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LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Hotel Overview

The totally reimagined retro-chic tropical retreat, tucked away on a peninsula bordering two coves, celebrates life in the tropics the LUX* way. The eye-catching design of Kelly Hoppen blends perfectly with the surrounding tropical greenery, and each room, suite and villa is made to feel like a home—that is, if the home has an outdoor bathtub overlooking the Indian Ocean.

A pioneering vision from designer Kelly Hoppen delivers an eclectic retro-chic lifestyle that’s effortlessly sophisticated, yet blissfully informal. Amidst lush tropical gardens, LUX* Grand Gaube is enveloped by undulating coves, the calmest of lagoons and is blessed with two tranquil beaches and two spectacular swimming pools.

The resort is known for its focus on wellness and its culinary gems, which include a fabulous Peruvian, an overwater Turkish restaurant and even a rum treehouse. A global culinary journey leads to live cooking stations at The Palm Court, Peruvian and Argentinian cuisine at INTI, authentic Creole flavours at Banyan and a Turkish twist at Bodrum Blue.

Room types at LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel

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Superior room

Room Occupancy 3

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You will love the retro bathrooms and the room that feels like a loft.

The wooden floors, the sun-drenched terrace or balcony with its views of the lagoon, the interior design by Kelly Hoppen, and the retro-chic bathrooms give theSuperior Room the feel of an apartment or a loft. But with a beach house feel, so even better. These rooms can be connected to accommodate a tribe of travellers.

Fully air-conditioned, the generous 51 square meter room is equipped with a king-size Sleep Tight bed and sleek contemporary bathroom with large rainfall shower, twin vanities and separate toilet.

All feature mood lighting, 55 inch LED TV’s, high speed complimentary Wi-Fi, desk, safe, universal electric sockets and USB port, kettle, mini-bar, and the indulgence of a Café LUX* coffee machine complete with the famous in-house roasted blends. Naturally, they also enjoy daily housekeeping and 24 hour in-the-room dining.


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Room Occupancy 2

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Set on the shores of a secluded cove, these are perfect for couples and solo travelers seeking some peace of mind and quiet. These beach house meets retro-chic rooms designed by Kelly Hoppen are fitted with all the perks and amenities you could possibly need on holiday. And just wait until you see the standalone bathtub with its indoor plant and salmon pink walls! It’s as Instagrammable as it gets.

These rooms deliver a generous 51 square metres and feature a furnished balcony or terrace, comfortable indoor seating area, king-size Sleep Tight bed and oversized bathroom with walk-in rain shower, deep soaking tub, twin vanities and separate toilet.

All feature mood lighting, 55 inch LED TV’s, high speed complimentary Wi-Fi, desk, safe, universal electric sockets and USB port, kettle, mini-bar, and the indulgence of a Café LUX* coffee machine complete with the famous in-house roasted blends. Naturally, they also enjoy daily housekeeping and 24 hour in-the-room dining.


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Ocean Junior Suite

Room Occupancy 2+1

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From the bubble bath on the outdoor sun-drenched terrace, you can even see the northern islets. It doesn’t get better than this.These ocean suites designed by Kelly Hoppen are made up of navy blue and mustard tones, which give it a chic, beach house feel. The star of the show is the outdoor, standalone bathtub up out on the sun terrace.

Located on the second floor, ensuring privacy. Outdoor sun terrace with a standalone bathtub and chaises-longues (and the most incredible views). One bedroom with a four-poster King-size Sleep Tight bed and luxe linens for the best sleeps. A cozy indoor seating area. Retro-chic bathroom with mood lighting, a big rainfall shower with glass sliding doors that open up to an outdoor bathtub, the gentle sea breeze, twin vanities and a separate toilet, a walk-in dressing. Keep cool (AC, ceiling fan) and enjoy tea & coffee making facilities including a Café LUX* coffee machine and pods and a 55” LED Interactive TV and IPTV Channels.


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Junior Suites

Room Occupancy 3

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This suite is designed for those who want to experience the very best of island living.

There’s an eye-catching bathroom with a glass walled garden to let in all the natural light and sunshine. The location on the ground floor = easy beach access. As for the interior design, it’s all the work of Kelly Hoppen. The suite immediately transports you to a chic beach house.

