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Indonesia, Nihi Sumba, Beach

Sustainable Luxury in Indonesia

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

£6,125pp (ex. flights)

Staying at Nihi Sumba, Capella Ubud, and Nirjhara, this itinerary showcases the best of sustainable luxury in Indonesia. Responsible travel is no longer the preserve of homestays and sleeping bags, hotels can be both stylish and beautiful while upholding strong ethics. Begin with the treehouse luxury of Nirjhara before exploring the surf breaks and communities of Sumba, and finishing in the tented escape of Capella Ubud.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Woman in Rice Field, Ubud, Indonesia 1

Slow Travel

Supported by expert guides, cycle through villages – gaining insight into local culture.

Capella Ubud, View From Across The Valley At Dawn, Bali, Indonesia 2

Wellness

Immerse yourself in ancestral therapies, and rainforest yoga – relax and recharge.

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Sumbanese Culture

Sunset rides – the soul of Sumba, horses are the idyllic way to explore this spiritual island.

Indonesia, Nihi Sumba, Wanukaka River 4

Wanukaka Valley

Inland from Nihi, paddleboard or canoe past riverbank villages, down the Wanukaka River.

Why we like it

Properties and experiences throughout Indonesia have varying approaches to sustainability, however, with this holiday idea we’ve shown how it can be done with style. Nihi’s mission is to empower local communities while Capella focuses on slow travel and gentle impact. A stay at Nirjhara combines cutting-edge design with sensitive materials and community engagement. All three properties complement each other, making for a holiday diverse in experience yet sharing a common theme to tread lightly and protect their fragile environments.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Bali (Nirjhara)

  • Day 2

    Bali (Nirjhara)

  • Day 3

    Bali - Sumba (Nihi Sumba)

  • Days 4 - 7

    Sumba (Nihi Sumba)

  • Day 8

    Sumba - Bali (Capella Ubud Resort)

  • Days 9 - 11

    Ubud (Capella Ubud Resort)

  • Day 13

    Ubud - Denpasar

Day 1

Bali (Nirjhara)

Arrive into Bali where you’ll be met and driven to the Nirjhara Hotel.

Day 2

Bali (Nirjhara)

Stay in a wooden treehouse amidst the Balinese jungle and paddy fields.

Day 3

Bali - Sumba (Nihi Sumba)

Travel from Bali to Sumba to begin a five-night stay at Nihi.

Days 4 - 7

Sumba (Nihi Sumba)

Spend the next four days exploring this traditional island, home to an equine community focused on sustainability, tradition, and coveted surf breaks.

Day 8

Sumba - Bali (Capella Ubud Resort)

Return to Bali on a short domestic flight. Met on arrival and driven to Capella Ubud.

Days 9 - 11

Ubud (Capella Ubud Resort)

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the rainforest at this beautiful tented camp. Explore the markers, temples, and lush countryside of Ubud.

Day 13

Ubud - Denpasar

Return to Denpasar ready to depart Bali.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Sumba Hospitality Foundation

Working to end the cycle of poverty, the Sumba Hospitality Foundation works with the Sumba community to give empowerment via education and training. With hands-on training and scholarship programs, the foundation offers a small, sustainable resort – Maringi Sumba. Extend your stay to experience Sumbanese hospitality while engaging with the projects this foundation works so hard to promote. Be part of the school, its organic farm, and promote local environmental awareness.

Indonesia, Nihi Sumba Foundation
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Sumba Foundation

Part of Nihi, the primary goal of the Sumba Foundation is to work towards reducing poverty on Sumba Island. Via village-based initiatives, the foundation has established access to clean water, health, and education programs while preserving and cherishing the cultures of the Sumbanese community.

 

Capella Ubud, Private salt water pool and deck, Bali, Indonesia
Capella Ubud, Ubud, Indonesia

Capella Ubud

A quirky blend of a traditional camp feel and cutting-edge modernity, Capella Ubud offers views of rainforest, rice terraces, rivers and valleys. No trees were felled in its construction, so nature is abundant and reinforces the immersed feel of the camp.

Time spent at Capella Ubud can be split between temple visits, cycling through paddy fields or venturing further afield. Or, if you’re feeling less energetic, head to Auriga (the rainforest spa), sample chocolate tasting, or try your hand at Keliki traditional painting.

Paddy Fields, Indonesia
Ubud, Indonesia

Capella and SolarBuddy

Capella Ubud – alongside their other roles in supporting the local community – have partnered with the charity SolarBuddy to work towards ending energy poverty. They have pledged ongoing support with the aim of meeting the seventh UN Sustainable Development Goal: providing affordable and clean energy.

As part of International Youth Day, Capella Ubud delivered 100 solar lights to schools in Sumba, Indonesia. This is an area where education can prove challenging with over 50% of students having no access to electricity at home.

How does this holiday make a positive impact?

Through the Sumba Foundations close relationship with Nihi Resort, guests staying here can experience, in person the results of their work towards health, nourishment and education for local people. Visit a local water project, witness the work of Malaria combat clinics or volunteer at a local school.

A stay at Capella Ubud in turn supports their partners at SolarBuddy, working together towards ending energy poverty. By providing solar-powered lighting to local communities, this partnership helps provide light sources that aren’t reliant on expensive fuel or the unreliable electricity grid.

Over half of the workforce you will meet during a stay at Nijhara are employed from neighbouring villages. The resort is also the leading supporter of an initiative helping local entrepreneurs reach their objectives and ultimately gain meaningful employment.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Nirjhara £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Boutique

Contemporary architecture using locally sourced recycled wood and natural stone, Nirjhara fosters a truly sustainable yet stunningly stylish stay. A haven of peace balanced by the relaxing sound of Nirjhara’s waterfall and up and coming Kendung. With only 25 villas and suites, filled with locally crafted furniture and a few moments from Bali’s sacred Tanah Lot temple, Nirjhara encapsulates the essence of this spiritual island.

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Capella Ubud £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Tented Camps

Capturing the spirit of an 1890s European settlers camp, Capella Ubud is made up of 22 extravagantly individual tented suites and lodges, each with its own private salt-water pool. Conjuring up an atmosphere of adventure and seclusion the rooms offer views of the rainforest, rice terraces, river and valleys.

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Nihi Sumba £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Stretching across 560 acres of unspoiled natural land including a two and half-kilometre private beach, this spectacular all-villa resort offers secluded privacy and the ultimate exclusivity. The 21 villas of exceptional design are built on private terraces with large verandahs that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most of the dramatic views.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Indonesia in January

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in February

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in March

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in April

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in May

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in June

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in July

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in August

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in September

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in October

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Perfect for cultural exploration and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in November

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in December

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

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