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Exploring Eco-Hotels: Nihiwatu's Paradise

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  Site Where: Nihiwatu Rua Village | Island of Sumba,, Sumba, Indonesia
August 28, 2006 at 8:58 AM | by | ()

While indoor water parks are taking off in the Midwest, the complete opposite to those water-wasting havens is happening in Indonesia at Nihiwatu.

The resort is located on Sumba island, a remote place and as Conde Nast Traveler points out, "one where people only recently gave-up head-hunting."

Surfers dig the place for the perfect waves but eco-friendly tourists will like the place because it was the winner of the Best Hotel category in the First Choice Responsible Tourism awards for 2005.

With a little more than 400 acres for its use, the resort has seven thatched-roof luxury bungalows and three two-bedroom villas, all complete with balconies overlooking the beach and air-conditioning. (Everything was built by Indonesian craftsman with local materials.)

There's also an open living and dining room, a cliff-top bar, a spa and a yoga studio.

However, its the owner Claus Graves' contributions to the area that put this hotel on the hippie radar. The Sumba Foundation has raised $1.4 million--most contributed by hotel guests--which has gone to help reduce malaria in local children, provide mosquito netting to locals, distribute medicine to needy children, donate services to local schools and help built 13 wells that supply potable water for 5,200 Sumbanese. Take that Four Seasons!

Yet, while this hotel is eco-friendly, sadly it's not wallet-friendly with doubles starting at $390. But it is for a good cause....

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