I’ve been to Mauritius twice now (yes both times in 2022) and each time I stayed on a different part of the island, in different accommodation, and with different plans for my stay. The first time we went to Mauritius we stayed in the North, around the Grand Baie area, in Trou-aux-Biches. We stayed in an Airbnb and rented a car to explore the island.
The second time when we returned to Mauritius we decided to do Mauritius how it’s meant to be done. We stayed in the east (northeast) and splashed out with 4-star resorts. Before visiting Mauritius we were told that it’s very ‘resorty’ and on our first trip we realized that’s pretty true. When you wander the beaches you’ll pass a lot of 4-5 stars resorts and a lot of the beach bars and restaurants are a part of those hotels.
If you’re staying in the north or around the capital there is a lot you can do outside of the resorts and we were grateful to have a car to explore, but if you’re staying in the east, you’ll find it harder to eat out without being in the resorts. I walked all the way up the beach from Salt of Palmar to the nearest village of Belle Mare without passing anything that wasn’t attached to a resort.
But enough about that – let’s show you around Salt of Palmar! Because it was incredible – and very, very beautiful!
Salt of Palmar Resort
Salt of Palmar Resort is an Adults-Only resort in the northeastern part of Mauritius. They’re all about community and uplifting the local agriculture and artisans of Mauritius. Their ‘concept’ is really cool. All about sustainability and local products.
“That’s why we created SALT of Palmar. Mauritius is ripe for exploration, drenched in history, and bursting with humbling heritage and modern culture. And we want to show you the real Mauritius.
Stay. Visit. Get to know Mauritius with SALT. The real Mauritius.”
They’re definitely all about showing you the real Mauritius. Each detail at Salt has been carefully thought out. From the colors to the furniture to the names of the cocktails. Every detail pulls you back to Mauritius.
Salt is a small boutique hotel with only around 65 rooms and it sits right on the beach. The beach at Palmar was actually my favorite part because the water was so clear and beautiful, and it’s on kind of a ‘mini-peninsula’, you still get a great sunset from the beach.
Side note, Mauritius has some of the nicest sand in the world!
Salt has a restaurant, bakery, 3 bars, spa, library, gym, and pool to explore during your stay. And like all of these beachside resorts, they have a boathouse with so many activities! You can snorkel, canoe with a glass-bottom boat, take a pedal boat out and so much more.
Getting to Salt of Palmar
Arriving in Mauritius you’ll be flying into the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. We organized a round-trip taxi transfer with Taxi Mauritius for €70/$73.55. You can send them an email with your flight details, hotel, and dates and they’ll organize everything easily. We organized our transfer with them via email.
The drive from the airport to Salt takes about an hour, and for the most part, you’ll hug the coastline, so it’s a really nice drive!
If you want to rent a car for your trip to Mauritius (which is highly recommended if you want to do any exploring) I can recommend renting with Morisoleil Car Rental. We rented with them during our first trip but on our second trip decided to spend most of our time at the beach so we didn’t rent a car. For 14 days in January, we paid €224/$235.35 for the car rental.
The rooms at Salt
Salt of Palmar is a 4-star hotel/resort in Mauritius, which fit my budget much better than the 5-star resorts dotted along the coast. (I just don’t quite have a 5-star budget… yet…) I actually booked both of our resorts, Salt of Palmar and Solana Beach on Agoda, and got a really great deal for both rooms. I’ve never really used Agoda, but if you download the app, they have AMAZING offers!
As I mentioned, Salt of Palmar is a small boutique hotel with only about 65 rooms. You can choose from ocean-view, garden-view, bang on the beach, and pool-side rooms. We stayed in a sea-view room on the top floor. Their rooms are all gorgeous. They pull in elements from all around Mauritius with their robes, coffee, and skincare products.
Salt Resort really has thought of everything.
The food & drinks at Salt
We stayed at Salt of Palmar for 6 nights and ate all of our meals there. Normally we started with a big breakfast, had a snack in the afternoon, and then a big dinner to end the day. We also tried about all of their cocktails with a sunset drink each night and tried a lot of the wines that they had on hand.
I loved breakfast because of the bakery with homemade croissants and other pastries that you could help yourself with. They also have an area where you can make your own peanut butter! We tried most of the vegetarian options on the menu, which also meant that we spent quite a lot of time eating pizza.
Their vegan options weren’t my favorite, because I don’t love it when restaurants turn vegan food into the ultimate ‘healthy’ option, replacing noodles for zucchini or taco shells for seeds held together with agave. We didn’t eat strictly vegan while we were in Mauritius though because it’s really hard to find healthy protein options and at a restaurant like Salt, you just end up eating a lot of salad.
I did really like their attention to detail and how passionate they were about making the food from locally sourced, fresh ingredients. If there was ever a time to eat fish, it would have been at Salt for sure.
During our stay Andrej went on a ‘rum journey’ with one of the bartenders who had him trying a different rum every night, building up to his favorites. I loved trying the fun craft cocktails or having a glass of sparkling rose with sunset. No matter what you’re looking for, the staff at Salt of Palmar are more than happy to go out of their way to make sure that you have the perfect stay.
The activities at Salt
Now for my favorite part of our entire stay. The activities. Salt of Palmar had so many activities that you can do, from a painting class with a local artist, to exercise and yoga with the personal trainers on standby. I joined Jonathan for the Float Fit in the pool (the BEST activity, trust me), abs on the lawn, and other fit-in-the-pool classes.
Other activities that you can do included making cocktails with the bartenders, taking a forest walk, doing meditation, joining a trip to the capital city in the morning, visiting a local market and so much more. They have 4-5 activities every day that you can join in.
When you get to Salt they’ll invite you to download their app where you can find a list of daily activities and sign up for the things that you would like to join! We really didn’t feel like we needed a car during our stay at Salt because of the activities and transportation options they offer to guests.
My thoughts on Salt of Palmar
Overall we really enjoyed our stay at Salt of Palmer. It’s one of the more expensive places that I have stayed, with our 6 nights in an ocean-view room costing $786.25 (booked with Agoda) and our food/drinks bill at the end of our stay coming to $805.50 (with a donation to the schools that they support in Mauritius).
Overall 6 days at Salt of Palmar for 2 people cost $1,591.75 or $132.64 per person, per day.
If you’re planning a trip to Mauritius I can definitely recommend that you stay with Salt of Palmar. Find a deal and book your stay on Agoda today! And if you have any questions about Salt or visiting Mauritius, feel free to come hang out and ask me anything on Instagram → @justynjen.
* This was not a gifted stay, we paid for our stay at Salt of Palmar Resort. But if you book your stay through one of my affiliate links above, I’ll receive a small commission at no additional cost to you! As always, all opinions about my trips and stays, are my own!