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    SALT of Palmar opens in Mauritius as brand’s first hotel

    730 565 Hamish Kilburn
    SALT of Palmar opens in Mauritius as brand’s first hotel

    SALT of Palmar, the first hotel in a new sub-brand from The Lux Collective, has opened in Mauritius…

    With a strong commitment to sustainability, SALT of Palmer opens in Mauritius. Setting the foundations for a series of planned openings within the SALT brand, the 59-key hotel introduces a new breed of hospitality for the culturally curious, challenging perceptions of often unexplored regions.

    The completely new sub-brand for The Lux Collective has been designed and created by branding agency & SMITH with aim to appeal to a younger generation – one that would celebrate the undiscovered beauty of destinations where travellers may hold preconceived ideas or would traditionally stay within the confines of a resort rather than exploring the local area.

    “The first SALT had to be in Mauritius. It’s our home, our love, and our pride and joy,” the hotel’s website states. “Its colours, stories, customs, sounds, and flavours form a brilliant, heady mix that is impossible to ignore or forget. If you experience it. ”

    “Every element of the SALT experience is rooted in the island culture.”

    Inviting guests to continue this journey of exploration, the hotel offers its guests a guidebook called ‘This is Mauritius’ when checking in. Working in close collaboration with locals, the illustrated book is full of tips and advice for discovering the island’s hidden gems, including maps of where to go in Port Louis, the best sunrise spots, or where to listen to live music.

    Back at the hotel, every element of the SALT experience is rooted in the island culture, from the handwoven baskets in each room created by a local craftswoman to the curated menus of seasonal produce and the opportunity to visit a house near the resort to learn how to make rum the Mauritian way.

    “Every SALT hotel will have its own farm to provide guests with menus designed around what is in season.”

    No endless buffets, no bath menu, no single-use plastics

    At the heart of the SALT identity is a brand-wide commitment to sustainability. In addition to prioritising fair trade, organic and non-toxic produce, and limiting energy use, waste and emissions, every SALT hotel will have its own farm to provide guests with menus designed around what is in season and nothing more.

    “For Mauritius, the common perception is endless images of white sandy beaches under cloudless blue skies, perfect for honeymooners drinking cocktails or having dinner for two on the beach,” said Rachel Smith, Creative Partner at & SMITH. “From our past visits to the island, we knew the island had so much more to offer and could attract a different audience.

    “It’s bursting with vibrant experiences – from brightly coloured houses to bustling markets and the most amazing street food culture. Also, the waterfalls and greenery of the inland are just as beautiful as the beaches. There are so many reasons to step outside the resort and explore Mauritius, so we wanted to create an identity that captured the vitality and depth of the island, and invited travellers to explore on their own.

    SALT of Palmar in Mauritius is the first property within the brand portfolio, with plans to open the next hotel in Wolong, China.

    Anantara to debut in Mauritius

    800 448 Hamish Kilburn

    Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the announcement of Anantara Mauritius Resort – a new luxury property on the South Eastern coast which is scheduled to open in Q4 2019…

    Part of an integrated coastal development, a new Anantara resort located near Blue Bay Marine Park will arrive at the end of this year.

    Anantara Mauritius Resort will feature 164 guestrooms and suites, with eight luxury pool villas – two with two bedrooms and six with four bedrooms – to be added in the first half of 2020. Facilities at the resort will include Sea.Fire.Salt – a specialty grill and seafood restaurant with courtyard and beach dining, an all-day dining restaurant, private dining with a wine cellar, a healthy wellness-focused cafe, two bars – one by the poolside and one facing the beach, a 30-metre ozone-based swimming pool, a gym and a signature Anantara Spa.

    The look and feel of the new resort have been created by award winning Ground Kent Architects,  Australia, in collaboration with the Office of Global Architecture in Mauritius, alongside Abacus Design interior designers of Thailand. The design reflects the melting pot history of the country, drawing influences from the rich architectural heritage seen in the capital Port Louis and around the island. Natural, locally-sourced materials take precedence, harmoniously anchoring the buildings in their natural setting. Taking inspiration from local colonial architecture, the overall effect effortlessly evokes the vibe of a relaxing, tropical beach house, yet one with a distinctly modern feel.

    modern guestroom overlooking the beach

    Image credit: Anantara Mauritius

    The use of scattered light, basalt and volcanic stone, drift wood, wave-and-ripple patterns and neutral sandy colours blur the line between the indoor and the outdoor. Fabrics and art selected for the rooms are a contrasting combination of accents of orange, deep ultramarine and royal yellow as a nod to Blue Bay’s crystal waters, sandy beaches and legendary sunsets.

