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.
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 our boutique hotel completely unique. It’s inspiring. And it’s a very happy place to be.Read More
We love to travel because travel is about food. And we love food. Sharing it, exploring it, and learning how to prepare it – we make it all possible here. Our chefs cook up the super-healthy and the downright indulgent. Good food makes people happy – and that’s the point of SALT of Palmar.
Food is a huge part of Mauritian culture. It says it all about this island’s story. It’s African. It’s Indian. It’s Chinese. It’s French. It’s down to earth and high in flavour. It’s all those influences with their famous flavours and formats coming together. Our chefs start with the ingredients. Everything we need grows here. They receive what the suppliers deliver and go from there for specials. And everything is cooked from scratch. We don’t do waste, and we do do raw, healthy, vegan and vegetarian. There’s something so right about eating food at its freshest in front of the ocean. And if what your heart desires is not on the menu that doesn’t mean it’s not on the cards. Just ask.
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.Read More
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, and Flacq market are all bikeable.Read More
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 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.Read More
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 Mr Moosbally in Brisée Verdière are all available. SALT has friends doing incredible things all over the island and people are amazing.
Learning is part of life at the hotel too. Let our chef teach you how to prepare fish vindaye and chicken curry. It’ll stir your cooking up. Master the maravanne rattle and moutia drum. It’s an interactive percussion discussion.
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.Read More
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.
Our wellness concept is not a run-of-the-mill thing. It’s based on our belief that simplicity holds the answer to happiness. In our spa, different salts bring different benefits. There’s the salt stir bar. The mix is made to fix. And our room made of salt is an island first. In its warm crystal glow, you breathe deeply while salt vapour boosts your respiratory system, skin, immunity, and energy levels.
But the concept is about more than the spa. There’s a yoga mat in your room. Then, outside, the slow sports, run routes, and location-inspired action get your body active. Equilibrium is about embracing nature and eating raw, plant-based food. You’ll be balanced in no time.
We’re on a mission: turn waste into wealth. You may not know this, but since day one we’ve embraced a Zero Single-Use Plastic policy. Since, we’ve been thinking of ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Or even better, upcycle. You know our soaps-on-a-rope? Although they’re packaging-free, nobody uses up the whole soap bar. So now we have Soap for Hope, which turns them into new soap bars to donate. Old bed linen is made into good-looking and good-for-the-planet tote bags. Old towels are patched into pet beds and donated to local NGOs who care for stray dogs. Our team members with a knack for sewing source bits and pieces of jeans from a local factory to make enveloppes and reduce paper waste. The best part? All these can be purchased at our shop.Read More
Wellness is a way of life. And it's a big part of the SALT way of life.
At the bottom tip of Mauritius is the majestic Le Morne mountain. While you hike it, learn all about the myths and legends around it.
Driving down to the south is the ultimate roadtrip. And once you get there, you'll never want to leave.
Much of the island's storied past is linked to sugarcane. Get a glimpse of a day in the life of a sugarcane planter.
Explore the island's colourful and multifaceted Indian heritage. The music, the food, the traditions... It's a whirlwind of activity!
If you know SALT, you know we love food. And if you love food too, well then, book this now.
Precious as silver, vanilla is the world's most popular flavor. See how the vanilla vine grows before indulging in vanilla-based craft cocktails and dinner!
‘All our products are handmade and most of our raw materials are botanical’
‘For me, it is the only way I can be sure of the quality of our products. A machine will never be able to feel its way around the wood the way I can.’
‘I love to paint vintage cars and trucks reminiscent of a bygone era. In Creole we say letan lontan to talk about the good ol’ times.’