M A U R I T I U S
Ground Kent Architects
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has revealed plans its first property on the island of Mauritius, set to open in 2019. Landing as part of an integrated coastal development on the south-eastern shores 15 minutes from Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the Anantara Mauritius Resort has been designed by Australian studio Ground Kent Architects in collaboration with the Office of Global Architecture in Mauritius, and features interiors overseen by Thailand-based Abacus Design. Facilities include an F&B programme incorporating several dining options from a speciality seafood grill to a wellness-focused café, along with a 30m ozone-based swimming pool, a gym and signature Anantara Spa. The resort’s design seeks to reflect the country’s melting pot history, drawing influence from the rich architectural history of Port Louis and emphases the use of natural, locally sourced materials such as basalt, volcanic stone and driftwood for a tropical, colonial beach house aesthetic. Elsewhere, fabrics and art selected for guestrooms provide contrast with accents of orange, ultramarine and royal yellow in a nod to the surrounding landscape. Anchoring the F&B offer, speciality grill Sea.Fire.Salt will span both courtyard and beach, and joins a wider programme rooted in a blend of European, Asian and African influences, with most ingredients harvested locally and sustainably in line with the resort’s environmental commitments. As part of a push towards greener operations, the resort will also incorporate solar technology, cultivate endemic flora within the hotel’s landscaping, and has pledged to eschew the use of plastic straws in-keeping with a recently introduced Anantara standard.