Exclusively located on the ground floor of the resort, each Junior Suite boasts a secluded decked terrace with comfortable seating area and direct access to the beach and lagoon - just steps away. A walk-in dressing room leads to a show-stopper bathroom with a deep soaking freestanding tub set by a private glass-walled garden plus large walk-in shower, twin vanities and separate toilet.

They feature mood lighting, 55 inch LED TV’s, high speed complimentary Wi-Fi, desk, safe, universal electric sockets and USB port, kettle, mini-bar, and the indulgence of a Café LUX* coffee machine complete with the famous in-house roasted blends. Naturally, they also enjoy daily housekeeping and 24 hour in-the-room dining.


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Family Suite

Room Occupancy 4A

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These large residential suites are generously proportioned with a lounge area adjacent to a king-size Sleep Tight bed, comfy easy chair and walk-in dressing room. Designed to accommodate families with a large double sofa bed for children - these suites are spacious and flexible. Family Suites are also equipped with two sleek oversized bathrooms.

All feature mood lighting, 55 inch LED TV’s, high speed complimentary Wi-Fi, desk, safe, universal electric sockets and USB port, kettle, mini-bar, and the indulgence of a Café LUX* coffee machine complete with the famous in-house roasted blends. Naturally, they also enjoy daily housekeeping and 24 hour in-the-room dining.


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Prestige Junior Suite

Room Occupancy 2+1

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Bordering a sheltered bay, these incredibly spacious suites feel more like homes.

Not only is the room itself spacious and beautifully-decorated by Kelly Hoppen, there’s a 25 sqm sun terrace so you can take in all the vitamin D. There, you’ll find chaises-longues, comfy chairs in the shade, a cozy dining table, an outdoor standalone tub and a jacuzzi. And wait until you see the retro-chic bathroom. You’ll want to move right in. There are only two Prestige Junior Suites set at the edge of the sheltered bay on the grown-ups only side of the resort. In other words, tranquility.

The two exclusive Prestige Junior Suites are situated on the ground floor of the dedicated adults only area and are set by a secluded bay with stunning Indian Ocean vistas.Boasting of indoor & outdoor retro-chic living, they feature expansive terraces with the added luxury of a sun-drenched lounge and dining area and indulgent private whirlpool and bathtub.

All feature mood lighting, 55 inch LED TV’s, high speed complimentary Wi-Fi, desk, safe, universal electric sockets and USB port, kettle, mini-bar, and the indulgence of a Café LUX* coffee machine complete with the famous in-house roasted blends. Naturally, they also enjoy daily housekeeping and 24 hour in-the-room dining.


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LUX* Suite

Room Occupancy 3

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A light-filled room. All the space a modern traveler needs. The little plus? The sound of the ocean to lull you to sleep.

There’s nothing quite like waking up in a spacious room with a beam of sunlight streaming through. The living room, perfect for curling up with a book, opens onto an outdoor terrace. The sofa-bed can sleep a third person. There’s a walk-in dressing room, a beautiful roomy bathroom with a tub and walk-in shower, and a second bathroom for extra privacy.

Set on a private peninsula, this villa is enveloped by panoramic views and is designed for the highest levels of privacy and comfort. A spacious entrance lobby and adjacent kitchen leads to an oversized living and dining area which opens to an outdoor lounge and relaxation deck with private swimming pool, landscaped gardens, gazebo and steps to a beach with loungers.

With dedicated 24-h butler attention providing the highest levels of the legendary LUX* service, the LUX* Villa is the ultimate place to gather friends and family to celebrate life together.


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Ocean Villa/ LUX* Villa

Room Occupancy 6A

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Two bedroom villa designed for the highest level of privacy with an outdoor lounge and relaxation deck, private swimming pool, gazebo, and 24-h butler service set on a private peninsula with its own beach access.

Set apart from the bustle of the resort, theOcean Villa is a haven with two bedrooms and all the space to accommodate a family of travelers. Designed by Kelly Hoppen, it features its very own swimming pool and sun deck, gorgeous tropical indoor bathrooms, and a neutral color palette with a tinge of sea green. The 100 sqm-villa and its manicured gardens overlook the Indian Ocean.

LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Hotel Restaurants

Palm Court Restaurant & Bar

(Breakfast: 07h00- 10h30 | Dinner: 19h00- 22h30| Bar: 10h00-00h00)

A breath of fresh air in a tropical setting imbued with nature - where everyone has an ocean-view table. From dawn till after dusk it showcases around-the-world cuisines and features a walk-in refrigerated Glass Box packed with the freshest of produce, a Mediterranean Tapas Bar showcasing classic Italian and Spanish delicacies, a Southeast Asian Kitchen with live cooking stations

Beach Rouge

(Lunch: 12h30- 15h00 | Dinner: 19h00-22h30)

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Occupying a prime location right on the beach with spectacular views across the lagoon and Indian Ocean beyond, Beach Rouge invites you to pause for relaxed lunches or romantic dinners at the water’s edge or settle under the shade for a long, lazy brunch. Sunsets are toasted with mixologist-made concoctions while a DJ fine-tunes the soundscape.

Bodrum Blue

Restaurant & Bar A la Carte - 60 Seats (12:30 - 15:00 & 19:00 - 22:30)

Expect a Turkish twist with panoramic vistas overlooking the Indian Ocean. This Authentic Turkish restaurant on its own mini peninsula creates Levantine mezzes and succulent kebabs with authentic cuisine inspired by Bodrum’s convivial coastline and Turkey’s vibrant capital. Expect fresh flavours from theTurkish chefs and the freshest weekly ingredients from Istanbul - plus five Turkish wines exclusive to theLUX* Scrucap collection.

It is included in the All inclusive meal plan and a 30% discount applicable per person per meal on food bill to guests who are on Half Board and Full Board

Banyan

(10h00- 22h30)

Under the inspirational setting and shade of an ancient banyan tree, discover three distinct dining and drinking experiences unlike anything else on the island of Mauritius. Order inventive cocktails at the Rum Treehouse or feast on authentic dishes at the Creole Smokehouse. The art of the noble burger is perfected and flame grilled at BB’s, whilst the French Kiss Bar quenches your thirst at a quirky, restored classic Citroën H van.

INTI

(Dinner: 19h00- 22h30)

Meaning the God of Sun, this Peruvian-Argentinian restaurant is a first for the Indian Ocean and the island of Mauritius. Expect Latin American passion with refined Nikkei flair and a seriously exciting bar and grill kitchen. Here, where you can watch ceviche expertly made to order, the cuisine is infused with the essence of Peru, Argentina, Japan, Equador and Mexico and is presented in an intimate and exclusive setting, making INTI our signature dining experience.

The G&T 100 Club

(17:00 - 22:30)

When life gives you lemons - just add gin and tonic! Introducing the G&T 100 Club where we elevate the world’s most popular tipple to new heights with a spectacular menu of the globe's brightest and best blends. From old favourites to new discoveries, the bar team has soured an unrivalled selection of world gins, and curated a menu of deliciously inventive ways to enjoy them.

The gin bar for the perfect sunset aperitif G&T 100 Club is not included in any meal plan. A discount on the invoice is given to guests on all inclusive.

Café LUX*

(07h00- 23h30)

We believe great coffee is a must and at Cafe LUX* we ethically source our own green beans, roast them on-site, develop our own blends and pioneer the very latest techniques. Truly authentic coffee is delivered with care and passion from expertly trained barista’s with cold drips, frozen coffees, and hand-crafted blends ground to order.

ICI

A holiday without ice cream is like an infinity pool without water! Guests deserve the very best, so LUX* has created their very own ice cream brand, ICI. Enjoy flavor combinations such as Sicilian pistachio variegato to bubble gum in waffle cones made in-house and baked right before your eyes.

LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Spa

LUX* Me Spa

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(09:00 - 20:00)

A NEW WORLD OF WELLNESS

The mission is to be a wellness pioneer for the island of Mauritius, and the spa facilities have been developed by experts within their field and are presented to you in an unrivalled tropical sanctuary setting.

The spectacular new LUX* Me Spa tunes visitors into nature and has been completely reimagined, providing everything you need to relax and reinvigorate with an intelligent approach to wellness and a bespoke approach to the individual needs. They also offer world-class hair, beauty and grooming services for both him and her.

A comprehensive line-up of fitness facilities plus meditation, yoga and tai chi classes provides the opportunity to maintain the regime whilst on holiday, or take those first steps to a healthier and happier you.

Welcome to a new world of wellness at LUX* Grand Gaube.

