Christian Stan, at 20 Jul. 21, in News, Ocean View Hotels

Realising that the global travel “reset” means a far more competitive marketplace than ever before – not to mention the opportunity to look at things from a different angle – it seems that there’s a change afoot in Mauritius. And leading the charge, is a brand new resort built from the ground up, the LUX* Grand Baie Resort and Residences.

We’re not surprised to hear that it is LUX* that is pushing the envelope on luxury hospitality in Mauritius. After all, their current LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas is known by the Experientialist as an off-grid paradise curated for seclusion, but full of fabulous surprises or so-called ‘reasons to go LUX*’ (did you know that its 14 hectares are home to over 240,000 honeybees that produce the liquid gold for its wellness and food and beverage outlets?) 

But the big news ahead is the launch of its all-new LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences, due to open this winter. Billed as a “brand flagship,” the Jean-Francois Adam and Kelly Hoppen design collab, next-gen boutique resort is – on paper – everything the discerning OutThere traveller will want from a Mauritian resort: high chic, ultimately private, with a dedication to wellness and escapism. Yet it is connected to local culture and lifestyle on the island’s Northern quarter and the diamond in its crown, Grand Baie.

The LUX* Grand Baie looks to make the most of its enviable location, yet be a jewel and destination in itself. The architectural concept plays right into that, championing outdoor-indoor harmony with a contemporary and elemental edge, a world away from the more traditional resort feel of other properties on the island, but still paying tribute to Mauritius’s raw materials and sustainable design heritage. 

The hotel’s interiors echo the grand structures, encapsulating the essence of relaxed Indian Ocean living, private seclusion and open space, a key demand from travellers after all this time in the pandemic. The all-suite property has been developed to offer a holiday home vibe in its accommodations. This is most evident in the resort’s top-tier, two-bedroom pool residences and villas, perfect for OutThere families, or friends travelling together. Bigger groups will love the one-off, three-bedroom LUX* Grand Beach Pool Villa.

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