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Discovering the Untamed Beauty in Indonesia

With NIHI’s gentle herd, you can enjoy horseback riding, swimming, or an extensive 5-day equine retreat of self-discovery.

I can’t stop dreaming about NIHI, a stunning resort on the remote and lesser-known Indonesian island of Sumba. It is an intimate collection of 27 villas spread across more than 1,300 acres of untouched land and 1.5 miles of pristine beach. NIHI Sumba embodies the serenity, culture, and undeveloped landscape that most people envision Bali to be.

For families, couples, or friends, there are an abundance of activities designed to connect with nature and culture:

Fronting one of the world’s most coveted surfing waves, the resort’s Nio Beach Club is an essential spot for enthusiasts seeking to ride the perfect wave. To maintain a surfing experience unparalleled in the world, NIHI limits the wave to only 12 advanced surfers per day, so it is essential to reserve your slot.

• Spa Safari at Nio Oka: Begin your day with a trek through breathtaking landscapes, followed by a healthy breakfast, and a day of unlimited spa treatments in a cliff-top pavilion with stunning ocean views.

• Equestrian experiences: Whether it’s a tranquil beach ride at sunrise or sunset, a dynamic swim with horses, or an extensive equine therapy retreat, these experiences promise deep connections not only with the horses but also with the surrounding natural beauty.

• Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP): Paddle through the jungle and down the Wanukaka River.

• Cultural experiences: Connect with the local community through cooking classes, ikat weaving classes, volunteering a couple of hours at local school, or tour local markets.

There are several daily 90-minute flights from Bali making it an easy pairing. It is also a perfect way to balance a trip to Singapore.

• Before you go.... prepare for the tropical climate by packing lightweight, breathable clothing, and don’t forget your reef-safe sun protection. This is a year-round destination with less rain than Bali, but May and September typically have the calmest/most favorable winds, while July and August have the largest surf.

Thinking about booking your next trip? Ask me about upgrades and added amenities,

By Tanya Gilbert

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