Resort Kisawa Sanctuary combines luxury and nature

The Kisawa sanctuary in Mozambique emphasizes the contrast between tradition and modernity. Buildings and most furniture were preferably made by local craftsmen, often using local materials. (Photo: Elsa Young)

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The resort, founded by Swiss Nina Flohr, combines luxury and traditional craftsmanship and closeness to nature with ecological responsibility.

Be warned, looking at pictures of the luxury resort Kisawa Sanctuary may give you an insatiable sense of wanderlust. Climate, flora, fauna, cuisine, architecture, music, language, culture: all this – as one imagines it in its dreamy wanderlust and surfing digitality – can be rediscovered during a visit to the island of Benguerra in the Indian Ocean, etc. escape from everyday life and the familiar.

Here you can dive or snorkel with dugongs - wonderful large-mouthed sea creatures - as well as sea turtles, tiger sharks and manta rays.  (All photos: Elsa Young)

Here you can snorkel or dive with dugongs – wonderful large-mouthed sea creatures – as well as sea turtles, tiger sharks and manta rays. (All photos: Elsa Young)

Kisawa Shrine opened last year on an area of ​​300 hectares. Twelve residences of different sizes are scattered as if by chance between the forest, the dunes and the beach. The establishment, under the direction of the Swiss founder and artistic director Nina Flohr, has set itself noble objectives: social and ecological responsibility as well as the promotion and recognition of traditional crafts and Moçambique culture.

Swiss-born Nina Flohr is the station's founder and artistic director.

Swiss-born Nina Flohr is the station’s founder and creative director.

The complex is not a brutalist drumbeat, but a sensitive cultural landscape that combines elements of Mozambican and African architecture and design, reinterprets them and blends sensitively into the environment. The materials used are mostly locally sourced, as are many of the carpenters, builders and textile workers whose hands ultimately brought the station to life.

In this way, the natural beauty of the region has been preserved – after all, luxury can also be discreet. And with that knowledge, the joy is all the greater when you spot dugongs – wonderful, large-mouthed sea creatures – as well as sea turtles, tiger sharks and manta rays while snorkeling or snorkeling.

In the spacious wellness area you will find various yoga practices, guided meditations, beauty treatments, massages as well as Reiki and an infrared sauna.

In the spacious wellness area you will find various yoga practices, guided meditations, beauty treatments, massages as well as Reiki and an infrared sauna.

With a bit of luck you can also see crocodiles in the middle of the island on one of the freshwater lakes. But there’s also plenty to discover on the resort grounds itself: its own permaculture garden, the spa area with a dome sauna, a children’s area and a kiosk that sells practical items as well as local crafts. Kisawa Sanctuary could therefore pass for a long-term destination that tries to innovate in tourism to the best of its knowledge and beliefs and combines luxury with simplicity, sustainability and responsibility. Another expression of this strategy is the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies, also founded by Nina Flohr in 2017. Thanks to its ideal location on the Indian Ocean, it is the first permanent marine observatory in the district to operate and conduct research. .

The outdoor pool is a mini oasis.

The outdoor pool is a mini oasis.

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