  • 12 treatment rooms
  • Sauna & Steam room
  • LUX* Me Nails
  • LUX* Me Barber Services
  • Hair Salon by Kerastase
  • 3 Pools (Cold, ambient, heated whirlpool)
  • Bridal studio
  • 3 Exclusives retail area featuring LUX* Me, Kerastase and Carita products
  • Ladies and Gentlemen changing room

Spa facilities are reserved to adults only. Children 18 years of age are not allowed, except for treatment. All spa facilities are upon reservation including Steam,Sauna,Pools and Jacuzzi for a duration of 30 minutes per guests.

LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Sport & Leisure Activities

LUX* Fitness

World-class gym featuring Technogym equipment unity 3.0, stretching and meditation area. Personal advice and tailored training sessions available with theWellness concierge.

Children 8 years of age and older must be accompanied by their parents.

Tennis Academy

4 synthetic grass, floodlit tennis courts, and private training sessions available with the certified ITF personal trainer. A Padel Tennis Court

Tennis Policy: Guests are recommended to wear appropriate sportswear & shoes. Tennis balls are on sale at the tennis shop.

Water Sports

Complimentary: water skiing, windsurfing, pedal boats, kayaking, aqua gym, mini sails, snorkelling, glass–bottom boat trips, stand up paddle boarding, and Sport Catamaran sailing (KL & hobie cat).

Additional fees apply for: speedboat rides, scuba– diving, big–game fishing, kite surfing nearby, tube rides, catamaran trips, and private waterskiing.

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Land Sports

Complimentary: gym, beach volley, table tennis, soccer balls, yoga, bocciball, Aquagym and Tai Chi.

Additional fees apply for: bike rental & golf at a nearby course

Golf LUX*

Grand Gaube have an exclusive agreement with the Mont Choisy Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Peter Matkovich

LUX* Air

Take to the skies and enjoy a spectacular view of Mauritius in a two seater seaplane or helicopter directly available from the hotel. A ‘must do’ at LUX* Grand Gaube as words cannot do it justice

Cinema/ Amphitheatre

100m2 / 60 seats

Facilities : Projector HD with HDMI Connection, Pointer, Wi-Fi, Flipchart and microphone (upon request).

Evening Entertainment

Guests are entertained every evening by Mauritius artists.

LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Kids Facilities & Kids Club

Kids & Teens PLAY

(09:00- 22:00, for children aged between 3 and 11 years old)

Facilities: Fun, colourful and educational settings with a garden offering outdoor facilities.

Daily programme on offer including beach games, crab hunting, Indian and Creole fashion shows with parents, fishing lessons, treasure hunting, dance parties, painting and face painting.

Programme on offer including tennis lessons, yoga initiations, fishing, pedalo competitions and water polo

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LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Hotel Facilities

  • Mini-bar
  • Wifi
  • Humidifier and Air Purifier on demand
  • Safe
  • Television
  • Helipad
  • Telephone
  • Complimentary high speed internet connection in all rooms and public areas
  • Infirmary
  • Tea Coffee Service
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Cinema
  • Hairdryer
  • Spa
  • LUX* Boutique
Activities
  • Canoe-kayak
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba diving
  • Tennis
  • Beach volley
  • Aqua gym
  • Windsurfing
  • Tai Chi
  • Bocciball
  • Big game fishing
  • Pool table
  • Yoga
  • Golf
  • Waterskiing
  • Volley-ball
  • Catamaran cruises
  • Boathouse- glass bottom boats, snorkeling, SUP, pedal boats, water ski
  • Fitness
  • Table tennis
Services
  • Concierge Clefs d’Or service
  • Babysitting Service (24h notice, charges apply)
  • Laundry Service
  • Beach Towel Service
  • 24h In-Room Dining (Tray Charge Apply)
  • Beach & Pool Service
  • Private Dining

LUX* Grand Gaube Hotel - Location

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What to Do in the Hotel's Region

Caudan Waterfront

Caudan, built on the old docks on the sea front, is one of the biggest shopping malls in Mauritius. It comprises of more than 170 shops, restaurants, a casino, cinemas and a 5-star business hotel. You may find a collection of local souvenir shops and other foreign brands there. You will also find the Blue Penny Museum which hosts two of the rarest and most expensive stamps in the world.

What to Do in the East

Port Louis

Port Louis, capital and main port of Mauritius was founded in 1735 by French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais. Its residential population of above 150,000 is an intense intermix of races and cultures. Being a vibrant spot, it receives as many visitors during daytime - commuters, locals, businessmen and tourists. Shopping and a visit to the city museums can be very interesting and informative.