    With the resort’s dining options ranging from traditional creole cooking to fine dining, guests can expect a gastronomic experience rooted in an exotic blend of European, Asian and African influences. Most of the ingredients will be harvested locally since Mauritius benefits from incredibly fertile soil, while the ocean is the source of the freshest seafood and fish.

    As part of Anantara’s commitment to sustainability, the resort will incorporate solar technology for water heating in all guest rooms, to reduce the usage on energy. Other green initiatives include planting endemic flora within the hotel landscaping, reusing water for irrigation and cleaning as well as incorporating recycled materials into resort décor. The property will be plastic straw-free, an Anantara standard, and where possible organic farming methods will be encouraged throughout its restaurant supply chain.

    An island nation in the south western Indian Ocean, Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna, with many species endemic to the island. Famously the only known home of the dodo, an avian species which became extinct back in the 1600s, the island offers nature-centred activities both onshore and offshore. Visitors can charter a boat for deep sea fishing, paddle over serene blue waters in a glass-bottomed kayak to go snorkelling, embark on bird-watching walks on nearby islands, explore botanical gardens and more.

    Main image credit: Anantara Mauritius Resort

    Villa revamp to begin at Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

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    Five-star resort undertakes seven-month refurbishment project.

    Beachcomber Hotels & Resorts has confirmed the refurbishment of its high-end villas at Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in Mauritius.

    Detail are sketchy, but the project will run from 14th May to mid-November 2018 and will give the five-star 13 beachfront Paradis Villas a fresh look within its surroundings on a private section of beach on Le Morne Peninsula.

    The refurbishment includes new colours, textures and interiors that the company says encompass a ‘stress-free ambiance, parallel to the local laid-back way of living’.

    The revamped villas will offer subtle hues of cream and beige with accents influenced by the sea and Mauritian flora. Imprints of local plants will be on bathroom screens, complemented by wall prints and fabrics.

    The resort is located against Morne Brabant mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site surrounded by a tropical lagoon, sandy beach and 18-hole golf course.

    Renovated Heritage Le Château in Mauritius offers Michelin Star dining

    1024 683 Katy Phillips

    Luxury Mauritius hotel group, Heritage Resorts, has unveiled ‘Heritage Le Château’ after an extensive renovation to bring the 19th Century mansion back to its former glory.

    Already operating as a fine dining restaurant, Heritage Le Château now offers a signature menu from Michelin-starred Chef David Toutain, and for the first time guests can also stay overnight in its new suite.

    Previously known as ‘Château de Bel Ombre’, the property is located on the Heritage Bel Ombre domain adjacent to Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, in the south of Mauritius.

    Anglo-Indian Colonial Style

    The Anglo-Indian colonial style mansion dates back to 1765 when it presided over one of the oldest sugar plantation estates in south Mauritius. The château is now bordered by hills and a national park, boasting 1300 hectares of nature.

    The château overlooks a landscaped French style garden, beyond which is Heritage Golf Course.

    The Heritage Resort team collaborated with architect Florent Richard (from Perrot & Richards Architects), an expert in architectural heritage restoration and preservation, to create an interior inspired by the Victorian era.

    The living areas offer small colonial touches, decorated with an eclectic array of vintage furniture, from Chesterfield sofas to antique china rosewood screens, while rattan chairs complement the wooden panels and venetian chandeliers.

    Guests can now go back in time and stay overnight in the Presidential Suite, the only bedroom in the château.

    The bedroom is designed with  what’s described as a luxurious tropical finesse, featuring, a four-poster canopy bed, long ivory draped curtains, paintings and antiques.

    Beachcomber

    First ‘swim-up’ rooms to launch at Mauritius’ Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa

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    From January 2018, Beachcomber Hotels & Resorts, the luxury hotel group with eight properties in Mauritius, is set to open a new accommodation concept, Victoria for Two, at the award-winning Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa.

    Designed exclusively for couples, this new adults-only wing will consist of 40 two-person terraced rooms, each opening onto a private beach and the marine park. Couples can choose between one of two luxurious room categories: 17 Swim-Up Rooms, each with direct access to an 800m2 swimming pool, the first room category of this kind available in Mauritius; or 23 Ocean-View Rooms, each with a magnificent vista over the lagoon.

    The new Victoria for Two concept has been designed to meet the needs of a different clientele: guests travelling child-free, wanting accommodation that affords space, peace and quiet, and above all comfort, whilst still offering access to all facilities of the hotel itself.

    All 40 rooms in the new adults-only wing will be 50m2 in size, sea-facing and with access onto a superb section of beach. Each air-conditioned room will include a Queen-size bed, private bathroom with bathtub, shower and separate toilets, hair-dryer, security box, telephone, satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, mini-bar and complimentary tea and coffee.