Kelly Hoppen completely reinvents LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius
Pioneering British designer Kelly Hoppen MBE and Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam have completely reinvented the new LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius, into an eclectic retro-chic tropical retreat, launching this December. Get set for an innovative approach to style at this new look 186 room resort and spa set in tropical gardens, edging two beaches and featuring 6 innovative restaurants and 5 bars, a luxe-for-less boutique, indoor cinema and sporting events.
Following a $40million AUD renovation, the resort has been cleverly remodelled to greet arriving guests with staggering views of the Indian Ocean, contemporary spaces with generous volumes, precise lines and an unpretentious style. Kelly Hoppen has dressed LUX* Grand Gaube in timeless understated glamour, gently layering looks with tactile ceramics, hand-picked accessories, vintage rattan and residential-quality soft furnishings. Artistic flair is also on show with French street-artist Jace sharing his famous Gouzou illustrations around the resort and French artist Camille Walala is painting brightly-coloured murals — that grace walls from Melbourne to Manhattan and now Mauritius.
ROMANTIC BEDROOMS AND SUITES
Step from every sea-view bedroom onto peaceful terraces, some with outdoor baths or sundecks edged by soft sand. All eight room categories are fitted with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses, soft linens and pillows, robes and slippers — all designed for the best night’s sleep you’ll ever have. Huge doors treat the living spaces to lots of natural light and generous wardrobe and dressing space enhance the loft-style feel. Spindrift-white bedrooms feature hand-painted navy-blue lines and unexpected home-from-home touches, such as succulents in ceramic pots. Geometric encaustic tiles add graphic-design personality to ensuites, and many bathrooms feature 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 modern styling and classic retro chic.
WELL-GROOMED GROUNDS IN A DISTINCTLY AFRICAN SETTING
Framed by fruit trees and filao pine trees, the sweeping driveway to the hotel traces the ‘powdered gold’ coastline — to the east spot the local fishermen’s boats coming in with their fresh daily catch. Chelsea Flower Show winner Stephen Woodhams has designed LUX* Grand Gaube’s meticulous gardens filled with yellow, orange and pink bougainvillea and many tree species from araucaria to impressive grand banyans.
REMARKABLE RESTAURANTS AND BARS
As always, Café LUX* features at the heart of the resort offering LUX* ethically-sourced, freshly ground Island-blend coffee. House-roasted beans are made into specialist brews by baristas serving an array of cold press, pour-overs and nitro coffees. Palm Court is an alfresco style restaurant and bar where guests can dine in cosy banquettes, or at the kitchen counter watching the chef in action. Live cooking stations, offer freshly steamed dim sum, Mediterranean tapas, zingy curries, and Sichuan or Cantonese stir fries made right there. Stick to healthy-eating with help-yourself salads, just made sushi, house-made kombucha elixirs and gourmet smoked fish and cured meats. There’s home style Italian cooking too, with wood-fired pizzas, salt-crusted fish, crispy suckling pig and a rotisserie showcasing the juiciest cuts. With the largest selection of Prosecco and Cider in the country and craft, local and imported beers on tap, the Palm Court Bar is the place to relax.
Enveloped by nature, an authentic Creole Smokehouse tempts with cured fish and meat, cooked on charcoal or from an amazing smoker, while a shaded wooden shack “BB’s” perfects the art of the burger. Adding to the ‘sugar island’ experience is a Rum Treehouse with a selection of 88 varieties of rums. Order inventive rum cocktails, by tugging on the cabana style rope which leads to a bartender waiting below. Quench thirst at quirky G&T 100 Club, or at Citroën H van, a converted pop-up bar, nicknamed French Kiss. It’s a first you’ll always remember.
Bodrum Blue restaurant offers an authentic Turkish twist as well as the best sunset views over the lagoon and a shisha corner. Think Levantine mezzes, kebabs and flat breads, matched with a selection of Turkish wines. INTI — meaning the god of sun, is the country’s first Peruvian-Argentinian restaurant. The Ceviche and Pisco Bar has a live DJ every night and spectacular views overlooking the beach and the lagoon invite an aperitivo, or place to chill after dinner.
Pause at Beach Rouge for a relaxed lunch or dinner by the water’s edge. The menu shows off seafood to sirloin, while pizzas rival Italy’s finest. Sunset is a spectacle that begs to be toasted with mixologist-made concoctions. As dinnertime rolls into after-hours, this dynamic beach club reveals its party loving side as the DJ takes the tempo up a notch.
“It’s with huge enthusiasm and passion that we’ve created an entirely new resort at LUX* Grand Gaube unlike anything else on the island. Set in sprawling tropical gardens created by award-winning landscape designer, Stephen Woodhams, we’re thrilled to unveil a fresh new perspective on Mauritius. Kelly Hoppen’s vision of eclectic retro-chic is effortlessly sophisticated and blissfully informal. Two beaches, a calm lagoon and the Indian Ocean never more than a few steps away — the resort encourages exploration and the discovery of swaying hammocks and secluded shady spots for time alone or together. Luxury today should mean a sense of freedom and personal space; our reimagined resort has innovation at its core, along with five new surprise Reasons to Go LUX* that awaits our guests upon opening of the resort. More important are the 500 team members who are eager to share the best of themselves to ensure that they help all our guests celebrate life.” said Brice Lunot, General Manager, LUX* Grand Gaube.
A NEW WORLD OF WELLNESS & FITNESS
LUX* Me spa offers bespoke treatments from anti-ageing, to fitness and weight loss. Complementing the Shirley Page LUX* Me Spa experience, French skincare line Carita promises to revamp the skin. A Kérastase flagship hairdressing salon also provides manicures and pedicures from Essie. Gentlemen will be in the best nick too thanks to the Murdock barber shop with a London barber to boot. Soothe away stresses in the hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna, or simply taking time out on a canopied daybed. There’s a state-of-the-art ARTIS® Technogym fitness centre, open air Callisthenic workout programmes, cardio boot camp circuits, meditation and yoga, stretch based classes, barre-style workouts, pilates, a tennis academy, Padel Tennis, bikes to borrow, nutritional advice from the resort’s Wellness Concierge and a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) certified life coach.
THE GOLF EXPERIENCE
LUX* Grand Gaube offers a spectacular sea facing driving range, a putting green and a fully equipped Pro Shop. A Golf Coach is on hand and 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. Think quirky gadgets, unique Mauritian souvenirs and a make your own jewellery station, through to collaborations with international designers including Melissa Odabash, Orle-bar Brown, Julien Fournié and Indian Cotton. Little ones are also spoilt for choice with the new Baby LUX* collection.
REASONS TO GO LUX*
Surprises await around every corner at LUX* Grand Gaube – seek out the photography studio or join an art class, keep an eye open for a message on the bottle which treat guests to gifts every day, or experience a cookery lesson culminating in a delicious lunch.
Look north, towards Coin de Mire, to see five uninhabited islands where the diving and snorkelling promises a spectacular marine life experience. Drive the sweeping white sandy coastline to the untamed UNESCO protected parkland of the south and pass scenes of brightly painted temples, botanical gardens and colonial mansions punctuated by arrowing sugarcane fields. Dramatic rock formations make up the volcanic mountainscape of this African island where the geography is fascinating. Little wonder pirates once plundered these fertile lands and that today the island population is a mix of friendly Indian, Creole, Chinese and French people.