Scenic Sumba is Getting a Boutique Wellness Retreat

Exterior view of Alamayah, Sumba
Exterior view of Alamayah, Sumba

With a focus on nature and healthy lifestyle, a boutique retreat hotel, Alamayah, will open next month on the lush Indonesian island of Sumba

Set to open in April 2020, Alamayah is a five-star all-inclusive boutique retreat hotel tucked away in a jungle beachside village in Sumba – an island that’s home to one of the last prehistoric tribes on earth.

Alamayah offers an holistic holiday retreat replete with just six private suites, a wellness spa, a fitness centre including rooftop yoga, entertainment rooms, blooming gardens as well as a plant-based restaurant.

The Alamayah experience begins with a scenic two-hour drive from Sumba’s Tambolaka Airport that passes mountains, fields and forests to reach the beachside village of Kerewe, where Alamayah sits. Located on the southwestern side of Sumba, Alamayah sits moments away from beaches, waterfalls, mangroves, caves, lakes and lagoons.

Each of the luxury suites offers king-sized beds dressed in cotton linen, outdoor terraces with views of the surrounding beaches and jungles, private dining areas, workspaces, en-suite bathrooms and walk-in showers. Every guest is treated to an all-inclusive experience that includes a healer’s body analysis, three plant-based meals per day, Medicinal Mixology and daily massage treatments.

Alamayah has collaborated with a team of physicists and chemists to create five therapeutic essential oil blends to target and heal the most common human ailments. Ranging from the signature Thrive blend, an oil that nourishes the body, mind and soul, to more specialised blends such as Fulfil and Awaken, guests can enjoy therapies that target specific health concerns.

With a customisable schedule, guests can opt into activities such as yoga, sound healing, surfing, mountain biking, guided jungle treks, art therapy and more at their leisure throughout their stay. Alamayah’s specialists are also available to arrange a flexible daily schedule, freeing guests from the mental load of travel planning to settle into the Alamayah experience.

Understanding that mental health is related to gut health, Alamayah offers Conscious Cuisine, a farm-to-table menu presenting health and sustainability through ethical and environmental methods. The culinary creations showcase foraged ingredients indigenous to Sumba, integrating herbs, fruits, vegetables and edible flowers grown by local farmers in neighbouring plantations and Alamayah’s organic permaculture gardens. Inspired by apothecary potions, guests can also indulge in a plethora of homemade elixirs, foraged garnishes and top-shelf liqueurs in Medicinal Mixology cocktails and mocktails.

For those seeking an even more intimate experience, visitors and retreat organisers can op to book out the full Alamayah property for a private boutique retreat experience.

Alamayah is available for bookings from 2 April 2020.

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