Cap Karoso: Sumba’s new destination for true explorers

Set in captivating, off-the-radar Sumba, Cap Karoso is a pioneering island getaway with meaningful community engagement and sustainability at its heart. Launching in autumn 2022, this eco-conscious haven comprises 47 rooms and 20 villas, also available for private buyers, and a three-hectare organic farm. Occupying eponymous Karoso beach, one of the world’s most spectacular stretches of sand, in Indonesia’s pristine southwest Sumba, Cap Karoso is shaped by three core pillars: sustainability, culture and community.

Cap Karoso grew from the love of two globe-trotting, ethically-minded French adventurers, Fabrice and Evguenia Ivara, who fell for Sumba when they first holidayed there in 2017. Captivated by the island’s magnetic allure and unique Marapu culture, the couple’s mission became clear: to protect Sumba’s natural treasures, and respectfully share them with like-minded explorers. As Cap Karoso evolved from dream to reality, the community focus strengthened; guests can expect complete immersion in Sumba’s magic and culture – with an added dash of Parisian flair, reflecting the owners’ European roots.

Intrinsic to the guest experience is the Cap Karoso organic farm where almost all the vegetables, eggs and dairy required in the hotel will be produced. Set up by French organic agriculturalist, Philippe Guiglionda, and now run by a local Sumbanese team, the farm is also home to a school of agriculture for the local community to have access and education to eco-farming techniques.

Social spaces including Julang restaurant and Explorer’s Beach Club, are designed to foster a sense of community and connection, and spark conversation. Guests are encouraged to take a pew at intimate common tables, meet in inviting communal spaces and attend inspiring events and workshops, all designed to create a likeminded community of travellers, visiting masters, and local experts. A constellation of international talent will bring their creativity to Sumba, from mixologists and leading chefs, to an ongoing programme of visiting artists in residency, agricultural experts, DJs and more.

Other facilities for guests include artist ateliers, a creative Kid’s Club, an open-air cinema, spa, gym and yoga platform, as well as an activity centre where guests can book heartfelt cultural excursions and unforgettable adventures by land and sea. All experiences are conceived to consciously explore the island’s nature and culture, connecting with – and giving back to – the local community.