Printed sand? We never knew it existed either. But that’s exactly what’s been used by a new luxury resort in Mozambique. Called Kisawa Sanctuary, the world-first hotel is set to open in 2020 just on Benguerra Island, and sees buildings blend into the natural scenery to support the resort’s sustainable ethos.
The Kisawa Sanctuary is all about promoting eco-tourism and has ensured the luxury resort is integrated, culturally and environmentally, to its home off the coast of Mozambique. As such, local weaving, thatching, carpentry, and textile techniques have been implemented into the 3D printed sand structure, with all works being produced by local talent.
There are 12 bungalows in total available to hire. Ranging from one- to and three-bedrooms, each of the abodes on the 300-hectares of private beach, forest and sand dunes has its own one-acre plot that consists of a personal beachfront, a swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen, a massage hut and electric transportation to get around the site. There’s also a dedicated team of chefs on site who will adapt to your 24/7 needs with four dining venues, two bars and endless on-location culinary experiences.
Benguerra Island is situated 14 kms off Mozambique and is part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, a WWF National Marine Park which is home to some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean. Alongside various on-site facilities, there’s also a spa, diving facilities and a marine safari.
Lastly, the island will feature a 3D printer that will produce sand coral reefs and marine habitats for Kisawa’s non-profit sister organization, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies. Prices at Kisawa Sanctuary will start from around £4,250 per night for a one-bedroom bungalow. Find out more over at the Kisawa Sanctuary Website.
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