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The World’s First 3D-Printed Retreat Is Opening In Africa

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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With sustainable travel at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, it’s not surprising that people are starting to rethink how we build resorts.

Kisawa Sanctuary, located off the eastern coast of Mozambique, will be the world’s first-ever 3D printed retreat. Kisawa will sit on Benguerra Island, part of the Bazaruto Archipelago, this WWF National Marine Park is home to some of the richest and least explored subtropical ecosystems in the Indian Ocean.

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“We’ve used design as a tool, not as a style,” entrepreneur and project lead Nina Flohr tells Conde Nast Traveler, “to ensure Kisawa is integrated, culturally and environmentally, to Mozambique.”

Photo via kisawasanctuary.com

So how does the 3D printing process work? According to Conde Nast Traveler, a computer-generated design is sent to a 3D printer, where it’s divvied up into layers. The printer’s nozzle then draws in the desired material—in the case of Kisawa, a sand-and-seawater mortar—and pipes it out to create the structure from the bottom up.

The décor will also take into consideration the environment and local resources with 14 rooms and a spa that incorporates the craftwork of local artisans, using techniques like weaving and carpentry. Each luxury, thatched-roofed retreat will sit on its own acre of land, feature a private swimming pool, and have access to the beach.

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According to the website, their stand-alone spa will specialize in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic offerings. Inspired by nearby Mozambican dwellings it offers a range of treatments including massages and multi-day detox retreats. Additional on-property facilities include a gym, yoga and meditation pavilion, tennis court as well as water sports facility.

If you are looking for a summer retreat that focuses on sustainability as much as luxury, then start planning your African getaway now. Kisawa is set to open next summer 2020.

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