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Nestled amid tropical gardens near the village of Belle Mare, the LUX* Belle Mare is an idyllic hideaway on the glorious east coast of Mauritius, and having enjoyed a revamp under the stylish hand of London based designer Kelly Hoppen, LUX* Belle Mare is also one of the coolest retreats on the island.
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Sitting on the powder soft Belle Mare beach, with a lagoon like ocean protected by coral reefs, LUX* Belle Mare offers 174 suites and 12 private villas, each designed in calming neutral shades, with a pop of colour. A super king-size Sleep tight bed provides a heavenly night's sleep, whilst a lounge and spacious terrace or balcony overlook the gardens, soft white sand and the turquoise lagoon. A spacious bathroom features a walk-in shower, bathtub, double washbasins and separate toilet with adjoining dressing room. Family Suites feature two interconnecting guest suites, whilst the LUX* Suite is a real treat, with private dining area and rooftop terrace. The 12 Villas come complete with private heated swimming pool.
LUX* Belle Mare also offers plenty of options for the foodies, from the main restaurant M.I.X.E with its sprawling breakfast buffet, live cooking stations and chocolate room, to the newest addition - Amari by Vineet - a chic Indian restaurant under the creative control of Michelin-star chef Vineet Bhatia. There's a hint of the French Riviera at Beach Rouge, whilst Duck Laundry will transport guests straight to downtown Shanghai. For sundowners, head to K-Bar, or indulge in a gelato at the ICI parlour.
Spa bunnies can retreat to LUX* Me spa, where the spa concierge will tailor holistic treatments, from luxurious facials and body scrubs, to relaxing massages. Invigorating yoga classes are also offered, alongside a variety of fun exercise programmes. For the water babies, if the turquoise lagoon is not enough of a draw, LUX* Belle Mare also boasts the largest swimming pool on the island.
Watersports available include kitesurfing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and water-skiing. Swimming with dolphins, and glass-bottom boat trips are also offered, alongside deep sea fishing trips. Land activities include tennis, beach volleyball, horse-riding, petanques, golf, biking and hiking.
Why we love it
LUX* Belle Mare love to treat their guests, whether through a 'message in a bottle' to be found by guests in the gardens and containing a free spa voucher, to free Phone Home telephone boxes, or the wonderful al fresco Cinema Paradisio.
Isabel, Original Traveller