Just another reason to stay at Nihiwatu in Sumba, Indonesia – unless you don’t love chocolate (which is impossible)
It’s probably the closest you’ll ever get to visiting Charlie’s Chocolate Factory, except it’s called Chris and Charly’s Chocolate Factory and it’s part of the No. 1 Hotel in the World (as voted Travel + Leisure). Through Nihiwatu’s own chocolate factory, Chris Burch, owner of Nihiwatu, and Charly Esperito have invited the Sumbanese to work together and promote the use of local cacao and coconut palm sugar as the main ingredients.
Using cocoa from local Sumbanese cocoa plantations, the new sweet tooths’ paradise will be open every afternoon six days a week so while parents are enjoying a siesta, little visitors can have some fun learning how to make chocolate and of course eating it! Whether it’s creamy milk chocolate or rich and sumptuous dark chocolate, tots’ taste buds will go crazy for these tantalizing treats. There will be daily chocolate lessons when chocolate wizards describe the process from plant to chocolate bar, guests will be able to go on a chocolate tour around the island and afterwards they can venture to the chocolate shop to pick up some of Chris and Charly’s expertly hand crafted chocolate to take home with them.
Tucked away in a cool, shaded spot by the creek on the way to the stables, Chocolate Wizards and Nihiwatu’s dedicated babysitters will also be on hand daily to keep little chocoholics occupied with countless activities ranging from card games and Twister, kids yoga and mask making, lessons in traditional Sumbanese dancing and Bahasa classes as well as play time on the Pirate’s Ship, a guided nature walk and scavenger hunt. At lunchtime, fresh and nutritious food can be ordered directly to the Chocolate Factory along with unlimited juices to satisfy little people with big appetites.
Whilst the children are at play making their chocolatey creations, mum and dad can choose to head up to Nihi Oka Valley for a unique Spa Safari experience via a scenic 90-minute trek along a lush green trail or a short drive in an open-air land safari vehicle before settling in for unlimited treatments in their own private bale overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Nihiwatu – recently voted number one hotel in the world in the prestigious annual Travel + Leisure awards – is located on Sumba Island, 250 miles southeast of Bali and about as far away from the stresses of the modern world as it is possible to be. The resort sits on the very southern tip of the island on a 560-hectare estate and truly exemplifies the spirit and soul of the island. With its own private pristine mile and a half long beach that is bracketed by two rocky headlands Nihiwatu fronts one of the world’s great surfing waves that delivers left-folding tubes (and the surfers inside) to within a hundred yards of the resort’s boathouse and Nio Beach Bar. Guests can enjoy huge privacy and many activities, ranging from world class surfing, the best sport fishing in Indonesia, hiking through dramatic waterfalls, ancient villages and butterfly trails to equestrian activities, stand-up paddling down the Wanukaka River and spa treatments by the beach.
Sumba is a one-hour flight from Bali and there are daily flights from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.
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