Kisawa Sanctuary

Inhambane, Mozambique

The USP at Kisawa? The hotel isn’t the most important operation on its Robinson Crusoe island. This 300-hectare African hideaway, owned by international entrepreneur Nina Flohr, has plenty to recommend it to high-flying travellers: spacious biophillic-inspired suites, dedicated personal infinity pools and a beautiful and remote, white sand location flung into azure seas just off the Mozambique coast. But before there was Kisawa, there was the Bazuraruto Centre for Scientific Studies nearby – a non-profit ocean research centre that Flohr also set up to help protect local ecosystems and support scientific endeavour. Today, the two organisations work hand-in-hand: Kisawa guests can roam from one of 11 thatch-roofed guest houses (tranquil, pared-back and filled with furnishings from local artisans) to the stand-alone holistic healing spa, and four dining destinations barefoot across the dunes. But they can also join biologists and researchers on globally shared science projects, exploring all corners of the Bazaruto Archipelago, one of the continent’s most biodiverse marine environments. It’s a symbiotic relationship that guides every element of the hotel's operations: its resident scuba divers utilise the research centre’s 3D ocean floor mapping to find the best reefs in the region. That, alongside sun-soaked activities such as snorkelling, kayaking and SUP on the water, make this a no-brainer for ocean lovers.

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Benguerra Island, Inhambane, 1304


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