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