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Mamole Tree House of Nihiwatu Resort in Indonesia is Sumbanese in style and features traditional elements including local carvings

If you’re a fan of design and architecture and seek something a little different during your usual hotel stays on holiday, check in to the Mamole Tree House.

The luxury Indonesian resort Nihiwatu (Nihi), winner of the 2015 PURE Design Award, launched three new signature villa residences to complete the resort’s existing 21 villa estate offering, including the exciting Mamole Tree House which was unveiled in November 2015.

Designed by German architect Walter Wagner, with interiors by Marco Scarani and Susan Colley, Mamole Tree House is ‘Sumbanese’ in style and features traditional touches including beautiful local carvings, antiques and Ikat prints.

The Tree House is a unique, whimsical and spacious three-bedroom tree house complex, elevated on wooden stilts between Nihi’s ancient trees. The tree-house configuration has been designed for the fun-hearted, adventure lover and is perfect for families, groups of friends or honeymoon romance. Mamole has the best view of the beach and brings the outdoors in. Two of the two-storey, circular villas offer a lounge area on the entry level, with the bedroom, bathroom and balcony on the upper level.

A bamboo bridge connects the two tree-houses and a shared infinity pool with lounging deck features on the front. The main Mamole Tree House includes a private infinity pool and large living area with bathroom on the entry level, and upstairs, a bedroom with a bathroom, balcony and connecting bridge to the main outdoor bathroom. Traditional Sumbanese carvings, antiques, local wood and Ikat prints are featured throughout the tree house complex.

The new tree house villas all epitomise responsible, understated luxury reflecting the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture, allowing the wild natural surrounds to take centre stage.

Mamole Tree House three-Bedroom Villa rates starts from US$6,000++ per estate per night based on double occupancy for a minimum of three nights including all meals and non-alcoholic beverages as well as Wi-Fi. Garuda Indonesia currently operates a daily 50-minute flight from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to Sumba Island.

Culture, greenery and beaches

Sumba is little known compared to Indonesia’s major Islands, but offers an experience into a unique culture and stunning beaches. Nestling in the province of East Nusa Tenggara in eastern Indonesia, roughly 30 percent of the indigenous people practise the animist Marapu religion, the customs and rituals of which fascinating for travellers to the rugged, remote island. Many Christians on the island combine their faith with Marapu practices.

Sumba is one of the few places in which megalithic burials are used as a living tradition to prominent individuals when they die. Burial in megaliths is a practice that was used in many parts of the world during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, but has survived to this day in Sumba.

Pasola is a harvest festival during February though March with boisterous tournaments pitting teams of spear-wielding men on horseback. There’s a lot of blood but also a myriad of colour with ceremonial dress. Pasola is upposed to keep the spirits happy after a successful harvest, and priests determine the start of the festivities by detecting the arrival of the Nyale sea worm during full moon observations on the coast line.

Sumba is certainly an island escape with sandy beaches, stunning crystal waters and dramatic black rock structures. Surfers are attracted to the consistent surf breaks. After the beach, visit the rural villages and local people with their rich cultural traditions, explore rivers by boat, try local food, and immerse in the lush greenery that surrounds you. Sourced by Susanna Ping.


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