Salt of Palmar, an adult-only boutique hotel, is set on the white sandy beach of Palmar on the east coast of the island, 1.7 km from Belle Mare.
The hotel features an on-site restaurant and 3 bars. Each room has a modern design with local features.
The boutique hotel is only open to guests aged 16 years and older. The hotel prioritizes mature experiences that follow the principles of wellness, health, sustainability, and relaxation.
CEO of The Lux Collective, says: “SALT was born from a demand for a more humanistic approach to hospitality – hotels that cater to an ever-growing audience of modern explorers and mindful travelers who travel to satisfy their curiosity and challenge their perception of the world.”
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The spa focuses on the medicinal properties of salt, and guests can choose from an array of salts for pedicures and various other treatments.
After time in the spa, guests can spend time in the salt room, breathing in salty air that can reduce congestion and open the airways.
Salt’s anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties can work to relieve the symptoms of colds and migraines.
Just a 20-minute drive away is the Bras d’Eau National Park, where vacationers are encouraged to begin their mornings with a walk through the forest.
When SALT of Palmar architectural designer, Camille Walala, saw Mauritius’s bright blue skies, pink sunsets, green sugarcane fields, and the paint colors used to decorate the houses in local villages, she was inspired to incorporate these themes into the colorful boutique hotel.
Walala worked with local studio JFA Architects on the design to bring her vision to reality, reflecting the colors of Mauritius clearly in the design of SALT.
SALT of Palmar is the only hotel in Mauritius with hot and cold menus of vegan, vegetarian, raw vegan, gluten-free, and lactose-free dishes.
Guests can also opt to receive a copy of the hotel’s own cookbook, put together by the chefs in the SALT kitchen.
The kitchen also prioritizes small-scale farmers in the region, sourcing ingredients from them and also utilizing its own farm, which is five minutes from the hotel.
The SALT farm consists of hydroponic greenhouses, and guests can sign up for wellness talks and gardening classes to learn more about the agriculture of Mauritius.
Chefs use ancient cooking methods such as the charcoal grill, wok, and tandoor. Every meal, including every sauce and dressing, is homemade either from produce from the SALT farm or from local farms.
“It is vital to maintain our physical and mental well-being”
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Being cooped up indoors for an extended period of time can be draining, so it is vital to maintain our physical and mental well-being in order for us to be at our best when spending time with loved ones or at work, says Raj Reedoy, GM of SALT of Palmar.
Guests can make use of one of the hotel’s kayaks or go snorkeling alongside an experienced diver, free of charge. There is also an aqua gym on offer.
For a fee, there is the option of speedboating, scuba diving, kite surfing, a photo tour, or discovering the beach on horseback.
Guests meet the chefs, fruit farmers, soap makers, basket weavers, cheesemakers, and seafood specialists in the region.
They can also learn from the local potter, cultural tour guides, fisherman, fitness trainer, and internationally published photographer and writer, Paul Choy, through the Salt Shaker program.
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Finally, Salt of Palmar prides itself on its team of Salt Shakers, people who run the hotel and its various facilities, and offers extra tours of the island on the side.
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