Inspiring works of art, impeccable design and meaningful connections with the local community reign supreme at this boutique beachfront hideaway, a welcome addition to the luxury scene on the far-flung island of Sumba.
A collection of alluring, ocean-facing studios, suites and villas blend influences of Bali, Sumba and the South of France in their styling. All feature modern creature comforts, with a generous dose of the superlative (think super-King sized beds, state-of-the-art sound systems and cocktail making kits including ice for your sundowner of choice). Guest accommodations are positioned in immaculate grounds where modernist structures sit surprisingly harmoniously against the thatched peaks of the spa house, inspired by traditional Sumbanese residences. Just steps away, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean beckon.
As well as breathtakingly beautiful beaches, a kaleidoscopic marine world and emerald savannah blanketed with rice paddies and sandalwood forests, Sumba is also known as a place of ancient tribal traditions which drive the life force of the island to this day. Mindful of this, the owners of Cap Karoso sought consent from the local community before a stone was even laid, and an elaborate ceremony was enthusiastically arranged by the village elders by way of a blessing for the project. Not resting on its laurels, the hotel continues to be a model for positive-impact tourism. Under privileged young people are employed in the resort team, the onsite organic farm is offered as a school for local farmers and the owners of Cap Karoso work closely with the local community to organise cultural visits for guests and artist-in-residence programmes with Sumba craftspeople.
Couples and families
Lovers of art and design
THINGS TO DO AT THE HOTEL:
Restore your balance with a spa treatment inspired by shamanic healing rituals
Swim and snorkel in the calm, crystalline waters of the Karoso Lagoon
Deposit children in the Little Adventurers Club, where they can look after the horses, learn about marine conservation, visit local villages and participate in arts and crafts
Dine on energising, farm-to-table cuisine with your toes in the sand at the Beach Club
Take your afternoon siesta on a day-bed on the beach, or by the inviting infinity pool
Return to the Beach Club for sundowners against an ambient chillout soundtrack
Sample the creations of top international chefs who take residence at the Julang fine-dining restaurant
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Immerse yourself in the ancient rituals and traditional ways of life of the nearby Kodi communities
Learn to surf or hone your skills in the perfect breaks at Pero Beach
Dive into the intriguing underwater world of the Weekuri saltwater lake
Hike through tropical forests to hidden waterfalls
Go mountain biking across the Sumbanese savannah
Ride a native sandalwood horse
Set out on a fishing expedition in a traditional boat and have the chef prepare your catch for lunch
The idea for Red Savannah was always based on a clear market need. A small team of the most experienced travel designers, supported by the latest technology and delivered with the lightest touch. In short, a travel company redefined for the 21st century.