Indonesia Rendang Rice Terraces And Gunung Agung Volcano Logo Indonesia (1)
Back to Listing

Sumba Island

Top 10s logo 

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.

INDONESIA Nihiwatu 5 INDONESIA Nihiwatu 5
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 70 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 70
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 59 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 59
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 77 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 77
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 79 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 79
INDONESIA Nihiwatu 1 INDONESIA Nihiwatu 1
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 38 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 38
Sumba Island Indonesia 1 Sumba Island Indonesia 1
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 58 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 58
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 66 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 66
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 69 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 69
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 71 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 71
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 72 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 72
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 83 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 83
Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 78 Nihiwatu Lodge Sumba Island Indonesia Ampersand Travel 78

Key

-9.699344,119.974053,5
Travelling is like flirting with life. It's like saying, 'I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.
Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India

From our Instagram

The mysterious allure of #Namibia never fails to draw us in 🇳🇦
.
Misty layers, endless plains and silhouetted trees stretch as far as the eye can see
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Staying at the beautiful @GalOyaLodge means you will experience one of Sri Lanka’s lesser-known National Parks at its very best 🌿
.
Take a boat safari here to see swimming elephants and a striking sunset 🐘🌅
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Monks in #Myanmar (#Burma) 🇲🇲
.
Buddhism runs strong through the country’s veins - not only are 90% of the Burmese Buddhist, but many children are monks in training and call ancient monasteries home 🧘🏽‍♂️
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
There are more colours to the #PinkCity than you may think... 🌸
.
Walk the streets of #Jaipur, past the iconic #HawaMahal (Palace of the Winds), #CityPalace & #AmerFort passing a vivid spectrum of colours as you go 🌻🌹🌿
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
‘Led by Buddhist monks, a butter lamp ceremony offers a guiding light to finding peace and harmony’ @sixsensesbhutan 🕯🕯🕯
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Sunsets at the @gallefacehotel are the best welcome to #Colombo, especially when watching their flag ceremony from the iconic checkerboard terrace with a G&T in hand 🌅
.
We also love the wonderful @maniumpathy_boutique_hotel, which is truly an oasis of tranquility within this city 🌿
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Cascading rice terraces greet you in #Ubud 🍃🍃🍃
.
Balinese women make daily offerings of vibrant flowers and fruit to the gods 🍊🍐🍌🍎🌺💐
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
We’re dreaming of #Bali’s reflective sunsets today 🌅
.
Enjoy particularly striking views from @thelegianbali in #Seminyak
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience
Don’t miss out on #Teardrop’s new boutique hotels while touring #SriLanka 🇱🇰
.
Each sleek property brings a fresh twist to the traditional hill country - from #NineSkies in #Ella to #CamelliaHills in #Dickoya, plus #Goatfell in #NuwaraEliya 🍃
.
#AmpersandTravel #LuxuryIsInTheExperience

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences