Nihiwatu, a remote and luxurious resort on the otherwise impoverished Indonesian island of Sumba, about 400km east of Bali, has added a three-bedroom tree-house complex (above) to its portfolio of design-award-winning villas. Elevated among surprisingly young-looking "ancient trees", complete with two infinity pools, it all looks very appealing at www.nihiwatu.com, as indeed it should for at least US$6,000 per night. Most visitors reach Nihiwatu on one of two scheduled daily flights from Bali. Flying time is just over one hour.

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