Luxury on the edge of wildness
Nihi Sumba Island unveils the art of unhurried living, a secret embedded in the island's languid pace.
Here, the Sumbanese defy the Western rush, embodying a serene existence devoid of stress and anxiety. In this haven, impatience dissipates as you surrender to the unhurried rhythm, realizing that the absence of haste is a gift. On this idyllic retreat, the Sumbanese dictionary lacks terms like running and anxiety attacks, providing a refreshing escape from Western traits.
Embrace the essence of your honeymoon in this secluded paradise, where time becomes a companion rather than a constraint. As the Sumbanese enchant with their unhurried smiles, a profound calmness permeates, inviting you to savor each moment. Nihi Sumba Island's all-inclusive luxury ensures that every facet of your stay, from intimate seclusion to personalized experiences, is seamlessly orchestrated. Whether indulging in sumptuous meals, exploring the island's natural wonders, or relishing quiet moments by the pristine beach, your honeymoon at Nihi Sumba Island promises to be a harmonious blend of tranquility, romance, and the captivating spirit of Sumba. Embrace the unique charm of a destination where time, like your love, knows no bounds.
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Day 1: International departure
Board your international flight, ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Day 2: Arrive Bali
Upon landing at Ngurah Rai International Airport and exiting the plane, you will be transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to The Pavilions Garden Villa in the Sanur area, where you will stay one night.
Day 3: Bali to Tambolaka
After breakfast its time for a swift one-hour flight from bustling South Bali to the serene Tambolaka Airport in West Sumba. Upon meeting your English-speaking guide, a comfortable transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle awaits to escort you to your hotel, Nihi Sumba, a luxury oasis along the dramatic Sumba coastline, where you will stay for seven nights. Despite its isolated locale, Nihi Sumba tantalizes taste buds with quality cuisine sourced from nearby organic gardens, a chicken farm, and the sea. Enjoy the all-inclusive dining experience, featuring three daily meals, beverages (excluding alcohol), and weekly special event dinners for communal delight.
Day 4: Nihi Sumba Island
Commence your day with a lavish breakfast, served either at the restaurant or in your villa by a dedicated personal butler. Take advantage of complimentary morning yoga classes at the breathtaking Yoga Pavilion, offering panoramic bay views. The expansive Nihi beach, spanning over two and a half kilometres, invites leisurely strolls or brisk 45-minute power walks to the point and back, revealing captivating rock formations and tidal pools during low tide.
The resort's history traces back to the arrival of the 'Marapu' ancestors, with their benevolent spirit enduring as a protective force for Sumba's way of life. Nihi's commitment extends to training local neighbours for employment, and fostering a deep connection with the Sumbanese community, the heart, and soul of Nihi.
Day 5: Matayangu trek
After breakfast, set off at 8:00 am to discover the Wanukaka Valley's beauty on a 45-minute drive to Matayangu. Park in a nearby village, and follow local guides on a 1.5-hour downhill trek through the serene Indonesian National Park forest to reach a tranquil blue lagoon at the waterfall's base. Emerging from the jungle, take in the breathtaking view of the waterfall basin. Your guides will arrange a simple picnic for a relaxed lunch. Spend the afternoon unwinding and swimming in this picturesque setting before trekking back. Remember to bring a sarong, swimsuit, spare shirt, camera, and sturdy shoes for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.
Day 6: Waikabubak and Sumba surfing
Embark on a morning adventure in Waikabubak, West Sumba's largest town, just a 30-minute drive from Nihi. Explore a lively market showcasing local treasures like dried fish and chili peppers. Engage with vendors, visit a fruit stand and Sumbanese antique store, and catch insights into daily life at traditional markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. After a packed lunch, plunge into Nihi Sumba's main attraction – surfing. Learn the ropes with the waterman, navigating the infamous waves. Exclusive to registered surfers, confirm your surf slot during reservation and check weather conditions with the Head Waterman. A day of cultural immersion and thrilling surf awaits.
Day 7: Lapopu waterfall and Sumba sunset beach ride
Embark on a morning adventure between 8:00 am – 9:00 am, driving through Wanukaka Valley to Lapopu's base. Marvel at a majestic waterfall, cascading over moss-covered rocks into a natural pool—a perfect spot for family and friends. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing while savoring a packed snack. Pack essentials like a sarong, swimsuit, extra shirt, and camera. The afternoon invites leisure at the resort. Later, experience Nihi's signature equine connection as the sun sets. Whether a horse enthusiast or not, engage in a profound interaction with these present-focused animals. Ride beautiful Sumbanese horses, accommodating all levels, for a memorable beach sunset experience.
