Your arrival into Nihi Sumba Island might bring feelings of relief for finally getting there, utter awe as you first glimpse the immense, isolated beach that fronts the resort and surprise that a resort could exist at all in this stunning but isolated outpost. Any sobriety quickly disappears upon meeting Peter, the barefoot resident manager, local expert and occasional surf teacher. Informality comes easily at Nihi Sumba Island – it is a place for leaving your stresses – and shoes – behind. It might feel strange to have no access to the BBC, the internet – or even phone reception – but this quickly disappears as you stroll the deserted two mile cresent beach, ponder the surf whilst relaxing on your balcony or scrabble through the rocks on the hotels own fossil cove. Indeed, the hotels lack of communication only really causes problems with guests desperate to extend their stay (which on my visit is quickly sorted by Peter with a wry smile and a satellite phone call!)
Although it’s a place to rediscover the lost art of ‘doing nothing’ it would at the same time be an injustice to miss the world class diving (PADI courses available at certain times of the year – and reputedly very child-friendly), fishing, surfing and of course the myriad of activities that the resort organises with local communities. And Nihi Sumba Island takes its guests comfort very seriously – food is often a social occasion with shared tables in the sand, but the quality is unmistakable (the chef on my visit was trained at a Four Seasons in Bali) and reliant on local ingredients. The hotel takes great pride in its Spa, and despite only have 10 rooms was about to open it’s second.