A tropical-modern retreat where wild horses roam, Cap Karoso, Sumba

by | 4 07 2023 | Hotels, Travel

Floating between Bali and Timor, on the western edge of the Savu Sea, lies a place where wild horses still roam across golden-green hills and through tropical forests. Where you will have pristine, palm-fringed beaches all to yourself and you can buy seafood straight off the fisher boats as they come in with their morning hauls. That place is called Sumba. A few islands east of Bali, Sumba’s nature is as beautiful as its culture is rich. Here you will find indigenous art, megalithic tombs, and traditional houses with soaring meter-high roofs.

The kampung villages with thatched pointy-roofed homes are one part of the indigenous belief system called Marapu. In Marapu locals worship the spirits of their ancestors and part of the belief is that the high roofs create a stronger connection with the spirits.

On the island’s wild western edge in the unexplored Kodi region, sitting on the shores of a coral reef and surrounded by turquoise lagoons lies the newly opened Cap Karoso. Modernist villas, surrounded by lush vegetation open onto the beach, with swimming surfing, fishing, and snorkeling at your doorstep. With 47 rooms and 20 villas, this is a big addition to the Sumba hospitality offering. They crafted the term ancient modern, where traditional craft, temporary art, and modern design come together. Spacious, modern structures with nature-inspired plant-based roofs are set onto the beach. The rooms and main areas are polished concrete mixed with rattan, bamboo teak wood, and natural plaster. There are two swimming pools, two restaurants, and a bar.

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Cap Karoso Sumba
The Breakdown

Location: Located in the unexplored Kodi region, in the southwest of the island, beachfront and only a 40-minute drive from the Tambolaka airport

Rooms: 47 rooms and 20 villas, all villas have a private pool, indoor-outdoor living, and local accents

Rates: From €350 per night and up, breakfast included

Highlights: The surroundings, of this area of Sumba are still widely untouched, in terms of culture and nature, which will give you a unique authentic experience and introduce you to a stunning, different world. Make sure to ask the guiding team to craft your personal itinerary

The feel: Tropical modern with local and French influences, a modern luxury retreat set in an unexplored area

Not to be missed: At Julang Restaurant, the resort’s fine diner, acclaimed chefs visit from all over the world to man the open kitchen and craft a locally inspired menu, served at a communal table

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