Crystal clear water, swaying palm trees, shaded day beds, ice cream trucks, burger bars, snorkelling, kayaking, windsurfing, tennis, cycling, painting, poker, cocktail making… need we go on? Well, we need to, because this list just scratches the surface of everything on offer at LUX* Grand Gaube. Located in some of the most prime real estate Mauritius has to offer, LUX* is about as close to paradise as you can get.
The five star property is fresh from an extensive, multi million dollar overhaul by celebrity UK designer Kelly Hoppen and joins the two other LUX* properties on the island. Hoppen has transformed every inch of the property – no nook or cranny is left untouched, starting with the magnificently simple lobby, with its soaring arched roof framing the picture perfect private beach, all the way through to the jungle print wallpaper and neon Forever signs in the Bridal beauty studio (Mauritius is a destination wedding hotspot). It’s beach chic meets retro glam, and it works. There’s white everywhere, with dramatic splashes of colour. Think high backed white rattan arm chairs next to a bright yellow baby grand piano in the Palm. A restored Citroën H van all the way from France that’s been graffitied in a bright print sits next to lush hanging day beds and the Adults Only pool. Then there’s the rooms, where you can settle into freestanding bath tubs. Nestled up against floor to ceiling glass atriums, you’ll feel like you’re taking a soak in the middle of a rainforest.
The Adults Only area is also home to a burger bar, a rum treehouse (yes, that’s right) and the Creole Smokehouse, which serves smoked meats from underneath the roots of an ancient Banyan tree. It’s a little pocket of peace and quiet – the resort is family friendly, but you’ll find most of the kids tucked away in kids club classes, making pancakes or getting creative in the craft corner. You might also find them in the main pool, off Palm Court, but there’s usually plenty of space for everyone to settle in. Come night time, the deck chairs are swapped for a poker table, so guests can play a hand or two under the stars. If that’s not your style, work your way through the extensive international gin collection at the outdoor G&T 100 Club.
When it comes to food and wind, LUX* Grand Gaube isn’t your average beach resort. Yes, there is a buffet restaurant, but we see Palm Court as more of a ‘buffet concept’. There’s a glass walled cheese room, where you can try international cheeses at night, and in the morning order freshly made juices and tonics. Walk up to the pizza and pasta bar for design-your-own-dishes. Grab a fresh curry and naan straight from the Indian tandoor and finally save room for handmade ice cream at the ice cream parlour. Like we said, this isn’t your average buffet. Breakfasts see the Palm Court transform again, with a sausage bar, bakery stands, eggs stations and more.
Many guests choose all inclusive package options, allowing them to hop between the many different venues. Our pick is Bodrum Blue, the open air Turkish restaurant perched on the small peninsula at the end of the main beach. Settle in under rattan lanterns for elegant dishes like smoked eggplant and coal-cooked kebabs before finishing up with Turkish coffee and pistachio baklava. There’s also Inti, the island’s first South American restaurant, which has its own Pisco bar.
Now, there is a lot of relaxing and wining and dining at LUX*, but luckily there’s plenty of ways to stay active too. The state of the art gym’s personal trainers runs classes on everything from Pilates Barre to boxing. Take a bicycle for a spin, play a game of tennis, or hop in the pool for aquarobics. The programs are part of LUX* Me, the resort’s health and wellbeing program. We’re not just talking about a gym – there’s LUX* Me Spa, LUX* Me Beauty, and LUX* Me Wellness. The resort commits to looking after your whole self. Now that’s what we call a holiday!
Whether you want to fly and flop, wine and dine, stay active or do all three, LUX* Grand Gaube offers just about any version of paradise.
Lisa was the guest of LUX* Grand Gaube.