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Sumba Island

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Sumba Island is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Summer Holiday Destinations in Asia.

Often heralded as ‘The Forgotten Island’, the exclusive Sumba Island is one of the very few spots in Indonesia where the majority of the population still follow the ways of their tribal ancestors. One gets the sense that time has passed this remote island by and that it is only just beginning to adjust to today’s modern world: heaven.

Pristine white sand beaches, bright aquamarine waters and swaying palm trees make this island one of our favourite island hideaways. Especially as it is also home to world-class surfing, making it an ideal destination for all types of visitors whether they want to relax in an idyllic tropical setting or take part in more adventurous activities. Snorkel or dive to join the vibrant underwear marine life here or, if you prefer to explore on dry land, walk among the rainforests, rice paddies and cascading waterfalls.

Throughout the year, many fascinating rituals can be witnessed on this traditional island. If you would like to get a taste of these, we recommend visiting during the months of February and March when the most spectacular events, the exhilarating Pasola ceremonies, take place at select locations along the west coast of the island. While here, make sure to visit local villages and markets to learn first-hand about the regional arts and crafts, such as the celebrated Ikat weavings, as well as to gain insights into the epic Sumbanese megalithic burial sites.

Just an hour's flight from Bali, we highly recommend including this in your tailor-made itinerary and treating yourself to a couple of nights at Nihi Sumba Island, one of the most extraordinary resorts in the Indonesian archipelago. With its picture-perfect beach and endlessly peaceful atmosphere, this romantic property makes for the perfect honeymoon location and has won spots on both our Ampersand ‘Top 10 Honeymoon Retreats’ and ‘Top 10 Beach Hotels’ hotlists.

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