Pristine beaches, world-class surfing and a treetop spa: Inside the Indonesian island retreat voted the The Best Resort In The World.
Nihiwatu, a resort on the little-known island of Sumba, came top in Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards.
It commands up to £9,300 a night for an estate at high season, or £500 a night for a 2-bedroom villa in low season.
The lavish retreat boasts 28 villas, a treetop spa, an equestrian centre, and private access to world-class surfing.
A luxury island resort in Indonesia has been ranked the best hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure in its annual World’s Best Awards.
Nihiwatu, a former surf lodge on the little-known island of Sumba, boasts 28 villas, all with private plunge pools, as well as an all-day treetop spa, an equestrian centre, and a beach restaurant serving healthy bush-cooked cuisine.
For rates of up to £9,300 ($12,000) per night at high-season, guests can enjoy sunset horse-riding, world-class surfing on its famous ‘Occy’s Left’ wave, local exploration of hidden waterfalls, and scenic views of farmed rice paddies.
Sumba island itself is twice the size of Bali but almost entirely preserved from urban development, and Nihiwatu won particular praise in the competition for its ‘strong engagement with the local community, and a feather-light footprint on the ecology of Sumba’.
Nihiwatu was first established in 1988 by an American surfer and his German wife as a ten-room surf retreat, but was gradually developed into a more luxury establishment before being bought in 2012 by U.S. entrepreneur Chris Burch.
‘Hospitality-centric luxury has changed,’ Mr Burch announced. ‘It is more than just the finer touches. It has evolved to a custom itinerary, a personal journey, unexpected experiences, and a curiosity for the unknown.’ These pictures show how his philosophy is working a treat.