From Cat Castañeda
June 07, 2021
Take a look at the stylish royalty’s passion project – Kisawa Sanctuary, an intimate retreat focused on nature and wellness
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The pandemic hasn’t dampened our wanderlust, so it’s no surprise that new hotel openings are full steam ahead. The opening of borders may be slow, but talk of vengeance trips arouses a feeling of optimism among hoteliers and travelers alike.
Here is a distant tropical hideaway that you should visit: Kisawa Sanctuary in Mozambique. The first hotel founded by the entrepreneur and philanthropist Nina Flohr is located on 300 hectares of unspoiled territory on the island of Benguerra. The stylish royal – her official title is Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark – is best known for her work as the creative director of her family’s private aviation company, VistaJet. She brings her innate knowledge of luxury to this groundbreaking project that is currently in the soft opening phase.
The bungalows have different designs, but all feature local handicrafts
Kisawa means “unbreakable” and represents her commitment to creating connections between people and places with a design ethos that mixes rather than disrupts. With 12 residences with a mix of one, two, and three bungalows, each residence has an open-air deck, private pool, outdoor kitchen, and its own section of beach.
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Kisawa Sanctuary is located on 300 hectares of unspoiled territory on Benguerrara Island
Each residence has been designed to be the ideal mix of indoor-outdoor amenities
The Natural Wellness Center is housed in these uniquely designed huts
Founder of the Kisawa Sanctuary, Nina Flohr
Each bungalow is decorated differently, but connected through the use of traditional craftsmanship, with local weaving, carpentry and textiles elegantly showing off in the interiors.
The resort’s culinary program is also commendable: only organic, seasonal products are offered that are grown in the resort or purchased from a network of local farmers. Kisawa Sanctuary works to the highest sustainability and health standards and has a zero waste policy and does not use any processed ingredients in its dishes.
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While the beautiful nature gives guests a sense of calm, the Kisawa Sanctuary encourages them to go further and “discover their own rhythm”. The resort allows for a reconnection with yourself, which is best achieved at the Natural Wellness Center with an organically shaped pool and yoga nest. This center specializes in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is scheduled to open in July 2021.
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