SALT Palmar Hotel
Courtesy SALT Palmar Hotel

SALT of Palmar Hotel

Palmar, Mauritius

For Camille Walala’s first foray into hotel design, the London-based French artist teamed up with Mauritian architect Jean-François Adam to transform a riad-like building at the edge of Mauritius’ Palmar Beach into eye-popping Instagram bait. The 59-room boutique inn, which opened late last year, is done up with graphic Memphis Group-like geometry; black-and-white stripes à la French conceptual artist Daniel Buren; and punchy islander paints and fabrics in bold coral, pineapple and cerulean hues. It’s a fabulous-looking space with many luxe amenities (organic bedding, rainfall showerheads, yoga mats), but the attraction is more than skin deep. Sustainability is a big priority for SALT, which touts zero food waste and no single-use plastics, as well as a new bio-farm supplying its locavore-minded on-site restaurant. —Ashlea Halpern

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