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Lauryn Ishak / Nihiwatu / Indonesia

When you think of “island paradise,” the image that pops into your head probably looks like Nihiwatu, a remote bastion of barefoot luxury on the Indonesian isle of Sumba. Photographer Lauryn Ishak captured this dreamy shot during the golden hour of the day.

Published on Apr 20, 2017

When you really want to get away from it all on vacation, choosing a secluded resort on an out of the way island is only a start. On the island of Sumba, Nihiwatu—an exclusive but do-gooder resort with one of the world’s most coveted left-hand breaks, and a mission to uplift the local population—checks those boxes. Once you’ve made the hop from Bali, take the path less followed even further to these pool- and sea-side loungers at the resort’s spa. Sure, you could hop in a jeep to get there but walking across the island through local villages and rice paddies is the way to go, a tropical trek that takes up to two hours. On arrival at the bale, enjoy breakfast, then plant yourself under the umbrella and chill. Your spa treatments (they’re unlimited all day) start whenever you want.

We would suggest after exploring the two private beaches and taking a dip in the pool. This is pure, unadulterated relaxation. It’s a day to be pampered—and maybe an evening too, since Nihiwatu recently added a spa villa for overnight stays. We doubt you’ll be dreaming of anything other than a return visit.


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