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HOTEL NEWS YOU CAN USE


The Lux Collective unveils Salt for ‘ethical travellers’


Ben Ireland ben.ireland@travelweekly.co.uk


The Lux Collective has unveiled a new hotel brand, Salt, which is designed to appeal to “cultural purists” and attract them to Mauritius.


The first Salt hotel, Salt of


Palmar, is a 59-room boutique property in Mauritius and is due to open on November 1. Further hotels are planned


across the island and farther afield in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Paul Jones, chief executive of


The Lux Collective, which is also behind the Lux and Tamassa brands, wants to cover “all points of the compass” in Mauritius, and has signed a deal to open in China. He said: “Salt is a collection, not a chain. It will appeal to cultural purists and ethical travellers – people who are more curious and perhaps have more concern for sustainability. “We wanted to create another


brand to address a market that we believe is not going to Mauritius at the moment. “Mauritius is the genesis of our company and is a wonderful island and destination, but we want to attract the people who think Mauritius is just beaches for honeymooners and families.”


SALT OF PALMAR: ‘It will appeal to people concerned with sustainability’


“Salt is not a chain and it will appeal to cultural purists and ethical travellers”


Some rooms at the first Salt


hotel, which will open on the site of the La Palmeraie hotel in Palmar in the east of Mauritius, will open on to the beach.


Salt will be sold primarily on a


B&B basis, starting from $200 a night, with half-board options, but guests will be encouraged to eat outside of the hotel. Guidebooks will be stocked in each room, and Salt will employ only local staff. Food in the hotel will be sourced


locally wherever possible, with some from an on-site farm. “Salt was born from a demand


for a more humanistic approach to hospitality,” Jones added. “The hotels will cater to a


growing audience of modern explorers and mindful travellers who travel to satisfy their curiosity and challenge their perception of the world. We call them cultural purists. In creating Salt, we can help facilitate these connections and create meaningful experiences for our guests and the communities in which we operate.” The Lux Collective will offer


agents price parity with its direct-sell rates. Salt of Palmar is


on sale now. saltresorts.com


Kimpton to open in Barcelona next year and Bangkok in 2020


Kimpton Barcelona


Kimpton Hotels plans to open properties in Barcelona and Bangkok. The Intercontinental Hotels


& Resorts brand’s two new sites are due to open in 2019 and 2020 respectively. Kimpton Barcelona will be


based in the Catalonian city’s old town, near the famous La Rambla shopping street. It will have 156 rooms and an infinity pool on its rooftop, offering views of Barcelona. Kimpton Bangkok, based in the Langsuan area, will have 225 rooms. It will be part of Sindhorn Village, a 22-acre development featuring dining and retail outlets. ihg.com/kimptonhotels


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