LUX Hotel unveils redesign by Kelly Hoppen

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    Renowned British interior designer Kelly Hoppen and Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam have unveiled their total redesign of the latest LUX* Hotel and Resort. 

    Having undergone the $32 (£22.81) million refurbishment, the all-new LUX* Grand Gaube on the northern coast of Mauritius has re-opened and welcomed its first guests.

    With a simple yet refined design style and considered comfort throughout the resort, British interior designer Kelly Hoppen and Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam have achieved their vision of contemporary yet timeless Indian Ocean living.

    All rooms, suites and villas open out to airy verandas with views of the Indian Ocean, some with outdoor baths or sundecks over the resort’s private cove.

    All bedrooms are fitted with LUX* Sleeptight mattresses for the best night’s sleep and huge doors allow a flood of natural. Decorative touches to the rooms include woven African baskets, wicker tables, geometric tiles and reclaimed Victorian bathtubs, giving them a retro chic and homely feel.

    The resort is home to six restaurants and seven bars with some dining concepts  a first for Mauritius. A firm favourite across all of LUX*’s resorts is the latest outpost of buzzy beach club Beach Rouge, which features pop-style artwork and graffiti by Camille Walala.

    The Palm Court restaurant serves an impressive selection of world cuisines from breakfast through to dinner, cooked from seven live and interactive cooking stations, serving everything from freshly made sushi to wood-fire pizzas and house-made kombucha tonics.

    With its vibrant décor and Latin American soundtrack, INTI is the first Argentinian-Peruvian restaurant in Mauritius and even has its own ceviche and Pisco Bar serving up seafood specialities and accompanying cocktails. Across the bay, Bodrum Blue is a tribute to LUX*’s award-winning resort in Turkey and serves authentic Turkish dishes accompanied by excellent Turkish wines.

    For more intimate or special occasions, groups can book the private Wine Cellar for wine paired dining experiences hosted by the resort’s in-house sommelier, and take advantage of the largest selection of prosecco and cider in the country.

    Over in the dedicated adults-only Banyan Area, inventive cocktails from 88 varieties of rum flow all day from the Rum Tree House and traditional local dishes cooked on wood and charcoal are served up from the Creole Smokehouse.

    The peaceful spa and wellness area offers LUX* Me therapies from Shirley Page and Carita Haute Beauté anti-ageing treatments and meditation expert Kamran Bedi of the Mind Body Method is on hand to help guests re-balance and engage in mindfulness.

    LUX* Grand Gaube is also the first resort in Mauritius to have an Essie nail bar and a Murdoch’s of London barbershop.

    In line with the fresh look of the resort comes a brand new set of Reasons to Go LUX*, with Padel Tennis, a G&T 100 Club, Veggie Heaven and Beach Bento boxes awaiting guests. These welcome additions join the existing and widely celebrated Café LUX* coffee bar, ICI ice cream van, Phone Home telephone box, Cinema Paradiso beach pop-up, Scrucap wines, Mama Aroma toiletries, Message in a Bottle, Tree of Wishes, Junk Art Gallery, Panama Hat station, Photofanatics studio and the Wanderlust Library.

    Toby Cruse / 19.03.2018


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