needs.

The Sumba Foundation also provides farmers with organic non-GMO seeds from America, teaches them organic farming methods, and helps them safeguard their harvest. They’re equipping farmers to feed their families better, as well as sell their produce to pay for necessities such as school fees and clothing.


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