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A look at what caught our eye this month, from a new stay in a ‘lean­ing tower’ to Ja­pan’s next must-visit des­ti­na­tion

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Set on Mau­ri­tius’ east coast, the new SALT of Pal­mar ho­tel is a gate­way to cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and lo­cal her­itage. With de­sign el­e­ments like home­spun ce­ram­ics in the restau­rant, hand­wo­ven beach bags and all-nat­u­ral toi­letries in ev­ery room, lo­cal el­e­ments come alive in this new ho­tel, which throbs to the sound of tra­di­tional Sega mu­sic. In­spired by the is­land and de­signed by Mau­ri­tians, 59 guest rooms over­look the In­dian Ocean and are coloured in vi­brant hues of blue against a nat­u­ral back­drop. The aptly named Bang on Beach rooms open their doors to white sand, while the Pool­side rooms are steps away from a 25m lap pool, and the Gar­den View rooms shows off a lush land­scape of fi­lao trees.

Fresh, lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents are a high­light at The Restau­rant, which takes in­spi­ra­tion from sim­ple and an­cient cook­ing meth­ods, bring­ing Mediter­ranean, Mid­dle East­ern and Mau­ri­tian flavours from the farm to the ta­ble. For freshly baked breads and pas­tries, try the on-site bak­ery, also serv­ing home-roasted African cof­fee and lo­cal teas. When it’s time to feed your soul, Skill Swaps al­lows you to leave be­hind a skill and take with you a new one taught by a lo­cal; for the book­ish, the li­brary is filled with Mau­ri­tian lit­er­a­ture cu­rated by lo­cal authors. De­tox­ify and re­ju­ve­nate at one of the five treat­ment rooms at SALT Equi­lib­rium which – ap­pro­pri­ately, we think – fea­tures the is­land’s first salt room.

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