ADVERTORIAL • January 2020
When painting the island of Mauritius, you need a dash of jungle green, a dab of sunset crimson and more than a dollop of cerulean sea blue. The flag is a hint – this island nation is a world capital for colour and there are few hotels that know its vibrancy quite like LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas. Fetch a rosé, take a seat and we’ll paint you the full picture
LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas has devised a set of unique plant-based menus using locally sourced ingredients to cater for vegetarians, vegans and intrepid health-seekers. There’s a wealth of world cuisines to explore, including Peruvian-Argentinian for citrussy ceviche, as well as Turkish, South-East Asian and Spanish tapas across seven distinct bars and restaurants. Our advice is to head to the Palm Court for ocean-view tables, a dessert bar and live cooking stations.
The LUX* Me Spa is an adults-only resort enclave centred on wellness and restoration. Wander through 12 blissful treatment rooms and three pampering pools, attended by expert therapists and a luxury range of aromatherapy oils chosen by world-famous guru, Shirley Page. Speaking of experts, why not give the Wellness Concierge a spin? They can tailor a fitness programme to your every health-related goal. Not only this, there are also yoga, tai chi and meditation classes for guests of all ages and abilities, so you can truly unwind in paradise.
Did you know LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas is located just 15-minutes from Mount Choisy, a breathtaking 18-hole golf course? Designed by Pete Matkovich, the course is set beside rolling grass hills, volcanic outcrops and has a stunning ocean view. The resort also boasts its own on-site driving range and a Golf Concierge to assist with tee-times, itineraries and all your equipment needs.
Yes, with bottle warmers, baby phones and child bathtubs to boot, LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas can be relied on to mind the minors. During the day, the Play Kids Club invites adventurers from 3-11 to track for crabs, bake delicious goodies and, of course, pay a visit to the exclusive ice-cream parlour, ICI. Then, in the evening, you’ll want to head down to the palm-laden hotel gardens, snuggle up in a cushioned lounger and enjoy a family movie under the stars.
Each room type at the LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas is designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE and features a balcony view of the ocean. Couples will want to take a peek at the Romantic Junior Suites, starring four-poster beds, luxury en-suite bathrooms, day loungers and outdoor hot tubs for two. Families will be impressed by the two-bedroom Ocean Villas, complete with landscaped gardens, private pool and timber deck and dining areas.
This tuna is one of Mauritius’ largest summer fish and another reason to throw on a pair of fins and dive into the Indian Ocean. LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas accommodates lovers of the deep-blue sea with plenty of hotel-managed activities, including snorkelling, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, kitesurfing, diving, windsurfing, wakeboarding and swimming with dolphins (a bit of a must in this part of the world).
For those looking to explore some of the local culture, there is a no shortage of delights in the local Riviére du Rempart District. Mauritius was ranked amongst the safest or most peaceful countries by the Global Peace Index 2019 and features not one but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Tourists can expect a warm fusion of Indian, African and European culture and, of course, plenty of colourful textiles at the market.