Salt of Palmar, on the east coast of Mauritius, is a new travel destination that enables visitors and locals to connect creatively. Guests at the hotel sign up to Salt’s “skill swap” platform, whereby they share a skill of their own and learn new skills from the islanders. If you are a designer, you’ll meet a designer; if a football coach, you’ll work with the local team. In return, you might spend a day learning from a fisherman or basket weaver.
The hotel has a spa and a library curated by local authors and, from January, will source fruit and vegetables for its menus from the farm it has set up with NGO Island Bio. The farm will provide work and training in pesticide-free hydroponic cultivation techniques for members of the community, who will also be able to buy the produce at a fair price.