Checking Out: Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas

A closer look at the resort's locally inspired design

The lobby of the five-star resort
The lobby of the five-star resort

Located on the southeastern coast of Mauritius on Le Chaland Beach, this property’s interior design reflects its natural surroundings, echoing the shades of the Indian Ocean, coral and sugar cane fields.

Iko design
Grounds Kent Architects, Australia carried out the architectural design was undertaken by 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 decision to build the resort a hundred metres back from the beach was taken to lessen the environmental impact on the rugged coastline.

Natural beauty
Bangkok based interior designers, Abacus Design Co. Ltd. referenced Mauritius’ natural tropical colour scheme and landscape in native materials when creating the concept. As director Samantha Lightbody, explained: “By mirroring the sea’s movement of ripples, waves and corals, as well as restoring driftwood and recycling materials, we aimed to showcase nature and sustainability at the core of the resort, whilst blending seamlessly with the stunning beachfront environment.” Indigenous materials have been used to emulate local Mauritian architecture. Antique basalt stone, used throughout the public spaces in a thoughtful manner, has been reclaimed from demolished buildings on the island. Throughout, traditional roofing materials such as corrugated iron, wood shingle and thatch are incorporated with a modern touch.

Inside out
The lobby appears to float around a water garden, where the boundaries between indoor and outdoor are softened, creating a sanctuary-like feel. Upon arrival, the eye is drawn to the ocean, framed beyond the infinity pool through a stone window. 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. The Jim Thompson fabrics are also a nod to Anantara’s Thai heritage.

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