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NIHI Sumba Island & Seminyak

Spend a few days enjoying the galleries, boutiques and restaurants of the upmarket beach resort of Seminyak before heading to the undiscovered island of Sumba for a very different experience in beautiful seclusion.

What's Included:
3 nights Seminyak including breakfast, 7 nights NIHI Sumba Island including all meals, soft drinks and minibar.

12 days from £5,490pp

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On the beach - 8 days

Nihi Sumba Island

Set in a dramatic location on a remote island with an ancient tribal culture, Nihi Sumba Island is an exclusive getaway that offers guests unrivalled luxury and the local community the skills and education to ensure a sustainable future.

Built in the style of a traditional village with thatched roofs and entirely local materials, Nihi Sumba Island blends seamlessly with the environment it works so hard to protect. It is a supremely chic and indulgent place to stay yet at its core is a promise to empower the local community and ensure their ancient animist culture survives in the modern world. Over 90% of the staff are local, service is warm and the range of activities on offer include plenty of options for interacting with islanders.

Guests are encouraged to help out in the local school, to visit megalithic burial sites and learn about local culture, or to take a 'spa safari' visiting local villages en route to a remote beachfront spa or hiking though jungle to reach a private treatment room with panoramic views over the rice terraces. You can also tackle the renowned surf break, ride a horse along the beach, enjoy lavish meals or simply lounge by your private pool.

Sleek, sumptuous and yet deeply rooted in local culture, the 33 villas are incredibly stylish and blend contemporary designer chic with traditional fabric, art and crafts. All have private pools and gardens, an outdoor bale (seating area) and wonderful sea views.

Before the beach - 4 days


Set in the southwest corner of Bali on one of the island’s best beaches, upmarket Seminyak also offers plenty of options for exploring and entertainment. There’s a wide range of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and bars within walking distance and if you venture further afield you’ll find picturesque temples set on the cliffs or among the rice fields.

The luxurious Samaya Seminyak is a peaceful retreat in the heart of lively Seminyak offering the best of both worlds. The 52 spacious and contemporary villas are set among manicured lawns and water features and each offers a private pool.

Nihi Sumba Island

28 rooms, 1 restaurant, 1 pool


Situated in splendid isolation on the west coast of Sumba, Nihi Sumba Island is one of Indonesia’s most impressive hotels. Originally built as a surfers' retreat, the resort now offers magnificent accommodation against the backdrop of lush tropical rainforest and the Savu Sea.

Whilst made famous by its surf break, today Nihiwatu offers a truly unique proposition combining luxury and exclusivity with philanthropic values and Sumbanese hospitality. There are a huge host of activities and experience to enjoy, great food and friendly service.

Nihi Sumba Island has a wonderfully secluded and undeveloped setting on the southwest side of Sumba, an island in eastern Indonesia to the south of Komodo. A remote idyll, there are a handful of local villages in an area that is incredibly beautiful and peaceful.

Flights from Bali to Sumba take around 90 minutes and the resort is a further 90 minutes’ drive from the airport passing through Sumbanese villages and rolling hills.

Nihiwatu sits on 2.5 km of private beach with a beautiful stretch of golden sand perfect for long walks. Conditions are great for surfing but swimming in the sea is advised for stronger swimmers only and at some times may be too rough for any swimming.

Behind the resort lies 567 acres of unspoilt natural reserve.

Our opinion

A stay at Nihi Sumba Island is a truly unique experience with an unbeatable location and a fantastic range of activities and excursions. Couple this with the luxurious villas, beautiful seclusion and friendly service from the Sumbanese staff and you have a very special stay. There is a minimum stay of five nights, but the most reliable flights in and out of Sumba are once a week, so it is worth staying a full seven nights.


The 33 villas are spread across the hillside. Hand built using local materials, the villas offer a feeling of understated luxury in keeping with their rustic, undeveloped setting with crisp white linen and hand finished furniture from local craftsmen.

All villas have a pool and veranda with outdoor living space, but vary in size from comfortable one bedroom villas perfect for couples to two, three, four or even five bedroom residences ideal for extended families or groups of friends travelling together.

Many of the villas enjoy far reaching views of the beach that the resort sits on, although some of these are partially obscured by the lush vegetation.

