We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 4 Sumba hotels


5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Desa Hobawawi, Sumba 80361, Indonesia
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Nihiwatu to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Sumba
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
Thais R Sao Paulo, SP
  • Overview
  • Reviews (133)
  • Photos (149)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (18)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

133 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (18)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sao Paulo, SP
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nihiwatu was one of the 2 best hotels I've ever been to. I was with my 15 year old son and some friends that were 19 and 29. Surfing was the reason for them to be there. For me, was to get away from anything else and be in a magical place. It's a unique place, staff is one of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miami, Florida
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have travelled extensively and stayed at many luxury hotels around the world but we have never had anything better than the Nihiwatu experience . The level of service and attention to detail is higher than anything we have experienced before. It started with being greeted and getting a foot massage at Bali airport lounge while waiting for our flight... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just got back from an 8-day stay at Nihiwatu and the following words will not suffice to describe its uniqueness. Nihiwatu is undoubtedly one of the most incredible places on earth and I would highly recommend the resort to all audiences. To begin with, there is something very magical about Sumba and the Sumbanese people. The beauty of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
19 reviews 19 reviews
18 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Although it is more than 2 years ago since I visited, I still remember my time at Nihiwatu as one of the best holidays I have had in my life. The idea was for me and my girlfriend to be away from everything and be on the beach for 5 days. Instead we became very busy and we visited rural... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tuross Head, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Steve and I visited Nihiwatu on the recommendation of a friend, who said the fishing was simply "world class". We wanted to see for ourselves. In short, the experience more than lived up to expectations... it blew the lid off them! Sumba is famous for its surf breaks... it deserves to be famous for its sport fishing as well. Partner... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Can this place get any better I said to myself after the marriage proposal? And yes unbelievably it did. The team at 'Nihiwatu' out did themselves. From the bottle of Verve champagne with breakfast, the incredibly relaxing 2 hour massage, the romantic table for two, the tree top breakfast overlooking the ocean, another romantic dinner for two in one of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bali, Indonesia
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My wife and I had the privilege of spending our honeymoon at the idyllic Nihiwatu Resort and the entire experience was heavenly! From the efficiency and flexibility of the reservations team to the hospitality of the management and the extremely high service standards of the staff, the entire team made our honeymoon an unforgettable experience! The staff went out of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Perth, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Doing your beach walk alone on a sunny Sumba morning, you could be easily believe that you and the crashing waves were the only things on the planet at that moment. That "in the middle of nowhere" feeling which, in our crazy world takes a little to achieve these days. Nihiwatu provides this escape into nature providing luxury accommodation built... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

White sand, friendly staff, wide space accommodation and water sports activities are really the one I can never forget. Exploring their organic garden, joining yoga class for one hour and a day trip to the nearby villages and meeting local people is my very first experience. Just one thing is almost missing our flight back from there because no one... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

It's rare to share a travel experience that truly warrants the phrase 'life-changing', a term that too often gets used as marketing hype. However, the beauty, soul and spirit of Nihiwatu and its exceptional people, the local Sumbanese had a profound effect both on me and my outlook when I visited to experience the re-opening in March, this last month.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Nihiwatu, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Nihiwatu? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Nihiwatu

Address: Desa Hobawawi, Sumba 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Sumba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Nihiwatu 5*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Otel and Expedia so you can book your Nihiwatu reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Nihiwatu Hotel Sumba
Nihiwatu Hotel Waikabubak
Nihiwatu Resort Waikabubak

149 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (136)
Pool/beach area (25)
Room/suite (16)
Dining (4)
Bathroom (1)
Hotel & grounds (6)
View from room (6)
Business center/function rooms (1)
Other (77)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (14)
Pool/beach area (5)
Dining (2)
Room/suite (2)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (4)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Sumba with
any amenities


Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center 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 Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Nihiwatu staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer