Its rich tropical rainforest, the whiteness of the beaches, the inexorable rolling motion of the gentle Indian Ocean, the green rice paddies and swaying grasslands.

You’ll also have time to meditate on the nature of mankind as you immerse yourself in Sumba’s wild festivals, the ancient animist rituals and Stone Age sites that are such an important part of this far-flung island. Not to mention the modern day luxuries and natural beauty of Nihiwatu itself – the thinking person’s paradise.

Nhiwatu, at a glance

  • An extraordinary resort in an isolated archipelago
  • Choice of rustic bungalows and villas encircled by 438 acres of tropical forest
  • Inspired by traditional Sumbanese architecture
  • Built by Indonesian craftsmen using local materials
  • Balconies with uninterrupted vistas of the beach and sea
  • Dine with your toes in the sand; on fish, vegetarian and vegan specialities

For leisure and pleasure

  • 1.5 km of immaculate beach
  • Wellness, waterfall yoga and meditation
  • Diving, fishing, surfing and boating
  • Guided treks to breathtaking waterfalls and remote beaches
  • Cultural visits to incredible Stone Age villages
  • Seasonal festivals – including massive horseback battles and animist rituals
  • Traditional weaving classes
  • Sumba Foundation tour
  • I am notoriously difficult to please as my work colleagues and family will attest but I have to say that the organisation from your team was absolutely brilliant. From guides to drivers it was faultless.

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    MO, Vietnam 2016