Mauritian paradise Lux* Belle Mare welcomed guests back in October 2023, revealing a transformed look after over a year of meticulous renovations. Under the creative guidance of Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam and interior designer Jean-Marc Tang, the resort seamlessly blends modern designs with its longstanding commitment to a familial atmosphere.
Drawing inspiration from the vibrant surroundings, the refreshed property embraces a palette of soothing pastels, coral, greens, and sand white, embodying the perfect fusion of minimalism and tropical design. The result is an aesthetic that captures the true essence of island living, creating a serene atmosphere throughout the hotel.
The 174 suites and 12 villas within the resort epitomise laid-back luxury while preserving Mauritius’s rich heritage. These spaces harmoniously blend with the natural surroundings, featuring unique elements such as tables crafted from reclaimed local sand, custom-printed wallpaper paying homage to nearby coral reefs, and whitewashed wood seating adorned with nautical rope details, meticulously woven by local artisans.
LUX* Belle Mare, one of the 25 resorts operated by LUX* across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Indian Ocean, holds a special place in the brand’s heart, with its roots deeply embedded in Mauritius.
Jean-Francois Adam, in reshaping the resort, allowed the unique character of the site to guide the reinvention. Elements like wind, orientation, perspectives, and natural light played a pivotal role in determining the architecture. Notably, the original thatched roof was replaced with wooden shingles and skylights, introducing more natural light and contemporary lines to the design, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.
Jean-Marc Tang’s design approach follows a modern, minimalist style while respecting the history of the space and the picturesque island location. Steering clear of the typical turquoise cliché, Tang’s palette focuses on pastels, including coral and blush paints with sand colors. This deliberate choice results in a refreshing lack of clichés, offering a soothing array of tones and textures that subtly draw from the island setting.
Tang’s dedication to local craftsmanship and artisans is evident in the bespoke furniture crafted from sand and the incorporation of different textures. This meticulous process brings the spirit of the place back into the spaces, creating a unique and authentic ambiance.
Lux* Belle Mare not only revives its world-class facilities but also introduces new amenities, including enriching conservation activities and an onsite farm. The farm supplies pesticide-free fresh vegetables, herbs, and leafy greens, contributing to the resort’s commitment to sustainability and providing guests with a farm-to-table experience.
The reimagined guest experiences at Lux* Belle Mare extend beyond the traditional, with a renewed focus on immersive conservation activities. Guests can participate in marine biodiversity lessons with Eco-Sud non-profit organisation one day and engage in hands-on conservation efforts with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation the next.
The resort’s five signature restaurants, reflecting the global reach of the LUX* brand and the diverse culture of the island, provide a culinary journey for every palate. From the contemporary interpretation of India’s culinary heritage at Amari by Vineet, helmed by chef Vineet Bhatia, to the playful modern Chinese cuisine at Duck Laundry, Lux* Belle Mare caters to diverse tastes. The “Keen on Green” concept introduces plant-based, vegan, and locally sourced dishes across all menus, aligning with the resort’s commitment to sustainable and mindful dining.
Lux* Belle Mare emerges as a phoenix on the East Coast, offering a redefined luxury experience and providing yet another compelling reason to choose Mauritius as the ultimate summer destination.