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Auckland, New Zealand
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I have just spent a lovely 3 nights at this property and it really was gorgeous. My villa was huge and had a very nice fit out. All of the staff were just lovely and so genuinely warm. The food was fantastic with a good variety of options. The beach was gorgeous and it was so nice to drift off...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's pretty difficult to find places off the grid these days, so we always said we'd return after such an unforgettable experience back in 2013. Where do I start? It's even better than we remembered. Occy's left was on impeccable form, with the watermen Gus and CJ both awesome surfers (/coaches). The spa safari is one of the best things...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Nick, thank you so much for your extremely generous feedback! I'm so glad you noticed that we're getting better year and year, such a tribute to the incredible team of staff we have. We're very grateful for your comments, which i'll share with the team, and we cant wait to have you back again!! Sumba Greetings!

Chandler, Arizona
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It grows harder each year to find out-of-the-way places no one has heard of. When I booked this place in May, I'd found one, though since then, Travel & Leisure has rated Nihiwatu the #1 stay in the world, so no doubt word is getting out. Thanks to Nihiwatu's far-sighted founders, this place should remain secluded and exclusive for some...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Boskk69, Thank you very much for your detailed feedback, we really appreciate it. Your comments for our continued training and development are extremely useful, and we are immediately dissecting these and working on solutions for this. You're right we are a very family friendly resort, and we do encourage children of all ages, it is our responsibility however to...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We were based in Puncak for 4 nights and had the brilliant services of "Angry" our butler. The rooms and private pool, (in this humidity, you use it day and night) have been so cleverly and tastefully decorated, giving you a sense of peace and tranquillity. Service at its best and the experience just so 5 star!! We will be...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words, i know "Angri" will be thrilled! I'm glad you enjoyed Puncak, it certainly is a resort favorite! We cant wait to welcome you back again!

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 4 October 2016

We stayed a week and loved it. Specifically we loved the surf - what and amazing break! The kids loved the horse riding, but also just visiting the stables regularly to pet the new foal and other horses. The pools are beautifully situated and the food excellent. I could go on forever about the positives so will just say -...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Bevan, thank you so much for your feedback, you're right, we could definitely improve on this, and in fact have already started implementing new options for all day dining, whenever, and wherever you are. Our kitchen is manned all day and most of the night, so there is no reason why we cant provide an incredible meal or snack...

Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

The best place you'll ever go! We have traveled all over the world and stayed in some very nice places but nothing even compares to Nihiwatu, we would live there forever if they let us! Amazing food, epic surf, insane fishing and spearfishing, good service, breathtaking views, the only downfall is the price tag and how far away it is...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very generous feedback! I'll certainly share with our team! Warmest regards from Sumba island!

Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This place is unreal, from the white sand beach, to the private suites with your very own pool, to the incredible food served all day every day and the staff who are all so friendly and so proud of their beautiful island. We loved every moment of being here. There's a surprise around every corner and you are made to...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Hollie, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I agree with you, the Sumbanese staff are quite incredible, so warm, generous, authentic and kind, they really are the essence of Nihiwatu! I will certainly share your comments with them! Warm regards from Sumba island!

Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful staff, superb location, thank god for Claude Graves and so many pioneer places in this world. We had fun with family, lost Wilson to the beach and very much enjoyed our stay. We will remember staff, Robert and Ankie, for their patience. Thanks to all for maintaining the sanctity of the wave. We look forward to catching up with...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Thank you for your generous feedback! We hope to welcome you back again soon! Robert and Anggi send their fondest regards! All the very best, from Sumba Island.

New York, New York
Reviewed 8 September 2016

We went here on the last leg of our honeymoon and it was unbelievable. My husband surfs so there was no chance he would ever hate this resort but it was everything else that made it perfect. From our food,drinks, to the activities and more just surpassed everything we have heard. Everyone is friendly, it is very small you get...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Beachlady17, thank you so much for your very kind and generous comments! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you sooner than in 5 yrs time, please contact us to hear about our great specials we have for our loyal returning guests! All the very best from Nihiwatu!

Nicosia, Cyprus
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We just came back from Nihiwatu after a magical 5 night stay. The experience starts at Bali airport, where Nihiwatu staff arrange a seamless check in. Upon landing on Sumba, we were whisked off in a convertible jeep for the fascinating 1.5 hour journey to the hotel. Our villa (Wamoro) was exquisite, super comfortable for a family of 4, with...

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GM_Nihi, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Mima, thank you so much for your wonderful feedback! I will certainly share this with Ruben, Ben, Mary and our incredible team. We're very pleased you managed to get out onto a lot of the resort's amazing activities, its such a great way to experience the local culture, environment and people. We cant wait to welcome you back again...

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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Room Service
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Kitchenette
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  • Minibar
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  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Parking
  • Dry Cleaning
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Voted #1 Hotel in the World for 2016 by Travel & Leisure magazine. An award-winning luxury resort on remote Sumba Island, Indonesia. A wide range of land and ocean-based experiences ensures all tastes are catered to. Attentive service and gourmet meals add to the refined and intimate ambience. A romantic getaway idyll with pristine private beach stretching in excess of 2.5km of length ideal for honeymooners and the unique tribal culture on the island offers guests a glimpse of a bygone era. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Nihiwatu

Address: Desa Hobawawi | Kecamatan Wanukaka, Sumba 87272, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Sumba
Price Range: $806 - $2,543 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Nihiwatu 5*
Number of rooms: 21
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Also Known As:
Nihiwatu Hotel Sumba
Nihiwatu Hotel Waikabubak
Nihiwatu Resort Waikabubak
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