The experience of Nihiwatu is one of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories. The resort, located on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, 400km east of Bali, is an outpost to world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through breath taking waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails; to Stand-up Paddling down the Wanukaka River. The activities at Nihiwatu are designed to allow our guests to enjoy Sumba Island in all its extraordinary magic. Nihiwatu was born of a vision to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families. The resort is proud to employ over 90 percent local Sumbanese, a team that hold a genuine spirit of hospitality. Stories of the heart, character and soul of Nihiwatu reached long-time friends, American brand-building entrepreneur Chris Burch and prolific South African-born hotelier, James McBride in 2011, who together acquired the resort in 2012. The property, and main resort on Sumba encompasses 567 acres of land. All villas are built on terraces with private verandas that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most of the dramatic views of the endless turquoise Indian Ocean.All villas are the epitome of understated luxury, featuring spacious outdoor living areas, sandy-floored bathrooms with an open-air concept and private pools, with spectacular views of the azure Indian Ocean. The emphasis is on open-plan living that reflects the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture. The resort welcomed award-winning Executive Chef Ben McRae leads the culinary team at Nihiwatu.Ben McRae is an extremely passionate chef with a love for rustic head to tail cooking. He strongly believes in using fresh local produce, and is culturally adaptable.