In this story for The Independent I visit a remote but luxurious bolthole in Indonesia where their wave is reputed to be “the best left break” in the world.
A small band of surfers first got wind of Sumba’s legendary breaks in the late 1980s and settled on the site that would become known as Nihiwatu with a few tents. Founded as a modest surf retreat by American and German surfers Claude and Petra Graves, Nihi, as locals and returning guests affectionately know it, has become a huge, but by no means characterless tropical hangout.
Its latest revamp began in 2012 when the American billionaire Chris Burch and South African hotelier James McBride acquired the site with the aim of expanding it into one of the most exclusive resorts on the planet.
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November 13, 2015