Stay at Cap Karoso
Gaze across the Indian Ocean. Listen to palm trees fluttering in the breeze. Unplug from the world you know. And enter the ambiance of Cap Karoso, on the very rare Sumba island. Explore a new perspective, as ancestral spirits and indigenous art welcome you to another world. Wander amid the mangos and coconuts. Savour a connection with nature. Connect with a mysterious culture while satisfying your needs for contemporary comfort. Owners Evguenia and Fabrice Ivara have created a special refuge on Sumba, a place celebrating sustainability, serenity, design and the demands of luxury-seeking travellers.
Sumba island is a one-hour flight from Bali and there are daily connections. It’s a 40-minute road transfer from the airport to Cap Karoso, which occupies a wild stretch of Indian Ocean coastline. Sumba is fascinating, home to a religion that has existed since the Bronze Age, and traditional houses with 25-metre roofs that form a connection to the spirit world.
All 47 rooms and 20 villas are rooted in traditional Sumbanese architecture, then brought into the 21st-century by owner Evguenia Ivara’s contemporary art and design concept. It’s all extremely unique, especially all the pieces from local and international artists. All the accommodations have an indoor-outdoor living style, but we much prefer the villas, for their private pools, open-air bathtubs and barbecue areas.
Who is it for
Cap Karoso is paradise for explorers. You must be prepared to step off the beaten path and trust that this owner-operated hotel will deliver in terms of service and design, despite such a remote location. If you like the highly polished aesthetic and amenities of a hotel brand like the Four Seasons, Cap Karoso probably isn’t for you. But whether coming as a couple or family, this Sumba experience is memorable and unique.
Facilities & activities
If you like beachfront resorts with the full array of amenities then this isn’t for you. A quiet beach and lots of space are the highlights. And this isn’t a resort to spend 24 hours a day. It’s a base for discovering Sumba island, with a brilliant mix of cultural and natural experiences, most of which you won’t find anywhere else.