Mauritius gets a retro-chic tropical retreat and wellness centre like no other
Creative duo KELLY HOPPEN MBE and Mauritian architect JEAN-FRANCOIS ADAM have reinvented this fresh-spirited luxury resort and spa. In doing so, they have introduced an innovative approach to style and hospitality to Mauritius. Re-opening at the end of the year on the African island’s northern coast, edging the private bay are two beaches, tropical gardens, brand new forward-thinking restaurants and sociable bars, 186 bedrooms and suites, a luxe-for-less boutique, and an indoor cinema for movie screenings and sporting events.
Heaven was modelled on Mauritius — at least, according to the writer Mark Twain — and the lush greenery and gently lapping shallow lagoon waters of Grand Gaube would have you believing this. No stone of the former building has been left un-turned as part of the US$32 million renovations, while the natural setting has been preserved.
Reborn with a fresh, flirty, smile-inspiring personality
The British designer has dressed the resort in timeless understated glamour. Channelling fond memories of favourite holidays in Cape Town, Capri, Mallorca and Antigua, and having fallen for the energy of Grand Gaube itself, Kelly Hoppen has created a feel-good factor that no other Indian Ocean destination has known.
ROMANTIC BEDROOMS AND SUITES
Step from every sea-view bedroom onto peaceful terraces, some with outdoor baths or sundecks edged by soft, soft sand. All eight room categories are fitted with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses, silky soft linens and pillows, robes and slippers— all designed for extreme comfort and the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have.
Geometric encaustic tiles add graphic-design personality to ensuites, and many bathrooms have re-claimed 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.
REMARKABLE RESTAURANTS AND BARS
As always, there’s a Café LUX* at the heart of the resort, and here it’s in lieu of a lobby. Coffee connoisseurs are invited to follow the aroma of LUX* ethically-sourced, freshly ground LUX* exclusive Island-blend coffee from Belle Mare, where the house-roasted beans are masterfully made into specialist brews.
Atmospheric and entertaining eatery space Palm Court is the frond-filled masterpiece of this intimate, re-styled boutique resort. Here, everyone has that perfect table overlooking the ocean, and no two meals feel the same.
Be it breakfast or dinner, pick from sizzling special kitchens, and pile your plate with freshly steamed dim sum or Mediterranean tapas — flamboyant serving stations satisfy the wildest cravings. The interactive open kitchen at the centre doesn’t make guests choose between favourite comfort-food classics or theatrical teppanyaki creations – it’s all there for the taking in one sitting.
Take your senses to Asia for zingy curries, and 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.
Small groups can make suppers an extra-special occasion by booking the Tastevin where the expert sommelier will delight all with the wisdom behind the wines. With the largest selection of Prosecco and Cider in the country, and with craft, local and imported beers on tap, the Palm Court Bar promises to be a place which has everyone feeling exactly how they hope to on holiday.
Follow a sandy path to the gigantic sprawling banyan tree. Enveloped by nature, an authentic Creole Smokehouse tempts with cured fish and meat; either cooked on charcoal or from an amazing smoker from the USA, while a shaded wooden shack “BB’s” perfects the art of the burger.
Added to this is the mesmerising Rum Treehouse with a selection of no more than 88 varieties of rums celebrating the flavours of the sugar island.
Bodrum Blue is the authentic Turkish restaurant on its own micro peninsula, with Levantine mezzes and succulent kebabs and flat breads. The selection and variety of dishes are inspired from Bodrum’s coastline and the vibrant capital. The authentic feel and flavours of this restaurant are thanks to having a Turkish chef and ingredients brought in from Istanbul weekly.
Peruvian-Argentinian delicacies await at INTI — meaning the god of sun — the country’s first Peruvian-Argentinian restaurant which promises Latin American passion along with refined Nikkei flair and a seriously exciting bar. The Ceviche and Pisco Bar has a live DJ every night, and an Argentinian chef beings the spirit of South America to these shores. The first Peruvian-Argentinian eatery in the Indian Ocean, the ingredients have been brought in especially for INTI.
Bury sun-kissed feet in the sand at Beach Rouge as you pause for a relaxed lunch or a romantic dinner at the water’s edge. The menu shows off seafood to sirloin cooked in the Josper oven, while pizzas rival Italy’s finest thanks to the secret-recipe specially set-aside dough.
Wine experiences aplenty await at LUX* Grand Gaube. The spirit of discovery is assured from the impressive selection available to try before you buy — guests don’t need to order a whole bottle of wine thanks to the Enomatic® wine dispenser system. Have a taste, match your mood to exactly the right grape and make an informed choice on what you fill your glass with.
A NEW WORLD OF WELLNESS & FITNESS
Connecting guests with nature, this spacious new-generation LUX* Me spa tunes visitors into the paradisiac setting while bespoke therapies and specially tailored treatments work their magic. Anti-ageing, fitness and weight-loss are among the benefits, whether guests are seeking a total reboot or just a little time relaxing. This spa extraordinaire is a deep breath of fresh air — especially for those who book one of the African style huts.
THE GOLF EXPERIENCE
LUX* Grand Gaube offers a spectacular sea facing driving range, a putting green and a fully equipped Pro Shop. Consulting and perfecting your golfing skills is taught by the resort Golf Coach, Vickam, who is as knowledgeable as he is friendly. 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.
Shopping has never been so fun. A non-typical curated retail experience: expect quirky gadgets, unique Mauritian souvenirs, through to collaborations with international designers, plus there’s a retail-therapy bar, to a make-your-own-jewellery station.
SPECIAL LAUNCH OFFER Bookings made before the end of November 2017, get an additional 15% discount on the Long Stay Offer online.
Resorts and hotels in the LUX* portfolio:
LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius; LUX* Le Morne, Mauritius; LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives; LUX* Saint Gilles, Reunion Island; LUX* Bodrum, Turkey; LUX* Tea Horse Road Lijiang, Yunnan, China; LUX* Tea Horse Road, Benzilan, China; Coming soon: LUX* Sud Sauvage, Reunion Island; LUX* North Malé, Maldives, LUX* Al Zorah, UAE, LUX* Tuscany, Italy, LUX* Dianshan Lake, China, LUX* Lakes, Chengdu, China, LUX* Phu Quoc, Vietnam and LUX* Grand Baie, Mauritius.
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