This week, progressive Mauritian boutique hotel – SALT of Palmar – has been revealed as one of the World’s Greatest Places in Time Magazine’s second annual issue, celebrating 100 must-see destinations for international travellers to visit this year. A unique and innovative travel list, World’s Greatest Places highlight destinations – including hotels – that are breaking new ground, impressing industry peers, and offering an adventure unlike any other.
Each year, Time Magazine invites its roster of editors, international correspondents and industry experts to solicit nominations based on quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence. The prestigious team poured over the list for months to narrow their top 100 selection.
“We are extremely proud and humbled to be recognised by Time Magazine at SALT of Palmar. This is a testament to our team who have worked so hard to make a difference for our guests, local communities as well as one another” said Raj Reedoy, General Manager of SALT of Palmar.
Opened in November 2018, SALT of Palmar is the first hotel from progressive hotel brand SALT, connecting modern explorers with meaningful travel experiences. The 59 room bolthole 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.
Designed by French artist Camille Walala, it features bold prints, tribal pop colours, and is home to a farm-to-table restaurant, rooftop bar, library and spa. To find inspiration, Camille travelled around Mauritius, meeting with local artisans and absorbing the bright palette that punctuates the island. She then channelled the character of the surroundings to shape its look and feel.
Guests have the opportunity to bond with locals via the Skill Swap programme, exchanging their time and talent with local producers, designers and craftsman such as fisherman, basket weavers and more. They 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 bio-farming and causing zero-waste. They run regular beach clean ups, a farming school and ongoing training sessions, all of which are open to guest participation too. All of this has positioned SALT of Palmar as a practicing advocate of sustainability, to ensure guests have a luxurious stay in a destination they take strides to protect.
“SALT of Palmar has been created to make travel meaningful. We seek to inspire and entertain everyone who stays at the hotel so that they leave feeling transformed. It is truly an honour to be recognised by TIME magazine” added Nitesh Pandey, Senior Vice President of The Lux Collective.
The full list released by Time Magazine today can be found here.