Need To Know
32 villas, including five two-bedroom villas suitable for families.
11am. Earliest check-in, 1pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £1025.31 ($1,331), including tax at 21 per cent.
Rates include all meals (American breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon teas and coffees, soft drinks and bottled water from the minibar). Children Up to two under-5s stay free in parents’ accommodation. Extra beds for kids aged 6–11 cost US$90 a person, each night; 12–16s are charged US$195 a night.
At the hotel
Private beach with watersports facilities, spa, in-room massages, 567 acres of land, equestrian centre, restaurants, bar, family club, beach cinema, ping-pong table, pool tables, free WiFi throughout.
In your room
Minibar, free bottled water and soft drinks, tea and coffee-making facilities, Nihiwatu natural toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Close to Menara and with easy access to the beach, the two-bedroom Pantai Villas are ideal for family groups, especially with energetic older kids. The living room in Lulu Amahu villas can be turned into a second bedroom and has its own bathroom. Ratu villas have lush tropical gardens to run around in; the one in the Wamoro Estate has a second floor that makes a great hideaway for children.
There is no communal pool at the resort, but each villa has its own unsupervised pool, which can be fenced off if you’re travelling with little ones.
Open from 9am to 5pm in a sheltered creek framed by pandanus trees, Nihiwatu’s open-air spa pavilions look out over the beach and crashing waves. Worthy of its name, the Sumbanese Dream treatment combines a mineral-rich foot bath, relaxing massage, lavender-scented scrub and aloe-infused body mask. For an out-of-this-world experience, book a babysitter and embark on the Nihioka Spa Safari, a journey to a secluded valley where four bamboo-clad couples’ treatment rooms await. Pick one of the home-made aromatic oils and indulge in a stress-busting massage with views of peaceful paddy fields. If a visit to the beach spa doesn’t float your boat, in-room massages are available from 9am to 8pm.
If you’re travelling with curious toddlers, ask for socket covers in your rooms. Private pools aren’t supervised and some villas have unrestricted access to the beach, so keep a watchful eye on wandering tots.
Responsible luxury is the guiding principle of Nihiwatu’s eco-friendly approach. Much of the restaurants’ produce is grown in the resort’s organic garden, fed by a clever composting and water-recycling system. The hotel’s green ethos extends beyond its walls, too, with community outreach programmes in local villages, a turtle hatchery and a foundation working to clean water and reduce malaria on the island.