Originally a spot dedicated to the most passionate of surfers, Nihiwatu has been transformed into an all-villa resort set on a private beach with an exotic open-air spa. Found on Sumba Island, Nihiwatu feels like an untouched tropical wilderness – and the style of the resort echoes this.

Nihiwatu boasts two spas areas, the Beach Spa with open-air pavilions, as well as the Nihi Oka spa safari experience. The creekside yoga pavilion is also open to the elements and is the ideal spot for quiet meditation. 

Room Types

The 21 villas of exceptional design are built on private terraces with large 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.

Raja Mendaka –  A private two-bedroom residence with private entrance to the beach, lush private gardens and large teak deck with plunge pool that’s integrated into a 19m swimming pool. The three Kanatar Mendaka Sumba Houses can be incorporated to make a 5 villa private compound for larger groups or families requiring additional space.  

Pantai – Three two-bedroom villas are located on the beachside and are ideal for a group of friends or family travelling together. The villas have open-air entertainment areas perfect for private dining, and come complete with a bar, kitchen and dedicated butler service. Each villa has access to a private infinity pool. They are a popular choice for families as they are located close to the open-air Sumbanese Bale complete with books, games, table tennis, a pool table and dedicated children’s movie night theatre.

Marangga – Four one-bedroom villas with a  central bed and Cliffside Bale elevated above the sea, outdoor shower, bathtub, outdoor dining and lounge area, terrace and decking complete with a private plunge pool.

Ombak – Two one-bedroom villas with a shared entertainment area are ideal for friends or family members travelling together. A further three two-story, one-bedroom villas have a study/children’s room.

Suku – Two one-bedroom villas with shared entertainment area that are ideal for families as they have an additional room with day-beds for kids. The outdoor area has a small garden perfect for children to enjoy.

Ratu – Three double-storey one-bedroom villas located on the hill with lovely views over the estate and bay. A further six one-bedroom garden style villas with plunge pools are also located on the hillside. 


The 'Spa Safari' experience on offer sets Nihiwatu apart from other resort spas, involving a full day excursion and trek through the rainforest. 

The open-air spa pavilions allow for nature to be present at all times, from the crashing of the waves to the music of birdsong. 


At Ombak Restaurant Chef Bernard creates an exquisite menu influenced by his worldwide travels. In particular the flavours of Indonesia, Mexico, Europe, Thailand and the Middle East are expertly combined and the resort restaurant has been well awarded thanks to his culinary influence.

The main approach is to be inspired by the garden, using the freshest home-grown ingredients and seafood caught on the day. 

  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • Horse Riding
  • Spa
  • Cultural Tours
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Boathouse
  • Ombak restaurant
  • Nio Beach Club
  • Menara Bale
  • Private dining pavilions
  • Beach Spa

Located on Sumba Island, a one hour flight from Bali.

Insider's Tips

The Pantai Villas are a popular choice with their beach views and location close to the water in addition to the private kitchen, butler service, plunge pool and entertainment areas giving freedom and privacy on your stay.  

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