Nihiwatu Resort

Ecolodge 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.

HM Design was the lead Consultant, site planner and landscape architect for an existing resort. Mr. Mehta, President compiled an ecolodge ‘dream’ team (Simon Velez- Bamboo Architect, Paul Pholeros – Environmental Architect, Marcelo Villegas – Bamboo furniture) to provide Conceptual and Schematic services for the expansion of existing accommodations and amenities. The master plan includes high-end rental pool luxury homes, entrance arrival experience, spa and wellness center, new ocean villas, stables etc. The Rental Pool Villas were designed by Paul Pholeros and the landscape design was prepared by HM Design and 40 North. The First Phase of the project (Arrival Experience, Reception Terrace and High-end Villas) was opened in January 2012. HM Design’s leadership and planning/design efforts created additional value to the land and helped the Client sell the property in 2015.

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