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SALT Resorts named Brand of the Year by Positive Luxury

Last night saw progressive new hotel brand, SALT Resorts, named Brand of the Year at the prestigious Positive Luxury Awards, which celebrates companies and individuals that are creating positive change around the world through ethical business practice.

SALT was recognised for pushing the boundaries of sustainable development through its first hotel project, SALT of Palmar in Mauritius, encouraging hospitality leaders to focus on long-term sustainable benefit rather than short term profit. SALT of Palmar was commended for having strong sustainability initiatives throughout all aspects of the business: from product design and supply chain - the hotel was designed in conjunction with local artisans and designers, and where possible every item from bedroom to kitchen is locally sourced - to ethical practices and local community engagement. The hotel is completely free of single-use plastics, buffets have been removed in order to reduce food waste, and community engagement has increased local employment opportunities and education in local schools.

We are deeply honoured to receive the Brand of the Year Award,” says Paul Jones, CEO of The Lux Collective. “It has been our mission to make SALT a force for good since we launched the brand in 2018. It is a very humbling experience for all of us to be recognised by the leaders at Positive Luxury, an authority and powerful voice in sustainability.

Positive Luxury’s CEO Diana Verde Nieto says “SALT of Palmar immerses their guests in local life to help support artisans in the community, they have eliminated single-use plastic and they recycle and reuse as often as possible. SALT Resort's efforts to minimise their environmental and social impact make us proud to call them a member of the Positive Luxury community and present them with the Brand of the Year Award.

SALT is a humanistic approach to hospitality created by hospitality trailblazers The Lux Collective in September 2018, connecting modern explorers with meaningful travel experiences. SALT introduces a new breed of hospitality for the culturally curious. Devoted to the wonder of all things local and sustainable, SALT Resorts take guests to people - not just places. It reveals to guests the beating heart of destinations and their communities and get them out there exploring it – the SALT way. The brand currently operates one property in Mauritius and future development is planned across the Indian Ocean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Positive Luxury is the company behind the Butterfly Mark, which recognises a brand’s actions across these key areas: governance, social and environmental frameworks, community impact and innovation. Positive Luxury evaluates brands through a comprehensive assessment process that is reviewed by their Sustainability Council of thought leaders, industry experts and institutional partners. When a brand passes the assessment process, they receive the Butterfly Mark, which visibly authenticates luxury brands that contribute to a better world.

    Travel today

    Updated on 02/12/2021

    Travel can seem a little complicated at the moment. But really it just requires some extra planning. Be sure to check your country's regulations. Here's the status in our destinations:

     

    Mauritius

    Great news! Mauritius is fully open! We compiled the most frequently asked questions below. We also invite you to consult the official Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority website for the latest updates and more detailed information: https://mauritiusnow.com

    La Reunion

    Local friends, please simply follow the national's protocol: social distancing, wear your mask when you move around the resort, sanitize your hands and follow the signs. Travellers from abroad will need to present a negative PCR test taken less than 72h prior to departure. They must also be fully vaccinated or present an overriding reason.

    China

    Over in China, the doors to our resorts and retreats are open to domestic travellers only, as borders remain closed for now. A health QR code is required upon check-in. Local travellers from high and middle-risk areas should check in with their regional's regulations.

    Maldives

    The Maldives' one island=one resort has made it an alluring destination since day 1. You must present a negative PCR test taken less than 96h prior to the time of departure from the first embarkation point en route to the Maldives. This test applies to travellers of all ages, except infants 0-12 months. You must also fill out an online Traveller Health Declaration (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/) within 24h of your departure to and from the Maldives. You must also fill out the Resort Health Declaration form sent by our reservations team and email it back to stay@luxmaldivesresort.com 48h prior to your arrival.

    For extra precaution, at LUX* South Ari Atoll, we require a PCR test on arrival at our seaplane lounge (free of charge) for travellers age 6 and upward, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. If you are coming from another resort, island or boat, you must present a negative PCR test taken within 24h of your arrival. You can coordinate the PCR testing with the property you were at before. If you are unvaccinated and traveling from another resort, island or boat, we encourage you to arrive before noon in order to receive the test results before 6pm, as you will be asked to stay in your villa until the negative PCR test results arrive. You can expect to receive the results within 6-12h. Vaccinated travelers - be sure to have your vaccination card on hand, as it will be requested at check-in.

    Arrivals from India, Brazil, Russia & Ukraine: If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to stay in your villa until the negative PCR test results arrive. You can expect to receive the results within 6-12h. Vaccinated travelers - be sure to have your vaccination card on hand, as it will be requested at check-in.

    Guests travelling from South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Eswatini will be denied entry to the Maldives. This ban is also applicable on guests with travel history to these countries within the past 14 days or had a transit for more than 12 hours.

    COVID-19 insurance: The Maldives offers a COVID-19 insurance which travellers can purchase prior to their arrival. It covers medical expenses, isolation and transportation costs.

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TRAVELLING TO MAURITIUS

  1. Mauritius is open I hear. What's the protocol?

    From the 1st of October 2021, vaccinated travellers can travel to Mauritius quarantine-free. They must simply show a negative PCR test taken at least 72 hours prior to embarkation. Upon check-in, an additional antigenic test is required, as well as on day 5. We are happy to cover both tests per traveler per stay (kids included!) Once the first antigenic test is cleared, you are free to wander the island as you please.

    Unvaccinated travellers are required to stay in an official quarantine for 14 days. After 3 negative PCR tests, they are free to wander the island on day 14.

  2. I want to travel to Mauritius. Which of your resorts can I stay in?

    Vaccinated travellers and vaccinated locals can stay at LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas, LUX* Le Morne Resort, LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas, SALT of Palmar, and Tamassa Bel Ombre. As from December, you can discover our new flagship, LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences.

