As Mauritius prepares to toast 50 years since gaining independence in 1968, the island nation is also riding a wave of momentum, with some seriously luxurious new openings playing testament to its increasing desirability amongst tropical jetsetters.
Last month saw the highly anticipated re-opening of One&Only Le Saint Géran after a nine-month facelift and multimillion dollar investment for the resort, which opened in 1975. The grand dame retains her prime position on the north-eastern coast, the private peninsula boasting its own calm lagoon and beachfront. But the resort itself has been reimagined as a modern icon of ultra-luxury in true One&Only style – with a sense of playful adventure that never veers from the elegant and the extraordinary.
Rooms have emerged as modern tropical havens; spacious and airy, each with generous outdoor area. Dining will take on a new dynamism, with overwater dining pavilions and theatre-style cooking; while new swimming pools and cabanas, a spectacular new spa and revamped public spaces combine to breathe new life into this iconic property.
The Kelly Hoppen-designed LUX Grand Gaube also flung open its doors after an extensive renovation last month, revealing a playful – can we say flirtatious? – and eclectically elegant new design, rich in retro-chic references and decadent touches (we’re talking 85 sqm family suites with walk-in wardrobe and deep-soaking tubs; and LUX Villa set on its own private peninsula, with private pool, gazebo, indoor/outdoor bathroom and 24-hour butler. This place has modern beachy indulgence stamped all over it, from the dedicated G&T 100 Club to the French Kiss bar, which operates out of a classic Citroen van, under the ancient banyan tree. Then, of course, there’s the spa – think cutting-edge treatments with a tropical touch. A dedicated Wellness Concierge will guide you to your peak self, while an essential oils guru will guide you to a state of bliss.
Meanwhile, AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced plans for a new south coast resort set to open in 2021, hinting at more laidback luxury to come for this vibrant island destination.