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23 Sep. 2020

Bishop Design by Paul Bishop wins Best Hotel Restaurant Design for Mauritius restaurant Buddha Bar and takes home the accolade of Best International Designer of the Year at the International Hotel & Property Awards

Project Name: Buddha Bar
Location: Flic en Flac, Mauritius
Date Completed: May 2019
Interior Designer: Paul Bishop
Hotel Group/Developer: Sun Resorts

Best Restaurant within a Hotel Winner 2020
Best International Designer 2020
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A stunning bohemian beach side paradise enhanced by its sensational design and gastronomic wonders. Set within the Sugar Beach resort in the serene location that is Flic en Flac in Mauritius, stands the islands freshest dining and nightlife destination Buddha Bar Beach – previously known as Tides. The latest venue for renowned hotel chain Sun Resorts was conceived and applied as a renovation to the existing hotel pool bar.

The team at Sun Resorts expressed a strong desire to evolve the F&B offering and become recognised as a desirable setting rather than merely a backup area to the hotel pool. It therefore became clear from the onset that careful consideration was to be dedicated not just to the existing pool bar, but to the available surroundings including the beach and the hotel itself in the creation of a never-seen-before offering.


Bishop Design embraced an innovative approach when utilising local materials to evolve a unique identity for the venue, yet synergise with its inherent surroundings so as to never feel out of place; merely elevated and evolved in its modern aesthetic. Lava stone is used in heavy applications across the island, yet Bishop Design have intelligently cut pieces down to create unique forms across the kitchen counter cladding. Finite detailing is echoed through the refreshed interior dynamic from the lobster and king crab tanks, right through to the hand painted bar tiles and white cherry blossom dressed columns, as well as the hand-crafted rum cage all by a locally commissioned artisan.

Social savvies are welcomed in their absolute element as the design sits beautifully within the surrounding backdrop; offering unlimited potential for those perfect Instagram shots. A particular highlight is the extended cabana area, which is framed by way of a pergola, designed to perfectly capture the sun as it sets across the ocean. Encompassed by white sand and crystal-clear waters, clientele are immersed in pure post-card paradise.

The establishment is an unprecedented addition to the island that sits comfortably within its location, engulfed by beautiful undisturbed backdrops of serene sunset and greenery, and has created an entity that Buddha Bar truly identifies with; and as such the design now sets the benchmark for all future franchise venues to follow.


They commenced the renovation by completely stripping back the inherited space and developing new extensions; decks, firepits and sunken seating in the sand through to the extension of the previously allocated lounger and cabana areas. A finite selection of MEP services were maintained, but the space itself was completely reworked, extending even to the thatching of the roof and roof structure itself. Without confining ourselves to the interior envelope, they created an intriguing arrival experience and extended the landscape area; going above and beyond what was expected as designers yet always staying true to the desired design aesthetics and client desires.

Signature furniture elements within elevate the status of the restaurant. Its natural colour pallet provides a calming atmosphere, perfectly complemented by its luxurious backdrop. Current material selections are a nod to the contemporary feel that was desired, yet contrast against the ornate rustic element inherited from the Terrazzo stone custom made flooring and wood surfaces in the creation of a perfect equilibrium between current and raw.

Boca de Loba gold tables levitate the contemporary vibe with intriguing and unique detailing. Every other element within was sourced locally from the island, sustaining the surrounding economy by working alongside local carpenters and furniture producers.


Revolutionary in its approach, Buddha Bar Beach satisfies the islands craving for a new and exciting experience. Versatile in every way, the space adheres to all of the functional requirements of the hotel and demands of the demographic. Sculpted to become a casual setting, yet refined in its personality, the offering has increased footfall substantially when compared to the previous inherited establishment as its character has now become irresistible to an extended clientele.

They've been able to create a space respective of its inherent resort which doesn’t alienate itself but has become elevated in its aesthetic and offering. Appealing to the multi-diverse culture of Mauritius, with both its esteemed gentry and younger party elite, the venue has become a cool destination frequented by all. The ultimate success lies in the approach made by influential hospitality operations Buddha Bar to Sun Resorts, as now the venue is promised to attract a greater following, all influenced by the intelligent design application applied by Bishop Design.


For more information: wearebishopdesign.com


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