Opened in 2023, Cap Karoso is a one-of-a-kind resort on the island of Sumba. Though this is a modern, luxury retreat, 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. It's the ideal beach escape for couples and families who want an adventurous, immersive experience without compromising on mod-cons.
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 particularly 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 is spread across an expansive area of a hillside on the west of the island, set against a beautifully wild, white-sand beach with an infinity pool, outdoor cinema and a choice of restaurants. Its 47 rooms and 20 villas are chic in design and with traditional art and materials showcased throughout, they feel in harmony with the island's scenery and culture. Room options include Ocean View Studios, Beachfront Suites and the two or three-bedroom villas are ideal for families or groups. The commitment to sustainability is clear throughout, single-use plastics have been banned and the resort is largely powered by its own solar panels.
Whilst staying here, guests can explore the wilderness and learn about the island with a range of land, water and culture-based experiences. From 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.
We think Cap Karoso is the perfect beach retreat for couples and families 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! The commitment to sustainability here is particularly commendable.
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.
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