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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Nihiwatu

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Nihiwatu
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Sumba
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“Unique special place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2012

Nihiwatu is a very special, uneffected place. The experience is unlike any we have ever had because of the beautiful location, amazing staff, intimacy, and view into the culture and people of Sumba.
Ernst, Ben, Marthen, Mary, and Nella, along with the rest of the staff, help to make your stay unforgettable.
Surfing, scuba diving, fishing, hiking to an awesome waterfall and mountain biking are just a few of your options.
Or relaxing and enjoying being unplugged from your busy life.
One of our favorite vacations ever.

Room Tip: all the rooms are amazing, we stayed in Haweri, which is the three bedroom with its own pool and &qu...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2012

We had a great time at Nihiwatu, especially because the staff is so nice. The visit to the local villages with the typical Sumba houses was very interesting. The current bungalows are a bit run down and will be redone, which is good. The new Nihiwatu now being build is quite different in style and concept, I am curious what that will do to the atmosphere.

The extra plus for Nihiwatu is that it is really nice for children too!

The internet is quite slow so you better go with no need to do business.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

Wonderful place, wonderful staff, wonderful food, wonderful ethos amongst the local community.
We had a truly brilliant time from the moment we were welcomed in by Ernst, then through the adventures of horse riding in the jungle to the surfing to the yoga to the occasional glass of Tequilla.

I can't fault it.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2011

What an amazing place! There really aren't words to describe the experience we had at Nihiwatu. We were situated on one of the most romantic stretches of beach in the world with complete privacy. The staff was great and truly made the experience a very special one. We had one of the most wonderful couples massages at sunset followed by a romantic dinner oceanside. Could not have asked for more. The ocean sports were great, but the true winner of day activities was the traditional village tour and mountain biking in the morning through villages, back roads, and single track. The vistas were beyond imagination from the plateau above the resort and the bike trails and roads offered a nice change of pace from ocean activities. Ernst gave us the great bike tour where we learned about many of the villages we biked by and the surrounding agricultural land. We can't wait to come back to Nihiwatu!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2011

Pure, total perfection. I actually don't know where to start and no words I can write within this review can begin to give any idea quite how wonderful Nihiwatu is.

Sumba contrasts quite starkly to the greener climbs of Bali, with the scenery quite dry and possibly more akin to Nothern Australia. Nihiwatu is situated approximately 90 minutes from Sumba's airport with the transfer providing an excellent opportunity to take in Sumbanese way of life. The hotel is situated within it's own grounds of about 450 acres with a beautiful beach frontage. Accommodation is provided in the form of one bedroom bungalows and several private villas. We stayed in the former which was furnished a fairly rustic, but exceptionally stylish, decor. The bungalow and indeed the whole resort was exceptionally clean.

Our interpretation of Nihiwatu is that it takes the best parts of a safari and combines with a beach holiday. Meals can be taken communally, however, guests can also eat in their rooms. There were also no set meal times. The size of the resort allows privacy, but with a sense of community not being lost. Despite my somewhat amateur surfing skills daily lessons improved my ability (slightly...) and I cannot speak highly enough of the staff in this respect. There was nothing as good as watching the better surfers as we ate our breakfast.

This place is perfect. My only disappointment is that it'll never get this good again...

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ernst2010, Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review, 14 October 2011
Dear Thomas

Amazing that you found Perfection with us! That said, we constantly strive to improve the quality of our services and products so that we may continue to exceed expectations from our guests (now made all the more difficult after your review!)

Thank you and best regards

Ernst and the Nihiwatu Family
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Additional Information about Nihiwatu

Property: Nihiwatu
Address: Desa Hobawawi | Kecamatan Wanukaka, Sumba 87272, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Sumba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sumba
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Sumba
Price range (per night): $1,183 - $2,819
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nihiwatu 4.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted #1 Hotel in the World for 2016 by Travel & Leisure magazine. An award-winning luxury resort on remote Sumba Island, Indonesia. A wide range of land and ocean-based experiences ensures all tastes are catered to. Attentive service and gourmet meals add to the refined and intimate ambience. A romantic getaway idyll with pristine private beach stretching in excess of 2.5km of length ideal for honeymooners and the unique tribal culture on the island offers guests a glimpse of a bygone era. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Nihiwatu Hotel Sumba
Nihiwatu Hotel Waikabubak
Nihiwatu Resort Waikabubak

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