British designer Kelly Hoppen MBE and Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam have reinvented the new LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius, into a tropical retreat, launching this December. This 186-room resort and spa is set among tropical gardens, two beaches and features six restaurants and five bars, a luxe-for-less boutique, indoor cinema and sporting events.
Following a AU$40 million renovation, the resort has been remodelled to greet arriving guests with views of the Indian Ocean, and contemporary spaces.
Bedrooms and suites
Step from every sea-view bedroom onto terraces, some with outdoor baths or sundecks edged by soft sand. All eight room categories are fitted with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses, soft linens and pillows, robes and slippers. Spindrift-white bedrooms feature hand-painted navy-blue lines and unexpected home-from-home touches, such as succulents in ceramic pots. The top level accommodation is the signature two-bedroom LUX* Villa, which sleeps a family of four.
Restaurants and bars
Café LUX* features at the heart of the resort offering LUX* ethically-sourced, freshly ground Island-blend coffee. House-roasted beans are made into specialist brews by baristas serving an array of cold press, pour-overs and nitro coffees. Palm Court is an alfresco style restaurant and bar where guests can dine in banquettes, or at the kitchen counter watching the chef in action. Live cooking stations offer freshly steamed dim sum, Mediterranean tapas, zingy curries, and Sichuan or Cantonese stir fries made right there. Adding to the ‘sugar island’ experience is a Rum Treehouse with a selection of 88 varieties of rums.
Bodrum Blue restaurant offers an authentic Turkish twist as well as the best sunset views over the lagoon and a shisha corner. Think Levantine mezzes, kebabs and flat breads, matched with a selection of Turkish wines. INTI, meaning the god of sun, is the country’s first Peruvian-Argentinian restaurant. The Ceviche and Pisco Bar has a live DJ every night with views overlooking the beach and the lagoon.
Wellness and fitness
LUX* Me spa offers treatments from anti-ageing, to fitness and weight loss. Complementing the Shirley Page LUX* Me Spa experience, French skincare line Carita promises to revamp the skin. A Kérastase flagship hairdressing salon also provides manicures and pedicures from Essie. Gentlemen will be in the best nick too thanks to the Murdock barber shop with a London barber to boot. Soothe away stresses in the hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, or simply taking time out on a canopied daybed. There’s an ARTIS® Technogym fitness centre, open air Callisthenic workout programmes, cardio boot camp circuits, meditation and yoga, stretch based classes, barre-style workouts, pilates, a tennis academy, Padel Tennis, bikes to borrow, nutritional advice from the resort’s Wellness Concierge and a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) certified life coach.
The golf experience
LUX* Grand Gaube offers a sea-facing driving range, a putting green and a fully equipped Pro Shop. A Golf Coach is on hand and the resort has partnered with Mauritius latest edition golf course, the Mont Choisy 18-hole world-class golf course designed by Peter Matkovich for exclusive packages; only 15 minutes from LUX* Grand Gaube.
Think gadgets, Mauritian souvenirs and a make your own jewellery station, through to collaborations with international designers including Melissa Odabash, Orle-bar Brown, Julien Fournié and Indian Cotton. Little ones are also spoilt for choice with the new Baby LUX* collection.
Special launch offer
Bookings made before the end of November 2017, get an additional 15 per cent discount on the Long Stay Offer online (secure a total saving of up to 35 per cent on four- to six-night stays).