With its world-class waves and perfect beaches, the Indonesian island of Sumba is a surfer’s paradise. And there’s no hotel comparable to Nihiwatu, a retreat that Travel & Leisure just named the world’s best hotel for 2016, based on a reader survey.
Nihiwatu has 32 suites inspired by Sumba’s traditional thatched homes and a secluded spa that can be reached by a 90-minute trek (or open air safari vehicle, if you prefer).
See why T&L calls it the world’s best hotel.
They found it on Sumba, an island off the coast of Indonesia.
A wave known as “God’s Left” breaks directly outside the hotel. Only 10 surfers are allowed to ride the wave each day.
If surfing’s not your thing, there is plenty else to do on the 1,400-acre property.
Guests can take a hike along the beach and into the jungle to the Blue Waterfall.
There’s also yoga…
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…and an equestrian program.
And stand-up paddleboarding in the Wanukka River.
The spa is a full-day experience that starts with a 90-minute hike (or jeep ride).
It’s set among rice paddies and between two beaches overlooking the ocean, in complete seclusion.
There are three restaurants at the resort, and the seafood is exceptional, according to Travel & Leisure.
The views aren’t bad, either.
The resort has 32 villas, ranging from a 1-bedroom that starts at $650 a night and maxing out at a 5-bedroom, $12,000-a-night estate.
Some have private pools.
The open-air rooms are stunning.
90% of the hotel staff are Sumba natives, and Nihiwatu runs a foundation to support local communities.
It’s a slice of heaven.
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