Scale of 90-100
Sophisticated and distinctive resort created by New York-based billionaire investor J. Christopher Burch, set in a remote area of southwest Sumba, a two-hour drive along a winding road from the airport at Tambolaka. Comprised of 550 wooded acres that slope gently down to the sea, the estate encompasses 27 villas with 38 rooms (all come with private pools and designated butlers). Mandaka #1, a two-story villa, features a glass-sided lounge furnished with white sofas, wicker armchairs and a bar counter. Amenities include an equestrian center and a glamorous full-service spa. The Beach Club serves charcoal-grilled meat and fish, plus wood-fired pizzas; Ombak has a deck cantilevered over the ocean, which provides a spectacular setting for refined Indonesian and international cuisine.
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Virtually everything, but especially the pristine natural surroundings, the otherworldly atmosphere, the wonderfully comfortable accommodations, the encyclopedic range of activities and the consistently delightful staff.
That it couldn’t be my permanent residence.
Good to Know
The high season for surfing runs from April to October, when the prevailing winds create the best waves. Only 10 people a day are allowed to surf Occy’s Left, but there are other waves, some of which are more suitable for beginners.
Nihi Sumba Features:
- Airport transfers
- Horseback riding
- Private pool
- Room service
Average Mid-High Season Rates (including taxes):
Lowest Rate: Kanatar Sumba House One-Bedroom Villa, $960; Editor’s Choice: Raja Mandaka One-Bedroom Duplex Villa, $1,700. Minimum Stay May Apply.
Learn more about Nihi Sumba:
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.