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Nihiwatu, the small und exclusive island hideaway in eastern Indonesia is one of the most extraordinary resorts in an archipelago of the extraordinary. Among travelers ‘in the know’ who seek excitement with absolute privacy, Nihiwatu’s reputation is unrivalled. Whether you come for a unique and entirely different vacation experience; be it adventure or nature at its scenic best… or simply fulfill the desire to lose yourself in an other world, this is the place to be!

Your sanctury. Nihiwatu...where less is more than enough

The property consists of 438 acres of tropical forest, rice terraces and grassland wrapped around the stunning two and a half kilometer long beach. This world-class beach is protected on both ends by cliffs and headlands ensuring total exclusivity for our guests.

Tucked away in the trees of this remote island are just seven luxury bungalows and three two-bedroom villas offering complete solitude in air-conditioned comfort along with everything one needs in an idyllic tropical setting. The thatched roofed bungalows and villas, hand-built by Indonesian craftsmen using local materials, have balcony vistas stretching the full length of the beach, the sea and the headlands beyond. At Nihiwatu your sanctuary is superbly outfitted in contemporary Indonesian style.

Nearby you will find the open living and dining room and the adjusted cliff-top bar. At Nihiwatu, the team takes pride in providing memorable dining and personalized service, and to ensuring that every guest’s whishes are fulfilled.

For Romance....

Nihiwatu is one of the most romantic spots on earth. Be it to start life together or to simply spend some quality time with your loved one, in this setting unlike any other the stage is set for memories that last.

Honeymooners will be pampered with a complimentary bottle of champaign and a special romantic dinner served under the stars, it’s definitely what dreams are made of.

For everyone who just wants to let go....

To rejuvenate body and soul visit the Jungle and Hilltop Spa for a relaxing massage and body treatment while enjoying spectacular ocean views. Private and group yoga, meditation and pilates classes are available on call whenever you want.

Throughout the resort, the staff strives to provide a level of service that is as special as the environment in which it is offered.

For everyone who loves delicious and healthy food...

Dining options at Nihiwatu are designed to make your stay diverse, exciting and slightly adventurous. The chef and his team work to produce a combination of dishes that allow Asian and Western cuisines to meet in culinary terms. Every effort is made to find ingredients of the highest quality and have them delivered to Sumba as pure and as fresh as they might have been served at their origin. Perfect blends of Eastern and Western foods are presented with choices that change daily.

To compliment the dining options fine wines are available.

For our guests who have special diet requirements, we are happy to make arrangements prior to arrival to ensure all necessary ingredients are available in Sumba.

For everyone who loves water sports and much more....

Do everything or do nothing at all. Nihiwatu allows its guests to kick back all day overlooking paradise, relax by the pool, take leisurely walks along the beach or island excursions. Surrounding the resort are Stone Age sites and traditional villages that have remained unchanged for centuries, this unique tribal culture with its ancient animist rituals is truly incredible.

The ocean offers world-class waves for experienced body surfers. Or take a boat and explore the spectacular underwater world by snorkeling or diving.


Nihiwatu lies in the southwest corner of the island of Sumba, just about one hour east of Bali. The transfer from the airport to the resort will take another hour and allows our guests a first glance at this still very traditional island and the life of its population.

Of course we will book your connecting flights from/to Bali. Currently, there is one flight per week (Thursdays).

Sumba is the perfect destination for your relaxing beach vacation and can be perfectly combined with your stay on the culturally rich and vibrant island of Bali. The Bali based team of Nihiwatu will ensure that your travel beyond the island of the gods will be smooth and effortless. You will be greeted by a representative at the airport in Bali who will take care of your check-in and accompany you to the VIP lounge where you will wait in comfort for your flight to Sumba

Estate and facilities

During your stay at Nihiwatu, your home will be one of the only six Luxury Suites and three two-bedroom villas. The interior design reflects the beauty of the surroundings; local materials and antiques have been carefully chosen to create the warm and welcoming feeling.

Luxury Suite (140 - 160 m2)

Six one-bedroom suites with open bathrooms and large teak deck with plunge pool.

Luxury Villas

Three spacious villas featuring two bedrooms and open bathrooms; ideal for a family or two couples traveling together. Large front decks completed with living room, a kitchen, a bar and large invinity pool.

Haweri Villa

This villa is dramatically positioned on a small headland with over two and a half acres of spectacular waterfront land bordered on two sides by water with the jungle behind. The villa lies separate from the resort yet close enough to feel a part of it. Living here offers total seclusion and privacy. There are two bedrooms in the main house with a third bedroom in a luxurious detached bungalow. The villa also features its own waterfront swimming pool and magnificent, airy hill top dining room that has a fully equipped kitchen… and butler service.

Haweri is also available for weddings and other private events (rates on request).

Services and amenities

Small Boutique Hotel Resort. Managed with love to details!

Personal tip

Unique for guests who truly want to get away from it all and enjoy relaxing days in most breathtaking surroundings.



Rates on request.


Refer to prices.

Terms of payment

  • 50% deposit to guarantee booking. 
  • Balance is due 12 weeks prior to arrival date. If bookings are made within 12 weeks 
    of arrival, the full amount is due as soon as the booking confirmation has been received by the guest. 


Cancellations received more than 140 days prior to arrival incur in a cancellation fee of one night of accommodation.
90 - 139 days = 25 % of total booking
60 – 89 days = 50 % of total booking
40 – 59 days = 75 % of total booking
39 – arrival = 100 % of total booking
No refund for no shows or days not used resulting from premature departure.

In case of late arrival due to flight changes we will be happy to extend the stay provided there is space available, however we can not be held accountable for such flight delays or cancellations.

We strongly advise a reliable travel insurance, including medical emergency evacuation abroad, policy regarding appropriate insurance protection.