Make Your Surfing Easy
NIHI is unique. There's just something about it. That’s why it won Travel and Leisure Magazine’s no. 1 Hotel in the World. An intimate island retreat where ancient tribal culture uniquely forms the backdrop to an experience of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories. Whether it be the world-class surfing and fishing, visiting ancient Stone Age sites and traditional villages, or going for a picnic under breathtaking waterfalls, NIHI’s wild luxury is world class.
Tropical Luxurious Adventures
If perfection is an empty lineup and 5-star service set against a picture perfect backdrop, then NIHI Sumba is perfect. It offers a truly unique experience to those ready to explore the edge of wildness. NIHI’s mix of perfect waves, raw nature and indigenous culture are the ingredients for once in a lifetime adventure.
Low Tide Intermissions
With one the most perfectly shaped left handers east of Desert Point breaking right in front of the resort and visible from any of the lush villas and the restaurants, it is quickly understood why “Occy’s Left” is the main attraction at NIHI. With that said, the resort offers a plethora of activities for non-surfers (or low tide intermissions). Exploring the beach on horseback, Spa Safaris and Stand Up Paddling down the rivers are on the menu while you wait for the tide to rise.
NIHI Sumba is really something else. The resort’s well integrated connection with the local culture and its people offers guests a chance to get involved and contribute to the development of the local communities. NIHI supports Sumba Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on bringing education, medical welfare and clean water to the region since the resort opened over 20 years ago. Nowhere else would you find this close of a connection between a resort and the local culture.
The heart of NIHI is the resort’s Boathouse where there is always something on the go. This is where you’ll witness the release of newly hatched turtles from NIHI’s turtle preservation program at the twilight of dawn or dusk. Come during the day and the adjacent spa will gladly supply you with all you need for a mud bath/basking session. Or join the gathering at sunset and get courtside seats to the remaining action in the surf out front with a cocktail in hand, conveniently provided to you by the boathouse’s own bartender.
Waves At NIHI Sumba
Directly in front of the resort lies the NIHI’s Occy's left. Limited by the resort to a maximum of ten surfers, the fast and exhilarating reefbreak offers to propel you faster than you’ve ever travelled on a board before. If you wish to surf the left, you MUST register with Tropicsurf as one of the ten surfers at the time of your booking. Alternatively, nearby there are many other fun waves, lefts and rights, beginner friendly or challenging. Tropicsurf manages daily excursions to NIHI’s surrounding waves from our beachfront Surf Shack.
It's Not All Lefts
There is more to Sumba than Occy’s Left, and a boat trip with one of Tropicsurf’s expert guides will soothe the right longing natural footer’s thirst. With a number of world class reefs bending around the fractal like coastline, there are options in almost every bay and it is highly unlikely you’ll find another boat anchored in the channel. Just don’t brag about it when you come back or your friends will join you the day after.
Empty Tropical Perfection
An empty line-up is not an exception at NIHI Sumba, it's the rule. People with a surf slot are not the only ones who can take advantage of uncrowded surf. Hop on a boat and explore the coastline's nooks and crannies together with our experienced guides. This will likely result in a memorable session at one of the area's gems with no one but your guide and untouched landscape as your witness.
A wave at Occy's will surely leave an unforgettable memory imprinted in your mind. On its day, it can offer one of the most thrilling rides any surfer could possibly dream of. It is hard to imagine a better setup, with an attentive crew constantly watching over your every move, and world class photographers who frequently visit to eternalize the wave of your life.
A sunset session at Occy’s left will etch its way into your memory and stay with you forever. Knowing that the rest of the resort’s guests have probably gathered for drinks at the Boathouse and have witnessed the wave of your life is just icing on the cake. Nothing left to do but paddle back in, walk up the legendary steps, and crack a cold one.
When It’s Big, It Holds
The reef in front of NIHI will hold any size of swell thrown at it, and when the Roaring Forties push up from the south, NIHI turns into the Sumba Colosseum with all eyes fixed on the spectacular walls rolling through and the gun equipped gladiators brave enough to chase them. With water patrol on jetski always ready to assist those who are taken down, NIHI is one of the places in the world where pushing your limit becomes a little more comfortable.
Resort At NIHI Sumba
Amidst the raw beauty and secluded isolation of its setting NIHI offers rustic living; all understatement, whilst every luxurious detail is taken care of. The property encompasses 567 acres of land, left in its natural state. With a maximum of 40 guests exclusivity is ensured. Villas are built on terraces with private pools and verandahs that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most of the dramatic views. NIHI is one of a kind.
