It’s been more than a century since Mark Twain said: “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” – and it seems some things never change.
Mauritius was alway on my list of places to visit however, at first the idea of going on an island made me hesitant due to the active lifestyle I lead, until I came to know of LUX* Grande Gaube, in Mauritius. It is located on a private island, which offers an exceptional experience, making you never want to leave. It is one of those resorts you go to, in order to separate yourself from the outside world – disappear in other words. It is best described as a home away from home that also specialises in ultimate luxury.
The interior of the resort is what makes the place really stand out. It almost speaks to you, and completes the whole resort experience, especially if you are an art lover, like me. From the colour of the furniture to the way the furniture has been positioned creates a visual Zen for the eye and soul to enjoy. The designer Kelly Hoppen did a great job at delivering an organic feel of residential beach house comfort through a very retro yet chic style.
The accommodations are very elegant, featuring furnished balconies with panoramic views. The colours used for the wood furnishing were warm earth colours. The housekeeping was exceptional as we were made to feel at home (maybe even more comfortable than home), as all our needs were catered to. Some units come with a kitchenette and a private pool.
In LUX* Grande Gaube you can find everything you need to rest, recharge and replenish, as 1 hectare of land is dedicated just for wellness. The Me Spa features 11 treatment rooms and 3 pools (offering cold and heated bathing experiences). In addition to these facilities Grande Gaube also has a Murdock barber shop, originally from London, that delivers everything for the gents to relax and look their best. It reimagines the masculine luxury with highly skilled stylists providing the best haircuts and signature shaves.
For the ladies there is a hairdressing salon and an Essie nails station, they offer the best mani and pedi as well as an exceptional hair consultation (Kérastase is used for hair treatments). Overall, I was very pleased with my experience.
Guests can also enjoy a relaxing massage on the beach, yoga and meditation classes plus ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ coaching.
The resort offers a variety of dining options, an eclectic series of spaces to eat, drink, convene or retreat. INTI, a blend of Peruvian and Argentinian cuisine, offers and fine dining experience that is exceptional. It has three distinct spaces which combine an open grill kitchen “ceviche, Tiradito & Pisco bar” and a pastry station (for those with a sweet tooth).
For those who prefer more of a buffet style then the Palm Court has redefined the concept of a resort restaurant. It features live cooking with the chef creating the dishes right in front of your eyes. It offers Mediterranean, south was Asian cuisine, a bakery, bespoke dessert bar, wine table experience with a separate cocktail bar plus a walk-in glass box with the freshest seasonal produce and juices. It is said to be the beating heart of LUX* Grande Gaube.
Last but not least Under the banyan, is a place every adult has to discover for three distinct drinking and dining experience under an ancient banyan tree. It provides a fun and mesmerising experience, from it mouthwatering burgers at the BB’s to it inventive cocktails at the Rum Treehouse, while the French Kiss Bar satisfies your thirst at a restored Citroën H van.
Cafe Lux* is an upscale coffee shop offering the best coffee on the go anytime of the day, a must try!
For those you like to stay active on their vacations, Grande Gaube offers a wide range of activities. If you happen to love sports and water activities, there’s a massive variety or you can choose to join in on the treasure hunt which is for kids and adults. For a less active activity you can choose to watch a movie at the on-site theatre.
In other words, it’s an entirely new way to savour the island of Mauritius. When it was time to leave we were not ready to say “goodbye”, we decided to leave it at “see you soon”.
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