Does life can get any better when you have stayed two times at the number 1 hotel in the world? Nihi Sumba is not only the number one hotel in the world, but my favorite as well. 

One of the best parts of traveling is the pre-planning. When you decide to book a flight ticket to go somewhere, you start looking for hotels and things to do. When I found out about Nihi Sumba (Formaly NIHIWATU), I rapidly started to plan a month escape to Bali. Sumba Island, where the resort is located, is just an hour flight from Bali.  As a travel junkie, I started to read  reviews and see instagram pictures (google it) You can imagine my excitement to arrive. I was expecting a lot but it was far more amazing than I ever could have imagined!

When I arrived at Bali airport, a hotel’s representative was there expecting me with a  NIHI Sign. He lead me to the checking-in counter and I didn’t have to wait in the line. The boarding pass was already printed for me with priority access and seat 1A. 

The first time, I stayed at MENDAKA 3, inside Raja Mendaka complex –the best in Design Award winner at PURE 2015 Raja Mendaka is Chris Burch’s estate, the owner of NIHIWATU. This is the most spectacular residence at the resort and takes prime position overlooking the famous Nihiwatu wave and coastline. It comes with stunning ocean views and of Nihi’s 2.5km beach that I never got tired of. It had a private infinity pool and separate study room. Upstairs, the massive bedroom opened to a platform among the trees with an outdoor bathroom and a jungle shower with an ocean view.  A balcony with a bathtub, black on the outside and gleaming golden on the inside. Just steping aside and taking a look out, you see why Nihiwatu is so special. All the decoration is traditionally-thatched that authentically incorporates elements of local tribal culture while providing every luxury.

Nothing at Nihiwatu is merely anything. They think about every single little detail. Even if I explain every little detail, it would still not be enough because you just have to experience it yourself. Neither thousand of pics nor words would ever describe staying at Nihi Sumba. 

Nihiwatu is a tropical-island luxury playground with a soul. Over 90% of the staff at the resort are local people. Local Villagers are invited to harvest their grass at the property and they provide seeds to grow products to sell back to the resort. The heart and soul of Nihiwatu will always be the Sumbanese. I would say that for me, that was the real and authentic luxury that you won’t find anywhere else. From Yohan, Martheen, Martha, Ikan, CJ, Antonella, Tari, Umar, Agustin, Loraine to Barbara and many others.

Its home of the famous Ocys left, one of the world’s most exclusive waves. Only ten surfers at a time are allowed to surf Nihi’s premier wave, directly in front of the resort and charged at $US100 a day. Exclusiveness at its best!  

Find out more about my second visit to NIHI SUMBA staying at the amazing PUCAK VILLA STATE.


Sumba Island, Indonseia

Bali office:

Kuta Poleng Complex Block C/2, Kuta 80361 Bali, Indonesia
(+62) 361 757 149 | info@nihi.com


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