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Surpassing all existing luxury travel experiences, the unique collaboration between rascal voyages and nihi sumba. Will offer authentic, off-the-grid adventures through Indonesia’s archipelago, seamlessly moving from land to sea in total uncompromised luxury. The innovative alliance channels the undisputed parallels running through Rascal Voyages and Nihi Sumba’s individual approaches to eco-luxury travel and their shared love for Indonesia’s vast archipelago. The brand-new itineraries will eliminate the necessity for internal flights within Indonesia, enabling guests to sail to and from Nihi Sumba in style.
Tucked away on one of Indonesia’s most unexplored islands, multi-award-winning Nihi Sumba is amongst the most sought-after island destinations in the world, combining rugged luxury with unregulated freedom to explore. Nihi Sumba was voted best hotel in the world twice over by Travel + Leisure readers globally, in all categories, for the 2016 & 2017 World’s Best Awards. The meticulously designed resort offers unrivalled exclusivity, and is surrounded by lush jungle and a long stretch of private beach. Handbuilt using indigenous materials, the 33 villas are the epitome of understated luxury, whilst an array of world-class dining and drinking options are scattered throughout the resort.
A wealth of activities on offer include surfing, yoga and meditation, spa safaris, wild horse riding and jungle trekking, immersing guests into the island of Sumba. Now, guests of Nihi Sumba will be able to take their luxury exploration of the finest Indonesian islands to sea by embarking upon a private Rascal yachting experience around the archipelago at either end of their Sumba stay. Having made waves in the luxury hospitality industry when she set sail last year, Rascal was the first phinisi yacht to offer a ‘floating villa’ experience,’ with all five spacious, double en-suite cabins, above-deck. The 30m hand-crafted ironwood and teak yacht was built by the region’s most reputable shipbuilder, combining the traditional phinisi hull architecture with the mod cons of a Western superyacht to create a stylish onboard experience for cruising some of Indonesia’s most stunning seascapes.
Combining a 1:1 crew-to-guest ration, personalised service, and incredible land and sea activities, a Rascal Voyage is a truly off-the-grid adventure. Whilst each Nihi Sumba and Rascal experience is bespoke, and tailored to the individual needs of each guest, the teams at Rascal Voyages and Nihi Sumba have applied their exceptional knowledge of the serene oceans and verdant islands of Indonesia to carefully curate three suggested itineraries for guests with an insatiable appetite for experiential travel, namely Komodo to Nihi Sumba, Nihi Sumba: survey for mantas, and Sumba to Bali.