What to Do in the East

The ‘bazaar’ (or central market) is located near the harbour on Farquhar Street. It opens every day from 6am. In the colourful and bustling central market everything can be found: from food to garments. In summer, it is advisable to visit the market early, before the heat of the day.

The market is divided into the vegetable and fruit section, the meat section and the craft section. A variety of local food, crafted objects and tropical fruits are sold at affordable prices. The level of hustling there can be tiresome sometimes. Yelling their lungs out, the vendors offer almost unlimited products and services. You have to bargain hard as prices may vary from one stall to another. There is also an area where local snacks and drinks such as dholl puri and alouda are sold. Beware of eating food sold from street stalls if your stomach cannot stand unhealthy and spicy food.

Pirated versions of movies, programs and games are cheap on the street but they are of poor quality and their sale is illegal. Like in all crowded areas, be wary of your surroundings and belongings at all times.

Port Louis, capital and main port of Mauritius was founded in 1735 by French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais. Its residential population of above 150,000 is an intense intermix of races and cultures. Being a vibrant spot, it receives as many visitors during daytime - commuters, locals, businessmen and tourists. Shopping and a visit to the city museums can be very interesting and informative.

Big Game Fishing

Mauritius has acquired over the years a solid reputation in terms of Big Game Fishing. It has been practiced by locals for years and the country is now considered as one of the best world Big Game Fishing destinations.

What to Do in the East

Big Game fishing targets large fish famous for their sporting qualities. The different species that can be caught in Mauritian waters include:

  • Tuna
  • Blue Marlin
  • Black Marlin
  • Bonito
  • Mako Sharks
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Dorado
  • Wahoo
  • Yellow Fin Tuna
  • Sailfish
  • Dog Tooth

Big Game Fishing activities are offered in half-day and full-day packages by different centres across the island, with boats ranging from 36 to 47 ft for 4 to 8 passengers. Some packages sail 200 km away on fishing banks.

Big Game Fishing is also interesting for those non-fishermen, as the landscape seen as the boat is sailing is amazing and some packages provide a ride around the offshore islets north of Mauritius.

Boats are fully equipped with fighting chairs, different rods, GPS, radio, radars, safety equipment, medical kits, fire extinguishers and toilets, among others. The packages usually include snacks and beverages. They are manned by qualified staff that will help those unfamiliar with fishing techniques.

Blue Penny Museum

The Blue Penny Museum hosts a selection of maps, photographs and engravings from different periods in history. It has also a gallery for temporary exhibitions and a souvenir boutique. The pride of the museum's collection lies in two of the world's rarest stamps: the red one-penny and blue two-pence 'Post Office' stamps.

What to Do in the East

They stamps were engraved and printed locally by Joseph Osmond Barnard. In September 1847, Mauritius was the first British colony and fifth country in the world to issue postage stamps. The stamps were incorrectly printed with the words 'Post Office' rather than 'Post Paid'. These stamps now rank among the most valuable in the world.

The Blue Penny Museum, which conveys the history of the island's exploration, settlement and colonial period, provides an enriching experience.

Chinatown

Chinatown is a small village within Port Louis made of Chinese restaurants, shops and other small businesses. Its cramped shops sell practically everything. Many hawkers sell Chinese foods as well. The elders of Chinatown still wear traditional dress and speak with a strong Chinese accent.

La Place D’Armes

Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais
At the entrance of Place D’Armes, the statue of the French governor, Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, one of the founding fathers of Mauritius, dominates the view.

Theatre of Port Louis

Built in the 19th Century, this timeless municipal theatre is one of the oldest in the Indian Ocean. It is decorated in a classic London theatre style and seats around 600 people.

Government House

Government House is one of the oldest and the most important building in Port Louis. The striking French colonial structures of this building were constructed in 1740 by Mahé de Labourdonnais. It was his official residence as governor.

What to Do in the East

Port Louis’ most imposing boulevard, Sookdeo Bissoondoyal, lined with royal palm trees leads up to Government House. Outside stands a typically solemn statue of the British Queen Victoria representative of Mauritian history. Some huge flame trees give shade to the entrance.

Mauritius is one of the Commonwealth countries with the oldest democratic tradition

Champ de Mars

Champ de Mars, founded in 1812, is another interesting place to visit especially during the racing season. Situated in Port Louis, it is the sole race-track on the island. It is the oldest race course in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest in the southern Hemisphere.

