La Plantation
Balaclava, Mauritius

La Plantation in Balaclava adjoining the estuary of Riviere Citron is the completely new recreation of an abandoned hotel. Its derelict ruins were in a bad state and were restored with a very restricted budget. A thatch roof over a natural timber pole structure forms a grand arrival hall with views of the sea beyond. A reflective pool in the middle of the floor reflects its details. A large swimming pool wraps around the structures and mature palm trees were transplanted in islands in the middle of the water. The restaurants and bar are situated in touch with the pool’s edge. All existing trees were preserved along the winding entrance driveway which curves and dips to eventually discover the arrival portico. Landscaping was given prime importance to ensure that the architecture blends into the garden.