Video: On the Beaches of Bali and Sumba


While we try to capture in photos the details of the hotels we review, inevitably videos do a better job at showing what a place is truly like. For the June 2018 Hideaway Report, I traveled to the Indonesian archipelago where I discovered a truly remarkable hideaway, Nihi Sumba, on Sumba Island and a serene clifftop sanctuary, Alila Villas Uluwatu, in Bali.

Nihi Sumba, Sumba Island

Nihi Sumba comprises 550 wooded acres that slope gently down to the sea. A reported $30 million was invested to build 27 villas with 38 rooms, all with private pools. My villa, Mandaka #1, was accessible through a traditional gateway that opened into a private garden with a patch of clipped lawn and a sizable jade-green plunge pool. A teak deck led into a spacious glass-sided lounge with two parallel white sofas, wicker armchairs and a bar counter. It seemed an ideal place in which to relax with family or a group of friends.

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

On arrival at Alila Villas Uluwatu, I was impressed by the serene and secluded atmosphere, as well as the spontaneous friendliness of the staff. The resort’s public areas comprise a series of graceful modern pavilions set around water gardens and reflection pools. Villa #402 had a tremendous feeling of space, thanks to a generous open-plan layout. (The bedroom and the bath were separated by a large rattan structure.) A huge cushioned daybed next to a glass wall overlooked a surprisingly large private garden, with a 25-foot pool, a small dining table and a pavilion on a raised platform. As well as being an ideal spot for reading and relaxation, the latter provided a distant view of the sea.

By Hideaway Report Editor Hideaway Report editors travel the world anonymously to give you the unvarnished truth about luxury hotels. Hotels have no idea who the editors are, so they are treated exactly as you might be.
Learn more...

Keep Reading