Confession time – I’m a truly terrible surfer. It’s not that I haven’t tried – I used to live beachside in a true blue Aussie surfer town. Give me a scuba tank and I’ll happily float around in the ocean for hours, but somewhere between the floating, popping up and staying vertical… Surfing and I just don’t get on. I still have this dream, however, that somewhere deep down my inner Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush (#guiltypleasure) is busting to get out.
I know one thing for sure – if I ever manage to coax her out, I’m heading to Nihiwatu.
Located on the Indonesian island of Sumba, Nihiwatu is an exclusive surf resort. It offers that perfect blend of barefoot luxury: days of surfing, sandy toes and salt-crusted skin, followed by indulgent spa treatments and soaking in your outdoor bathtub.
I think – I think – this might be heaven on earth.
Nihiwatu offers a range of accommodation options, from the sprawling Raja Mendaka villa estate – comprising five individual villas and a 19m private pool – to the hillside Kanatar Sumba houses with their private infinity pools.
The surf in Nihiwatu is world-renowned, with the resort offering up some of Asia’s most secluded, clean and perfect waves. Surf lessons are provided for newbies like me, whilst world-class surfers are left free to roam the acres of coastline and discover their own secret breaks.
This is a genuine dream break. Nihiwatu offers the perfect spot to take a prolonged break from reality, switch off and remember how good it feels to worry about nothing more than sandy bedsheets and sun-bleached hair.
Villas start at $650 per night in the green season. All rates can be found here.