World’s best hotel: Nihiwatu Resort on Indonesia’s Sumba Island
Located on Indonesia’s Sumba Island is the Nihiwatu Resort, a sprawling and majestic property that just earned the distinction of being “best hotel in the world” according to readers of Travel + Leisure who voted in the magazine’s annual World’s Best Awards. The title is well deserved, the Nihiwatu is the last word in luxury and is famed for amazing spas, great restaurants, a welcoming staff and most memorably their three villa treehouse. This villa is unlike any you’ve seen before, situated on a cliff it offers unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean.
Each villa has its own living and bedroom area, and two of the villas share an infinity pool while the third has a private one of its own. Even apart from the magnificent treehouses, this resort has a lot to offer. Their regular villas each offer a plunge pool, indoor-outdoor spaces and a view of Nihi beach.
A portion of Nihiwatu’s profits are now directed into the Sumba Foundation established by Nihiwatu founder Claude Graves, and Sean Downs 2001. The foundation runs a number of initiatives to benefit the community including setting up medical clinics, creating wells and water stations, and feeding young children as part of a malnourishment program.