Wild, wonderful and totally out of the ordinary.

Despite being only an hour’s flight from Bali, the island of Sumba is little visited by tourists and remains blissfully rooted in traditional customs. This is a place where buffalo are still traded as currency – a wild and rugged place that feels like Bali might have done 100 years ago.

Surfers were the first visitors to camp out on its spectacular wild beaches, having discovered a mesmerising left-hand break that barrels onto the island’s pristine shores.

Today this same stretch of beach is home to one of Indonesia’s most extraordinary eco-villa-resorts, Nihi Sumba, which sits between the beach and the untamed jungle.

Below we feature Nihi Sumba’s flagship villa, the five-bedroom Haweri Estate, but Nihi has a range of light and airy villas of varying sizes – all elegantly rustic with sweeping views – so if Haweri is too large, do ask us about the stunning other villas available. 

Activities at Nihi include horseback tours, mountain biking, spa safaris and yoga classes, but the emphasis remains on the ocean, with fishing, diving and paddle boarding all on offer, as well as surfing the famous breaks that put Sumba on the map in the first place.

Villa Haweri Estate

Sumba, Asia & Pacific
Sleeps: 10
Price Guide: From $11,995 to $15,745 per night

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