Kanatar One Bedroom Duplex Villa

These 40 sq m duplex villas are set on the hill with fantastic views over the sea. The villas are designed to reflect a two-storey Sumbanese house with a welcome addition of a private pool. On the ground floor there’s a spacious deck and open-air living room while on the first floor the bedroom opens out to an open-air platform among the trees with an indoor bathroom and outdoor shower. There are no baths in this room type.

Kasambi One Bedroom Villa

The Kasambi Villas are a comfortable 40 sq m, set in prime position steps from the beach, overlooking Nihiwatu’s famous surf breaks. In a secluded location with gardens and a private pool, they have a private path leading down to the beachfront.

Kasambi Two Bedroom Villa

The Kasambi Villas are a comfortable 40 sq m, set in prime position steps from the beach, overlooking Nihiwatu’s famous surf breaks. In a secluded location with gardens and a private pool, they have a private path leading down to the beachfront.

Lamba One Bedroom Villa

These two villas are 45 sq m with gardens leading to the beach, a terrace and pool along with Sumbanese artwork and local crafts.

Lantoro One Bedroom Villa

These 40 sq m villas are set close to the beach on the crest of a hill with excellent sunset views, gardens and a path down to the beach.

Lantoro Two Bedroom Villa

This two bedroom villa is set close to the beach on the crest of a hill with excellent sunset views, gardens and a path down to the beach. The two bedrooms sit above a large dining area and poolside bar overlooking the pool.

Lulu Amahu One Bedroom Villa

These lovely villas are great for families with a master bedroom connecting to children’s bedroom with two day beds.

Marangga One Bedroom Villa

The 48 sq m Marangga villas offer a garden, outdoor dining and lounge area, terrace and pool. Perhaps one of the highlights is the covered, open-air platform set on the hill above the sea with fantastic views. The bed on this platform is equipped with a mosquito net and can be used for daytime relaxation or sleeping under the stars.

Raja Mendaka One Bedroom Duplex Villa

Part of the owner’s estate, these two storey villas are set at the heart of the resort with prime position overlooking the ocean.

On the ground floor there is a partially covered deck, living room, bathroom, private bathroom and infinity pool. Upstairs, the bedroom opens to a platform among the trees with a bathroom complete with outdoor shower. These villas also feature an outdoor bathtub on the balcony with views over the water.

Wamoro One Bedroom Villa

The 40 sq m Wamoro one bedroom villas are nestled in lush jungle, perfect for those looking for a little more privacy during their stay, whilst still having convenient beach access.

Wamoro Two Bedroom Villa

Set within the jungle, these two bedroom villas are great for those looking for a little more privacy during their stay, whilst still having convenient beach access.

Pictures of the rooms

Activities, diving & excursions

Surfing conditions are excellent; the resort originated as a surf resort and surfing still takes pride of place. However, this is very far from the only activity on offer and an equal number of guests come to enjoy the huge array of other activities and experiences.

There is a superb riding centre and magnificent yoga spa perched at the top of the resort with far reaching views. Paddle boarding and fishing are available and beach games such as volleyball, football or even beach golf can be set up.

The resort also has its own chocolate factory where guests can visit and try their hands at chocolate making themselves.

Please note, if you wish to surf we highly recommend pre-booking slots on the break as these are highly in demand. However, if you are taking a lesson, these may be booked while at the resort.

Food & drink

Breakfast and dinner are served in Ombak, a lovely open-air restaurant with sand underfoot and spectacular views of the long stretch of beach. Once a week there are communal meals with a delicious seafood barbecue, and throughout the rest of the week an eclectic mix of both Western and Eastern food is on offer, at both Ombak and Nio Beach Club.

Each of the resort’s villas have the bar replenished daily with soft drinks and beer and at the start of your stay your room is provided with three carafes full of spirits. Cocktails are available at both Ombak and Nio Beach Club, and once a week a beach party takes place and is always a sociable affair.

Spa Facilities

While there is no spa building at Nihi Sumba Island, there are plenty of private outdoor options where you can enjoy a spa treatment. Choose one of the private, open-air bales at Nihi Oka or dotted around the resort or enjoy a treatment in your villa.


