Mau­ri­tius the LUX* Way

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The is­land of Mau­ri­tius, sur­rounded by the warm In­dian Ocean, has long been a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion be­cause of its white sand beaches, la­goons, and trop­i­cal reefs, mak­ing it an ideal place to re­lax and en­joy the sun­shine, as well as ex­plore the magic of the world be­neath the waves. Add to this hik­ing trails through the trop­i­cal forests, and the ar­ray of de­li­cious cui­sine on of­fer, and it’s clear Mau­ri­tius truly is an ideal hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

LUX* Re­sorts de­cided to take the magic of Mau­ri­tius to new heights with the ab­so­lute lux­ury of its two re­sorts on the is­land: LUX* Belle Mare and LUX* Le Morne.

What stands out par­tic­u­larly about the re­sorts – apart from their beauty, lux­ury, and in­cred­i­ble ameni­ties – is the at­ten­tion to de­tail that LUX* has paid to ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence at the re­sort. Ev­ery­thing has the LUX* stamp of ap­proval, mean­ing it is of su­perb qual­ity. LUX* Belle Mare Nes­tled on the east coast of Mau­ri­tius, LUX* Belle Mare is a par­adise within an is­land par­adise. The warm smiles of the staff greet guests as they ar­rive. Out­side, an im­mense pool is en­joyed by hol­i­day-mak­ers ei­ther bathing in the re­fresh­ing wa­ter, or re­lax­ing on the sun loungers, and a row of palm trees fringes the beach with its turquoise wa­ter and pow­der-white sand that is just a few steps away.

The suites and rooms of LUX* Belle Mare are calm­ing, airy spa­ces dec­o­rated in pale shades, each with an ex­pan­sive bath­room adorned with high-end LUX* toi­letries. The rooms are re­lax­ing places in which to un­wind, with glass doors or win­dows open­ing out on ei­ther the spec­tac­u­larly man­i­cured gar­dens (where yoga classes are held in the shady spots) or the bril­liant ocean view.

When it comes to cui­sine, be pre­pared to in­dulge. Next to the pool, the ice cream par­lour, ICI, LUX*’S very own brand, spe­cialises in hand-made ice cream in a va­ri­ety of flavours – the per­fect ad­di­tion when re­lax­ing next to the pool. For an al fresco, laid­back lunch, the food truck – in­spired by the movie Chef – is ideal. The

Latin Amer­i­can flavours pre­pared are ex­quis­ite, as is the set­ting. Sit­ting down to a plate of na­chos and a cold beer, with Latin mu­sic mix­ing with the sound of the waves, is a fan­tas­tic way to lunch on the is­land.

A stay at LUX* Belle Mare is not com­plete without ex­pe­ri­enc­ing din­ner at Duck Laun­dry. Dec­o­rated in dark wood with touches of red, Duck Laun­dry serves up con­tem­po­rary-style Chi­nese dishes. In or­der to get a taste of ev­ery­thing (be­cause you will re­gret it if you do not), ask the chef to cre­ate tast­ing plates of his favourites and in­dulge. From the Pek­ing duck with steamed pan­cakes to the dim sum, din­ner here is a gas­tro­nomic fan­fare of flavours, and one of the high­lights of a stay with LUX*.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing this Chi­nese food ex­trav­a­ganza is LUX* wines, Scru­cap. LUX* goes to South Africa, one of the best wine­mak­ing coun­tries in the world, to source vin­tages from some of the most revered wine es­tates in the coun­try be­fore adorn­ing them with its stamp of ap­proval.

To as­sist in un­wind­ing, visit the on­site spa for some pam­per­ing – LUX* style. LUX* has gone above and be­yond with ev­ery­thing at the re­sort, and LUX* Me Spa is no ex­cep­tion. The LUX* team has cre­ated its own ex­clu­sive oil blends – which all smell heav­enly, and each with their own unique pur­pose, from stress-re­liev­ing to in­vig­o­rat­ing – that guests can choose from for their mas­sages. LUX* Le Morne On the more moun­tain­ous side of the is­land, LUX* Le Morne is more in­ti­mate than its sis­ter prop­erty, but no less lux­u­ri­ous. It is the per­fect place for a ro­man­tic ren­dezvous.

As with LUX* Belle Mare, LUX* Le Morne also has a Café LUX*. Here, their pas­sion for java is ob­vi­ous. For the cof­fee lovers, there is a full LUX* cof­fee ex­pe­ri­ence where guests can taste the dif­fer­ent meth­ods of brew­ing – from cold press all the way through to drip. LUX*, as with ev­ery­thing the brand does, has placed its own qual­ity stamp on the cof­fee. All the cof­fee is sourced by LUX*, and roasted on­site to the high stan­dards of the brand.

An ex­pe­ri­ence of­fered by LUX* Le More that can­not be missed is the op­por­tu­nity to swim with wild dol­phins. Early in the morn­ing, be­fore the sun is up, guests can join guides on a boat. Upon spot­ting the grace­ful crea­tures mak­ing an ap­pear­ance among the waves, you can strap on your flip­pers and gog­gles and dive in to catch up with them to wit­ness their majesty.

As LUX* Le Morne is an in­ti­mate re­sort, there are three swim­ming pools to choose from, in­stead of one large pool. Beau­ti­fully tiled and sur­rounded by com­fort­able loungers and palm trees, a day by the pool at LUX* Le Morne is a fan­tas­tic way to re­lax.

Ham­mocks are ar­ranged where the white sand of the beach meets the In­dian Ocean – yet an­other per­fect place to re­lax, cock­tail in hand, watch­ing a sun­set.

Mau­ri­tian cui­sine is an amal­ga­ma­tion of dif­fer­ent cul­tural flavours from around the world. In­dian spice can be tasted in cur­ries, as well as other Asian in­flu­ences in noo­dle dishes and stir fries. To get a more hand­son ex­pe­ri­ence of Mau­ri­tian food, guests can par­tic­i­pate in a cook­ing class. One of LUX* Le Morne’s ex­cel­lent chefs will take you through mak­ing a Mau­ri­tian dish to repli­cate at home when you’re miss­ing Mau­ri­tius (which you cer­tainly will).

As men­tioned, LUX* Le Morne is nes­tled in the forested, moun­tain­ous sec­tion of the is­land. To ex­plore more of it, an ex­pe­ri­enced guide is on hand to take guests on a hike along the moun­tain. Along the way, the guide will tell in­ter­est­ing tales of the his­tory of the land, as well as pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the in­cred­i­ble plant life that is found there.

Back at the re­sort, a foodie ex­pe­ri­ence like no other awaits on the beach. Sit­ting on a couch, en­joy­ing some LUX* sparkling wine, Pop­cap, guests can eat sea urchins just plucked from the ocean. Crack­ing them open, dress­ing them with lemon juice and Tabasco, be­fore in­dulging in this unique treat, one can­not help but feel, once again, the ex­clu­siv­ity that comes with a stay at LUX* Le Morne.

Both LUX* Belle Mare and LUX* Le Morne are as­ton­ish­ing. LUX* has gone to new heights to make the brand so syn­ony­mous with all-round lux­ury – from the LUX* wines en­joyed dur­ing din­ner and the LUX* cof­fee sipped at the counter of the café, to the lav­ish LUX* bath prod­ucts in the rooms, if the LUX* stamp is on it, you know it’s good.

Take a Mau­ri­tius hol­i­day to new heights by go­ing LUX*.

For more info, visit www.luxre­sorts.com or email info@is­land­lighthol­i­days.co.za.

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