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“Exceeded expectations on SO many levels”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Nihiwatu

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Nihiwatu
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Sumba
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, null, Singapore
2 reviews
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“Exceeded expectations on SO many levels”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

We were recommended Nihiwatu by a friend who went there on their honeymoon 5 years ago and have been itching to go since we moved to Singapore, we knew it was going to be a special place but we were still completely blown away.

The dates we wanted to travel did not fit in with the charter flight so we flew on the local airline which ran like clockwork (once you got through the building site state that Bali airport in currently in), in fact we landed early on both legs of the journey and the VIP Nihiwatu service was a huge help. Do not let the 90 minute transfer to the resort put you off either, it was a highlight for me to drive through the island seeing various villages on the way and stunning views it really gives you a feel for the resort.

From the moment we arrived at the airport the service was second to none, every member of staff knew your name and genuinely seemed delighted to welcome you to their paradise. We stayed in a two bedroom, family villa with some friends and their children. The villa was beautiful - the rooms were impeccably clean, well laid out, spacious and tastefully decorated. The family villas are located at the top of the resort so they are very peaceful and you have a huge veranda with day beds and plenty of room for the kids to play.

The food was consistently excellent and we LOVED sun downers served by Paulus! After 4 days on the water with Christian we all had the Aloha, our paddle boarding trip is something I will remember forever!

The new manager George is a huge asset to the resort, he has impeccable standards and is constantly on the go to ensure that everything runs perfectly and that you are getting that absolute maximum out of your stay. It was one of our friend's birthday when we were out there and he went to a huge amount of trouble to organise a private bbq dinner (beautifully decorated with lanterns and flowers) by the pool overlooking the moon lit sea - it was absolutely perfect.

When you return to Bali after your trip to Nihiwatu you are again hit by how special Sumba/Nihiwatu is - so tranquil, calm and genuinely off the beaten track. I cannot wait to return!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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George_v2012, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear FJV_12,

Sumba Greetings!

Your glowing review is highly appreciated!

It is nice to see you are reviewing so many, often unforeseen, aspects of our resort's services like our flight arrangements & VIP airport handling while at Bali and at Tambolaka airport.

The 90'min ride from airport to Nihiwatu is part of the magic and I agree it really gives you a feel for the resort while you glance to its stunning views and various villages on the way. Our menu is one of the main concerns we constantly attempt to improve and I am delighted to know you found it excellent at all times.

I personally thank you for your kind comments about our impeccable standards in exceeding your expectations at your friend's birthday but this is what we always try to accomplish at Nihiwatu: 'making each guest feel special on special occasions and assuring life-time experiences for them to share with friends'.

I remain to your service & looking forward to welcoming you back soon to Nihiwatu,

George Vlachopoulos
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

The most beautiful, romantic, luxurious, relaxing, amazing "surf" resort is Nihiwatu on Sumba Island! We travelled there last year and it is a paradise where surfers have exclusivity to the fantastic waves straight out the front of the Resort. When the waves aren't happening there, the Resort Water crew take you on a boat ride to find a wave. Surfing is amazing and not crowded- only 10 surfers are permitted to stay on the Island at any one time, and only guests can surf the break - never crowded! You can watch the surfing from a relaxing deck chair on shore - a spectators/ photographers delight! The service, food, staff (the Sumba people and all staff are friendly and you feel like a part of a family,) are 5 Star +++. There are other activities available - massages, yoga, beach walks, Supping, snorkelling, horse riding, push bike rides, local village / market excursions - a must, takes you back in time. You can do as much or as little as you want, be social or private - but with only 10 couples there we made life-long friends from all over the world, we still keep in contact with. We were Engaged there last year (as I said - a very romantic location,) and are booked to go back in May for our delayed Honeymoon. We are counting down the days excitedly. Even a short trip to Nihiwatu will spoil you for life - and you will want to return - again and again. This is paradise for the perfect luxury surf holiday / Honeymoon. I was more than happy to return so my husband could experience more waves of a lifetime (we now have heaps of awesome pics up on the walls of his barrels - which the fantastic staff took of him,) & I can be spoilt and relaxed to my hearts content.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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George_v2012, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review, 11 April 2012
Dear Valda057,

Sumba Greetings!

I am delighted you found paradise in Earth with us in so many different aspects!

Many thanks for the detailed description to Nihiwatu's varied luxury offerings, services and activities. Your review has been shared in full with all team members here at Nihiwatu & everyone feels thrilled by your comments.

I agree with your review as it defines Nihiwatu in so many aspects that waves become the bonus and not the rule of being out here. Village trips are potentially life changing experiences and combined with all other options at Nihiwatu definitely becomes lifetime experience & paradise.

We all are anxious to welcoming you soon back to Nihiwatu and exceed your, what should be, high expectations with us once again!

