Those heading to Mauritian shores soon, rejoice – the LUX* Grand Gaube has made a return. And what a return it is.
Resplendent before the iconic Île Plate on the north coast, the resort – designed by Jean Francois Adam, and fitted by South Africa’s Kelly Hoppen – is an elegant vision of Indian Ocean living, that maintains a high standard of luxury without foregoing a family-friendly atmosphere.
A place to rest
Guests can choose from rooms, suites, or villas, but all have sea views and airy verandas. This is a place deep sleeps and long lie-ins with custom-made mattresses and highest-quality, refined Egyptian cotton linen. Reclaimed Victorian baths await those in need of a soak, but anyone with a penchant for the irreverent should ask the concierge for one of the rooms fitted with an outdoor tub. There’s plenty of natural light owing to huge doors that open onto comfortable, and thoughtful living spaces.
A place to eat
Six restaurants, seven bars, and as many live-cooking stations — some with unique styles you won’t find elsewhere on the island. Fussy eaters, picky diets, and discerning tastes are all most welcome. And guests can enjoy sunshine or starlight through the glazed ceilings of Palm Court Restaurant, savouring a lagoon breeze from ocean view tables.
Drinks similarly flow, with a unique selection of craft, local and imported beers on tap at Palm Court, the largest selection of prosecco and cider in the country at the Tastevin (also complete with an expert sommelier), and plenty more inventive cocktails and drinks to be found in the adults-only area, Under the Banyan. Inti, the first Argentinian-Peruvian restaurant in Mauritius, and the Turkey-inspired Bodrum Blue, are both well worth a leisurely, sun-soaked visit.
A place to relax
The wellness area is ready to pamper, and the gym is available should you would prefer not to break your training schedule. Try aromatherapy experiences with LUX* Me’s therapies from the acclaimed expert, Shirley Page, or the exclusive Cellulight body oil treatment, and the Enlightened Woman treatment designed to rebalance natural rhythms and soothe mothers-to-be. The men are catered for too with Murdock’s of London barber shop. A particularly good option if you’re heading into Mauritius’ tech hub for a quick meeting.
Art and culture abounds thanks to the talents of London-based French artist Camille Walala, who has created a stunning pop-esque artwork at Beach Rouge. There are imaginative Gouzou graffitis, too, hidden around the resort, painted by renowned French street-artist, Jace Gouzou.