High-end international hotel brand Karma Royal Resorts’ Rottnest Island foray is number 86 on Australian Traveller’s ‘100 amazing places you haven’t been to yet‘. Nominated by: Georgia Rickard, AT editor

Twenty bays, 63 stretches of beach, and roads removed of cars: ‘Rotto’ might be only 18 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle, rendering it far too close to feel terribly secret for some, but for the rest of us the island holds the promise of a wonderfully removed beach holiday in a truly picturesque setting.

What none of us has yet seen, says Rickard, is the new, 80-suite development set to take place on the island, by Karma Royal Resorts.

“The Karma brand doesn’t have any existing resorts in Australia, but internationally it’s known as a relatively high-end operator,” Rickard explains.

Despite being in two minds about the development, initially – “part of Rotto’s charm is that it’s relaxed; it’s not been overly developed”, she says – it was hearing that the development will be constrained by heritage and sustainability preservation requirements that eventually won her over.

“That, plus the fact that most of its facilities, including the restaurant and bar, will be open to everyone on the island,” she says. “So you can cycle over, meet friends for a meal, enjoy the spa and then head back to your low-key spot by the beach.”


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