A short 1-hour flight will bring you from the busy south of Bali to the peaceful Tambolaka Airport in West Sumba. After meeting with your English-speaking guide, you will be transferred to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Sumba’s secret lies in the speed of things. Or shall we say the non-existant speed, that is. The Sumbanese don’t run, stress, have anxiety attacks, all the western traits we have inherited are not even in their dictionary. Whilst our impatience with their lack of speed might be unnerving, do remind yourself that you are on vacation ! To truly immerse yourself in enjoying their laid-back approach to things, allow their fetching smiles to instill calmness. Let some of their tranquil way of life rub off our highly strung ones. It does the body and mind a world of good.
The Sumbanese live a humble life and little has changed here in their villages over the past centuries. We suggest you refrain from offering gratuities to villagers during your stay, and as a gesture of respect wear conservative clothing when going on village tours.
Nihiwatu Resort lies secreted in a tranquil corner of Indonesia. Among palm trees and surf, the conventions of luxury travel are being reinvigorated. The resort’s slogan is “On the edge of wildness” and it does feel that at any moment the rolling palm and papaya trees could extend their reach and erase any trace of humanity. Perched on the dramatic coastline of Sumba, Nihiwatu offers an exotic combination of remote location and understated hedonism.
Despite the isolated location, Nihiwatu aims to please your palettes with quality cuisine. The resort’s social and eco-credentials are top notch. Food miles are kept to a minimum: two flourishing organic gardens, their own chicken farm, fish fresh from the sea, a plethora of local fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs enable a varied menu. The all-inclusive dining approach affords you the general comforts and amenities expected at any luxury resort at no extra cost. Included are three daily meals, as well as beverages (excluding alcoholic beverages) and snacks offered at the bar and lounges. Dining is available all day and meals are taken at your leisure with no set times. Two times per week you will enjoy a special event dinner, served and seated family style to socialize with other guests or listen to the tales of Nihiwatu narrated by the management.