Day 8: Nihioka Spa Safari
Today you’ll experience a half-day Spa Safari departing at 7:30 am, traversing Sumba's west coast to the secluded Nihi Oka Valley. Trek through palm tree forests, encountering wildlife and traditional villages. Pause in a Sumbanese village, then descend into Nihi Oka, crossing streams to reach cascading rice paddies with Indian Ocean views. Be welcomed with wet towels and a fresh coconut, kick off the day with yoga and reflexology, followed by a bush-cooked breakfast in a treehouse platform. Your spa therapist performs treatments in a private Bale with ocean and rice paddy views. At approximately 12:30 pm, an open-air safari vehicle awaits your return to the resort. You can spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 9: The Sumba Foundation
After a leisurely breakfast, head out at 10:00 am for an exploration of The Sumba Foundation's impactful initiatives. Choose from visiting a local water project, a Malaria-combating health clinic, or volunteering with the school lunch program. The tour, including a stop at the Foundation headquarters, showcases Nihi Sumba Island's deep collaboration with the local community. All profits are reinvested into The Sumba Foundation, fostering community projects. Nihi has become the island's largest employer, and the Foundation, established in 2001, contributes significantly. Witness the Foundation's accomplishments, including 15 primary schools, 48 water wells, five clinics, and a remarkable 85% reduction in Malaria. Return to the resort for lunch and savor the afternoon at your own pace.
Day 10: Back to Bali
As your final day unfolds at the edge of wildness, your luggage will be gathered in the morning. Nihi's airport representative will ensure it is transported to Tambaloka airport and checked in for your Bali-bound flight. Approximately 2.5 hours before departure, a transfer will take you to the airport, where our representative will assist with pre-check-in procedures. Bid farewell to the extraordinary Nihi Sumba experience as you depart for Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. In Bali, you will be picked up and transferred to The Garden Pavilions Hotel again, where you will stay one night.
Day 11: Departing Indonesia
After breakfast, you will be transferred via private air-conditioned vehicle to the airport for your international flight home.
Day 12: Arrive home
Land back in your home country, rejuvenated and revitalized from your amazing Sumba Island getaway.
Duration: 11 nights
Location: Sumba Islands holidays, Indonesia holidays
From £11,895 pp based on two people sharing during low season, excluding international flights.
The trip includes all accommodations and activities specified above. Rooms and meals are as follows:
- 2 nights at The Garden Pavilions – Garden Villa, breakfast included.
- 7 nights at NIHI Sumba – One Bedroom Honeymoon Villa, all-inclusive.
- All transfers, private guides and fees where stated as included.
- Internal flights between Bali and Sumba.
This trip excludes:
- Single Supplements.
- International flights to/from Indonesia.
- Meals not mentioned as included.
- Park fees not mentioned as included.
- High season supplments
Bali Bucket List
- Central Bali
- 11 Days
- £1995 PP
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When to go to Indonesia
Discover the best time to visit Indonesia with our helpful guide.
January in Indonesia is pleasant, with minimal rainfall. Explore Bali's lush landscapes or dive in Raja Ampat for clear underwater views.
February sees Indonesia somewhat still dry with comfortable temperatures. Check out Northern Sumatra, which has less rainfall than the rest of the country at this time of year or visit Yogyakarta for cultural festivals.
In March, the climate starts to get humid and warm. Witness the Nyepi (Balinese New Year) celebrations in Bali, or trek to the summit of Mount Rinjani in Lombok.
April sees the heat and humidity ramp up, with the addition of occasional rainfall. Head to Flores to visit the mesmerizing Kelimutu volcanic lakes.
May is the ideal time for travel as temperatures balance out and the humidity dropping. Take the opportunity to explore Java's historic temples or go hiking in Sumatra's lush rainforests.
June is a continuation of May’s good weather, dry (for Indonesia) and warm. Try diving in Komodo National Park or witness the Pasola festival in Sumba.
July sees Indonesia’s peak tourist numbers hit. The weather is great and there is plenty to see and do. Witness the Bali Kite Festival or enjoy water sports in the Gili Islands.
August is also a great time to visit, as most of the archipelago is dry and warm. Many locations across the country hold Independence Day celebrations, so join in the festivities or explore the pristine beaches of Nusa Penida in the excellent weather.
September sees more great weather but is generally less crowded in terms of tourism. Use this time to trek in Bukit Lawang, Sumatra, or explore the cultural gems of Yogyakarta.
Depending on the year, October can be the start of the rainy season but generally it stays nice and dry. Attend the Balinese Arts Festival in Denpasar, or hike Mount Bromo in Java.
November is the official start of the rainy season in most regions. Stay dry in Jakarta by ducking into the numerous cultural sites, or explore the rich history of Borobudur Temple in Java.
In December, the monsoon season is in full swing with frequent heavy rain. Enjoy Christmas festivities in Bali, but remember to bring a raincoat!
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