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Introducing SALT of Palmar, Mauritius:
A colour safari by Camille Walala & Jean-François Adam

The first resort from new brand, SALT, opens its doors revealing show‐stopping style inspired by an island of colour

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MAURITIUS, 19 November 2018 ‐ Newly launched hotel brand, SALT, has opened the doors to its first resort, 59‐key SALT of Palmar located on the east coast of Mauritius. It is a restful base conceived to champion sustainability, connect with the local community and introduce culturally curious, style savvy, modern travellers to the real, unvarnished Mauritius.

Its distinctive look is born out of collaboration between local Mauritian architect Jean‐François Adam of JFA Architects, an award‐winning visionary behind notable contemporary spaces in Mauritius and abroad; and French artist, Camille Walala, whose vivid murals adorn buildings across the globe. Camille’s first foray into the hotel world brings a stunning new addition to Mauritius’ design landscape that reflects the progressive spirit of SALT.

Devoted to the wonder of all things local and sustainable, the unconventional new hotel brand is committed to taking guests to people – not just places – and unearthing the beating heart of destinations. So, at the core of Jean‐François’ designs is a desire to bring the natural environment and local Mauritian way of life to the forefront, giving every visitor a real sense of what his homeland has to offer. Taking an incredible existing geometric, riad‐like building on the fringe of Palmar beach’s pure white sand, he carefully repurposed the standing structures to accentuate the hotel’s proximity to the sea. As part of this, he orientated all beds to face the water and redesigned the pool to better its connection with the beach. In addition, he played to the island’s warm tropical light, allowing the location’s natural colours to shine. Fauna and flora have been protected throughout this project; adding a sense of timeless serenity to the scene. Jean‐François’ explained, “Everything about the hotel is designed to bring people together. From the communal tables in the bakery, restaurant and beach bar, to Mauritius’ first roof-top bar and the inviting spaces in the SALT equilibrium spa, it is all about gathering and sharing stories of travels and enjoyment of this incredible location.

With the energy of doing things differently living at the heart of the SALT brand, it is fitting that the interiors were realised by an artist instead of an interior designer. Camille Walala’s uninhibited approach to colour married with her passion for the island of Mauritius made her the perfect choice.

Camille’s task was to find the perfect balance between her own creative impulse and the authentic expression of the island’s character – fresh, playful and irresistibly positive in outlook. To find inspiration, she travelled around Mauritius, meeting with local artisans and absorbing the bright palette that punctuates the island; from verdant landscapes, brightly painted houses, azure seascapes and show‐stopping sunsets, to the spirit of its communities and the colourful mosaic of culture that makes Mauritius so special. Walala commented, “People paint their houses in the most amazing tones that really stand out against the lush tropical setting. When choosing the colours for SALT of Palmar I wanted to try and get a balance between natural tones and bold pop colours. The space is supposed to be fun and hero the beauty of the incredible island.

Paul Jones, CEO of The Lux Collective says “Camille Walala’s relationship with colour is precisely the same as most Mauritians’ – for both, colour is a vehicle for joy and a means of expressing positivity. She is the ideal artist for SALT of Palmar; I must have been in the hotel 100 times as it developed over the last few months but, whenever I see them, her designs still make me feel happy.

Detailing throughout the hotel is authentic, artisanal and unique. Local ceramicist Janine designed and crafted the hotel’s tableware – a beautiful set of 950 individual pieces for SALT of Palmar; each one made entirely by hand. Janine shared, “I wanted to deliver something really special, so we worked with a specially formulated charcoal clay combined with a grey glaze base to create an effect that showcases the Mauritian savoir-faire.

With the support of Jean‐François’ and his team, Camille met an array of local characters, such as 74‐year‐old basket weaver Reotee Buleeram who has crafted the beautiful beach bags at SALT of Palmar. And father and son duo, Mawlabaccus and Said Moosbally, who are the masterminds behind the rattan ware chairs throughout the resort. The result is a showcase of local talent and an authentic expression of island style. Jean‐François recalls, “visiting artisan workshops with Camille to collaborate on the intricate details was very special. These experiences were the most rewarding moments of the project.

The culmination is a hotel that looks unlike any other on the island. Where most resorts take their own design template and transplant it into their setting, SALT has done the reverse, channelling the character of its surroundings to shape its look and feel.

