ADVERTORIAL • February 2022
What could be less grey, less glum, less 2021 than a beachfront bolthole with buckets and spades of style? Ushering in the new year with a celestial bang, LUX* Resorts & Hotels has unveiled such a marvel with its latest Indian Ocean property on Mauritius’ coveted northern shores. With the island currently open to visitors, here are seven reasons to reach for your passport
Good news, budding mermaids/mermen: the hotel’s sandy beach overlooks the sheltered, shimmering lagoon at the heart of lively Grand Baie village. Frolic in cerulean waters or settle in at Beach Rouge, LUX* Grand Baie’s beach-club-restaurant hybrid, where there’s Med-inspired cuisine, zingy cocktails and views fit for VIPs.
Top tip: Stay for sunset to witness the ruby-red vistas that earned Beach Rouge its name.
In paradise, interior design comes courtesy of eye-candy-queen Kelly Hoppen, whose CV features a constellation of superyachts, private jets and five-star stays. Famed for her clean lines and neutral tones, Hoppen has channelled tropical serenity for LUX* Grand Baie. All with lashings of space, the suites and villas are designed to feel like private apartments. Highlights include terrazzo-tiled bathrooms and expansive terraces and pools designed for ocean-view lounging by day and decadent soirées by night.
Discover castaway life 2.0 with help from LUX* Grand Baie, where 116 inviting suites, villas and residences await. If you can tear yourself away from your beachy boutique basecamp, there’s diving, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, or maybe you’d prefer a hike through rugged mountains and emerald National Parks. Up the ante with skydiving, or soak up the rich and varied local culture, spanning African, Asian and European influences. Then, when the sun sets, discover the island’s famous nightlife.
Nobody would blame you for coming to Mauritius and doing nothing more than unfurling a beach towel and selecting tipples from a lengthy drinks list. However, LUX* Grand Baie’s team of travel designers are on a mission to connect you with the island, crafting creative Collectable Experiences for every taste. Designed for dreamers, explorers, go-getters, jet-setters and the ever-curious, these bespoke itineraries connect guests to inspiring locals, adventurous activities and memorable encounters, revealing another side to Mauritius.
Unless you’re a Mauritian seagull, it’s unlikely you’ll have encountered better views than those offered by Bisou, the hotel’s ravishing rooftop bar and restaurant. As if its aquamarine sea and sky panoramas weren’t winsome enough, Bisou is also graced with a vibey infinity pool (spanning 22 metres), cosy poolside cabanas and a deck-spinning DJ, who effortlessly sets the audible mood from morning to midnight (and beyond). Order lunch and eat it from your table in the pool, then toast your tapas-style treats with ice-cold Champagne or gingery cocktails. Eat, drink, snooze, repeat.
Not content with vertiginous Bisou, LUX* Grand Baie has multiple treats for taste buds. Liquorice-black Ai KISU restaurant champions Asian cuisine: there’s even a soya sommelier. From hot to cold, ice-cream addicts will fall for ICI, which serves freshly churned gelato, sorbet, ice-cream and granita (invent your own flavour). For European pastries and cakes, served with coffee or prosecco, head to Maison LUX*. Get your gourmet geek on at the Food Lab (home to an ingredient library with hard-to-source gems, a fermentation area and pastry zone), and expect edible artistry at the Chef’s Table.
Health and fitness get a fabulously fun makeover at LUX* Grand Baie, home to a proudly unique rooftop wellness experience, Muscle Up on the Roof. Unleash your inner Usain Bolt on the double-whammy of Olympic-standard running tracks or challenge yourself on MyBeast: a futuristic fitness frame equipped with 12 workout stations, including a punch bag. Work up a sweat in the Group Cycle Studio or realign your chakras with yoga at Niyama Mind & Body Studio. Fit in an Oway hair treatment, a Bastien Gonzalez mani-pedi and plenty of liquid lounging in the LUX* Me Spa. There’s even an entire floor devoted to the hotel’s signature hydrothermal bath journey.
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