I’ve been lucky to travel to Bali on multiple occasions, but it’s always interesting to revisit destinations that we already know, to see how they change over time and discover all the novelties.
My last trip has taken me to Bali and into the remote island of Sumba, to experience first-hand one of the best valued resorts in the world, together with Laura Llop Bru, my niece and head of Marketing and Communication at BRU&BRU.
Our trip started in Seminyak, south of Bali. Although it’s a tourist destination, there are new projects being developed in which experience, design and sustainability are paramount.
Among these projects the Katamama Hotel, part of the Potato Head Beach Club family, stands out, offering a very trendy concept and promising to become a destination in itself when the construction of the Potato Head Hotel is completed.
Staying there is contributing to the environment as well as to the local culture and artisans.
During our stay in Katamama we also took the opportunity to visit the interior of the island, Ubud, to discover the novelties that are being developed there.
Our next stop was the remote island of Sumba, with its wild coastline and unique traditions; we stayed at Nihi Sumba, an award-winning resort and surfer's paradise.
Nihi Sumba is an ideal destination for active travellers who enjoy trekking in the interior of the island to discover its best kept secrets.
Those who love horseback riding will also enjoy meeting the Sumba horses and riding by the sea. A very romantic experience!
And of course, Nihi Sumba is famous for its waves, especially in the month of July; it’s an ideal place both to learn to surf and to perfect your style and technique.
After so much activity and adrenaline, nothing better than spending a day in Nihi Oka, the spa of the resort, which is located a few kilometres from the hotel and which can be reached with a walking excursion of approximately an hour and a half.
Upon arrival, you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool and take a revitalising breakfast while you get ready for your treatments. You will come out as new!
It’s also worth mentioning the solidarity work carried out by the Sumba Foundation, deeply committed to reducing the consequences of poverty on the island through health and education programs. In addition, the team of Nihi Sumba is formed mostly by locals, who have been working in the resort for years and treat all guests with great affection.
After a few days of combining activities and relaxation, we returned to Bali and stayed at the Alila Villas Uluwuatu hotel, an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the most touristic areas of the island, and take refuge along the cliffs while enjoying a spectacular sunset.
Alila Villas Uluwuatu stands out for its zen design, its impeccable service and the quality of its restaurants, as well as its wellness treatments. It was the perfect stop before attending the first edition of Further East, a fantastic tradeshow.