Just off the southeast coast of Africa, surrounded by the warm clear palm –shaded waters of the Indian Ocean, the peaceful island of Mauritius is unexpectedly lush and steeped in rich, varied history. The island’s colourful culture is evident at Lux* Le Morne. Light hearted and a lot of fun, the name Lux comes from the Latin word light, and that’s what Lux’s concept is all about; lighter, brighter living (and a whole lot of heavenly pampering in between).
You don’t need to worry about bagging a sea- facing view here; all 149 rooms and suites look out over the ocean. Rich wooden floors have been polished to perfection (by hand with coconuts) and beds are handmade and covered in linens that have been scented with especially made essential oils. Everything is very well thought out from the tiny reading lamps by the beds, to the boat-like paddles on the large wooden fans.
Bathing-wise, there’s an indoor shower, an outdoor shower that’s been cut from rock and looks up at the majestic Le Morne Mountain, or the enormous enamel , freestanding bath that’s perfect for wallowing in. Spacious marble surfaces are covered in some of the most delicious products, packaged in white, with neon graphics, the combinations of fragrance (from Indian Ocean peppermint to citronella and ginger) will leave you hot -footing it to the shop to stock up before you leave.
Beach bums can flop on giant cushions on the beach or head to the blissful eight-room spa and the more energetic can make the most of the complimentary watersports from pedal boating, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling with exotic fish, heading out on a glass bottom boat and waterskiing down at the beach hut.
It’s the constant surprises that make this hotel stand out a mile, from the pop-up screen on the beach cinema (complete with popcorn), to the secret bar, the retro candy striped ice-cream stall, to the message in a bottle, which if found, might contain all sorts of treasure from free massage vouchers to complimentary beach dinners for two. There’s a pop-up Island Kitchen street food stall each Saturday serving tasty Creole dishes to try while you watch the traditional Sega dances on the beach by candlelight. Heaven? We think so
- Going out on the speedboat and swimming with dolphins
- The impeccable service
- The pop-up outdoor cinema on the beach
- The ‘tropicall’ telephone box where you can dial home for free
- The incredible spa with an excellent range of treatments
- The secret bar
- Lux* Le Morne is one of those hotels that just seems to do everything spot on. In fact it’s faultless. If you’re staying a week it can get a little pricey, but it’s worth every penny of it.
Need to know:
Number of rooms: 149. There are 64 Superior Rooms, 10 Junior Suites, 15 Honeymoon Junior Suites, 45 Prestige Junior Suites and 15 Ocean Junior Suites.
Check-in/check-out times: 2pm and 11am
Room service: Yes, there’s extremely efficient 24-hour room service
Swimming pool: Yes, there are three gorgeous infinity swimming pools to choose from. Each has it’s own pool bar that you can swim up to and grab a cocktail or a fresh coconut water.
Spa: A lot of time and thought has been put into the Lux* me concept spa and it shows. There’s a hamman and sauna and infinity pool to completely de- stress in, before heading to one of the eight spacious treatment rooms. The specially made Lux* products are delicious and well-trained staff will tailor –make your treatment. They offer everything from body wraps to island style massages to hydrating facials
Eating and drinking: There are three restaurants with a firm focus on healthy eating, pick from the Beach (Mediterranean cuisine), the Kitchen, which has an overflowing fresh buffet or Nipa, the Thai restaurant. Pool bars Ilot and Oasis serve cocktails in fresh coconuts and Café Lux does a mean fresh coffee, made from locally roasted beans.
Near to? At Lux it’s all about creating what you want from the trip and the talented staff are genius at tailoring fitness, spa and relaxation to your personal needs. Don’t like the gym but want to get fit? Try soft-sand jogging, sunset yoga, swimming with dolphins or horse riding along the beach.
If you’ve exhausted all the complimentary watersports , you can book speedboat rides, learn to scuba dive or take out a kitesurf. There are two-floodlit tennis courts, bikes you can hire out to cycle along the coast and beach volleyball. Every Tuesday evening, there’s a pop-up cinema on the beach and on Friday nights there’s an astrologer who comes to explain the starry night sky.
Mauritius has a rich and varied history from seafarers to spice traders and then there’s much to explore, from the Chamarel Waterfalls to the working Bois Chéri tea plantation, where you can sit and taste teas that have just been made.
Getting there: Air Mauritius (airmauritius.com) flies a direct route from London Heathrow to the SSR International Airport Mauritius. It’s then an hour’s journey from the airport to Lux* Le Morne. Transfers can be arranged with the hotel.