- A mere 1 hour away from Bali, Nihiwatu is an exclusive, isolated resort on Sumba Island that is nestled on the edge of the forest, looking out to the Indian Ocean. Nihiwatu has made itself a name not only because of the resort’s attention to detail, but also because of the significant contribution it has made to local people’s wellbeing.
- The pristine area surrounding Nihiwatu lends itself superbly well to a range of outdoor activities, including surfing, diving, hiking, fishing and horse-riding among others. For those who are more inclined to kick back, guests can lounge by pools that overlook the beach and sea, in complete peace.
Why is this a ‘responsible’ destination?
- Nihiwatu has gained international recognition globally as an environment-friendly and socially responsible tourism business. The resort was built using recycled materials while power is provided by biodiesel fuel. All food provided is organic and locally grown. Down at the beach, a turtle hatchery provides a safe haven for endangered leatherback turtles.
- Co-founded by Nihiwatu, the local Sumba Foundation continues to assist tens of thousands of local people, easing the burden of poverty by improving health, education and community through life-changing programmes. Thanks to the Foundation, there are now more than 20,000 people living in 400 villages within a 120 km2 area that have clean water from wells, medical clinics, schools, economic opportunities and much more thanks. Notably, the prevalence of malaria in the area has been greatly reduced through the intervention of the Sumba Foundation.
- For these actions and many more, Nihiwatu has garnered a range of awards including 2010 –Winner for the "Best for poverty reduction” category - Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards and 2008 “Best Responsible Hotel Development” at the Asia Pacific Hotel Investors Conference (HICAP).
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