Nihiwatu Resort

Landscape Design

Sumba Island, Indonesia.

Nihiwatu Resort is located in the eastern part of Sumba Island, Indonesia and 1 ½ hrs drive from the only airport -Tambolaka. The island is a 1 hr flight eastwards from Bali. Nihiwatu is a romantic getaway idyll with pristine private beach stretching in excess of 2.5km of length and there are several traditional Sumbanese villages located in close proximity of the resort.

Mr. Mehta was the lead Consultant, site planner and landscape architect for an existing Resort. In collaboration with 40 North, HM Design prepared an Overall Conceptual Master Plan and also provided Schematic Landscape Design services for the First Phase of the project ( Arrival Experience, Reception Terrace and High-end Rental Pool Villas) which was completed in January 2012. The Overal Master Plan includes high-end rental pool luxury homes, entrance arrival experience, spa and wellness center, new ocean villas, stables etc. and these enhancements to the existing resort helped the client to sell the property to new owners. Nihiwatu was voted the Number One Hotel in the world in 2017 and 2016 by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

Awards & Media:


2017 –

Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards: #1 Hotel in the World

2016 –

Travel + Leisure Magazine’s World’s Best Awards: #1 Hotel in the World

2013 –

Conde Nast Magazine’s “World Savers Award” to Nihiwatu Luxury Retreat


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