Kisawa Sanctuary


Kisawa Sanctuary set a new standard in luxury hospitality pairing cultural celebration with environmental conservation. The sanctuary’s ambition was to elevate
the intersection of wilderness and
service. Built without the use of heavy machinery, the wooden structures are thatched and clad in a variety of styles based on the regional vernacular. Each bungalow is housed within its own one acre plot, offering maximum privacy and optimum appreciation of the natural environment. Tradition also met technology in Kisawa’s distinctive architecture and groundbreaking use of natural materials. The Sanctuary also includes multiple dining venues, two beach clubs, a lagoon- style swimming pool, Barraca beach bar, a library and a lounge at the main terrace as well as a wellness center hidden in the dunes.

Christopher represented this unique hospitality project, spending ample time during the development on Benguerra Island, Mozambique along with Kisawa founder & Creative Director Nina Flohr
who took cues from the tropical modernist movement as well as the work of local craftsmen for the sanctuary’s integrated ambience. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the development from inception to completion, also oversaw Kisawa’s architectural design along with architect Allen Plasencia in collaboration with NJF Design. Matt also served as a strategic advisor on the project.

The pairing of cultural celebration and environmental conservation at Kisawa presents a new, forward-looking narrative for both Mozambique and island escapes.

— Dezeen