Camille WalalaChinaLUX* Hotels & ResortsmauritiusSALTSALT of PalmarSALT ResortsThe LUX Collective The Lux Collective, global hotel operator of own brands and managed properties LUX*, Tamassa and Café LUX*, has announced the launch of a new boutique hotel and resort brand named SALT. With a focus on cultural immersion and sustainability, the first resort SALT of Palmar is set to open in Mauritius in November — a 59-room hotel. SALT of Wolong, Sichuan, China, on the edge of the wild panda reserve, is set to open in 2020. More properties are set to follow throughout the Indian Ocean, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.SALT will be positioned as a resort for those travellers who wish to participate in community life in the places they visit. SALT resorts will offer “Teach A Skill” to guests, giving them the chance to share their knowledge and talent to teach a new skill to members of the local community.On leaving the hotel, guests will be equipped with the tools to get off the beaten path — including a bespoke guidebook written and photographed by locals, illustrated maps, a local SIM card and a choice of transport in the form of bicycles or convertible comfort cars.Paul Jones, CEO of The Lux Collective said: “SALT was born from a demand for a humanistic approach to hospitality – hotels that cater to an ever-growing audience of modern explorers and mindful travellers who travel to satisfy their curiosity and challenge their perception of the world. They want to connect with people – not just places – and they genuinely want to give something back. We call them Cultural Purists. In the process they open up to the potential of undergoing a healing transformation from the negative aspects of the world we live in,” he said. Jones joined The LUX Collective in 2010, having previously been President of One&Only. Built to offer a stylish, simple base from which to relax and recharge before exploring the local surrounds, each SALT hotel will take inspiration from local colours, shapes and motifs to infuse touches of the local culture into the hotel interiors and to provide guests with a true sense of place.The design at SALT at Palmar in Mauritius has been undertaken by London-based French designer Camille Walala who collaborated with local architecture studio JFA on the design. Her work is also featured at another property in the LUX Collective, LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius which re-opened in March 2018 after a total refurbishment. SALT’s food operations will adhere to Slow Food Travel promoting ecotourism and providing all guests with a culinary journey. There will be no buffets at SALT or single-use plastics to minimise their environmental footprint. That means no straws, plastic coffee cup lids and miniature toiletry bottles. Every SALT will have its own farm using permaculture practices, with menus designed around what’s in season only. Where possible, SALT hotels will source their needs from local suppliers; from the local soundtracks and musicians playing live, to the food, furniture, fabrics and toiletries.Fair trade, organic, non-toxic, and low energy emissions practices will be adopted at the hotels and resorts. Compost or recycling are the chosen sustainable initiatives. Each hotel will have a wellness philosophy that brings guests together for swimming and running clubs, yoga on the SALT Farm, trekking and other slow sport initiatives — along with location-inspired activities. At SALT EQUILIBRIUM, guests can re-energise in the signature salt room and indulge in salt-based remedies and spa treatments.