THE NEW LUXURY FOR TRAVELERS IN SEARCH OF ACTIVITY-DRIVEN EXPERIENCES, UNREGULATED FREEDOM AND UNLIMITED FUN.
“Hospitality-centric luxury has changed”, said NIHIWATU® founder and investor Christopher Burch. “It is more than just the finer touches. It has evolved to a custom itinerary, a personal journey, unexpected experiences, and a curiosity for the unknown.This is everything we set out to deliver with the Nihiwatu concept.”
We have attracted a particularly discerning segment of luxury travelers who are willing to spend the extra resources and go the extra distance just to discover something truly extraordinary”, added NIHIWATU® Managing Partner James McBride.
Re-imagined and re-opened in 2015, Nihiwatu has quickly captivated travelers from all corners of the world. On the remote island of Sumba in southeastern Indonesia, the once cult surf destination with it’s own popular private wave, Occy’s Left, was acquired by Burch in 2012 and developed into a culturally immersive enclave of equal parts active adventure and endless indulgence, in an exotic and authentic setting. Among it’s unique and idyllic features:
* A three-villa tree house atop a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean.
* A day-long spa safari with endless spa treatments, private bales, and healthy, bush-cooked meals
* Over 33 villas with private plunge pools, indoor-outdoor entertaining, and views of Nihi Beach
* Island exploration that includes hidden waterfalls, scenic views of farmed rice paddies, local villages and artisans, freshly harvested coconuts, and picnic lunches
* A professional equestrian center for sunset beach rides, mountain excursions, horsemanship and more
Maintaining its deep-rooted philosophy, and through the generosity of Burch, a portion of NIHIWATU®’s profits are now repatriated into the Sumba Foundation established by Claude Graves and Sean Downs 2001. With the enthusiastic support of hotel guests, NIHIWATU® is a philanthropic vehicle dedicated to fostering community-based projects. During their stay, guests are introduced to the Foundation’s efforts through an impactful presentation and short film. Many guests subsequently become benefactors to the Foundation. The result is a rare collaboration between a resort and its local community that today co-exist with compelling interdependence: the resort has become the biggest employer on the island and the Sumba Foundation gives back to the local communities. Over the last fourteen years, the Foundation has set up four medical clinics, a Malaria training center, and has developed over 100 water wells and water stations. The Foundation currently feeds young children in a malnutrition program, and has refurbished and supported 15 primary schools and provides lunch for over 1,000 school children twice a week.
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