The first hospitality project by entrepreneur, creative director and philanthropist Nina Flohr, Kisawa Sanctuary is entirely founded upon an honest acknowledgement of Mozambique’s terroir and heritage. Within its 300-hectares lie a framework of locally-constructed huts designed in the regional vernacular. These 22 suites across 12 thatched-roof villas are arranged within the dunes, fronting either the calmer cove side or the ocean and each of them with their own secluded plot of at least an acre of beachfront, dunes or forest.
The villas were constructed without any heavy machinery, a conscious effort to minimise the hotel’s impact on the environment. Design-wise, the skilled work of local weavers, thatchers, carpenters and textile makers are proudly showcased. Mottled plaster walls segue to braided rope ceilings overhead, and underfoot are large colourful print rugs that brighten the neutral-hued materials. Locally crafted furniture in contemporary style grace the rooms, alongside other African decor staples. Skirting the edges of each bungalow are timber decks, which form pathways to terraces or towards the swimming pools. On-site dining offers traditional cuisine from the freshest local ingredients and produce, prepared with a zero-waste, no processed ingredients policy. The wellness center features a sauna, a fully equipped gym, and a spa offering treatments and programs rooted in Ayurvedic medicine.
With sustainability and environmental protection at the helm of the project, Flohr also launched the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies, a marine conservation center next to the hotel that enables guests to participate in a variety of activities targeting non-profit marine science and research efforts. “The pairing of cultural celebration and environmental conservation at Kisawa presents a new, forward-looking narrative for both Mozambique and island escapes,” states the studio.
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