Best hotels and hostels in Nusa Tenggara

  • Lodging in Wanokaka

    Nihi Sumba

    Formerly Nihiwatu, few luxuries are excluded from this celebrity-favoured resort, where you might bump into the Beckhams. Hefty price tag aside (we've listed the low-season rate), you can understand the draw to this stunning accommodation, where every detail is considered and there's a virgin beach crashing with surf that folds into turquoise barrels on Sumba's ruggedly beautiful coast.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ekas

    Heaven on the Planet

    The aptly named Heaven on the Planet has units scattered along a cliff's edge, from where you'll have spectacular bird's-eye views of the sea. Others are down at the idyllic beach. Each is utterly different. Heaven is primarily a posh and idiosyncratic surf resort, but kitesurfing, scuba diving, yoga and snorkelling are also possible. Meals are bountiful and creative.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Alor Archipelago

    La P'tite Kepa

    Upon arriving at the airport, drivers shout, 'La P'tite Kepa?' – thus is the popularity of this French-owned, solar-powered dive resort. There are 11 bungalows, three of which are traditional Alor home replicas with shared bathrooms, relaxing open decks and beds in the roof. Fresh and memorable meals are eaten family-style, but bringing cheese and chocolate is playfully encouraged by staff.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tambolaka

    Maringi Eco Resort by Sumba Hospitality Foundation

    Where to start with this incredible complex: that it's a not-for-profit NGO where students from Sumba learn the art of hospitality before landing top hotel jobs in Indonesia? Or the brilliantly designed bamboo pavilions with giant glass oval doors and outdoor bathrooms? Maybe its sustainability, reusing water in the garden and harnessing solar. This is so much more than accommodation.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Maumere

    Pantai Paris Homestay

    Run by an environmentally and socially conscious family, this tropical garden setting beside the sea is our pick for budget accommodation. There are four private rooms with bamboo furniture and mosquito nets and the spacious, nine-bed dorm shares a lovely, semi-outdoor bathroom. Join in a Sunday beach or snorkelling clean-up or support locals with disabilities by buying organic, homemade tea.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in East Sumba

    Wera Beach Resort

    About 39km east of the airport, this French-run slice of heaven is a peaceful oasis with two houses. Interiors are pristine white, decked out in rattan furniture and have kitchens; they're available as one-or two-bedroom stays and the two bedder can sleep five. There’s also a neat, bamboo bungalow on the beach. The open-air restaurant (mains 45,000Rp to 220,000Rp) serves French food while wind chimes tinkle in the breeze.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Pulau Moyo

    Amanwana Resort

    On Moyo’s western side, 7km south of Labuhan Aji, Amanwana is the ultimate island hideaway. Guests stay in lavish permanent tents with antique wood furnishings, king-sized beds and air-con, but nature still rules here. The resort is built around diving, hiking and mountain biking. Guests arrive by private seaplane or helicopter from Bali, or from mainland Sumbawa on an Amanwana boat.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Labuan Bajo

    Villa Domanik

    Villa Domanik is bliss. On a hilltop outside Bajo, it has manicured gardens and a view of the Flores Sea from the pool. The three bungalows have outdoor bathrooms and wooden finishes, while a second, self-contained, two-bedroom villa is on the way. Food is a highlight, as is the sunset. In high season there's a two-night minimum stay.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nemberala

    Malole Surf House

    Built by surf legend Felipe Pomar, this lodge blends comfort, cuisine and style better than anywhere else in Rote. Four rooms are set in a large wooden house and guesthouse with day beds, ikat bedspreads, limitless laundry and more. You'll hit the right waves at the right time via three boats. Closed during wet season; mid-November to March.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kalala

    Sumba Adventure Resort

    This secluded resort 2km east of Kalala Beach is on a wide strip of sand where pigs frolic and harvested seaweed dries in the sun. There are two, basic A-frame bamboo huts, an open-walled bungalow and spacious family option with mosquito nets and an outdoor shower. Fabulous food is 150,000Rp per day per person. Don't miss out on quad biking.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Wodong

