Desa Hobawawi, Sumba Island, Nusa Tenggara Tim, Indonesia

  • Stay 4 pay 3 and stay 7 pay 5 from 16 September to 15 December 2018

At Nihi Sumba Island, they build itineraries that transcend a traditional vacation experience. They foster creativity and passion in our guests, helping them unplug from their hyper connected lives and reconnect with earth and community.

Nihi Sumba Island was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families and give them the opportunity to improve their own lives.

The property and main resort on West Sumba encompasses 567-hectares of land. All 32 villas are built on terraces with private verandas.

There are two, two-story tree houses on the resort. Connected by a bamboo bridge, both villas have a bedroom, a bathroom, and a balcony.

The main treehouse also has a living area and private infinity pool. Traditional Sumbanese antiques, local wood, and Ikat prints are featured throughout.

The beach has always been considered a surfer’s paradise. The resort has a rule that no more than 10 surfers are allowed in the water at a time.

Desa Hobawawi, Sumba Island, Nusa Tenggara Tim, Indonesia
27 villas with 38 rooms in a 1 to 5-bedroom layouts
All with a private pool
All meals
Non alcoholic drinks
Local excursions, tours of the Sumba Foundation Projects and mountain biking
Sea activities: snorkeling and SUP
Sheduled group yoga & meditation classes at the Yoga Pavilion

25km private beach, surrounded by 270 hectares of a lush, natural landscape
All dining venues offer a la carte menus and seating is at individual tables. Special events, twice weekly, are served and seated in family style tradition. Exceptional private dining experiences and events including BBQ and romantic dining. For special occasions, themed nights are organized, for example: Sumba White Nights Party, Jungle Party or full-moon parties.
Surfing, snorkeling, ocean and river SUP, free diving, spearfishing, deep-sea and FAD fishing, ocean and river kayaking, boogey boards, wake-boarding and “Surfaris”
Scenic excursion by hiking, mountain biking, horse riding or open-air Land Rover Safari. Visit the local villages and markets to see the exquisite Ikat weavings, local arts & crafts or megalithic burial sites
A full range of spa treatments, including massages, manicures and pedicures, are available at the Boat House or in-room
Daily complimentary Yoga sessions are available at the Yoga Pavilion
A health studio gym is also available
Tour of their own chocolate factory every day, tucked in the shade by the creek on the way to the Stables. Kids may partake in chocolate making.
ZEKKEI can assist in arranging domestic flights and ticketing between Denpasar (DPS), Bali and Sumba’s Tambolaka (TMC) airport. There is a second airport, Waingapu, 5 hrs drive from Nihi in East Sumba. Transfers from Tambolaka airport to Nihi take approximately 90 minutes. Private option is available depending on capacity.

The island of Sumba is an hour’s flight from Bali but feels a world away.
Still a secret among tourists, it is not volcanic unlike many of its neighbours but those who make time to visit it find untouched golden sand beaches, legendary surf breaks, and a unique animist culture most vividly experienced during the annual pasola mock-war in February.
The resort is a gateway to a host of cultural adventures thanks to the close ties it maintains with local communities through its charitable foundation.
90-minute hike from Nihiwatu descending through the national park, to the magnificent blue lagoon at the base of the waterfall. Sheer cliffs 200 to 300 metres high surround the waterfall providing an awe-inspiring backdrop. Guests can jump off the rocks and swim, enjoy a picnic and feel completely removed from the world.
Beach to bush rides, riding lessons and horse whispering sessions are available.
As the sun sets, this is one of the most memorable ways to enjoy the changing beach hues. All levels of experience are catered for: from a gentle stroll safely led by one of the island's local Sumbanese horseman to an exhilarating cantering through the rolling ocean shallows. Sunrise rides can also be arranged.
Just bare footsteps from the sea, the Nio Beach Club offers open-aired pavilions and the Kapten’s Goa (Captains Cave) serving the highest quality of fresh ingredients for lunch: whether it is a fish just caught from sea, delicious vegetables and legumes from the island's three thriving organic gardens, items from the grill, daily rotisserie or freshly made pizzas from the island's wood fired clay oven, the Chef and his brigade will satiate your appetite with sumptuously healthy dishes.
Guests have a personal butler who they can call upon, one of the many sweet-natured local staff who are happy to chat about Sumbanese culture.
Lunchtime in the informal beachside restaurant sees salty-haired surfers take to the shade for stone-fired pizza, salads, fish tacos and other light bites. The evening menu, in a restaurant lit by fire wells and lanterns, takes in the best of Indonesian food, curries, nasi goreng and the like, while also offering plenty of Western dishes.
All food is organic and locally grown.
5 Bedroom Haweri Villa

The private estate of the founders and creators of Nihiwatu, and the island’s philanthropic vehicle, The Sumba Foundation. 

