The Magic of Nihi Sumba
Next up on our honeymoon was definitely a spot we were very much looking forward to as one of the highlights of our trip, and it didn’t disappoint.
Nihi Sumba is a sprawling resort on the far side of an island called Sumba, which is just off the coast of Bali in Indonesia. We love to incorporate at least one “off the beaten path” style destination on our vacations, and this one was definitely off the beaten path.
Located on the south western coast of the island, nestled amongst the jungle and situated right on the water, it was one of the most beautifully designed resorts I’ve ever had the fortune to see. The resort is also actually quite large; with approximately 30 rooms and 60 villas, their accommodations range in shapes and sizes to fit the style of the honeymooner, the adventurer, and even large groups and families.
Our villa was the Marangga suite which was right on the water, with an ocean view, private pool and our own bale down closer to the cliff’s edge where we could have intimate meals, services, or even just relax and watch the tides change throughout the day.
What they don’t tell you (or at least we didn’t research) before you arrive, is that the resort has an intensely close and charitable relationship with the island’s community. 90% of the staff is made up of local Sumbanese individuals. The island itself has a substantial amount of poverty, and the resort gives back in part by employing many locals, and in another large part by having founded The Sumba Foundation, which provides health benefits, schooling, water and other services to the local population. We were incredibly impressed by the passion the resort owners have for the people and the symbiotic relationship the resort and the island have with each other was certainly felt by the guests, and absolutely added to the magic of the experience. We also felt lucky enough to be able to donate Christmas bags for the children filled with educational yet fun items (like stationary) that they wouldn’t normally have access to.
Additionally, we were able to experience a variety of excursions, that really helped us in seeing the beauty of the island. On our first day, we just relaxed and enjoyed the beauty of the resort, but the next day we went stand up paddle boarding down the river, where we saw everything from water buffalo swimming next to us, to large prehistoric looking monitors, to ending in a local fishing village where we got to meet many of the (extremely adorable) local children.
The next day we took a tour of the “on campus” chocolate factory. We got to see how they produce the chocolate and then experienced a chocolate facial that uses the antioxidant properties of the chocolate to help restore the skin. In between, we were treated to an amazing private yoga class with the on campus instructor which was so peaceful when conducted amongst the trees near the factory.
The last day was “my day” and hubs treated me to the “Spa Safari” – you can either go by car or walk (we chose the car) and travel through a local village where you get to see how the Sumbanese actually live and why, before trekking over to a cliffside outdoor spa where you get unlimited treatments (we did all of them!). We ended our long day with a custom made private dinner that the staff hosted for us under the stars on the beach back at the resort. It was truly an amazing and restorative way to end our stay at Nihi.
We certainly hope some day we are able to come back and experience the magic of the island once again! But for now… we’re off to Bali! 😃