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Maradiva Mauritius
Maradiva Mauritius
Client
Mauriplage
Category
Interiors
  • Project launched in 2004
  • 65-key all-pool-villa resort
  • 4 F&B outlets
  • Destination spa
  • Full interior design definition across resort
Drawing on its Indian heritage, the Maradiva experience is synonymous with understated elegance and impeccable service.

The Maradiva Mauritius is a modern spa and resort with more than a token nod to Mauritius’ heritage and history. That said, the resort has its own unique signature style – it’s non-formulaic, sets standards in luxury, and above all is fun. After all, it occupies an extraordinary stretch of coast on a beautiful and mysterious tropical island.

The architecture of the buildings recalls the colonial plantation houses and rich tropical gardens of the area's past, while contemporary furniture and lighting is effortlessly combined with artefacts, antiques and art inspired by natural objects and materials native to the island. This almost casual approach to merged styles goes a long way to recreate the atmosphere and personality of a grand Mauritian home in a contemporary and modern way. 

The main building welcomes its guests with a series of carved timber screens using motifs from French Colonial, Indian, African and Arabic design.

Reflecting the unique nature of Mauritius’ history, this space uses the light, shadow and texture to playfully break up the general lobby area, all in a restrained palette of dark oak timber used in conjunction with the native Mauritian Basalt stone.  Custom rugs and colour-infused upholstery details provide intimate areas for either conversation or waiting.

A versatile dinning space designed to reflect the finesse of the cuisine.

By contrast, the dining experience reflects the world-class quality of the cuisine in a space flexible enough to provide a breakfast or a romantic dinner for two. The space reflects Mauritius’ past with a veranda feel reminiscent of a plantation house, evoking airs of a writers’ lounge. A impression supported by the names and works of famous Mauritian artists and writers embroidered into the soft furnishings.

The restaurant interior is full of elegant touches and features all referencing the sophistication of the cuisine being served. Large clusters of pendant lights anchor the dining areas beneath the tall volumes of the roof space, with all the flavours of India literally on display in a wall of spices glowing against a metallic nickel finish. Picture windows frame exquisite views over the surrounding terraces.

The eclectic spaces and furnishings ensure guests will continue to enjoy fresh experiences throughout their stay.

The villas, each occupying prime locations along the resorts’ beach, are furnished in a contemporary interpretation of colonial styles and textures. Rich timbers and veneers are mixed with cane and rattan, while fabrics and furnishings have accents with an Indian theme. The villas’ most stricking features are their artworks and artefacts, with illuminated door panels inspired by antique Indian carvings and traditional Vrindavan lamps by the pool.

The palette ranges across warm interiors reminiscent of sunsets, through to cooler exteriors where the tones reference the surrounding ocean and gardens. Basalt stone has been used extensively in the flooring, as a reference to the traditional stone bases of Mauritian plantation houses, with feature walls rendered with plaster blended with bagasse – a fibre obtained from crushing sugar cane – to provide a  tactile surface quality with tonal interest. 

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