New Colombian Boutique Hotel Takes Holistic Approach To Sustainability
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
There’s an interesting new boutique hotel coming to Colombia, a destination enjoying soaring popularity in the years since a peace agreement ended decades of violence.
Cannúa, an 18-room boutique hotel set within a protected forest in Antioquia, is scheduled to open in APR 2019.
Rooted in permaculture design principles and taking a holistic approach to sustainability, this 27-acre mountain-side property intends to forge a new era of experiential travel within the region.
Guests of Cannúa will be among the first to explore this renewed, flourishing destination – one of the most biologically diverse and temperate in the world – through innovative accommodation, natural encounters, and excursions designed to build a sense of community among neighbours, partners and visitors.
"As Colombia continues to evolve as a destination of natural and cultural wonders, we're proud to be bringing a truly exceptional and transformative travel experience to Antioquia's countryside," says Nathan Rodgers, CEO and Co-Founder of Cannúa.
"We want to show the world's travellers that there's more to Colombia than its cities -- and that it's possible to develop a hotel in a way that is both environmentally and socially sustainable."
Constructed using sustainably-sourced bamboo and compressed-earth blocks produced on-site from the property's own soil, Cannúa will utilize rainwater through its own onsite water treatment system, and will implement a waste management system with the ultimate goal of being a zero waste property.
The retreat will also plant two acres of organic gardens and food forests to supply its own restaurant, and work with local organic farmers for more ingredients.
Cannúa's eight private cabañas and 10 rooms will feature sprawling views of the Valle de San Nicolas and blend locally-influenced aesthetics with modern amenities, while guests will have their choice of exceptional experiences on and off the property.
Options include hiking the surrounding pre-Hispanic heritage hiking trails, embarking on birdwatching expeditions or a morning yoga class followed by spa treatments.
Cannúa’s onsite garden.
The hillside escape of Cannúa is located a 90-minute drive from Medellín.
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