The resort, which resides on the Indonesian island of Sumba, is approximately 250 miles east of Bali, according to Travel + Leisure. Modeled after traditional thatched-roof homes of this small island, the hotel features native Sumbanese artwork and textiles in its private estates and villas, as well as a private pool in each room, according to the hotel's website.
Accommodations range from a tree house equipped with a bamboo bridge and an infinity pool to a one-bedroom villa with an outdoor jungle shower, according to its website. Nihiwatu is known for its incredible views and for its strong connection to its community, according to Travel + Leisure.
The Indonesian hotel, founded by surfers in the late ‘80s, offers world-class surfing, yoga classes, horseback riding, fishing, spa services and daily excursions from its 1.5 mile shoreline and 436 acres of protected tropical forest, said Travel + Leisure. It even has its own chocolate factory, according to the hotel's website.
Not only is this resort a hugely popular getaway, but it also is invested in the community that surrounds it. The Sumba Foundation, partially funded by hotel profits, is committed to creating and supporting community-based projects. The hotel itself employs 90% of its work force from Sumbanese people, and the foundation is involved in health and education projects on the island, according to its website.
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