Why the Elite Surfers Go to Nihiwatu

The best surfers are picky about where they can go for the best action. If you ask them where they can go in Indonesia, they’ll tell you all about Nihiwatu. This remote island is known for it’s rock formations along the beach, but what the surfers know about this spot is different than what other travelers know to be true about the island and the resort. What draws the surfers is the 20 foot break in the waves, what most surfers long for in a trip on the water.

Nihiwatu, on the southwest coast, is now the #1 hotel in the world according to the readers of the Travel and Leisure magazine. This beach, a half moon shape has two reefs that have served as protection from storms and the like. White colored sand, much like what you hear about in Destin, Florida, adds a rare grace and beauty to the island. It was in the late 80’s when the Graves Family built a hotel that would cater to the surfers that would come from around the world. While looking for help to expand the hotel, Chris Burch and James McBride were ready to jump in and turn the hotel into something better (wingsjournal.com).

The resort was remodeled in 2015 once the purchase was finalized with McBride and Burch as partners, creating the place that would attract those desiring solitude and the natural beauty of the island. The resort is now the largest employer on the island, making it the ideal location for a vacation, as well as to take on employment. Additionally, the Sumba Foundation, partnered with these entrepreneurs, combining funds to give back to the community through humanitarian aid. The goal is to preserve the culture of the island, while remaining focused on creating the true vacation experience.

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