If you are seeking for the perfect getaway where you can unwind and enjoy the best nature has to offer, you need to check into Nihiwatu Resort. Here you can immerse yourself in a splendid, unspoiled region of the Indonesian Archipelago and enjoy a refined but relaxed dining experience courtesy of world-renowned chefs.
Just as the beach attracted the ancestors and early settlers who named it Nihiwatu, meaning mortar stone due its solitary rock formations along the tide, it pulled in Claude and Petra Graves in 1988, as they searched for the perfect wave. This adventure gave birth to a vision for the creation of a luxury resort that would share and preserve the excellent culture of the Sumba with visitors who appreciate it. The Graves aptly named the hotel Nihiwatu in keeping with the island’s legacy.
During your stay at the 32-villa Nihiwatu hotel, you can lounge by the pools that overlook the ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see. You can also spend days meditating on the beauty that surrounds you on every side or take advantage of the world-class diving, fishing and surfing spots available on your doorstep. As dusk sets in, take a time to enjoy the catch of the day as you dine in the open watching the sky transit from the fiery ball to the glitter of countless stars in the night sky.
How to get to Nihiwatu? Everything about Nihiwatu is adventure including getting there. For international travelers, you will need to travel via Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali. You may have to stay overnight since connecting flights are usually available in the morning. During your overnight stay, seize the opportunity to explore and take in your surroundings. In the morning, take a connecting flight to Tamboka Airport on Sumba Island. From there, take a 90-minute drive through the beautiful countryside that will get you to Nihiwatu.
At the hotel: The resort’s 567 acres of land feature watersport facilities, beach cinema, equestrian center, pool tables and ping-pong table and free WiFi throughout. All the 32 hotel rooms have a mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities; free bottled water as well as Nihiwatu natural toiletries.
Favorite rooms: Marangga villas are located right at the edge of the cliff and have jaw-dropping views of the ocean and an outdoor base for guests who prefer sleeping under the starry sky. The rooms have a private garden, outdoor dining, outdoor shower and a terrace as well as a decking featuring a complete lounge pool.
The Kanatar houses are duplex getaways perfectly designed for couples on holiday or honeymoon. They feature private gardens, pools and sprawling deck. The villas have an upstairs bedroom located amidst the trees.
The restaurant: The leisurely Ombak is the main gastronomic hub of Nihiwatu Resort. Right on the sand, tables are set for two and lit with lanterns resembling lobster nets. Here Chef Bernard Prim prepares the best of the garden’s produce and the island’s fish. And do not miss out on Indonesian fare flavored with sambals, lemongrass, and palm sugar.
The bar: The open-air Ombak bar will serve you rum-addled caipirinhas, fruit-infused daiquiris and the best of the mojito made with home-grown mint. And there is also the Boat House bar-an upmarket surfer’s hangout featuring a bonfire on specific days and offering fresh sashimi to go with the sundowner.
Activities you can enjoy: At the resort, your itinerary, ranging from surfing to fishing and visiting magnificent waterfalls can be customized to fit your needs. Here, even relaxing under the swaying palm fronds or going for a picnic under the breathtaking Matayango waterfalls can be a memorable experience.
Nihiwatu’s private beach is about 2 1/2 kilometers in length or a fast 45-minute walk. Alternatively, you can take a leisurely walk to the point and back which will take you about 1 1/2 hours. The beach is ideal for walking especially at low tide and features fascinating rock formations as well as tidal pools.
The 2.5 kilometers of the resort’s private beach is the perfect place for water-based activities such as:
- Jet Skiing
- Stand-up paddling
- Family beach games
- Scuba diving
If you love trekking, Nihiwatu Resort offers many trekking excursions for both seasoned hikers and first-time trekkers. Also, the resort avails a local guide to show you around. Hiking activities and destinations include:
- Nihi Oka Spa Safari
- Matayango, the fascinating Blue Waterfall
- Nihinasi hike and brunch
- Nihi Oka trek and breakfast
For cultural enthusiasts, you will not be disappointed. Here, guests are genuinely and warmly welcomed by the locals in keeping with the Sumba tradition. You can also interact with the Sumbanese culture and Nihi’s philanthropic efforts at the Sumba Foundation. Cultural activities include:
- Cooking classes
- Waikabubak market tour
- Nihi Oka trekking