Caroline Clements

Utopia

www.placesweswim.com
  • Where:Rote, Indonesia
  • Why:A remote island escape to visit family.
  • When:July 2019
  • Who:Me and @dillon.sr
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Entry to Utopia after a dusk bike ride up the hill along a dirt road. This icon is dotted around town and the property like a watchful eye.

Entry to the property down the stone paved path towards the main dining area.

The Old Farm House (1 of 6 suites).

Sleeping open air, no walls, just a mozi net. Heaven.

Solar panels are dotted around the property. This one is for hot water in the shower.

Case in point. Outdoor shower.

Cute details in the bathroom.

Beautiful handmade doors.

A place to relax.

The toilet with the best view in Rote!

Solar heated infinity pool overlooking the dry landscape all the way to the ocean.

Your tour guide Mario paddling through the mangroves, also the hotel owner.

Highs & Lows

  • Utopia is completely sustainable. They go to great lengths to be as self-sufficient as possible with solar panels on the roofs for the pool and water, compostable toilets, refillable water bottles, their own garden to grow food. It is a minimal waste operation - extra points for this.

  • Family run hotel with really warm vibes. You really spend time in the home of this Italian family, eat with them every night and they will take you on adventures to the market, out surfing, or exploring the mangroves.

  • These rooms are open air (no external walls). An incredible way to live in this warm climate in Indonesia, we loved it (you are literally sleeping outside) but it may not be for everyone.

  • One of the best toilet/shower views in all of the land! These things are open air and look over out over the property towards the ocean.

  • No products in the bathroom (shampoo etc.), though this may be for eco reasons.

  • This place is very relaxed and sometimes the service can be too.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    An off the grid surf and yoga retreat.

  • Vibe

    Simple, earthy, natural, sustainable, relaxed, family run.

  • Location

    Blissfully off the grid in the hills of a remote island of Indonesia called Rote. This island is accessible by two flights from Bali. Bali to Kupang, Kupang to Rote. There is also a ferry between Rote and Kupang.

  • Rooms

    6 rustic, open-air suites.

  • Music

    Serge Gainsburg

  • Year Opened

    2017

  • Designed By

    The Italian family who owns Utopia – Mario, Cristiana, their son Aimone and his partner Kim. There was no architectural design as such. The property was built by the family through a very organic process.

  • Pool/Gym

    Pool and a yoga shala with daily classes.

  • Restaurant

    Utopia is a bit like a family farm property, with a central kitchen dining area where everyone eats together. All meals are included and served here, though it is open to non-guests too. Dishes are balanced and healthy, with a mix of Italian influences - from the owners (sometimes you’ll eat pizza or pasta) - and local Indonesia dishes. Their garden supplies much of the vegetables for meals and other produce is sourced from the local community. Everything is made in house, from the bread to the pasta and the curry pastes and raw chocolates. On Full Moon and New Moon the restaurant cooks a special dinner of suckling pig, which is open to public.

  • Bar

    No, but you can buy beers and wine at the kitchen.

  • Minibar

    N/A

  • Children

    Yes, a great place for kids. There is one larger family suite to, which can house a family of five

  • Price

    Well-priced for such a unique experience, and all inclusive of meals and snorkel equipment and boats out to the surf.

This is a world class break and people come from far and wide to surf it. For less experienced surfers there is also Banana Land and Squealers nearby. Or get a surf lesson.

Surf famous the surf break T-Land

T-LandResort, Rote, Nemberala, Rote Ndao Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

This is a world class break and people come from far and wide to surf it. For less experienced surfers there is also Banana Land and Squealers nearby. Or get a surf lesson.

Someone from the hotel can take you out. This is an incredible tropical eco system and beautiful to experience. Check the tides.

Explore the mangroves by canoe

Sedeoen, West Rote, Rote Ndao Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Someone from the hotel can take you out. This is an incredible tropical eco system and beautiful to experience. Check the tides.

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