Peek Inside the World’s First 3D-Printed Island Retreat Made from Sand

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It may look like the planet of Tatooine from Star Wars, but you’re looking at the world’s first 3D-printed luxury island retreat. Built from sand, the Kisawa Sanctuary is set to open on the remote Benguerra Island off the east coast of Mozambique in 2020.

The resort will be the first of its kind, treating guests to a luxurious travel experience that truly makes the most of modern-day sustainable architecture solutions.

Accommodations on the island include 12 one, two and three-bedroom thatched bungalows across a whopping 300-hectare stretch of pristine beach, forest and sand dunes.

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Kisawa Sanctuary

Each 230sqm dwelling will sit upon a 400m stretch of private beachfront, offering a private and tranquil escape and with all the luxurious comforts and amenities any holiday-goer could ever ask for.

We’re talking about private swimmings pools, shaded day areas, outdoor kitchens, massage huts, lavish living spaces, and a fully-stocked pantry — in each bungalow.

A dedicated spa is on-site to provide pamper packages, while private chefs can be hired to cater to your needs in your bungalow.

If dining in doesn’t appeal, guests will be able to take advantage of the resort’s two beach clubs, Baracca beach bar, library and lounge, as well a lagoon-style swimming pool, all easily accessed via electric bikes that guests are free to use during their stay.

There’s also a tennis court, gym, yoga studio, meditation pavillion and watersports facility.

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Kisawa Sanctuary

Following the construction of the sanctuary, the 3D-printer will be transported to the other side of the island where it will be put to work printing sand coral reefs and marine habitats for Kisawa Santuary’s nonprofit sister organisation, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies.

The centre is known as the first African Ocean Observatory — created with the express purpose of overseeing natural ecosystems and monitoring climate change.

Benguerra Island, which is also a wildlife sanctuary, is home to a myriad of land and water species that include five species of nesting turtles, dolphins, whale sharks, humpback whales, dugongs, reef fish, and over 150 bird species (including flamingos).

While staying on the island, guests will immerse themselves in the natural surrounds and its inhabitants, and will be given the chance to learn more about the surrounding environment from those who know it best.

The hotel is slated to open in 2020. Prices for a private bungalow will start at $5,500 USD a night.