I had heard about Nihi Sumba from my twin sister who described it as the best hotel in the world. Only when I got to the hotel did I really understand the true meaning of being totally blown away!
Breathtaking didn’t even cut it. The scenery, views from my room, general atmosphere in the hotel and around every corner that I turned, was mind blowing. From the moment we were shown our room, and there was a note in the sand outside the front door, I knew this trip was going to be special. Without being totally biased, it was the best two days of my life!
The first morning we went on the Sumba Foundation tour where we started by going to the Malaria Clinic. The hotel started the Sumba Foundation in order to better the lives of the Sumbanese people. The malaria clinic is just one string to their bow and one of many incredible aspects to the amazing work that they do. It’s unreal to think how over the 4 clinics they treat over 25000 Sumbanese annually. Such an achievement!
Nutrition is also a huge part of the work of the Foundation and we visited one of many schools at lunch time where the Foundation supplies the lunch to all of the students. We were welcomed with open arms and words really cannot describe how charismatic and friendly all of the children were. It was a truly humbling and heartwarming experience, and one I will never forget.
That evening we had a sunset horse ride on the beach and it’s safe to say that’s when I knew I had had the best day of my life. It was so stunning, so calm and serene and I had a moment of total peace on the back of this horse at sunset, memories I will carry for a lifetime.
The following day we had the Spa Safari which basically made me speechless. Never in my life had I seen anywhere more beautiful. We left the hotel at 7.30am for a 1.5 hour hike through the rice paddies. The scenery was stunning and we learnt a lot from our guide along the way. I have to say, I wasn’t prepared for where we were going to end up. When we arrived I really didn’t even know what to say. We walked down the hill to the spa and I was just blown away once again by the sheer beauty of my surroundings. We were shown to our own outdoor spa room with an outdoor shower, relaxation beds and our massage beds of course. Below, the sea crashed on the shore on our own private beach…. need I say more?!
There are lots of treatments on offer, but I ended up choosing a body scrub, massage and reflexology and it’s safe to say it was the best 3 hours of my life. You can hear the waves crashing below, you’re totally in the open in fresh air but in your own secluded area that just makes you able to totally disconnect and relax. Before our treatment we also had breakfast looking out at sea where we saw turtles coming up for air. It was truly magical and a once in a lifetime moment!
I will be honest and say I have really found it hard to even describe my stay at Nihi Sumba because I felt so blown away at every moment that it almost feels like a dream. I know hands down I can say I have never been anywhere more incredible in my life. I will be back, and if you want to book for yourself you will get a free massage in your room or at the boathouse OR a free private yoga session when you mention my name when booking!
Nihi Sumba was a trip of a lifetime for me and one I will never forget. From the Foundation Tour, to the Spa Safari, to the flower petal bath, the attention to detail of the hotel is second to none and honestly it was just too dreamy for words.
I have also saved my stay on the highlights on my instagram, so you can see everything I got up to for yourself!