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5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Desa Hobawawi, Sumba 80361, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our one week stay at Nihiwatu was absolute paradise. We had high expectations to begin with because of what we had heard about the place, but these expectations were exceeded everyday. The Nihiwatu experience is luxury like none other. For starters, the place is stunning - icy blue looking water (that was the perfect temperature when you got in), unspoilt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nihiwatu is simply one of those amazing places in the world. As noted elsewhere the combination of a small and fantastic resort, stunning beach and surf and the local culture is special. All the good things noted in the comments by others are all true, service is wonderful, food is top class, activities are all well run and nothing is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In simple language (because superlative seems inadequate) there is nowhere on earth I'd rather be. Nihiwatu redefines the balance between luxury and nature just as comfortably as the green wilderness rides boundary to the ocean. James McBride is a genius and his team delivers his promise with the perfect mix of authentic local effort and introduced sophistication. Our intent was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our 1 week stay at Nihiwatu was like being tucked away in an unspoiled corner of the world. The people, the staff, the beach, the villas, the mix of local and Western food food, the range of activities... everything was just incredible. The staff and the service, in particular, were the best I could ever hope for. Everyone was friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We recently stayed at Nihiwatu, a short and unforgettable stay in Paradise! Everything was just perfect beginning with the transfer between the airports in Bali, the warm welcome upon arrival at Nihiwatu (felt like coming home to friends), the spacious luxurious villas, deserted endless white sand beaches, authentic Asian and Western cuisine, amazing massage in the villa, horseback riding on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We stayed in Nihiwatu for 3 nights for our 21st anniversary. I have lived in Indonesia for 23 years, and have never experienced anything like Nihiwatu. The island of Sumba looks like photos of Hawaii in the 1950's. Pristine beaches with huge surfs, miles of untamed landscape (it's not tropical like Bali, but more arid and dry). Once you enter... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a unique and very special place. Unspoiled by tourists and development and made perfect by the hosts Claude and Petra Graves. Doubtful you will find a more peaceful and beautiful spot anywhere in the world. The accommodations are all perfect, with everything you could want and expect from and eco resort. hopefully the new owners Chris Burch and... More 

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Nihiwatu_GM, Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear Ddrs42, We are delighted you loved Nihiwatu and even happier that you felt the spirit remained intact. Chris and James bought Nihiwatu in 2012 so what you enjoyed is already part of the new evolution of NIHI. There are more Sumbanese in employment than ever before who are undoubtedly the best on earth. Preservation of the land the spirit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I'm not going to repeat the previous reviews. Heavenish place, amazing villas, scenic view, fantastic food, amazing culture, amazing people, endless activities, surfers' and anglers' paradise. But what makes this place is even more amazing is their service. Me and my boyfriend been to many different resorts but this is the first time we felt that everyone in the resort... More 

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Nihiwatu_GM, Manajer at Nihiwatu, responded to this review

Dear AnakMatahari, Thank you for visiting us. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay highlighted by service and surprise. Jenny is an extraordinary Mori Uma (Sumbanese word butler) who embodies the spirit of Sumba in every way possible. We will share your wonderful comments with her and all our amazing people .... See you again with love from The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I've stayed in many five-star resorts before but have never been closed to the experience I had in Nihiwatu. It is hard for me to write in words for the beautiful panorama and mostly the services I experienced at this resort in Sumba. It was truly beyond everything and I wouldn't believe that kind of services given with cares and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

No where takes your breath away quite like Nihiwatu. From the pristine 2.5km of private beach, the stunning villas, the ever smiling, happy staff, the raw beauty of the island and the wild surf that surrounds it. Get away from the crowds and hassle of Bali, this is Indonesia at its best, pure and simple. Its a bit of a... More 

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Address: Desa Hobawawi, Sumba 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Sumba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Nihiwatu 5*
Number of rooms: 21
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Also Known As:
Nihiwatu Hotel Sumba
Nihiwatu Hotel Waikabubak
Nihiwatu Resort Waikabubak

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