Is Villa Rahasia the most exclusive private resort there is out there?
Edge of wildness
When entrepreneur Chris Burch and hotelier James McBride bought a secluded slice of Sumba in 2012 and turned it into a five-star resort called Nihi Sumba Island in 2015, travel stalwarts and luxury lovers alike lusted after its exclusivity and privacy factor. It's a trek to get to — from Singapore, a two-hour flight to Bali, followed by an hour's flight to Sumba, and a two-hour ride via Jeep gets you there — but wholly worth it. There's an air of silence that descends upon Sumba's only luxury property, shrouded by towering palm trees and boasting one of the world's best beaches and surf breaks. Even at full capacity, many times you'll feel like the only one on the island. It came as no surprise when Travel + Leisure named Nihiwatu the best hotel in the world for two years in a row in 2016 and 2017.
It gets even better. Nihi Sumba Island has just launched Villa Rahasia, a private villa located atop the resort's coveted Spa Safari — a decadent all-you-can-treat-yourself spa day done off-site on its own piece of the island. Villa Rahasia is nestled amongst rolling fields and majestic cliff top views with unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. You're literally the only one occupant around for miles on end, accompanied by the sound of crashing waves, bush-cooked meals over an open fire, and psychedelic sunsets.
The catch? Only guests of Nihi Sumba Island are allowed to book in at Villa Rahasia after a three-night stay. While it comes at an additional hefty price tag, your night in paradise includes unlimited spa treatments (no kidding), an oceanfront or cliff top dining experience, champagne, cocktails and your own privately-led hiking trip. All you have to do is indicate your interest when you book.
Bliss doesn't come cheap, but this could just be the best 24 hours of your life.
Villa Rahasia is available for a one-night rate of USD $2,295 (SGD $3,010).