Exploring the vastness of the resort is an adventure in itself, with a treasure chest at each destination. Making your way from the stables to the seaside pool at restaurant Nio, via the chocolate factory or the untouched beach, will make anyone feel like a cast away exploring a hidden paradise. NIHI’s layout is so incorporated with its surroundings that just taking a walk around the resort can feel like you are in Avatar land.
Exclusivity Is The Standard
From the yoga pavilion, to the Boathouse at NIHI, there is no detail missed. The terraced landscape has each villa looking out to the ocean, and each villa was carefully planned to balance privacy and being connected with NIHI’s beautiful surroundings. Even though almost all villas are different in their style and planning, they all provide the highest comfort and sensation of a home away from home.
A Scene To See
As if the breathtaking backdrops and panoramic views weren’t enough, the resort feels almost as if it planned for you to frame it. Thoughtful openings to viewpoints over the spectacular land - and seascapes - will have you asking your loved ones to stop and pose pretty much everywhere you go. While luxury at NIHI is truly a feast to all senses, the sights alone is enough to confirm you have landed in paradise.
Just outside of NIHI Sumba life goes on very much the way it has for the past hundred years and it’s a truly fascinating culture to witness. Wherever you go you’ll be met by smiling faces and laughing children going about their day in the traditional agricultural society. Most of the staff at NIHI have a strong connection to the local area and are happy to introduce you as a guest to their culture.
Nestled on a cliffside, NIHI almost disappears into its surrounding landscape when gazed at from the ocean; it would be difficult to find if you didn’t know where to look. With the vast amount of untouched property hugging the relatively few buildings it becomes easy to see why the resort is known to be "on the edge of wildness". The contrast between unrivaled comfort and raw nature is a truly unique combination. It is really out of this world.
Rooms At NIHI Sumba
All villas are air-conditioned with panoramic views. Various configurations of single level and two-storey accommodation represent stylish tropical living at its best. Tucked amongst the trees are the owner’s exclusive digs that represent the cutting-edge of responsible luxury, or even better still, stay in brand new the tree house complex. This is epitome of understated luxury, featuring spacious outdoor living areas, sandy-floored bathrooms with an open-air concept and private pools.
Private yet connected, each villa provides a home away from home with their own gardens, verandah and pool. Built with homage to traditional Indonesian and local Sumbanese architecture, Nihi Sumba is a place that will leave you lost for words. The details and decorations are truly incredible. "Average" is a word that will disappear from your vocabulary during a stay at NIHI.
Live Like A King Or Queen
The Raja Mendaka Estate is the King’s crown (literally) of all of NIHI’s luxury abodes. This palace boasts front row seats to the action in the water and is equipped with its own separate living room, infinity pool and expansive lush garden. That being said, there isn't a villa around that will make you feel like you ended up in second place. Each and every room is built for everyone to feel like royalty.
Families At NIHI Sumba
Don’t let NIHI’s rustic luxury put you off. Once the preserve of savvy surfers only, NIHI has evolved into a ruggedly luxurious destination for the global jet set and their families. Learn to surf waves abound, or take a ride on the resort’s sweet natured Sumbanese horses. Better still, let the little ones escape to the chocolate factory. This haven of fun, tucked in the shade by the creek on the way to the Stables, will keep the little ones fun and fulfilled from 10am-5pm daily.
A short excursion from NIHI (15 minutes by car) is the resort’s satellite boathouse at Coconut Cove, which is fully equipped and ready for barbecue lunches and beach games. Just in front, on the high tide, there is the ultimate beginner wave where the young ones can get their first taste of surfing under the tutelage of expert guides (Tropicsurf offers daily lessons when conditions allow for it). This is a great option for families looking to enjoy water activities in calmer waters than the more exposed coastline in front of the resort.
New NIHI Experiences
NIHI offers a plethora of activities for all ages and interests. Whether it be a family mud baking session at the Boathouse, or a guided trek through rice fields to unfathomable sceneries, it might be difficult to choose which activity is on the day's menu. Prepare yourself for a toss up between spending the day getting pampered beyond belief at Nihioka Spa or trekking to the Blue Waterfall. Or do both. For more of a cultural experience, visit the local villages and witness the impact of the Sumba Foundation; this is a must and will leave a lasting impression that is guaranteed to make your visit to NIHI unique.
To be honest it’s hard to distinguish between a VIP experience and a standard package at NIHI. Some high rolling Tropicsurfers appreciate the expansive design of the owners' villas. Others choose a resort buyout exclusively for their family and friends. All take advantage of NIHI’s private wave and the limited surfer numbers. Tropicsurf can arrange private jet clearances into Sumba combined with helicopter resort transfers if that’s how you roll.
