Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas, Natural Beauty Surrounds

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Sri Utami

Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is a tranquil hideaway offering secluded luxury,  located on the southeastern coast of Mauritius on Le Chaland Beach.The interior design reflects the natural wonders of Mauritius, echoing the sparkling shades of the Indian Ocean, golden beaches, amber sunsets, green sugar cane fields and rare corals.

Set around manicured tropical gardens, the new resort comprises 164 guest rooms and suites with eight additional pool villas set to launch in the second half of 2020. A 30-metre ozone-treated infinity pool sits at the heart of the resort, mirroring the iridescent sky and looking out onto the crashing waves beyond the shoreline.  Four dining outlets include Sea.Fire.Salt featuring a unique indoor-outdoor design to capture the fresh ocean air and the poolside Karokan bar which has incorporated traditional sugarcane mill materials into the design and uses a sorn tree trunk as the bar top, to reflect the heritage of the local area.

The architectural design was undertaken by Grounds Kent Architects, Australia, in collaboration with the Office of Global Architecture in Mauritius. Renewable energy sources have been incorporated into the design to aid sustainable and environmentally friendly operation management, whilst various green initiatives across the resort reduce waste and promote energy recycling. The measured decision to build the resort a hundred metres back from the beach was taken to lessen the environmental impact on this stunning rugged coastline.

The accommodation buildings feature blade walls to create protected courtyards which define secluded spaces, provide natural lighting and encourage breezy cross ventilation. Spacious balconies frame views of the ocean or surrounding lush tropical gardens. The interior design of the guest rooms has a contemporary feel with silk soft furnishings chosen in colourways that reflect the soothing blue tones of the ocean and the island’s golden sandy beaches, the Jim Thompson fabrics also providing a nod to Anantara’s Thai heritage. Framed artworks from young local Mauritian photographers depict scenery from the authentic South of Mauritius to complement the minimalist décor.

The overall design of Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort harmonises with both the natural scenery and the history of its location, combining modernity with indigenous design while retaining a true sense of tranquility and escapism.

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