Tuesday,  June 18, 2019  1:15 am

A boutique hotel is opening in a protected Colombian forest


A boutique hotel is opening in a protected Colombian forest

Cannúa, a first-of-its-kind, 18-room boutique hotel set within a protected forest in Antioquia, Colombia, is scheduled to open in April 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 exquisite accommodation, natural encounters, and excursions designed to build a sense of community among neighbors, 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 cofounder 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."

Sustainable operations

Carefully 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 on-site 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 ingredients that can't otherwise be produced on-site.

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 both on- and off-site, exceptional experiences abound. Hike the surrounding pre-Hispanic heritage hiking trails, embark on exotic bird-watching expeditions or look inward at the spa after a morning yoga class. Sip a cup of locally-grown coffee, visit a community farm, or take a class in flower arranging with homegrown blooms – courtesy of Cannúa’s onsite garden.

Due to open April 2019, this hillside escape, located 90 minutes from Medellín, will be a place of rejuvenation, reconnection and cultural discovery, all within the heart of the Colombian countryside.

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