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 sport-ing events.
Thanks to thoughtful touches and residential-feel interiors from the award-winning design studio and leading architect, the easy, breezy spirit of multicultural Mauritius will be inspiring in an entirely new way.
Here's what you can expect at LUX* Grand Gaube:
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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. The sheltered north-facing resort has been cleverly remodelled to greet arriving guests with a staggering, uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean as well as the offshore islands. 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 — wild flow-ers still scent the lovingly tended gardens and the postcard-perfect scenes are sound-tracked by layers of birdsong.
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. By gently layering every look with tactile ceramics, hand-picked accessories, vintage rattan and residential-quality soft furnishings, Kelly Hoppen’s designs breathe uplifting style and soul into every space, while inviting nature inside, wherever possible.
Artist flair is also on the agenda at LUX* Grand Gaube. French street-artist Jace will be sharing his famous Gouzou illustration around the resort prompting the chance to play ‘Gouzou Spotting’; London-based French artist Camille Walala is painting original murals — her much-Instagrammed brightly-coloured de-signs 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, 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. Huge doors treat the living spaces to lots of natural light and generous wardrobe and dressing space enhances the loft-style feel.
Spindrift-white bedrooms are enhanced with details like hand-painted navy-blue lines and unexpected home-from-home touches, such as succulents in ceramic pots. Hand-woven 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 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 connois-seurs are invited to follow the aroma of LUX* ethically-sourced, freshly ground LUX* exclusive Island-blend coffee from Belle Mare, where our 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. An indoor-outdoor restaurant where every seat feels alfresco, and cosy banquettes, or even the option of sitting and dining at the kitchen counter and watch the chef in action. Be it breakfast or dinner, pick from sizzling special kitchens, and pile your plate with freshly steamed dim sum or Mediter-ranean 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. Stick to healthy-eating intentions with ease and enthu-siasm thanks to an award-winning team of chefs carefully sourcing the best nourishing ingredients — help-yourself salads, just-made sushi, house-made kombucha elixirs and gourmet smoked fish and cured meats await.
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 irresistible island-feel experience is this mesmerising Rum Treehouse with a selection of no more than 88 varieties of rums celebrating the flavours of the sugar island. Order inventive rum cocktails blended to perfection by tugging on the cabana-style rope which leads to a bartender waiting below. Quench thirst at the quirky Citroën H van-converted-pop-up bar, nicknamed French Kiss. It’s a first you’ll always remem-ber.
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. There’s a lounge overlooking the lagoon with the best sunset view and a shisha corner. Five Turkish wines have joined our Scrucap collection and they are only available at Bodrum Blue.
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 seri-ously 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. The outdoor garden overlooks the beach and lagoon — the perfect spot for an aperitivo or an after-dinner chill. Cuisine is influenced by Peru, Argentina, Ja-pan, Equador and Mexico.
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 Ita-ly’s finest thanks to the secret-recipe specially set-aside dough. On a sunny day, stroll here from the sea or the swimming pool, settle into a table under the shade for a long, lazy lunch or brunch with chilled drinks in a convivial atmosphere. Sunset is a spectacle as the pastel colours of the Mauritian sky beg to be toasted with mixologist-made concoctions while a DJ fine-tunes the soundscape. As dinnertime rolls into after-hours, the tempo takes it up a notch, and the dynamic beach club reveals its party-loving side.
Wine experiences aplenty await at LUX* Grand Gaube. The spirit of discovery is assured from the impres-sive 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.
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