If you thought there was nothing new under the sun when it comes to hotels, think again. LUX* Resorts and Hotels, a boutique chain with properties in Mauritius, Reunion, The Maldives, China and the United Arab Emirates, really does do things fantastically, refreshingly differently.
LUX* Grand Gaube is on the north coast of Mauritius, with a wonderful, laid-back luxury vibe that is in line with this part of the island. It wouldn’t be cool here to get up at 6 a.m. to bag a lounger, for example. Well, actually, for the people who do do that, it’s not cool anywhere, ever. There are so many places, both secluded and social, to hang out at this Lux* that you don’t need to start marking your territory.
And if you’re the person that I think this resort wants to attract, you wouldn’t want to. You want to sit by one beach one day, maybe hang out by one of the pools for a morning and spend an afternoon in the spa. You just see where your fancy takes you. Take a walk up that path just to see where it leads, and you might be surprised, as you could chance upon a pop-up bar — a little wardrobe on wheels from which you can help yourself to a drink — or perhaps a restaurant has popped up too.
Oh, and what’s that hiding amidst the rocks? It’s a wine bottle with a message in it … did you win a spa treat?
The kids were always on the lookout for that bottle, but they never did find it. Maybe they weren’t concentrating properly? They had so many other things to do; the kids’ club kept them busy with henna tattoos, cake decorating, Teddy Tennis sessions, pool fun and nighttime crab-hunting. They also tried out waterskiing and snorkeling — for 6- and 9-year-olds, they did well! For teens, the Studio 17 Club organizes expeditions around the island, language lessons, dance classes and beach sports.
The kids’ and teen clubs really made the most of the whole resort. At one point we were having family time paddling amongst the tropical fishes in the sea and then we spotted the kids’ club preparing for a sandcastle competition, which the girls promptly ran off to join. Mummy then headed for the Oriental-style spa and Daddy sneaked off for a spot of sailing.
World-renowned interior designer Kelly Hoppen has just finished renovating sister Mauritian property LUX* Belle, and it’s likely that the Grand Gaube’s rooms are in the queue for a makeover too. But they are spacious and airy with open-plan bathrooms. We had two lovely interconnecting rooms from which you could step straight out into the gardens and then the beach beyond. The kids loved soaking in the vast round tub whilst keeping an eye on the TV in the bedroom.
The food in all the restaurants is great. Even the buffet, which can so often let down a hotel, was exceptional, with an ever-changing range of mouthwatering salads, themed mains and desserts that justify a return visit. There are other more intimate restaurants along the beach, jutting out to sea and by the pool, so that you can eat somewhere different every night and the food is just as delicious. Just remember, if you want to eat away from the buffet restaurant, you need to book up as soon as you arrive. That doesn’t really fit with the hotel’s chilled-out vibe, but a secret squirrel told me they were looking at ways to make reservations more flexible.
There aren’t that many places I’d visit twice, but I’d return here in a flash. In fact, my littlest one wants to move here, providing we can take the grandparents and the dog too!
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Editor’s Note: Anna Tobin received a media rate to review the LUX* Grand Gaube. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Anna Tobin and LUX* Resorts.
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