More celebrities are discovering the exotic island of Sumba, with the latest being the Beckham’s family. Panoramas are blue and nature is untamed on Sumba island, where tech billionaires and football stars are cossetted in the world’s top resort.
This is a gorgeously hidden world – though barely an hour’s flight east of Bali – where indulgence meets adventure. David and Victoria Beckham, along with their four children, have been holidaying at Nihi Sumba, one of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13, and seven-year-old Harper helped teach English and play with students at the Kerewei Learning Centre on the island of Sumba. The power couple were praised for taking time out of their luxury holiday to help out at the Sumba Foundation, which alleviates poverty by providing education and clean water.
Nihi Sumba Resort offers a rare sense of discovery, where ancient tribal culture and unspoiled natural beauty form a backdrop to a boundless experience of unregulated freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories.
Two long-time friends, American fashion mogul Christopher Burch and South Africa-born hotelier James McBride, reimagined and reopened the resort in 2015 after buying it from American surfer Claude Graves.
In 1988, the bohemian had discovered the cult wave, Occy’s Left, and planted a surfer’s resort named Nihiwatu.
The free spirit of the original outpost has been retained, even as the new entrepreneurs added sumptuous elements and services.
Sumba is one of three biggest islands of East Nusa Tenggara (Flores, Timor and Sumba Islands). The island has some of the greatest surfing and scuba diving locations in the world, with an incredible diverse and unspoiled natural landscape. Covered with tropical jungles, emerald lakes and magnificent pristine bays with aquamarine-colored ocean framing fantastic white-sand beaches.
This gorgeously hidden world, which is barely an hour’s flight east of Bali and Lombok, is easily one of the fastest developing islands in Indonesia, where the price of land increases by 100% every year. This increase has been further encouraged by the booming infrastructure advancements, such as 2 new airports and an extensive new road network that will bring an orbital motorway, making it easier to move around the island. New international hotels, and the growing influx of investments, will certainly extend the accessibility to the natural wonders that characterizes Sumba. The island is also projected to become 100% renewable by 2025.
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