Surf Resort Voted World’s #1 Hotel | Costs $$$, but you can only bring one surfboard?


For the second year in a row Nihi Sumba Island Surf Resort took top honors in Travel + Leisure’s annual poll of the top 100. Imagine that, a surf resort, the best hotel in the whole entire world! It even has great private waves like Occy’s Left. Now you’d think if you were going to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a week vacation you’d also be able to bring your whole quiver of boards, but nope. Only one. ONE BOARD!

Now imagine you spent twelve thousands dollars/night on your dream vacation and then snap your board on the first day. Bummed.


Check their surf policy:

As our resort has grown, so has the popularity of our wave. To maintain a surfing experience unparalleled in the world, it is our intent to limit the wave to ten registered surfers per day.

It is essential to reserve your slot (maximum 1 per Villa and according to availability) at the time of your trip confirmation to avoid disappointment. Surf slots can only be reserved by accomplished surfers. Beginner surfers need not book a surf slot, as surf lessons are booked to secure the services of a Nihi Sumba Island Waterman & Surf Instructor. For beginner and intermediate surfers, there are fantastic neighbouring waves that can be travelled to by boat, or car, at an additional charge.


Based on airline regulations, passengers are limited to one (1) board per person with a maximum length of 7 feet. For surfboards that exceed this limit, please email us for special arrangements. Please note that airlines apply additional charges according to the carriers’ policy.



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