One of the most extraordinary features of NIHI is its commitment to sustainability and community engagement. Guests can take part in the resort's unique cultural experiences and connect with the local Sumbanese people, learn about their rich heritage, and contribute to their sustainable development initiatives.
During our stay, we witnessed a traditional Sumbanese dance performance and it was such a neat experience to see the elaborate costumes and listen to the traditional music.
NIHI promotes the work of local artisans, providing opportunities for guests to explore and purchase traditional Sumbanese art and crafts. You can find intricate handwoven textiles, wood carvings, and other traditional artworks, each with its own cultural significance.
The most beautiful feature is NIHI Sumba Foundation, a philanthropic organization supporting the local communities in various ways. Its initiatives aim to improve access to quality education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. You can tour the foundation during your stay and even teach English lessons at a local school.
Top row, from left: NIHI welcome area; me enjoying breakfast on the beach; traditional wood carvings. Bottom row: Sumba women weaving textiles; me swimming with the horse, Elton John; Ray and me enjoying lunch at a waterfall.