Cape Paradise - A Journey into the Wilderness of NIHI Sumba
NIHI Sumba, the world's best luxury hotel, has a reputation for its breathtaking ocean views and rustic local charm, welcoming travelers from around the globe with its generous warmth on this remote and sparsely populated island.

PhotoChi-Hao Wei

TextBecky Tu

NIHI Sumba is located on Sumba Island, an hour's flight east of Bali. Although many travelers have never heard of Sumba Island, the wilderness-like wonders of Sumba Island give NIHI Sumba a unique, luxurious and healing island ambiance.

When looking at the seascape in front of you, which changes with the light and shadow, and the rolling of the waves, you can always feel the softest part of your heart. Follow photographer Chi-Hao Wei and the founder of Yii Cultural Enterprise, Ruo-Jia, Kung, and her family as they explore the beauty of nature on this wonderful island blessed by God.

World's Best Resort NIHI Sumba

Sumba Island was originally known as a surfing destination, but the once-visited and unforgettable beauty of its landscape has made it a hideaway for island travelers.

As the only hotel on this tranquil island, NIHI Sumba is located in the island's conservation area, with a beautiful 2.5-kilometer private sandy beach next to a dramatic cliff face. The hotel is committed to maintaining the local landscape and culture, with a predominantly jungle-style thatched cottage architecture, and no major construction on the island, in order to integrate seamlessly with the island's natural scenery.

NIHI Sumba's Past and Present
NIHI Sumba's most significant turning point came in 2012, when Chris Burch and hotel tycoon James McBride teamed up to acquire the original hotel and convert it into a resort that embraces the culture of Sumba Island and offers an experience that is both luxurious and dynamic, and after its reopening in 2015, it was voted the #1 Best Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure readers for two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2017.
Since then, NIHI Sumba has continued to gain momentum and has continued to be recognized in the Travel + Leisure Awards, Condé Nast Traveller, TripAdvisor and other hotel awards. NIHI Sumba was even chosen by Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence for her honeymoon.

Horseback Riding in the Waves or Sunset Walking on the Beach
NIHI Sumba has 33 uniquely designed villas, each of which comes with a private pool as standard, spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and the neighboring Nihiwatu Beach, and a blend of local traditional elements and designs to create a rich sense of individuality and comfort.

There are also a number of outdoor activities on offer, including the popular "Horse Riding on the Coast!" Horses are an important part of local life in Sumba Island and NIHI Sumba has designed a wide range of equestrian activities. Guided tours include riding horses along the coast for an amazing experience of treading on the waves, or exploring the island's tropical jungles, wilderness or villages. The activity of horseback rides at sunset is also provided, where the setting sun and the sound of horses' hooves accompany you as you enjoy an unforgettable sunset along the beach or mountain trails.


Sustainability and Social Responsibility
In addition to horseback riding, NIHI Sumba also offers activities such as surfing, yoga, spa treatments, cultural experiences and exploring local villages. Among these activities, the cultural experience is designed to provide travelers with an in-depth understanding of Sumba Island's traditions and activities. Sustainability and social responsibility are also emphasized in the hotel's operations, through support of local community affairs in Sumba Island, as well as assistance with educational programs and conservation of the natural environment, such as waste management programs and tree planting activities. NIHI Sumba has had a positive impact on the local community and ecosystem, making the goodness and beauty of humanity continue to shine through.


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