Fortunately, even here in Malaysia the March mid-semester break pretty much coincides with our anniversary.  We were looking for a unique holiday and came across an article in Time magazine entitled “Waves of Bliss”.  Sumba Island is one of the islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is about 400 km east of Bali, in the Indian Ocean.

sumba-island.jpgThe eco-resort, called Nihiwatu, consists of  only seven bungalows and three villas.  There is a cliff-top spa and dining takes place in a beach front restaurant and in open air pavilions. 

The resort has a neat relationship with the local island people and it has established a charitable foundation which has virtually eradicated malaria in the villages, built clinics and schools and provides training at the resort along with employment for about 150 locals.

Our stay on the island includes a flight from Bali, horse back riding on the beach, a massage at the spa, visits to a local village and a trek to a hidden waterfall. Apparently the surfing here is fantastic, but the waves look pretty intimidating!

We know that this is an extravagance, and this not something that we often do for ourselves. But thirty years of marriage is worth celebrating, don’t you think?