‘Far-flung eco luxe’ Nihiwatu, Sumba Island, Indonesia
Slap bang in the middle of the indoneSian ocean is a castaway island that will leave you seriously speechless. Tis is the real deal – an exclusive private island undiscovered by mass tourism. Nihiwatu started out as a surf mecca in the ’80s afer the owners discovered its beach and decided to make it home. Today, it’s evolved into an intimate eco lodge resort made up of just 21 opulent villas, all with that sublime beach on one side and jungle on the other.
Map of Sumba Island, Indonesia Photo Gallery
All the villas are luxe, with open-air bathrooms, and private decks and pools, but they’re also authentic – each has been hand-built by local crafsmen using materials indigenous to Indonesia. Away from your suite, if you’re the sort of couple who like to be active, there’s adventure to be had – the sailing and surfng that frst made this island famous, as well as trekking to waterfalls, exploring ancient villages, and paddling down the Wanukaka River. Best of all, on this island you’ll barely bump into a soul while you’re doing so.
For the eco-conscious, rest assured that the resort’s social and green credentials are top notch. Tere’s a daily limit of 10 surfers on the iconic Nihiwatu wave, 95% of staf are local, and all the profts go to the Sumba Foundation (sumbafoundation.org), set up by the resort owners to fund nearby schools and health services.
Tis is one special island for an über-special adventure. Scott Dunn (scottdunn.com) ofers seven nights in a Luxury Bungalow from £5,250 per person, full board. Includes private transfers and fights.
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