Hoba Wawi, Wanokaka, West Sumba Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Beginners get looked after too!
If you are a beginner, the incredible people at Tropicsurf who manage the wave there can take care of you as well.eddieglenn - TripAdvisor
Best vacation ever
I am probably like most people. I write a review usually if something is extraordinarily good, or horrifically bad. This is a REALLY good review. The surfing was simply fantastic, perfect or near perfect waves each day, up to 1-1/2 times head high each day. I’ve described it to friends and family as the best vacation ever, and the best surfing trip ever. Simply incredible.David R, via email
Great staff & world-class surf
The surf staff, Brad and Eugene made me feel like a local, and Occy's Left (private surf break) provided world class waves with an empty lineup.jeffmazzacano - TripAdvisor
I just returned to my home in Italy after two weeks at Nihi in Indonesia. I was an absolute beginner to surfing but enthusiast about trying. After my two weeks with with Tim and Giulia in the waves around Nihi, I really want to write a personal note of thanks for Tim, and Giulia, for all that he did. What a great person! That's where I want to start. He was a skilled teacher, kind and patient and always incredibly fun and enthusiastic. He went out of his way for me and my two young girls (Ginevra 10 and Liliana 8) and my wife. Whatever they're paid, it's not enough! :-) I have nothing but great things to say about him, and his wife Giulia. My hope is that, when the time is right, you will let him know that some strange, happy newbie from Italy wrote the Tropic Surf office to ramble on --- without end --- about what a great instructor he is and, more importantly, what a great person. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to learn with both of them. (And parenthetically, I went from a day-1 beginner at level 1 to... well, you should ask Tim, he'll have a clearer view of that. But whatever level it is, I had a great time and can't WAIT to surf again. That's the whole point, right? I lived a dream!)Robert, via email
Amazing Tropicsurf Guides
By the way, have we ever told you guys how amazing Tim and Guila are? They are first class when it comes to customer service. They go out of the way to accomodate me and I am not even surfing. They go tell the chef to serve us more veggies because they know we love veggies, they book excursion for us, they make sure to introduce us to people they think we will like (like special guest chefs) and they are so attentive. That is why we followed them to Nihi and why we are going back to Nihi.Carolyn, via email
I just spent a week surfing at Nihiwatu and wanted to get in touch to give a glowing review to the two surf guides there in both Tim and Giulia. As someone who has been surfing since I was young, I have been on many trips to places around the world with many different guides who have been excellent, but these 2 were without a doubt the best I have ever had the pleasure of being in or out of the water with.Tim, via email
I cannot stress enough how great Giulia and Tim were
It was awesome and we’re already thinking about booking for next year. I cannot stress enough how great Giulia and Tim were, they gave us the best Tropicsurf experience we’ve had so far!Fred, via email
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to CJ for his fun and relaxed style during our stay at Nihi. He was fantastic with both my boys and made the experience unforgettable.Andrew, via email
Thank you again for your help with our trip to Nihi!
Thank you so much for setting me up with Tropicsurf. Everything was absolutely perfect. I also wanted to let you know that Robyn and Joe were the best surf instructors I have ever had, and I’ve had a lot! I learned more from the both of them than I’ve learned from anyone. My surfing ability and confidence jumped at least a level, maybe two. Not only were they amazing teachers, both were also so encouraging, positive and fun to be with. They seem to make the perfect team.Laura, via email
He is by far the best surfing instructor I have ever been with.
The experience at Nihi was absolutely incredible. Myself and my partner had a few private lessons with Robin and Joe. They were both absolutely incredible. I spent a lot of time with Joe and wanted to give the feedback because he made the experience one that we will remember forever! We spent a lot of time at the boat house and his energy there is what made it feel like home - we knew we could just go and spend time there whenever we felt like it. Over the 12 days the progression was incredible. His attention to detail, positioning you on the wave each time and angling you exactly where you need to be is out of this world. His approach and style went along way in building up confidence. When I thought the waves were too big for me he had the right words to make you believe you could do! My girlfriend who is terrified of waves ending up getting out into waves I never thought she would of and this is due to both Robin and Joe’s style and approach. They know how to build confidence and she always knew they were there for her!Byron, via email.
Nihi was beyond our expectations.
Everyone was so lovely, the food was amazing and the pure beauty of the island was truly hard to take it. The spa safari property was unreal, what an amazing place. Thanks again for all your assistance from beginning to end. You made everything so seamless and we really did enjoy the family holiday with the added luxury of the hotels and transfers from start to finish.Adam and Kylie, via email.