An hours flight out of Bali, followed by an adventurous 1.5 hour drive, you will reach an amazingly beautiful slice of paradise, also known as Nihiwatu resort, Sumba Island...
I have a theory when it comes to travel. All the best places to visit are the ones that take that extra effort to get to. Such is true of
I've enjoyed many visits to Bali (you can see my Bali Travel Guide
), but this trip was my first visit truly outside of the hustle and bustle and I absolutely LOVED it.
Sumba Island remains relatively uninfluenced by modernisation, with a beautiful and rich culture.
, where I was fortunate enough to stay on my visit, embraces and promotes the local culture, while providing visitors with a luxurious five-star escape.
is a calm and peaceful retreat, which feels like it is literally in the middle of no where (in the best possible way). From its beautiful modern interiors, to a vast array of activities on offer (hiking, to surfing to the must-try spa safari), no stone is left un-touched.
If you're looking for a rejuvenating escape from the traditional 'Bali' holiday, I highly recommend a visit to
Trust me, you won't leave disappointed.