Yet to open, Cap Karoso Resort has been developing accordingly to its sustainable orientation set out from the very beginning, ensuring its sustainability aspects from design, policies to operations and guest experiences.
Located on the newly discovered gem of Sumba in Indonesia and expected to open in 2022, Cap Karoso Resort is putting the finishing touches on its property, aiming to develop sustainably right from the first day of opening. Cap Karoso Resort presents its sustainable orientation through its design concept, materials, the use of traditional textile patterns, the implementation of the permaculture model, and the adaptation of local healing methods. The way Cap Karoso Resort is doing shows that sustainable development comes from preserving cultural values and local life.
Cap Karoso Resort was built with the Sumbanese concept to honor the beauty of nature and people on this Indonesian island. The resort collaborates with famous international design companies such as Bang & Olufsen while still blending with traditional designs that reflect the local culture.
The resort building materials are also selected and used from the local ecosystem, like using thatched roofs, teak wood and stone from Sumbanese people. Each of its bedrooms also showcases a Sumbanese ikat, a hand-woven textile widely seen in traditional ceremonies held on the island. Other decors include Indonesian marquetry, artisanal ceramics, and vintage statues sourced from Sumba and Timor, Indonesia to ensure authenticity, as well as to minimize both transportation costs from further areas and carbon emission during the process.
In addition to using Sumbanese materials to ensure the originality of the destination and support the local community, the design of the resort is also set towards energy optimization and carbon footprint minimization. The design of Cap Karoso Resort features green roofs, spacious terraces with lounge areas and open-air kitchens to create natural ventilation. The resort also takes advantage of a cross-ventilation system, which makes the most of natural air conditioning to minimize human-made energy sources.
The investment policy of Cap Karoso Resort is very clear, which is to concentrate on sustainable development, as 50% of its investment costs are for sustainable development. Solar panels are also installed to generate power for the entire resort. Currently, it is using 50% of the electricity powered by solar energy and aiming to empower 85% of the resort by solar energy by 2025.
In addition, the resort invested in building a water power plant on-site for wastewater treatment before using it to water the plants. Besides, Cap Karoso firmly says no to all types of plastic packaging, which is the common green practice most hotels and resorts are doing in sustainable development, to avoid damaging the ecosystem and natural environment around the resort.
Sustainable operations and activities
Except for high-level personnel, Cap Karoso Resort is committed to employing 80% of the indigenous Sumba staff through its partnership with an NGO called the Sumba Hospitality Foundation to recruit local students, offering jobs for the young locals. With this, the resort contributes to attractive job opportunities on the Sumba island so that young workers will not leave their home island for a decent job.
An area in Cap Karoso Resort is used to create organic farms for local Sumbanese people to grow crops, raise cattle like cows and pigs, and harvest produces. The resort then purchases these agricultural products for restaurant ingredients. The food waste from the restaurant will also be used to feed the farm animals, and finally, the waste from the cattle is used as fertilizer for the crops on the organic farms. Moreover, Cap Karoso Resort also organizes tours for guests to introduce its permaculture model, which is the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient, so that the guests have a better understanding of sustainable development.
Last but not least, Cap Karoso also applies its alive shamanic healing traditions to its spa treatments to enhance guest experiences. Shaman, along with ratos, still play an important part in social life in Sumba, performing roles from conducting weddings to predicting the best day for planting seeds. Those local people direct spirits or spiritual energies into the physical world, for treatment and healing. By applying the shamanic treatment, the resort contributes to maintaining and preserving the special culture of the Sumbanese.
In general, with clear goals and orientations, Cap Karoso Resort is set to become a sustainable resort right from day one of the opening. Without the advantages of sustainable design, it is still possible for other hotels and resorts to make the most of the current “break” to adjust some of their policies and operations process to transform into a more sustainable model in the future.