  3. I'm fully vaccinated. Do I need a PCR test?

    Yes. You must present a negative PCR test taken at least 72h prior to boarding. If you are heading to a resort, you will only be required to take one antigenic test at the hotel upon arrival and one on day 5. We will happily cover the costs of these two tests. If you are not staying in a hotel/resort, you will be required to take a PCR test at the airport upon arrival.

  4. Which vaccines does Mauritius recognize?

    You must be fully vaccinated with any of the following: AstraZeneca Covidshield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, Covaxin, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sputnik.

    For double vaccinations, the second dose must have been injected for at least 14 days. For single dose vaccines, 28 days before embarkation for Mauritius.

    Or you must present an official document attesting that you have had a COVID-19 infection and can justify a dose of vaccine injected after infection at least 14 days prior to boarding.

  5. What about the hotel staff? Are they vaccinated?

    All of our Team Members and their immediate families have been vaccinated. We also take daily temperature checks of all Team Members, as well as all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  6. Do I have to wear a mask?

    A mask isn't required when you're at the pool, the beach, or seated at a restaurant or bar. However, you will need to wear a mask when you're going from one place to another.

  7. Can I travel with kids?

    Absolutely. Children under the age of 18 do not have to be vaccinated to enter Mauritius. However they will be required to present a negative PCR test taken 72h prior to embarkation (the PCR test can be performed in oro-phraryngeal up to the age of 6), one antigen test upon check-in at the resort, and one on day 5. We will happily cover the cost of these two antigen tests.

  8. How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

    After going through baggage claim, you can reach your hotel by organised transfer, taxi, rental car, or any other means of transportation. Just be sure to disinfect your hands, wear a mask and roll down the windows!

  9. My home country requires a PCR test before boarding my return flight.
    Will that be readily available?

    Yes. The test can be conducted at the resort and be collected by the private clinic at your expense. Just get in touch with us at Reception so we can schedule it for you.

  10. COLLECTIVE CARE

    These are the measures we take in our resorts to keep you, our Team Members, and our communities safe.

    • All Team Members maintain protective measures
    • Physical distancing protocol using signage and markings throughout the properties
    • Hand-sanitising stations throughout the properties
    • Increased cleaning and disinfection cycles to ensure optimal hygiene standards
    • Daily temperature checks for everyone accessing the hotels at all entry/exit points
    • A trained Covid-19 Officer responsible for ensuring compliance with each property's new operational regulations and procedures
    • Doctor on call 24/7 and resident nurse available in all properties

    Guestrooms

    • Minibars will remain empty with a wide selection of items available upon request

    Public Areas and Facilities

    • Hand-sanitising stations throughout all public areas
    • Frequent sanitisation of high-touch points areas using fogging equipment, electrostatic sprayers and wipes
    • Regular sanitisation of high-touch areas (changing rooms, door handles, mirrors, hooks etc)

    Public Bathrooms

    • Non-contact single-use tissue dispenser

    Pool and Beach Facilities

    • Re-arrangement of sunbeds to comply with physical distancing requirements
    • Cleaning and sanitisation of sunbeds after each use with a "Cleaned and Sanitised" sign after sanitisation is completed
    • Frequent sanitisation of outdoor showers

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Menus are presented either via iPads which are sanitised after each use and/or QR codes so guests can access our menus on their own devices
    • Buffet area or live cooking stations shielded with glass protection screens (buffets will be discontinued in the medium-term to respect physical distancing)
    • Table arrangements adjusted to allow for physical distancing in all restaurants and bars
    • Sanitisation of tables will be carried out after each guest. Outlets are sanitised after each service

    Spa

    • Treatment rooms sanitised thoroughly between treatments
    • In changing rooms, clean towels are arranged in individual lockers. Lockers and showers are sanitised after every use
    • Seating and loungers are rearranged to enable physical distancing

    Fitness and Wellness

    • Advance booking for selected time slots required
    • Thorough cleaning and sanitisation of all gym equipment in between time blocks
    • Private fitness and wellness sessions indoors will be replaced by outdoor wellness classes(maximum 6 persons per class)

    OUR CANCELLATION AND REBOOKING POLICY

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for Mauritius and Reunion

    Cancellation Policy

    No penalty until 7 days prior to arrival, with a full refund of prepaid amounts.

    Exception: No penalty until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.21 - 06.01.22, with prepaid amounts fully refunded.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    Should a guest not wish to cancel the booking, the guest is welcome to postpone their stay up to 7 days prior to arrival for stay dates until 31 October 2023. Exception: Until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.21 - 06.01.22

    The then applicable pricing and conditions, combinable with any active offers at the time of rebooking, will apply for the new stay dates.

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for the Maldives

    Cancellation Policy

    All reservations for arrivals until 31 October 2021 will not be subject to any cancellation charges until 7 days prior to arrival and any prepared amounts will be fully refunded.

    For all reservations for arrivals from 1 November 2021, cancellations up to 40 days prior to arrival will be free of charge and deposits fully refunded.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    For postponed stays with original arrival dates between now and 31 October 2021, no rebooking charges will apply, and the new stay dates will be confirmed at the same originally booked rate for new stay dates up to and inclusive of 22 December 2021.

    For new stay dates from 23 December 2021 onwards, these stays will be confirmed at the rate applicable and combined with any offers and promotions in force at the time of reconfirmation of the new stay dates.

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for China

    Cancellation Policy

    No penalty until 7 days prior to arrival, with a full refund of prepaid amounts.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    Should a guest not wish to cancel the booking, the guest is welcome to postpone their stay up to 7 days prior to arrival for stay dates until 31 October 2023.

    The then applicable pricing and conditions, combinable with any active offers at the time of rebooking, will apply for the new stay dates.

    All of the above may be subject to change.