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24 July 2017, 15:12
Is your passport up to date?
Daydreaming about a luxury holiday? Then why not head to the island of Sumba? You may not have heard of this little-known Indonesian island before, but it’s definitely having a moment.
The Nihi Sumba Island hotel has just been voted the best hotel in the world by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The annual poll saw the eco-friendly resort score a whopping 99.12 points out of a possible 100.
Impressively, this is the second consecutive year that it’s taken the top spot. 400 km to the East of Bali, Sumba “is an outpost to world-class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through breath taking waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails and Stand-up Paddling down the Wanukaka River.”
OK, we’re sold. It certainly would make a change from our last rain-soaked holiday in Skegness. (We do love you, Skeggy).
When does the next flight leave? [Picture: Twitter]
The resort sits on 567 hectares of land and there are only 33 villas among thick jungle, leading out to the sea. All this privacy and luxury – including your own private butler - doesn’t come cheap though, with the cheapest room rate for just one night at £800.
One fan described the hotel and it spectacular landscape as “the epitome of escape, adventure and luxury.”
While another praised the local people, saying: “The people of Sumba are so warm and beautiful. They will forever be in our hearts and soul.”
The resort does give back to the local community, contributing to The Sumba Foundation, which empowers communities through basic humanitarian aid.
The Indonesian resort beat The Brando Hotel (formerly owned by movie icon Marlon Brando) in Tetiaroa in French Polynesia to the top spot.
Coming in third on the list was the rustic Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming.