LUX* Grand Gaube has 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 stunning sea views and airy verandas, 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 extreme 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. Savour dishes cooked à la minute with seven live-cooking stations scattered throughout the foliage-filled dining room. Every table has a knock-out ocean view, with seating on cosy banquettes and at kitchen counters. Be it breakfast or dinner, guests are spoilt for choice to satisfy their wildest cravings.
The interactive open kitchen at the heart of Palm Court means guests can choose between favourite comfort foods or theatrical teppanyaki creations – it’s all there for the taking in one sitting. Stick to healthy eating intentions with ease thanks to an award-winning team of chefs carefully sourcing the best nourishing ingredients — help yourself salads, just-made sushi, house-made kombucha elixirs, gourmet smoked fish and cured meats await. Take your senses to Asia for zingy curries, tandoor-baked naan breads and Sichuan or Cantonese stir-fries made right there. There’s home style Italian cooking too, including wood-fired pizzas, salt-crusted fish, crispy suckling pig and a rotisserie showcasing the juiciest cuts.
INTI, the first Argentinian-Peruvian restaurant in Mauritius throbs to Latin American music from late afternoon onwards — as dreamy for sundowners as after-dinner drinks. Atmospheric and inspired, a DJ sound tracks the Ceviche and Pisco Bar, while seafood and cocktails specialties are expertly prepared to whet your appetite for dinner in the lagoon-side garden.
Enjoyment and laughter are the vernacular of this uplifting retreat. Inventive rum cocktails flow all day long in the ambient adult-only corner of the Rum Tree House. Climb up the Tree House and your wish from the 88 different rums and slow-cooked Creole dishes baked on wood and charcoal is their command. Or quench your thirst on cocktails and refreshments care of the quirky, vintage Citroën H van aptly christened “French Kiss”.
The Wellness area is a haven for those needing relaxation, to be beautified, or to tone up with a workout. 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 prestigious high-performance anti-aging skincare and regenerating treatments combining micro-current, ultrasound and LED technologies.
This is a resort bursting with personality thanks to its extraordinary team members. Fantastic hosts, full of creativity and exuding passion are dedicated to the art of welcoming every guest and helping in any way they can, with the highest standard of hospitality and attention. LUX* Grand Gaube has flung open its doors — and a world of delights awaits.
For more visit www.luxresorts.com
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