LUX* Grand Gaube officially opened this month and its first guests are already bubbling with enthusiasm at its eclectic retro-chic style. British born design guru Kelly Hoppen MBE has worked her magic, making guests feel at home in an extraordinary world true to Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam’s vision of contemporary yet timeless Indian Ocean living.
All 186 rooms, including 89 suites and villas, open to sea views and airy verandahs, some with outdoor baths or sundecks edged by the resort’s private cove. Fitted with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses and highest-quality refined Egyptian cotton linens, every room has been intended for comfort and the best night’s sleep. Huge doors treat the living spaces to lots of natural light and the generous dressing space enhances the loft-style feel. Spindrift-white bedrooms are enhanced with unexpected home-from-home touches, such as succulents in ceramic pots. Handwoven African baskets, wicker tables and smooth floors ensure all bedrooms are as comfortable as can be. Geometric encaustic tiles add graphic-design personality to ensuites and many bathrooms have reclaimed bespoke Victorian bathtubs. The top-level accommodation is the signature two-bedroom LUX* Villa, which sleeps a family of four in a beautiful blend of original, modern styling and classic retro chic.
The resort features six restaurants, seven bars, many of which are totally unique styles to Mauritius. Enjoy sunshine or starlight through the glazed ceilings of Palm Court Restaurant and feel the gentle lagoon breeze. Guests can savour dishes cooked à la minute with seven live-cooking stations scattered throughout the dining room. Every table has an ocean view, with seating on banquettes and at kitchen counters.
The interactive open kitchen at the heart of Palm Court means guests can choose between favourite comfort foods or theatrical teppanyaki creations. Stick to healthy-eating intentions with ease thanks to an award-winning team of chefs sourcing the best nourishing ingredients for salads, sushi, kombucha, smoked fish and cured meats.
Small groups can make suppers a special occasion by booking the Tastevin where the sommelier will delight all with the wisdom behind the wines. With the largest selection of prosecco and cider in the country and six craft, local and imported beers on tap, the Palm Court Bar is a place that has everyone relaxing.
INTI, the first Argentinian-Peruvian restaurant in Mauritius, throbs to Latin American music from late afternoon onwards. A DJ soundtracks the Ceviche and Pisco Bar, while seafood and cocktails specialties are prepared to whet the appetite for dinner in the lagoon-side garden.
As a tribute to LUX*’s award-winning resort in Turkey, the Bodrum Blue at LUX* Grand Gaube serves seafood fresh from the Indian Ocean with Turkish wines. The selection and variety of dishes inspired by Bodrum’s coastline have been prepared to perfection thanks to Bodrum’s Blue Turkish chef. Five Turkish wines have joined the Scrucap collection and they are only available at Bodrum Blue.
Inventive rum cocktails flow all day long in the ambient adult-only corner of the Rum Tree House. Climb up the Tree House and choose from the 88 different rums and slow-cooked Creole dishes baked on wood and charcoal. Or quench a thirst for cocktails and refreshments care of the vintage Citroën H van aptly christened French Kiss.
Aromatherapy experiences await with LUX* Me’s therapies from Shirley Page. The exclusive cellulight body oil treatment and the Enlightened Woman treatment rebalance natural rhythms and soothe mothers-to-be. Carita Haute Beauté in Paris brings its high-performance anti-ageing skincare and regenerating treatments combining micro-current, ultrasound and LED technologies.
LUX* Grand Gaube is the first resort in Mauritius to have an Essie nail bar and an authentic barber’s shop, courtesy of Murdock’s of London, which offers a signature wet shave, beard and moustache trimming service. A specialised health program is available thanks to Kamran Bedi of Mind Body Method, an NLP master practitioner (neuro-linguistic programming), hypnotherapist, meditation teacher and Pilates instructor. Guided meditation and stretch-based classes assist the body in releasing tension, barre-style workouts and a new pilates practice, while Movement On The Roller works on the whole body, promoting balance and mindfulness.
Art and soul abounds thanks to the talents of London-based French artist Camille Walala, who has created a pop-style artwork at Beach Rouge. There are imaginative Gouzou graffitis too, hidden around the resort, painted by French street-artist, Jace. Go Gouzou-spotting as you search for the witty hand-painted illustrations, which have a cult following across Europe, Africa, China and the Indian Ocean.
The resort also features a dedicated kids’ club with programs ranging from movie screenings in a private 60-seat cinema, Indian and Creole fashion shows, cake decorating, fishing lessons, treasure hunts, yoga initiations, pedalo competitions and more.