British designer Kelly Hoppen MBE and Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam have reinvented the fresh-spirited LUX* Grand Gaube resort and spa.
In doing so they have introduced an innovative approach to style and hospitality to Mauritius. Re-opening at the end of the year on the African island’s northern coast, edging the private bay are two beaches, tropical gardens, brand new forward-thinking restaurants and sociable bars, 186 bedrooms and suites, a luxe-for-less boutique, and an indoor cinema for movie screenings and sporting events. Thanks to thoughtful touches and residential-feel interiors from the award-winning design studio and leading architect, the easy, breezy spirit of multicultural Mauritius will be inspiring in an entirely new way.
The sheltered north-facing resort has been cleverly remodelled to greet arriving guests with a staggering, uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean as well as the offshore islands. No stone of the former building has been left unturned as part of the US$32 million renovations, while the natural setting has been preserved — wild flowers still scent the lovingly tended gardens and the postcard-perfect scenes are sound-tracked by layers of birdsong.
Kelly Hoppen has dressed the resort in timeless understated glamour. Channelling fond memories of favourite holidays in Cape Town, Capri, Mallorca and Antigua, and having fallen for the energy of Grand Gaube itself, Kelly has created a feel-good factor that no other Indian Ocean destination has known.
By gently layering every look with tactile ceramics, hand-picked accessories, vintage rattan and residential-quality soft furnishings, Kelly’s designs breathe uplifting style and soul into every space, while inviting nature inside, wherever possible.
Artist flair is also on the agenda at LUX* Grand Gaube. French street-artist Jace will be sharing his famous Gouzou illustration around the resort prompting the chance to play ‘Gouzou Spotting’; London-based French artist Camille Walala is painting original murals — her much-Instagrammed brightly-coloured designs grace walls from Melbourne to Manhattan, and now Mauritius.
Jean-Francois Adam’s ambition for LUX* Grand Gaube has been to design comfortable tropical living through contemporary spaces. The architect’s method is to think and rethink projects to ensure that volumes are generous, lines are precise and style is unpretentious. Convinced that architecture has a heart and a soul, he unites artistic talent with rational mind to bring life to his designs. For him, it all starts with a sound understanding of the site’s characteristics and constraints to identify what constitutes its spirit.
Exclusive launch rates available for this five-star LUX* resort for bookings made by 30 November 2017: Bookings made before the end of November 2017 get an additional 15% discount on the Long Stay Offer online.