Yours Sincerely,

George Vlachopoulos
Resort Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

Nihiwatu is truly in the archipelago of extraordinary in every way. I felt as though I was in Africa , it's raw culturally and rich spiritually. The staff exude warmth, pride and care. The food at the highest level. The 2.5 km beach is yours, only to be shared with water buffalo bathing at times !! It is a life changing experience and a place you will leave a piece of your heart. Claude and Petra admiration to you. George , you have found a job in paradise. Christian your passion is infectious. I will be back often :)

  • Stayed March 2012
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George_v2012, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review, 6 April 2012
Dear James,

Sumba greetings!

Thank you for your wonderful comments about our resort and our staff!

I am glad you had a wonderful experience at our resort and that we were able to deliver to you the service standards that we pride ourselves on. I really appreciate your succinct comments of describing your experience with us and you are right, Nihiwatu Resort is truly located in the archipelago of extraordinary in every way. One of Earth's last gems that guests prefer for the quietness, privacy, romance, intimacy and activeness that it offers.

We do hope you visit again and give us another opportunity to delight you further in our endeavours to improve quality, services & activities! I admit am lucky enough to have 'a lifestyle job in managing a hotel in what seems closer to be paradise'!

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George Vlachopoulos
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

I have traveled the world for more than 30 years sampling some of the finest hotels and resorts.... but it wasn't until we stumbled on a little resort named Nihiwatu that we truly found what paradise is. It is there all by itself on the wild south coast of Sumba.... fringed by a beautiful coral reef with perfect waves right at your doorstep. Secluded dinners, friendly locals, amazing fishing and endless activities. This place is one of the last real gems. No lines, no crowds, just bliss. Can't wait to go back.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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George_v2012, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
Dear TravelOzTV,

Sumba Greetings!

We are thrilled you found 'Paradise' with us and honored to be on top of your 30years experience at the finest hotels and resorts!

Your kind comments will be passed on to the team. I can truly assure you that we will strive further in elevating Nihiwatu's quality of services and on your next visit to exceed even more your expectations on every level.

I am at your service and you are now part to Nihiwatu's extended family!

We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon again.

My Best Regards,

George Vlachopoulos
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Honeydew, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

My wife, son, and I spent three weeks at Nihiwatu. We were treated like family from the moment we arrived. Having spent much of my life in far off tropical places I'm no stranger to the hardships that come with living and more so operating a business in one. I was amazed at the service and positive attitude the staff had. the food was first class and the chef would take the time to speak with clients every evening. As for water activities it doesn't get any better then Nihiwatu. There waterman Christian Sea (yes its his last name) is a gentlemen and very skilled at his craft. Christian helped to spark a love for the ocean in my son that he will carry with him through his life.For that as a father I'm very grateful. I was also impressed how much time,money and energy the owner Cluade Graves has put into helping the people of Sumba. It hasn't been easy for him. The look in Cluade's eyes demands respect, and he deserves it. As for the hotel manager George, he's a class act. if every hotel or resort out there had a manager like George they would all be five star! All in all "Welcome to fantasy island" Thank you a wonderful trip.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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George_v2012, General Manager at Nihiwatu, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Dear Mike z,

Sumba Greetings!

We wholeheartedly thank you for the amazing review you gave us at tripadvisor!

It is the biggest of rewards to hear from guests who experienced Nihiwatu for 3 weeks in a row that had such a wonderful experience with us. We strive to improve and perfect every aspect of our operations, from service to excursions and water activities to horse riding and cultural trips, and your review made it all and all the more difficult for us.

Your comments have been passed on to the team and I re-assure you we will work harder not only to preserve the same level of service but to improve at every aspect possible.

We are by principle 'anti-hotel' where guests of all kinds whether families or couples, individuals or honeymooners are genuinely welcomed to experience the “fantasy island” as you described it and become members of the Nihiwatu family!

With Warm Regards,

George Vlachopoulos
Resort Manager
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Additional Information about Nihiwatu

Property: Nihiwatu
Address: Desa Hobawawi | Kecamatan Wanukaka, Sumba 87272, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > East Nusa Tenggara > Sumba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sumba
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Sumba
Price range (per night): ₹ 56,954 - ₹ 1,35,739
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Nihiwatu 4.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted #1 Hotel in the World for 2016 by Travel & Leisure magazine. An award-winning luxury resort on remote Sumba Island, Indonesia. A wide range of land and ocean-based experiences ensures all tastes are catered to. Attentive service and gourmet meals add to the refined and intimate ambience. A romantic getaway idyll with pristine private beach stretching in excess of 2.5km of length ideal for honeymooners and the unique tribal culture on the island offers guests a glimpse of a bygone era. ... more   less 
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