Your next stop is the island of Sumba, which as well as being simply beautiful, is known for its arts and cultural scene – soak it all up by visiting villages and traditional markets, and watch expert artisans at work on traditional crafts such as ikat weaving – and the children will love having a go themselves!
Grab a slice of paradise and enjoy a perfect family retreat at Nihi Sumba
, which is surrounded by tropical forests and looks out over the Indian Ocean, with secluded white sand beaches on the doorstep. While away the days on the beach, maybe trying your hand at sand sculpting or playing volleyball or the local game of petanque, or go horse riding in the sea, swim with turtles, paddleboard along the Wanukaka River and trek to hidden waterfalls in the rainforest. Your children can also learn to surf or dive here, and go snorkelling around the reef in front of Nihiwatu, and younger children will love exploring the rock pools around the reef at low tide, discovering treasures such as starfish, crabs, sea urchins and octopuses.
Children with a sweet tooth (which is surely all of them) can join the chocolate wizards in the chocolate factory to make some tasty creations, and play on the pirate ship or learn traditional Sumba dancing. To give something back during your vacation, your children could also get involved in painting murals for one of the nearby schools that are supported by the Sumba Foundation.