Bali may be known as the Island of the gods, but just a short flight away lies a hidden sparkling gem as close to an other-worldly paradise as it gets.

Sumba is the kind of island that you didn't think  still existed; in fact, you'll feel like you've dropped off the map. Snuggled deep into its heart is the unspoilt haven of Nihiwatu, which was built originally as a surf mecca in the '80s and has evolved into an exclusive eco-resort. Each of its 21 villas is blissfully isolated and hand-built by local craftsmen in Sumbanese style, but we know what you're thinking: show us the luxe factor!


No need to worry, little touches abound (this hotel isn't £600 a night for nothing), with private pools, outdoor teak decks andpersonal mori uma (butler) service.

WOW FACTOR: As it's difficult to get items from the mainland, the manager will Skype you for requests before you leave. Your fave wine? It's waiting for you when you arrive.

GO: Scott Dunn ( offers 14 nights in Indonesia, including seven nights at Nihiwatu, from £6,990, full board. Includes flights and transfers

FLIGHT TIME: 17 hours via Singapore