Nihiwatu have been announced as the the best hotel in the world for 2016 by tourism magazine, Travel+Leisure. What have made this West Sumba’s Hotel become the best in the world surpass famous hotel from other country like New Zealand, United States and Australia.
Every year, the magazine which based in United State, Travel+Leisure have make a survey with many category in tourism. The latest is, Nihiwatu which located at Sumba have announced as the best hotel in World Best Travel Awards 2016. Nihiwatu which located at Hobawawi Village, Wanukaka, West Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara have beat luxury and high class hotel in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Ecuador and United States.
Nihiwatu is a modern hotel which offer luxury which covered with local culture elements. “We have widen our comprehension about “heaven resort. Now we have create one destination with strong geography record with wide room for activity which offered our visitor or guest can adventure in Sumba nature wildness,” said Nihiwatu’s Managing Partner, James McBride.
The only which difference Nihiwatu with other hotel is on their social responsibility activity which done by hotel owned together with the guests or visitors. A half of Nihiwatu’s profit have donated to Sumba Foundation which initiated by Nihiwatu founder, Claude Graves and Sean Downs at 2001. At Nihiwatu, about 90 percents of their staffs are Sumba local people.
Nihiwatu have villa with 3 rooms which designed as treehouse. The villa have located at above of cliff and face directly to Indies Ocean. Beside that, there are 33 villa accommodations in the villa with private swimming pool and beautiful scenery of Nihi Beach.
The activity have varied, starting from a Spa Safari packet in whole day to island exploration. Guests can have tracking into few hidden waterfall, beautiful paddy field and local village. There are also available complete lunch picnic which offered guest the fresh fresh coconut fest which the new fall from tree.
Nihiwatu have offered a surf spot for guests who want to try surfing in Nihi Beach. Occy’s Left is the name of private beach which used as surfing spot by Nihiwatu’s guests. The spot is a famous spot for professional surfer. This spot is very different from other surfing spot like Canggu, Suluban and other mainstream beach in Bali. In Occy’s Left, guests can feel like the whole beach is owned by guests due to the Occy’s Left is the private beach and only guests from Nihiwatu can enter the spot.
From surfing, guests who like to see the beautiful scenery from Nihi Beach underwater, there are professional staff which will train and guide guests to snorkeling the most beautiful spot in Nihi Beach underwater. The other attraction is spearfishing and enjoy the sunset with riding horse at coast of Nihi Beach.
Nihiwatu can categorized as expensive resort because guest must spend starting from 650 US Dollar per night for one bedroom villa to 12.000 US Dollar for Five Bedroom Estate. The price would raise twice when peak season like June to October and December to January. With that price, Nihiwatu still crowded by visitor because Nihiwatu is only offer luxury, comfortability, beautiful scenery of Indies Ocean and opportunity to help local community.