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Nihiwatu

5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Desa Hobawawi, Sumba 80361, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Sumba
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • 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
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

There is nothing like Nihiwatu in the world. The landscape is breathtaking and the people are kind and welcoming. The general manager, George, and his staff go above and beyond at making your stay at Nihiwatu exceptional. Activities range from a waterfall hike (absolutely majestic), scuba diving, surfing, stand-up paddling, fishing, and day tripping to local villages and schools. I've... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

The most amazing eco-lodge! Nihiwatu is a perfect combination of luxury and nature! We stayed at the Lantoro Villa, a stunning villa with a huge private pool and an amazing view. So many things to do and discover in this resort, it’s a true experience that you will never forget. The food is exquisite! Our butler Jenny made our stay... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We went on Honeymoon to Nihiwatu for 2 week in the first two week in October. The whole experience was amazing. This place is one of very few places that really does exceed in a perfect destination. We were not surfers however there was so much to do at the retreat and please to go. Everything about this property is... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

The most amazing extraordinary exclusive luxury resort, words can't even describe. Amazing, gorgeous, relaxing, beautiful and excellent food! The rooms and the views were absolutely stunning. The resort has first class staff and facilities. Not to mention the uncrowded surfing....absolutely perfect! We took the whole family including our children, they had an amazing experience too! We will be back!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The majestical experience I had at Nihiwatu was life changing! Everyone was very kind and attentive. The food was outstanding as it was seasoned to perfection. It was pleasant not having to sign any bills during the stay as everything is all inclusive, this makes the stay more relaxing and stress free! In addition the activities you can choose from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

We had an amazing time and it was unfortunate that we had to cut the trip short but we're so happy that we had the chance to experience Nihiwatu! Service was exceptional, our Butler Marthen, did all he could to make our stay a very memorable one. THe resort is also committed to giving back to the community and even... More

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

When someone told me their experience of Nihiwatu was "life changing" I secretly thought they must be prone to hyperbole. However fast forward a few weeks, post my own Sumba story, and I can honestly understand what they meant. I would challenge anyone to find a place/hotel/resort comparable to Nihiwatu. It's true luxury and five star-ness is actually so subtle... More

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Kuurne, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

After hesitating to visit Nihiwatu Resort we spend the time of our life during a week at the beautiful resort 06,2012. although we were no surfers neither frequent Sumba visitors as most of the other guest from over the whole world. If you like unspoiled beaches,original culture of this unknown part of Indonesia (monolites, Pasola, Ikat weaving,bettle nuts....) then don't... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Nihiwatu is the only resort on the huge Indonesian island of Sumba. It is the only resort probably because if there were others they would pale by comparison, and who wants to travel that far not to arrive at a magical destination....My family and I were just at Nihiwatu for four days in the middle of a three week vacation.... More

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Additional Information about Nihiwatu

Also Known As:
Nihiwatu Hotel Sumba
Nihiwatu Hotel
Nihiwatu Hotel Waikabubak
Nihiwatu Resort Waikabubak
Address: Desa Hobawawi, Sumba 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Sumba
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 Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Sumba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Nihiwatu 5*
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 
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