The first SALT had to be in Mauritius. It’s our home, our love, and our pride and joy. It’s an undeniable, exotic beauty. Volcanic, white, blue and green. It’s Indian, French, Creole, Chinese and African. Its colours, stories, customs, sounds, and flavours form a brilliant, heady mix that is impossible to ignore or forget. If you experience it.
That’s why we created SALT of Palmar. Mauritius is ripe for exploration, drenched in history, and bursting with humbling heritage and modern culture. And we want to show you the real Mauritius.
We’ll do that by giving you access to convertible cars, bikes, and the gen on hidden gems (people, not just places). But, you’ll find it in our hotel too. Locals designed, built, and furnished SALT. Locals manage and run SALT. They also make the food and the music. It’s a vibrant, joyful place designed by an artist who believes that colour = happiness. Inspired by the island’s upbeat vibe, SALT of Palmar pops with energy against a mellow natural backdrop.
We’re right on the beach. We fit the Mauritius bill. But, our 59-room hotel does things differently. Our farm supplies our restaurant. There’s a salt room in the spa, and the chance to restore your equilibrium throughout. There are no buffets, fixed TV screens, or single-use plastics. Just everything you need. Or didn’t know you did.
Stay. Visit. Get to know Mauritius with SALT.
SALT of Palmar is made to give both you and our local islanders inspiring experiences. Read on, and you’ll soon get our measure.
When designer Camille Walala saw our bright blue skies, pink sunsets, green sugarcane fields, and the explosion of diverse paint colours used to decorate the houses in our village, it was love at first sight. She was full of inspiration when she collaborated with local architecture studio JFA on the design of SALT of Palmar. Camille’s bold style meets Mauritius’ soulful style. And with local makers creating the furniture, art, and finer details, the Mauritian influence comes through loud and clear. It makes the hotel completely unique. It’s inspiring. And it’s a very happy place to be.
The Mauritian great outdoors is greater than most outdoors. And, we don’t take it for granted. Sunrise run club and Sunset swim club say it all. Bike and hike, if you like. Take a Sega dance or yoga class. It’s all about moving and being in the fresh, open air, increasing focus and decreasing stress. Head to the nearby forest. Shinrin-yoku – just being in a forest – is medicine. Or take it further. We have a fleet of convertible cars for hire. Independent exploration of the island’s open roads is yours. Take one of our SIM cards and follow the map using our app or guidebook. Or if you’re feeling fit, we have bicycles you can borrow. Several neighbouring villages, temples, Flacq market, and our farm are all bikeable.
Talented locals created our guidebook THIS IS MAURITIUS. They are the ones who know who there is to know and where we should all go. It’s about the people and places that make the island tick.
The island pulses to the lively rhythm of Sega music. It comes from Madagascar. And Africa. It’s joy and happiness. Love and peace. Music with heart and soul. Our playlists for the beach bar and restaurant never miss a beat. And we invite local artists to come and play it live. They might play it pure. They might add a twist. They’ll never play it with a frown.
Every day is learning day at SALT of Palmar. You can share one of your skills with a local, learn a new one from a local, or both. It’s all horizon broadening. It’s taking home more than a tan. And it connects you at a deep level to the people who make places what they are.
Teach whatever you can teach. We’ll find the local with your skill on their must-learn list. And learn a local skill. Pottery with Janine at her Pamplemousses studio, the art of early morning fishing with Kishor, or basket weaving with Mrs Bulleeram in Brisée Verdière are all available. SALT has friends doing incredible things all over the island and people are amazing.
Local authors set the tone for our library. They pack it full of the best Mauritius-related literature. Books documenting the incredible story of the island’s heritage. Books celebrating our food, music, craft, culture, and nature. Photography books. Illustrated books. Fiction, fact, fantasy, and folklore. We’ll have it – your perfect holiday read.
Holiday time. It’s a good time to focus on you being soothed, hydrated, detoxified, and energised. That’s why we created SALT Equilibrium. It’s a concept, but it’s not lofty (or compulsory). It’s simple. And salt – humble salt – plays a big part in it. In our spa, different salts bring different benefits. And it’s an island first, our room made of salt. In its warm crystal glow, you breathe deeply while salt vapour boosts your respiratory system, skin, immunity, and energy levels. It’s entirely natural and very ancient. Stress is reduced. So are bacteria, muscular tension, and inflammation. It’s called halotherapy. Equilibrium is also about embracing nature and eating raw, plant-based food. You’ll be balanced in no time.
Our pesticide-free farm is our own source of ingredients. We grow our own fruit and vegetables without using soil. Instead, we go hydroponic. The plants absorb nutrients faster that way. It’s clean, effective, sustainable, and incredible. In one of the greenhouses, our rustic, vegetarian restaurant connects you to the agricultural context. You’re seeing what you’re eating at all stages of its life. And our farm workshops share the secrets of making delicious plant-based dishes. And beautiful green juices. Wellness talks and yoga tuition go hand-in-hand with it. You’ll be thinking, moving, and eating purer than pure.
Some Mauritian communities need help. Non-profit organisation Island Bio does it by empowering them through three-year skill-building programmes followed by training in permaculture and agro-ecology. We’ve given part of our farm over to help the cause. We’ve set up a farm school in the neighbouring village through which our farmers share their knowledge. It’s a partnership based on the shared belief that fresh, high-quality food is the right of each and every Mauritian citizen.
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