Nihiwatu - For Surfers and Soul Seekers
Day 1: Arrive in Bali
Arrive in Bali and transfer to the Alila Villas Uluwatu to relax and unwind.
Overnight: Alila Villas Uluwatu
Day 2: Fly to Sumba
This morning depart Alila Uluwatu and transfer to the airport for the internal flight to Tambolaka on the island of Sumba. Upon arrival, transfer by road through the tropical island landscape to Nihiwatu.
Sumba is one of those rare places on earth where long held traditions remain very much in evidence, with ancient rituals and traditional dress still observed by many of the inhabitants. Nihiwatu sits within this environment, respecting the customs of the islanders, whilst offering guests a truly immersive experience.
Nihiwatu's 21 private villas lie nestled among the island's greenery, built by local craftsman with the upmost respect for the natural environment. All of the understated luxury villas are spacious with air-conditioning and private pools. However, the most notable feature is the strong connection with the surrounding landscape, with some living areas open to the elements and all with stunning Indian Ocean views.
Days 3 - 7: Enjoy Nihiwatu
For the next five days you can participate in both sea and land activities including surfing, fishing, hiking and exploring ancient villages. The Boathouse is the focal point for all water based activities and a world class team of watermen will guide you depending on your level of expertise. Sumba is noted for its famous left hand break - The Wave - which attracts surfers from all over the world. Visitor limits mean the surf is never crowded, however. Surfers are strongly advised to book surf sessions in advance.
Inland is equally fascinating. Guests may explore the island, perhaps taking a picnic under the Lapopu Waterfalls, following butterfly trails and visiting ancient tribal villages. For the ore energetic, there is mountain biking, hiking and horse riding.
For those planning to return fully rejuvenated, the Jungle Spa is close at hand for a little extra pampering. Regular yoga classes are held in the communal Creekside Pavilion. However, for the ultimate well-being experience you could head to Lopopu waterfall for your own private yoga class accompanied by the sounds of cascading water and bird song.
For those interested in the island's philanthropic projects, you may explore the work of the Sumba Foundation, which works to improve the well-being of the islanders through education, nutritional support, the digging of wells and the eradication of malaria. You may even volunteer to help out on one of the projects if you wish.
Enjoy fine dining each evening. Nihiwatu purchases the island grown ingredients for the restaurant from local villagers and cooks up superb cuisine with worldwide flavours and an adventurous twist. You may also wish to take advantage of the various dining experiences, such as a meal on a romantic tree-top platform or a picnic presented beautifully in banana leafs.
Day 8: Depart Sumba
This morning, transfer back to Tambolaka Airport for your return connecting flight home.
The place (Nihiwatu) is simply perfect yet low key and unassuming, and the location is fabulous. Overall service provided was excellent, everything was perfect and we always felt in very safe hands.
From £3,829 / $5,929 per person, based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Includes domestic flights between Bali and Sumba, one night on bed and breakfast basis in a One Bedroom Pool Villa at Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, six nights in a One Bedroom Luxury Villa at Nihiwatu and airport transfers. Accommodation at Nihiwatu includes all meals, afternoon tea/coffee, soft drinks and WiFi.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made according to the interests of our clients and the above itinerary is for guideline purposes only. Please contact our Indonesia specialist, Melissa Matthews, for your own tailor-made holiday to Nihiwatu on +44 (0)1242 787804.