The five acre estate comprises of five individual villas featuring Indonesian antiques and some of the best examples of Sumba artifacts, jewelry and weavings. There are two large swimming pools, a ten person hot tub, a waterside yoga pavilion, a secluded bamboo bale’ above a private beach, and a spectacular living and dining room perched on a hilltop overlooking the coastline. For those seeking absolute privacy surrounded by nature at its best, this is the place to be.

For those seeking absolute privacy surrounded by nature at its best, this is the place to be.

5 Bedroom Mendaka Villa

The Best In Design Award winner at PURE 2015 Raja Mendaka is Chris Burch’s estate, the owner of NIHIWATU®. This is the most spectacular residence at the resort and takes prime position overlooking the famous NIHIWATU® wave and coastline.

3 Bedroom Mamole Tree House

The tree-house configuration was designed for the fun-hearted, adventure lover and is perfect for families, groups of friends or honeymoon romance. Two of the two-storey, circular villas offer a lounge area on the entry level, with the bedroom, bathroom and balcony on the upper level. A bamboo bridge connects the two tree-houses and a shared infinity pool with lounging deck features on the front.

3 Bedroom Puncak Villa

Puncak comprises of two main buildings with the first offering two bedrooms. A large outdoor area with a private pool (28m2) and sunken dining area are located on the entry level at the front.

The main entertaining and dining area, kitchenette and large pool are situated between the two villas and afford high commanding views of the beach and wave, including the lush organic garden below.

2 Bedroom Lantoro Villa

Lantoro 2 bedroom villa and the two Lantoro Suites benefit from private entrances; the estate is crested on a hill with spectacular views of the sunset. Two luxurious Lantoro suites (80,4 m2) occupy a secluded location surrounded by gardens of Jasmine, Frangipani, and Palm trees, sharing a private plunge pool (3,4 x 7,4 m) with a private path leading directly down to the beach.

2 Bedroom Kasambi Villa

Kasambi 2 bedroom villa and the two Kasambi Suites both benefit from private garden entrances occupying a Creek side location at the resort.

2 Bedroom Lamba Estate

The two Lamba Wave Front villas are located on a shared estate and have the flexibility to be rented separately or connected for families and friends.

Wamoro Suite

Wamoro is thucked away in lush jungle and perfect for families and for those guests who also seek for a little privacy during their stay, whilst still having convenient beach access.

Lulu Amahu Suites

Lulu Amahu 1 features one master bedroom (30,67 m2) connecting to a children’s bedroom (21,28 m2) with two day beds, one en-suite sharing bathroom, spacious living room with guest bathroom, terrace and decking with an outdoor perched Bale leading to a private plunge pool (22,9 m2).

Lulu Amahu 2 comprises one master bedroom (34 m2) connecting to one living room or children’s bedroom (34 m2), one en-suite master bathroom with shower and outdoor bathtub, children’s en-suite bathroom with shower and outdoor shower, terrace and decking, outdoor perched Bale and private plunge pool (40 m2).

Marangga Suite

Marangga Wave Front Villas are traditionally Sumbanese in design with an extraordinary bed taking centre stage, offering undisturbed views of the turquoise Indian Ocean. Each one of the four Marangga comprises one bedroom (48,68 m2) with a private garden, outdoor shower, bathtub, outdoor dining and lounge area, terrace and decking complete with a private plunge pool (30,8 m2).

Kanatar Suite

Their extra spacious duplex hideaways are perfect for a couple’s break with private gardens and pools. Each one-bedroom villa is designed to reflect a two-storey Sumbanese house.

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$1,000 $750/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.


Staying with us
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Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
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