The Purist Villas, Ubud
Those travellers who want to surrender themselves to off-script travel experiences with purpose in destinations on the edge of wildness.
The Low Down
Nihi Sumba is an intimate island resort where an ancient tribal culture uniquely forms the backdrop for an experience of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories. The team can tailor your stay, orchestrating everything from surfing and fishing, to visiting ancient monolithic sites in traditional villages. They also recommend a picnic under the mist of a waterfall or relaxing under the palm trees at the award-winning Nihioka Spa. A hotel with an interesting upbringing, Nihi Sumba was brought to life by surf enthusiast Claude and his wife Petra Graves, who discovered the island’s epic waves back in the eighties. Starting as a simple shack, the property was bought by Chris Burch and James McBride who developed it into a series of private villas. Nowadays, the high-end collection of villas reflects local Sumbanese culture and architecture, merging grass-thatched menara roofs, teak wood, local artwork and a beach-chic mentality.
The Peaks Promise
Each guest will receive a complimentary sunset horse-riding experience during their stay.
The Reasons To Go
- Nihi Sumba offers a rare sense of discovery in this age of global travel, where ancient tribal culture and spectacular natural beauty combine with understated luxury and wonderful hospitality to create an unforgettable experience
Nihi Sumba takes on an eco-friendly approach to everything they do. They grow their own produce, fed by their own water-recycling system and have a collection of community outreach programmes where they support local villages, helping them produce clean water and reduce malaria.
There are many unique experiences to be enjoyed from catching a wave on Occy's Left, horseback riding over at Sandalwood and swimming with horses.
The hotel sits on 2.5 k of truly unspoilt beach
There’s a gorgeous infinity pool by the boathouse: sundowners and canapés in the bar shack are out of this world. You might even get lucky with a turtle release
Looking to relax? Then book into Nihi Oka and relax in Nihi Sumba’s open-air spa pavilions. For a totally unique experience, embark on the Spa Safari, a journey to a secluded valley where four bamboo-clad couples’ treatment rooms await. Pick one of the homemade aromatic oils and indulge in a series of treatments with views over the peaceful paddy fields.
Chris & Charly’s Chocolate Factory is on site where you can try cocoa-making courses and treatments
Nihi Sumba is home to the Sumba Foundation, a deeply committed company dedicated to lessening the consequences of poverty on the island of Sumba. Their aim is to provide humanitarian aid through village-based projects that measurably impact local health by establishing access to clean water, creating educational programs, feeding the community programmes and lessening the effects of Malaria.
The Nitty Gritty
The 27 villas and treehouses come in all shapes and sizes but all offer big windows, open lounges, ocean views, four-poster beds and private infinity pools. Inside, smooth marble floors compliment teak and amenities all fit into the hotel’s sustainable ethos. Our favourite room, the Mamole Tree House, offers three separate but conjoining villas hidden in the mist of the jungle. Built around the trunk of a tree, Mamole is ideal for anyone who appreciates unique design and a sense of immersion in nature. Furthermore, each villa comes with a wonderful personal butler who can arrange anything from a sunset horse ride to a spa safari.
Clinging to a hillside on Sumba’s south-west coast, the exotic hideaway named Nihi Sumba is a luxury resort with a conscience, surrounded by acres of tropical forest, unspoilt valleys and rugged coastline. Tucked away in the heart of Indonesia, Sumba Island, a landmass three times the size of Bali, is still mostly unexplored, offering never-ending stretches of gold sand, world-famous surf breaks, wild horses and deserted jungles.
- Getting there:
Sumba Island can be reached via plane from Denpasar. The closest airport to the resort is Tambolaka in West Sumba, a 90-minute drive from the hotel. The resort can organise return transfers from Bali including flights, taxes and service, use of VIP lounges in Bali and Tambolaka, and airport transfers to and from the hotel.
- What to pack:
Dress code at the resort is smart casual - pack plenty of swimwear and shoes suitable for hiking and exploring.
When it comes to food, Ombak is the resort’s gastronomic hub. Sat on the sand with sweeping ocean views, Head Chef Denis Placerani serves up a mixture of produce from the garden and fish from the sea, fused with his Indonesian flair. Next door is Nio Beach Club, perfect for chilled days in the sun whilst gorging on grilled fish and pizzas straight from the clay oven. There’s also the gorgeous Boathouse by the infinity pool serving sundowners and canapés in a bar-style shack.
Tailored to indulge each one of your senses, the NihiOka spa safari is a one of a kind experience not to be missed. The day begins just after sunrise with a 90-minute trek through rolling countryside hills, expansive rice fields and a traditional Sumbanese village where you have the special opportunity to meet the villagers and buy local crafts. After the trek, a fleet of staff bearing cold towels and fresh coconuts usher you to a dining area cantilevered over a private coastline where a full breakfast is served. After breakfast your spa therapist will show you to your private cliff side room. Once settled, you may choose to enjoy a swim in the ocean or simply dive right in to your selection of treatments, which range from body wraps and scrubs to 90 minute massages and an organic facial. Ultimately the day is centered around you: your wants and your needs at whatever pace truly allows you to unwind.
- Signature Activities:
Experiences are in abundance at Nihi Sumba. From sunset horse riding sessions, sunrise yoga, island trekking and visits to the resort’s chocolate factory for cocoa-making courses, there is a never a dull moment at Nihi. There is also a whole range of water-based activities to be enjoyed including stand-up paddle boarding, fishing, diving and surfing with Tropicsurf at the infamous Occy's Left break or the quieter Coconut Cove.
The Petit Peaks
- Kids Club: Whilst there isn’t a traditional kids club, the team do host many family groups with children and have become adept at taking care of them while you are relaxing or taking part in activities. The activities suitable for children, depending on age and ability, include soccer, volleyball, snorkelling, boating, fishing, visiting villages, hiking to the waterfall, mountain biking, exploring the reefs on low tides and collecting fossils and shells. For younger children they have a nice child-friendly swimming pool and board games. They also have painting and drawing supplies, as well as beach toys.
Babysitting Services: available upon request
The Housekeeping Rules
- There is a 21% service charge and government tax per night
- Children aged five years and younger can stay and eat for free from the children's menu.
- Children aged six to 11 years stay and eat from 145 USD ++ per night
- Children aged 12 or above stay and eat from 295 USD ++ per night
Sumba's climate is tropical, hot all year round, with a rainy season from December to March and a dry season from June to October. In the rainy season, the sun shines for a few hours a day, in fact, it usually rains a couple of hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon.
The Finer Details
- All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning/afternoon snacks and all non-alcoholic drinks
- Wi-Fi Internet
- Mini Bar (1 full re-stock per day)
- 6 pieces of laundry per person per day (NB: dry cleaning is not available at the resort)
- Tour of the Sumba Foundation Project
- Stand-up paddle boarding and snorkeling around Nihiwatu beach
- Scheduled group yoga & meditation classes at the Yoga Pavilion
Average Temperature & Rainfall in Days
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
27C 28C 29C 30C 28C 26C
16 15 14 12 9 5
JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
25C 25C 26C 27C 27C 27C
4 3 4 8 13 13