SALT of Palmar connects modern explorers with communities and their way of life, which makes for meaningful travel experiences. SALT guests have the opportunity to bond with locals via the Skill Swap programme, exchanging their time and talent with local producers, designers and artisans such as 􀏐isherman, potters, basket weavers and more. The food philosophy at the restaurant is fresh, local, homemade, home‐grown, seasonal and zero‐waste, with the majority of the produce coming from the SALT Farm that cultivates hydroponic fruit and vegetables (opening end of first quarter 2019) and local bio‐farms. Recognising the strong connections between people, plate and planet, and the fact that food choices have a major impact on the environment and on the health of its guests, SALT is committed towards Good, Clean and Fair food. Whilst the resort’s chefs are committed members of Slow Food International and part of Slow Food Chefs Alliance, SALT of Palmar is working closely with Earth Markets Mauritius, its local official representative. SALT adheres to Slow Food Travel promoting ecotourism and providing all our guests a culinary journey, full of stories, traditions, flavours and craftsmanship. Guests can also be confident that sustainability and environmental consciousness is at the core of the hotel. Simply by staying, they contribute to empowering local communities as the hotel sources everything it can locally, creates employment, and preserves the environment by going single‐use plastic free, supporting biofarming and causing zero‐waste.

All of this has positioned SALT of Palmar as a practising advocate of sustainability. Its partnership with Positive Luxury means that it proudly carries the butterfly mark awarded to brands that balance luxury with mindful, responsible actions. The team behind SALT ensure guests have truly luxurious stays in destinations they take real strides to protect.

    Travel today

    Updated on 18/05/2022

    As the world reopens, travel is getting a little easier. The secret to a seamless trip is 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

    Social distancing is recommended but is no longer mandatory. Masks are not required indoors and outdoors, including in transportation (even if it is still recommended). To visit Reunion Island, it is compulsory for unvaccinated people to present a Covid-19 test (PCR test less than 72 hours or Antigen test less than 48 hours). Vaccinated travellers do not need to present any test upon departure. Since 14 May, ‘reasonable excuses’ are not required for unvaccinated travellers (however a negative Covid test is still compulsory).

    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 are no longer required to present a PCR negative test result upon arrival to the Maldives. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers. Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory, except at health facilities.

    You must fill out an online Traveller Health Declaration (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/) within 48h of your departure to and from the Maldives.

    If you are coming from another resort, island or boat, you are no longer required to do a PCR test prior to your arrival at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

    As part of the Collective Care Program, all Team Members maintain protective measures, and public facilities are sanitized frequently to keep you, our Team Members, and our communities safe.

    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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    FAQs: https://allied.mv/insurance-plan/allied-inbound

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TRAVELLING TO MAURITIUS

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

    Vaccinated travellers can travel to Mauritius. As from 12 March 2022, you no longer need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Upon arrival at your hotel (day 0), you will take an antigen test. We are happy to cover the cost of the test. Once the antigen test is cleared, you are free to wander the island as you please.

    Unvaccinated travellers are required to stay in an official quarantine for 7 days. After 3 negative PCR tests, they are free to wander the island on day 7.

  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 Baie, LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, LUX* Belle Mare, SALT of Palmar, and Tamassa Bel Ombre.

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

    No. As from 12 March 2022, you no longer need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Upon arrival at your hotel (day 0), you will take an antigen test. We are happy to cover the cost of the test.

  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. There is no need for a PCR test pre-arrival. Upon arrival at the hotel, an antigen test is performed. We are happy to cover the cost of the test.

  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
    • 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, as from 01.01.2022.

    Exception: No penalty until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.22 – 06.01.23 for Mauritian properties & 23.12.22 – 02.01.23 for Reunion Island properties, 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 23.12.22 - 06.01.23

    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 22 December 2022 will not be subject to any cancellation charges until 14 days prior to arrival and any prepared amounts will be entitled for new travel date changes.

    For all reservations for arrivals from 23 December 2022 to 10 January 2023 cancellations up to 40 days prior to arrival will be free of charge and any prepared amounts will be entitled for new travel date changes.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    For postponed stays with original arrival dates between now and 22 December 2022, 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 2022.

    For new stay dates from 23 December 2022 onwards, these stays will be confirmed at the rate applicable.

    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.