NIHIWATU SANDALWOOD STABLE | Live World-Class Equestrian Experiences in Indonesia


 The experience of Nihiwatu is one of unlimited freedom, understated luxury and unforgettable memories.


Awarded the No. 1 Hotel in the World by Travel + Leisure, Nihiwatu is a luxury resort located on Sumba Island in Eastern Indonesia, 400 km away from Bali.  The resort is renowned for the natural beauty of its remote location, providing a stunning environment and world-class facilities for equestrian activities, including meditative guidance by the resident horse whisperer.

Sandalwood Stables counts on a team of experienced local guides offering horse riding lessons and activities for all levels -from first time riders to those who wish to level up their riding skills. Nihiwatu arranges a 1-hour “Beginner Riding Lesson” under the guidance of a highly experienced instructor to boost confidence and ability.  For a more picturesque experience, choose the “Sumba Sunset Beach Ride”, led by one of the local Sumbanese horsemen, or the “Bush to Beach Trail”, descending from the hill tops to the ocean.

For a deeper connective experience with the inner self, guests can experience the “Equine Inspired Alignment” or “Horse Whispering” with Carol Sharpe -manager at Sandalwood Stables– ,who has over 30 years of experience with horses and 10 years of personal development mentoring. The private lessons are in deep connection with the horse and are aimed to boost your inner being, helping to regain enthusiasm, purpose and passion.

The Kids Pony Club is perfect for children to learn the daily stable routine of grooming, cleaning and feeding.  “Learning through fun” and interactive pony play games teaches children equine communication and handling skills. This programme is recommended to children from the age of 5 to 14 years old.

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World-class surfing; best sport fishing in Indonesia; most magnificent sunset horseback rides on 2.5km private beach; hiking through breath-taking waterfalls and ancient villages; a Spa Safari where a 90 minute hike through rice paddies brings you to Nihi Oka, a cluster of private Bales nestled between two pristine beaches  -this are some of the many experiences Nihiwatu has to offer in your dream holiday.

Nihiwatu was born with the vision of American brand-building entrepreneur Chris Burch and prolific South African-born hotelier, James McBride in 2011, who together began a transformation of the resort in 2012. Their aim is to protect and preserve the unique culture of Sumba and empower the local communities to support themselves and their families. Today, the resort is proud to employ over 90% local Sumbanese, a team that holds a genuine spirit of hospitality.

During their stay, guests are encouraged to visit the local villages and the many Sumba Foundation (www.sumbafoundation.org) clinics, schools and communal farms that have resulted through the support from the Foundation, founded by the resort in 2001.

In 2015, Nihiwatu announced his joint to The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd., an uncommon collection of authentic and distinct luxury hotels.

Nihiwatu extends a starting rate of USD 1,000  per room per night until 31th March 2017, including full board accommodation, Wi-Fi internet, mini-bar, laundry, daily excursions and activities on land, non-motorized sea activities, scheduled group yoga & meditation classes at the Yoga Pavilion. Rates are based on a minimum 3-night stay in an entry-level villa during Shoulder season. Garuda Indonesia currently operates a daily flight from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to Sumba Island (50 minutes).


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