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Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba



This is not an escape from everyday life. It is the return to a life well-lived where rugged luxury meets unregulated freedom. A place to connect with something larger than oneself. A haven for the adventurer, for the wanderer. They are endlessly passionate and curious. Arrive with an open heart and leave changed forever. This is a vacation with a purpose. A destination with meaning. This is Nihi Sumba. Sumba is located 400 km west of Bali, one hour by air from Darwin and is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Located on the edge of Sumba, Nihiwatu offers breathtaking landscapes and an exquisite sanctuary and reveals an ancient and fascinating culture.

The story of Nihiwatu is a rare and fascinating tale that began as far back as when Sumba’s ancestors, the ‘marapu,’ landed on its secluded beach centuries ago. Whilst beliefs relating to their powers may vary, their spirit has remained a benevolent force, protecting the way of Sumba life and attracting significant custodians to ensure the spirit and stories of the Sumbanese people, past and present carry on. 

The same Nihiwatu beach attracted Claude and Petra Graves in 1988, searching for a perfect wave. That would lead to their vision to create a resort, taking its namesake, preserving and sharing the breathtaking beauty with those who would truly appreciate it.

Stories of the unregulated freedom and beauty of Nihiwatu reached a renowned brand-building American entrepreneur Christopher Burch, who was told Claude was looking for help to develop the resort and vision further. Chris called on a friend from The Carlyle, South African-born hotelier James McBride.

Stretching across 560 acres of unspoiled natural land, including a two and half-kilometer private beach, this spectacular all-villa resort offers secluded privacy and the ultimate exclusivity. The 21 villas of exceptional design are built on private terraces with large verandahs that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most dramatic views. Guest facilities include the iconic Boathouse, Ombak restaurant, Nio Beach Club, Menara Bale, private dining pavilions, and the Beach Spa.

Nihiwatu offers a rare sense of discovery, where ancient tribal culture and unspoiled natural beauty form a backdrop to a boundless experience of unregulated freedom, understated luxury, and unforgettable memories. From exhilarating experiences including access to privately surf one of the world’s best left-hand break waves to world-class sport fishing and diving to the purest shores of their 2.5-kilometer private beach, sunset gazing, or star-lit dining; each stay is expertly crafted through a personalized approach shaped by pleasure, not design.

Villas & Rooms - Where you stay on vacation is more than just a hotel room. It is an experience—a new way of living. Every detail in the rooms, crisp white bed linens on the signature canopy beds, handmade chocolate in the mini bar, and sweeping panoramic views of the Indian Ocean are designed to make you feel at home and completely transported. 

Dining - Dining punctuates the day. It brings in the morning and closes out the night. It gives meaning to each hour. As such, we’ve taken great care in designing the dining experience for the guests. The menus are crafted to recall local flavors and far-flung tastes, using fresh produce from the on-site organic garden. Local fish is caught and brought up daily from the shores to be prepared in a new way every night. Toast is always cooked over an open fire, never in a toaster. Inviting you to experience the details that make Nihi Sumba Island a singular culinary experience.

Experiences - Let us help you build your dream itinerary. Whether that includes yoga at dawn with breathtaking views, surf lessons at coconut cove alongside world-class instructors, hikes into local villages, or sunset massages overlooking miles of Nihiwatu Beach on the Indian ocean coastline, creating bespoke experiences that cater to your passions and interests.

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Rooms and Suites at Nihi Sumba

From 1,083 USD
Kasambi - Lantoro - Wamoro 1 Bedroom Villa

Kasambi - Lantoro - Wamoro 1 Bedroom Villa ( 2691ft2 )

"Kasambi" - Surf Breaks on Nihi Beach. Your love of chasing the perfect wave has led you to this place. Perched on the edge of the estate, you admire...

From 1,083 USD
Kanatar 1 Bedroom Duplex Villa

Kanatar 1 Bedroom Duplex Villa ( 2476ft2 )

Unparalleled views. Privacy. Space. A sense of home. Perched high above the rest of the villas sits Kanatar. The Indian ocean stretching out in front...

From 1,325 USD
Lamba Wave Front 1 Bedroom Villa

Lamba Wave Front 1 Bedroom Villa ( 1970ft2 )

Tucked away. Private. Intimate. Cozy. Watch the waves at the edge of your private lawn. Feel beach at your fingertips. Listen to the chirping birds in...

From 1,385 USD
Lulu Amahu 1 Bedroom Villa

Lulu Amahu 1 Bedroom Villa ( 2669ft2 )

Spacious rooms, exquisite interiors, beautifully appointed at every turn. A shaded living area that welcomes just enough sunlight. The perfect amount...

From 1,688 USD
Lulu Amahu 2 Bedroom Villa

Lulu Amahu 2 Bedroom Villa ( 2669ft2 )

Oasis of Natural Stone. Spacious rooms, exquisite interiors, beautifully appointed at every turn. A shaded living area that welcomes just enough sunli...

From 1,930 USD
Raja Mandaka 1 Bedroom Duplex Villa

Raja Mandaka 1 Bedroom Duplex Villa ( 2476ft2 )

Rich, prosperous and powerful - Take a moment. Draw a deep breath into your lungs. Open your eyes and pull back the curtains of your bedroom. Miles an...

From 1,997 USD
Marangga 1 Bedroom Villa

Marangga 1 Bedroom Villa ( 2045ft2 )

Undisturbed Views - Your lush backyard leads straight to the Indian ocean. Your private outdoor bed overlooks a seaside cliff. Your grand soaking tub...

From 2,051 USD
Raj Mendaka 1 Bedroom Wave Front Ocean View Villa

Raj Mendaka 1 Bedroom Wave Front Ocean View Villa ( 1733ft2 )

Rich, prosperous and powerful - Take a moment. Draw a deep breath into your lungs. Open your eyes and pull back the curtains of your bedroom. Miles an...

From 9,795 USD
Mandaka Master 1 Bedroom Villa

Mandaka Master 1 Bedroom Villa ( 8880ft2 )

The main house features a freestanding master bedroom with a lap pool and cold plunge pool, a guest room, a library, living room, an indoor dining roo...

From 13,776 USD
2 Bedroom Kasambi - Lantoro - Wamoro

2 Bedroom Kasambi - Lantoro - Wamoro ( 1981ft2 )

"Kasambi" - The Kasambi experience is anchored by an open-air Great Room with a lounge, a private dining area, bar, and kitchen. A decked terrace incl...

From 26,481 USD
Mamole Tree House 3 Bedroom Villa

Mamole Tree House 3 Bedroom Villa ( 581ft2 )

You wake to the sound of chirping birds. You fall asleep to the music of waves crashing softly in the distance. You are in the childhood treehouse of...

From 27,933 USD
Puncak 4 Bedroom Villa - Ocean View

Puncak 4 Bedroom Villa - Ocean View ( 5145ft2 )

Peak of a mountain - You meditate as the sun rises. You use the quiet estate for private yoga. You stroll through the sloping organic gardens. You soa...

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