Nihi Sumba Island: A Look Inside the Villas of the #1 Hotel in the World

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Nihi Sumba Island

The villas at Nihi Sumba Island are way more than just a hotel room. Take a video tour through the resort’s exquisite villa residences.

Just an hour’s plane ride from Bali, you’ll find 33 perfectly positioned bungalows dotted along a lush island paradise. This is Nihi Sumba Island – completely secluded, yet incredibly luxurious. A destination that feels so far off the grid while still offering the finest amenities. It’s a difficult balance to perfect, but according to Travel + Leisure’s readers, Nihi Sumba does it just right. And that has earned it the title of being the best hotel in the world. I couldn’t agree more.

Here’s a peek inside the resort’s exquisite villas

Nihi Sumba Island

The Puncak Villa at Nihi Sumba Island

→  Peak of a mountain

The Puncak Villa gracefully sits at the very top of the resort, like the name suggests.  This beautiful dwelling sleeps 6 people in two separate structures that surround a communal living space. The sunken outdoor dining area nestled between two pools is my favorite design element. There are 3 master bedrooms that are all equally amazing with king-size canopy beds and en-suite bathrooms. Here, it’s all about the natural environment. Think blue ocean, green vegetation and colorful flower gardens.

NIGHTLY RATE: Starting at $2,950 USD per villa per night, based on double occupancy

Take the tour through the Puncak Villa

The Mamole Tree House at Nihi Sumba Island

→  Fun-hearted, adventurous

The Mamole Tree House is the dreamiest place to spend a night of slumber. Built around the trunk of a tree and elevated on stilts, this jungle villa lends itself to a real ‘Tarzan and Jane’ setting. Altogether, there are 3 spacious tree house structures. They surround an infinity pool and pavilion that offer views of the beaches beyond. Each two-story, circular tree house comprises of a downstairs living area, upstairs bedroom, en-suite bedroom and balcony. A bamboo bridge even connects the rooms together. I mean, how fun is that?

NIGHTLY RATE: Starting at $6,500 USD per villa per night, based on double occupancy

Take the tour through the Mamole Tree House

The Mendaka Villa at Nihi Sumba Island

→  Rich, prosperous & powerful

The Mendaka Villa is the owner’s five-villa estate and the most prized jewel of Nihi Sumba Island. This expansive residence is the perfect social estate without compromising privacy. It’s designed with groups of friends or families in mind, sleeping up to 10 people. With it’s plum position overlooking the coastline, the reality of your ultra-luxe retreat sets in immediately. Additionally, the master bedroom villa features a gigantic lap pool, library, fully equipped kitchen and a vast outdoor entertainment space. Lush gardens and stone footpaths connect the rest of the villas together. Fancy the beach? Guests of Mendaka have a private walkway that leads right down to the waves.

NIGHTLY RATE: Starting at $14,175 USD per night for the entire 5-villa estate. Individual villa bedrooms can be booked at a lower rate.

Take the tour through the Mendaka Villa

Do you have a favorite villa residence? All 33 estates are out-of-this-world gorgeous with their Sumbanese flair, but my personal favorite is the Mamole Tree House.

Ready to check out another Travel + Leisure fan favorite? Read my review about Zambia’s Tongabezi Lodge.

I was hosted as a guest of Nihi Sumba Island, but the opinions expressed in this post are, as always, my own.

Misha Gillingham
Misha Gillingham
Misha Gillingham is the owner and operator of Wildluxe. Fascinated by luxury hotels and all of the details that go into creating that perfect guest experience, Misha focuses her creative efforts on showcasing only the most exclusive properties in the world. Follow along and discover the travel destinations you've been dreaming of.
  • uesugimasaji

    Thanks so much! 🙂

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