Inaugural Cap Karoso famil hosted by La Collection

Luxury advisors get immersed in the Sumba Island retreat

Words by Abigail Leslie

Late last month, La Collection luxury hotel representation hosted its first-ever familiarisation trip to Indonesia showcasing Cap Karoso, located on the West side of the remote Indonesian island of Sumba.

Since opening its doors in March 2023, the famil was a great opportunity for La Collection to showcase the experiences available at Cap Karoso in all its glory.

The Australian advisors who attended included Julie Hale of Esther Hamilton Travel; Sonia Jones of Hawthorn Travel and Sarah Watson of Goldman Travel.

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Arranged and escorted by Abigail Leslie, Senior Sales Manager, La Collection, the trip began with two nights in Bali, staying in a beautiful resort just 20 minutes north of Canguu in Tabanan. The area is incredibly quiet and serene, given that the property – Nirjhara – is built directly above a waterfall, teaming with bird life such as the

blue Javan Kingfisher. Nirjhara is the ideal option for those wanting to be close to Canguu and its astounding restaurants, yet still far enough away to feel totally secluded, surrounded by a haven of rice paddies, streams and waterfall, with the incredible sounds of nature flowing through the resort.

Corry Farlin Sumual, Director of Sales, Nirjhara hosted the group, to experience some of Bali’s rich heritage and culture. This included a visit to Tabanan’s Pura Luhur Batukaru temple, a 2km walk through the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a swim underneath Yeh Ho waterfall, a taste of some of Bali’s best tea and coffee during a visit to a local Senganan tea & coffee plantation, yoga and meditation at the foot of Nirjhara’s resident waterfall and dining experiences at Nirjhara’s restaurant and at one of Canguu’s best restaurants; Bar Vera, a Parisian bistro-style restaurant inspired by the local Balinese region.

Just an hour’s flight from Bali, and a 50-minute drive from Tambolaka airport, the group arrived at Cap Karoso at the end of the day, during ‘golden hour.’

Eve Ivara, Cap Karoso and Abigail Leslie, La Collection

They were welcomed by Eve Ivara, Cap Karoso’s Founder and her team, and enjoyed cocktails and dinner prepared by highly experienced French and Sumbanese chefs. Given the French influence, every meal over the course of the three days at Cap Karoso began with an amuse bouche, such as a warm mushroom mousse, followed by plates of freshly caught fish like their signature Tuna Ceviche and Red Fish Crudo, and ending in dessert heaven with delectable desserts such as Papaya and Cashew Torte or Chocolate delights. Much of the produce is grown at Cap Karoso’s farm with sustainability being at the forefront of their vision.

At Cap Karoso the group enjoyed mornings spent swimming in the warm waters of Weekuri Lake, a stunning natural turquoise saltwater lagoon sitting atop 15m high cliffs, just 20 minutes from Cap Karoso. They visited one of Sumba’s traditional villages to learn about the age-old Marapu religion and architecture, with beliefs and practices dating back to the Bronze age. Not to forget afternoons spent in Cap Karoso’s incredibly peaceful Spa, experiencing treatments such as the Brightening Facial and Hair Cream Bath. As well as early morning kayaking on the calm waters of Karoso beach and visits to Cap Karoso’s farm to learn about their sustainable cultivation procedures, arranged by Cap Karoso’s activities centre.

A highlight for the group was dining at Julang, Cap Karoso’s unique fine dining restaurant experience that caters to an intimate group of up to 20 guests per night, welcoming chefs from around the world for a six-week period.

During their stay, the group had a meal prepared by Thierry Karakachian – a 2 Michelin Star chef from France, previously of I’Atelier in Paris. The evening began with a Lobster Raviole, followed by dishes such as Seared Scallops and Grilled Black Angus Beef ending with a Chocolat Eclatant dessert with chocolate ganache, ice cream and a cocoa mousse which the table agreed was one of the best desserts they’d ever eaten.

A week of culinary dreams, cultural immersion and true tranquillity enjoyed by all.

More on Cap Karuso at capkaroso.com/en/

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