    Ankermi Happy Dive

    Run by Claudia and Kermi, Balinese-influenced Ankermi has eight cute, tiled and thatched bungalows with private porches and stunning sea views (fan only) or garden views (with air-con). The dive shop is the best in the Maumere area (shore/night/boat dives from €25/35/35). Locally grown, organic rice and vegetables feature in the restaurant (mains 42,000Rp to 95,000Rp).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Labuan Bajo

    Angel Island Resort

    Set on its own 15-hectare island linked to Labuan Bajo by private boat, this resort offers delightful garden-ensconced cottages behind one of three white-sand beaches. All meals are included and the food and service are casual and superb. Don't miss snorkelling at the protected reef, birdwatching and free kayaking. Minimum two-night stay.

  • Lodging in Labuan Bajo

    One Tree Hill

    This 56-bed hostel from Tree Top should really provide transfers into town, but it's a must-visit for anyone with wheels. With both sunset and sunrise views, colourful wooden rooms summit at the open-air, beanbag-filled Tre360 Bar (4pm to 8pm weekdays, to 10pm weekends). Breakfast isn't included but there's a common kitchen. Limited wi-fi at the bar.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bajawa

    Manulalu

    Split into two nearby properties, Manulalu Hills and Manulalu Jungle are about 20km from Bajawa and 3km from Bena along a scenic, winding road. Hills has eight stylish rooms, but the seven Jungle bungalows, modelled on traditional houses, are something from a fairytale; think beautiful bathrooms and day beds on wooden decks perfect for admiring one of Flores' most spectacular outlooks.

  • Lodging in Labuan Bajo

    Le Pirate Boatel

    Halfway between staying in town and on a liveaboard, the charming, 10-room Boatel from Le Pirate is permanently docked a 10-minute, free boat shuttle from Bajo. Each room has a deck with a hammock and sun-bathing net over the water. Bathrooms are shared, breakfast is included and there's a restaurant on board. Take advantage of happy hour and free snorkelling.

  • Lodging in Nemberala

    Villa Santai

    Hugely popular for its highly personalised service, this small resort has four bungalows. The top one has sweeping views of powdery white sand and T-Land, to which unlimited surf transfers are free. The food is fresh, local and copious. There's a full bar and many end their day with a G&T sundowner, soaking up the surf action.

  • Lodging in Flores

    Sudamala Resort Seraya

    Get-away-from-it-all bliss exists on Pulau Seraya. Stay in flawless, whitewashed wood-and-thatch-bungalows set on a white-sand beach with offshore snorkelling. There's a spa, restaurant and rugged hilltop where you can wonder at spectacular sunsets for days on end. It's only 20 minutes by boat from Bajo. Minimum three-night stay.

  • Lodging in Gerupuk

    Inlight Lombok Resort

    Curvaceously designed by the Russian architect-owner, this stunning hotel on a secluded beach just south of Gerupuk was built for detoxing. Wi-fi is only available in common areas, there is no alcohol and the health-food restaurant has an energising pescetarian menu. The four rooms, while not quite as show-stopping as the grounds, are spacious and comfortable with astonishing views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kuta

    Kuta Cabana Lodge

    This eclectic thatch-roofed lodge spills down a hill just east of town, offering sweeping views over the bay from each artfully designed room. Teachers from Ashtari run yoga classes in the top-floor shala, while the French-flavoured restaurant, The Other Place, draws big crowds for the tangerine sunsets (mains 50,000Rp to 80,000Rp).

  • Lodging in Wanokaka

    Sumba Surf Camp

    Consisting of a main house with four rooms and three private bungalows decked out in natural materials, Sumba Surf Camp is all about – you guessed it – surfing. The rate includes transport to a dozen breaks accessible within 30 minutes by boat. Meals are served family-style using produce from the organic garden. Electricity is solar powered and day trips easily arranged.