Elite Traveler Winter 2021


Nihi Sumba, The Owner’s Estate SUMBA, INDONESIA

Southeast of Bali, Sumba has somehow remained under the radar. It is, admittedly, not easy to get to. It is a full hour’s flight from Bali, and then a 90-minute drive to get to Nihi Sumba. But go the extra mile and you’ll be rewarded by a tropical paradise with sea views that go unbroken all the way to Antarctica some 4,000 miles away. Those views are best taken in from the sprawling Owner’s Estate, a six-bedroom residence fit for extended stays. The complex is made up of three two-story villas to give even the biggest of families enough space. Come together in the main house, where you can enjoy a dip in the pool or soak up the rays from the huge sundeck. A path offers direct access to the beach for everything from horseback riding to water sports. Best feature A dedicated villa butler from check-in to checkout From $14,030 per night. Contact Dewi Yudarini, reservations manager, yuda@nihi.com, +62 361 757 149, nihi.com ConradMaldives Rangali Island, The Muraka RANGALI ISLAND, THE MALDIVES

Bawah Reserve, Two-bedroom Pool Villa RIAU ISLANDS, INDONESIA

With its white facade and futuristic design, The Muraka makes a striking impression. But just wait until you get inside. Enter this two-level suite on its upper floor; the lower floor is 16 ft beneath the ocean’s surface. There, you will find the master bedroom surrounded by a plethora of tropical fish swimming across an innovative 180-degree window. There are a further two bedrooms, a sundeck and an infinity pool on its upper decks. Want to make lasting memories? The hotel will help you direct and star in your own movie throughout your stay. For young explorers, an underwater safari can be arranged, or a teepee can be set up along with an assortment of treats for a magical night under the surface. Best feature The underwater master bedroom From $50,000 per night. Contact Carla Puverel, general manager, themuraka@conradhotels.com, +960 668 0629, conradmaldives.com

This six-island resort sits within one of Indonesia’s first marine conservation areas, so sustainability is taken seriously. All waste is recycled, rainwater is harvested and treated, and waste water goes back into the land to grow fresh produce for the resort’s restaurants. You’ll understand why they go to such lengths when you see the pristine environment from above (all guests arrive via seaplane). Bawah Reserve is also a proud supporter of the Anambas Foundation, which you will contribute to just by enjoying the island as a visitor. The Two-bedroom Pool Villa is set among palm trees just off the shoreline, offering direct access to a pristine beach. The villa has been designed to blend in with natural surroundings by using both local and sustainable materials such as bamboo. The elevated lounge and dining area offers panoramic views over turquoise lagoons during mealtimes, while a hideaway terrace offers the chance for a contemplative moment to oneself throughout the day. Best feature Sea-facing beds for pleasant sunrise wake-up calls From$4,980 per night. Contact reservations@ bawahreserve.com, +65 697 054 82, bawahreserve.com

Photos Raphael Olivier, Read McKendree, Justin Nicholas, Mel Yates, Petrina Tinslay

The Datai Langkawi, The Datai Estate Villa LANGKAWI, MALAYSIA With a 10-million-year-old rain forest surrounding the dreamy Datai Langkawi resort, you can expect to share your vacation with a wealth of inquisitive animals. The otherworldly flying lemur can frequently be seen hopping in the canopy overhead. Guests are also warned that monkeys can and will break in if doors are left unlocked (they love the minibar, apparently). But the resort proudly shares this space with the wildlife and offers daily tours as well as educational experiences in its dedicated nature center. At 37,673 sq ft, The Datai Estate Villa is one of the biggest accommodations of its kind in Asia. With five bedrooms, two living rooms, two dining rooms and two interconnecting pools, it is a resort within a resort. It is an immersive experience that puts you in the beating heart of a priceless ecosystem. A private chef is included in the rate. Best feature Stocked in-villa bar (depending on the monkeys) From$12,000 per night. Contact CelineMaginel, director of sales andmarketing, celine.maginel@dataihotels.com, +60 192 638 509, thedatai.com

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