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Banyan Tree Mayakoba

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Banyan Tree Mayakoba
by: Erina Pindar  |   SmartFlyer

WHY: Bali/Sumba adventure
WHEN: July 2014
WHO: Me and my partner-in-crime

A stunner of a resort where authentic culture and the environment are king. Truly, paradise found.

- Details, Details -

TYPE: Nihiwatu was founded as a result of the search of the perfect wave, which makes it a beach resort, but it's become so much more than that. It's about the island of Sumba, the untouched beauty of the land, the people, and the resort as a whole.

ROOMS: The rooms at Nihiwatu are beautiful free-standing villas with outdoor bales, private plunge pool, private outdoor deck, and featuring a stunning bathroom with an open floor concept. Its location, perched high above the Indian Ocean, gives its visitors a front-row seat to stunning sunrise and sunsets and a panoramic view of the stunning landscape.

POOL/GYM: In addition to your own private pool, the main pool is located right at the entrance. However, Nihiwatu's main point of attraction is the variety of water sports and its pristine beach.

RESTAURANT: Ombak, Wavefront, and Nio Beach - all the restaurants are beautiful open-air pavilions featuring farm-to-table cuisines of traditional Indonesian offerings with a good mix of western favorites.


VIBE: Luxurious, sophisticated, yet un-pretentious. The place to go for families with older children as well as a stunning backdrop for an amazing honeymoon. Because of its location, Nihiwatu attracts world-class fishers, surfers, and divers.

BAR: The Boathouse is Nihiwatu's outpost to adventure by day and serves as a beautiful spot to enjoy cocktails in the evening.

SPA: The Jungle Spa is located above the beach, giving it a feeling of absolute privacy and seclusion. While here, you're in the hands of internationally trained, nurturing Sumbanese therapist who will tend to your needs with absolute care. Spa treatments can also be done in your private villa.

WI-FI: Complimentary wi-fi available throughout the property.

KIDS: Nihiwatu is child-friendly, but likely a much better choice for older kids (age 10 and up).

LOCATION:  Southwest corner of Sumba Island in Indonesia, about an hour's flight from Bali.




- A Few Things -

Nihiwatu is an intimate island resort on Sumba Island, where the Sumbanese culture bleeds beautifully into every fabric of the resort. Being in Nihiwatu is not just about the property itself, but also about the ancient tribal culture and tradition that still very much exists within and outside its doors. A truly immersive authentic experience, Nihiwatu is understated luxury set within a world-class environment that manages to be both relaxed and unpretentious.

The exclusivity of Nihiwatu, coupled with its romance and privacy, makes it one of the best-kept secrets in a distant corner of the world. The excitement, activity, and sense of place that are hallmarks of a stay at Nihiwatu compare to no other, making Nihiwatu a true paradise on the edge of wildness.