Living on the glorious stretch of the sweeping tropical coastline running along the eastern shore of Mauritius, LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas is a contemporary spin on luxury hospitality. By Sushmita Srivastav
Tucked away amidst beautifully manicured tropical gardens next to the sleepy village of Belle Mare, the LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas sits right on the powder-soft sand, looking out on the sapphire Mauritian lagoon. Sweeping views of the sea, palms swaying along with the breeze, and beryl-blue waters right at your feet, the resort unfurls like a tropical dream where you can arrive to do it all or absolutely nothing.
Staying true to the brand—LUX* Resorts & Hotels, the resort aptly borrows and keeps safe the spirit of tropical island living. British design queen Kelly Hoppen took a cue from the traditional Mauritian architecture and breathed it into the overall design and interiors of the place, hence, gifting it a strong visual flair. The stunning vaulted lobby, with the most Instagrammable bouquet of rattan lamps ever, invites you in and leads you straight to the Café LUX*, where you can do everything from making yourself the perfect cuppa to learning from the baristas the art of roasting beans. All the 174 contemporary suites and villas with thatched roofs and sea-facing balconies are dressed here in soothing whites and done to perfection with light woods and bed throws in vibrant colours.
While the hip club-style restaurant called Beach Rouge is perfect for enjoying sea fare and partying on the beach till dawn, Duck Laundry serves up delicious home-style Chinese plates. You can relish true Indian flavours at Amari and taste the bests at MIXE where interactive stations and cuisines from across the world just win you over. Stumble upon ICI, the resort’s very own artisanal ice-cream brand, be awed at the gorgeous wine cellar of La Cave, enjoy Latin American spreads at the Gourmet Food Truck, and sip on craft beers and sundowners at the poolside K Bar. Love beach shacks? Mari Kontan is your answer – a chic shack where you can sample over a hundred types of rums.
Whether you choose to sunbathe on a daybed by the pool, snorkel in the deep lagoon, or unwind with a drink in hand while listening to a live band, ride a bicycle along the coastline, or ride a horse on the Belle Mare Beach—LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas has it all covered for you. You can even pick to pamper yourself at the LUX* ME spa, hit the Technogym, dive into an adults-only pool, or watch a movie under the swaying groves, there are endless reasons to try the luxury tropical life at LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas.