Opened in 2023 on the island of Sumba, Indonesia, Cap Karoso is a genuine one-out-of-the-box. The ambition and soul which went into its creation must have been enormous. Though it is both modern and luxurious, the owners have meticulously created an off-the-beaten-track resort experience with a sense of place, sustainability, and preservation of the island's heritage at its heart.
If you’re a family (or a couple!) who wants an adventurous, immersive experience without compromising comfort, look no further. Shut your eyes and imagine being there.
Sumba itself is a little-known treasure with breathtaking scenery, some of the best surf breaks in the world and exceptional flora and fauna thanks to its position on the "Wallace” line, where Australian and Asian species coexist. Culturally Sumba is remarkable - islanders retain ancient traditions rarely found elsewhere in the modern world, with megalithic burials and the sacred ritual of Pasola still taking place.
The resort fans out across an expansive area of a hillside on the west of Sumba, set against a beautifully wild, white-sand beach. There is an infinity pool, an outdoor cinema and a couple of restaurants. The 47 rooms and 20 villas are chic, but with plenty of traditional art and materials throughout, they feel in harmony with the island. Room options are Ocean View Studios, Beachfront Suites and two or three-bedroom villas for families or groups.
We were impressed by the commitment to sustainability demonstrated at every level. The passion to lead on this shines through. For example, there are no single-use plastics, and the resort is largely powered by its own solar panels.
Whilst staying here, guests can explore the wilderness and learn about the island and its unique culture, with experiences on land and water. There is traditional fishing, surf lessons, sunset boat cruises, cooking classes or a weaving lesson at the on-site farm. The 3-hectare farm is particularly notable; fresh ingredients are grown for the resort's restaurants, and it acts as a training school for locals. Visitors can go along and see how it all works, how it gives back to the community and learn about typical agriculture techniques.
For people who like their luxury sprinkled with a touch of adventure or, for that matter, those who want their adventures sprinkled with a touch of luxury. You won't regret it.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
Map centered on Cap Karoso. Zoom out to view other hotels (H) and experiences (E) in the area.