Location: Seminyak

Seminyak is at the northernmost end of the 8 km stretch of beach that also includes Kuta and Legian. The area is known as the epicentre of entertainment, dining, fashion and shopping, as well as home to world-famous boutique hotels and villas. The sea here is fantastic for surfing, which, as a consequence, means it is not great for swimming, but there are flagged areas where you can swim and bodyboard (many hotels have free boards), and all the hotels that we recommend in the area have swimming pools.

The sunsets from this strip of beach are world-famous, and there are a host of excellent spots to watch from, whether in a designer bar, from your hotel balcony, on a towel on the beach, or simply walking in the surf.

Samaya Seminyak

Accommodation: Samaya Seminyak

Situated on the quiet side of Seminyak Beach, and bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Samaya Seminyak is set within lush tropical gardens, only five minutes' walk from the stylish restaurants and boutique shops of Seminyak.

The 18 garden pool villas command a premier location behind the fashionable Seminyak beach, and are situated within 20,000 sq m of tropical gardens, and all boast a private plunge pool.

The 19 royal courtyard villas are located across the street from the main part of the hotel. Each has its own private swimming pool, at least 11 m in length, and a generous green outdoor garden, complimented with a wooden gazebo, which may double as daybed or intimate private dining area.

The larger four royal pavilions each have a private pool, elegant four-poster bed, dining area, Balinese bale or gazebo and Jacuzzi. All 'royal' rooms contain a complimentary minibar (excluding alcoholic beverages), bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, and free laundry service.

The Samaya's facilities include a spa, restaurants, fitness centre, bar, tropical gardens, and an Olympic size swimming pool, facing the Indian Ocean, with 180 degree views along the sandy beaches.

The Breeze beachside restaurant and bar is one of Seminyak's most famous, and completes the experience, serving a variety of international and local cuisine, with uninterrupted views of the stunning Balinese sunset over the Indian Ocean.

The resort has a breakfast anytime, anywhere concept, which means exactly as described; you can choose to eat your breakfast at any time, anywhere in the resort.


Day by day

Day 1

Today you will board your overnight flight.

Day 2

On your arrival in Bali, you will be met by our representative and transferred by private vehicle to Seminyak.

The upmarket resort of Seminyak has arguably the best beach on the island and a wide range of galleries, boutiques, restaurants and bars on the doorstep. The Samaya Seminyak sits on the beachfront within easy reach of all Seminyak has to offer but is a peaceful retreat that feels a world away.

Day 3

Today you are at leisure to explore or relax as you wish. All the villas at Seminyak have their own private pool and are a lovely place to relax and do nothing. You may wish to join one of the resort’s cultural activities, such as a Balinese sarong demonstration or village cycling tour. Or you could stroll along the beach or wander out to the restaurants and shops of Seminyak.

Day 4

If you'd like to explore today you could visit Uluwatu Temple perched high on the clifftops in the southwest corner of Bali with panoramic ocean views. The photogenic temple of Pura Tanah Lot is northwest of Seminyak and is a must-see.

Day 5

You will be transferred by private vehicle to the airport today for your flight to Sumba.

When you arrive in Sumba, you will be met by a hotel representative and transferred by private to Nihiwatu. This scenic journey will take about 1 hour 45 minutes and is a great introduction to this beautiful and undeveloped island.

NIHI Sumba Island is a beautifully luxurious resort in rustically picturesque surroundings. Arrive, settle in and enjoy a stroll along the long, sweeping beach watching the surf.

Day 6

Today is your first full day at leisure. NIHI Sumba Island excels in offering a diverse range of activities and excursions to clients. Why not take a paddle board trip up the river to start exploring the island.

Day 7

If you'd like to explore more of the island, perhaps go on an early morning trek going through the forest and local villages.

Day 8

NIHI Sumba Island is famous for its surf breaks and also offers lessons for beginners. There's also a riding stable, yoga classes and even a chocolate factory.

Day 9

Today you might like to go for a tour of Waikabubak Market. This is West Sumba's largest town, with lots of vendors selling exotic produce.

Day 10

There are plenty of optional excursions to choose from both on land and on water but if you'd like to take a bit of time to relax, your luxurious villa is the perfect spot for some peace and quiet.

Day 11

Today is your last full day at the resort. For something very different, why not try the Spa Safari starting with an early morning trek to a quiet beach to enjoy spa treatments with panoramic ocean views.

Day 12

Today you will be transferred by private vehicle back to the airport for your flights home.

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