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MAY-JUN 2018

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on the native environment and respect for the Sumbanese people. And they did it. Renamed Nihi Sumba, the resort topped Travel + Leisure's reader-selected "World's Best Awards" as the number one hotel in both 2016 and 2017. Stay in a thatched-roof villa—even Burch's private residence is an option— with individual plunge pools and private butlers. Inside, traditional Indonesian design elements, such as native ikat prints and beds swathed in gossamer hangings, ease guests into the experience after their long journey. Beyond the gate, choose peace or adventure with yoga, sunbathing at the infinity pool that sits over the beach, horseback riding, sport fishing, and, naturally, surfing lessons for novices or for those with an eye on Occy's Left. Hiking excursions deliver jungles, emerald- terraced rice paddies, and hidden beaches. Travelers who may be jaded when it comes to the "spa experience" will be surprised by the option of a Spa Safari, which involves a 90-minute trek through the countryside, palm groves, and a Sumbanese village before getting to the remote locale where the indulgence begins TOP: Surfing is a big draw at the resort, and instruction is offered for all levels. The resort limits the number of surfers who can ride the famed Occy's Left to preserve the special surfing experience. Paddleboarding allows for a more serene experience. ABOVE: The Nio Beach Club and Pool serves fresh fish, along with legumes and vegetables picked from the organic gardens. LEFT: Bougainvillea clings to arched, hidden walkways. For more information, see Sources, page 84 24 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 8 in an outdoor pavilion high on the cliff with remarkable views. Burch and McBride aim for connectivity and authenticity at Nihi Sumba: Rather than a traditional gated resort where you are removed from the local culture, all experiences, near and far, are imbued with the welcoming spirit of the Sumbanese people. The two owners celebrate this connection by supporting island projects such as access to clean water, health incentives, and local schools, which many guests visit, expanding the work of the Sumba Foundation started by the resort's original owners. Guests who fall for the island and its people may also donate to help fund projects. "It's like exploring Bali decades ago," explains McBride. "It's wild and steeped in tribal traditions. There are few places on earth that can offer this experience." IN BLOOM I travel

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