Even getting to know the island feels like an adventure. Hike through the rugged countryside, paddy fields and traditional thatched villages or make a beeline for the spa – sheer luxury within breezy, open-sided casitas whose infinity pools overlook a dramatic cliff view. Treatments make use of local ingredients such as red rice, coconut oil and aloe vera.
The all-natural beach is a great spot for horse-riding, and galloping along at sunset will certainly blow out the cobwebs. There is excellent surfing, diving and paddle-boarding too. Back in your thatched residence, be soothed by the hypnotic ocean panorama from a copper bathtub on your veranda or relax in a cushion-clad bale by the private pool.
What’s even more special is Nihi’s commitment to the environment. 90% of staff are employed locally, and the Sumba Foundation builds school, well and clinics. This is a luxury hotel with heart and soul.