What to Do in the East

As the most popular sport in Mauritius, a high level of professionalism has been reached in the organization of races over the last decades. Thus, boosting competition levels, and creating a unique electrifying atmosphere on each race day. This is a great tourist attraction as well. You can expect around 30 000 visitors per race.

The first race-meeting usually starts in mid-May and ends normally in late November, with an average of nine horses per race. On average, some 60 horses participate on each racing day. Since the early 1990's, the Totalising System has been introduced and various betting combinations are now available. The standard of horses in Mauritius may not be as high as in Europe or U.S., but the atmosphere during a race-meeting is definitely as exciting as anywhere else in the world

Golf - North

Mauritius has a long experience as long as golf is concerned. Indeed, this sport was introduced in 1844, under the British rule, thus becoming the third country in the world to be introduced to golf.

Mauritius has set itself the objective of becoming the best golf destination in the Indian Ocean, and gradually a worldwide reference. It is worth mentioning that, in 2008, the country was the Golf Destination of the Year title by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGRO).

What to Do - North

Today, Mauritius hosts eight 18-hole golf courses, as well as five 9-hole golf courses, most of them being situated within hotel resorts along the coastline. Most of them have been designed by famous golf course designers like Bernhard Langer, Ernie Els and Rodney Wright.

Golf courses have certified instructors, and all the materials like golf balls, clubs, caddies and carts can be hired. For those who wish to try their hand, private golf lessons are also available.

The unique thing about golf in Mauritius is that it can be practised under optimal conditions in breathtaking background scenery of gorgeous mountains and beaches that surround most of the golf courses.

Kitesurf North

Although a lot of people are not aware of it, kite-surfing has its roots as far back as the early 1800s, but was formalized in the mid 1990s. It is often described as a mixture of different water and flying sports like windsurfing, wakeboarding, surfing and paragliding.

Mauritius, with its wide lagoons and South East Trade winds offers all the required ingredients for a thrilling kite surfing adventure. Mauritian waters offer opportunities both to beginners and experienced kite surfers; it is thus seeing more visitors choosing the destination for its kite surfing opportunities.

What to Do - North

The country now counts 8 registered kite surf schools and rentals. As most water sports, these services are usually available within hotel premises, but are not limited exclusively to the hotel’s customers. Moreover, these schools main instructors have got the International Kiteboarding Organisation certification. These schools also offer kiteboard rental either per day or per week. The equipment is of international standards and regularly updated. Some schools also offer downwind and lagoon crossing trips for small groups interested in surfing around the island. However, they have to be booked well in advance for logistics reasons.

Even if experienced kite surfers are tempted to just go with the flow, it is advisable to have all necessary information, so as to know where the best spots are, what is the best time of the year and what are the precautions needed on specific spots.

When?
Since water temperature will not go below 20°C, there is no unsuitable season for kite surfing. Even the winds make it possible to kite surf all year round. However, during the months of June to January, winds can get very strong.

Where in the North?
It is not very common to kite surf around Trou aux Biches, as the winds there can occur very rarely. Surfers will then tend to go outside the lagoon, which is not very appropriate for beginners. Bain Boeuf can be a good alternative in the north. Cap Malheureux, Anse La Raie and Butte a l’Herbe are also kite surfing spots, though more suitable for intermediate to confirmed kiters. The drawback of the Northern region is that a lot of beaches there are crowded with people, and swimmers flock in the sea. Speedboats are also numerous.

Horse Riding North

Horseback riding is definitely not new to Mauritians, nor Mauritius. The least one can say is that it is a sport deeply rooted in the traditions of the country. The fact that we find here the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere is proof enough of that. The passion of horse racing is shared by (almost) all Mauritians. And that, irrespective of their ethnicity or social class...

What to Do - North

But horseback riding is not practiced only on the Champ de Mars racecourse. There are quite a few equestrian centers on the island. You can most definitely stroll down the wide (and white) sandy beaches of the island on horseback. With the lapping waves in the background, you can enjoy the sun and scenery as a bonus. During the day, the sportiest and most experienced can also take a dip in the sea with their horses! This is a unique experience that can only leave you with good memories. In the evening, enjoy the sunset as you stroll quietly, alone, with your partner or your family.

The beach is not your favorite playground ? Well, you can also enjoy horse riding in lush vegetation on beautiful domains at the heart of the island. Some even extend over 2,000 hectares. You can also find equestrian centers in various localities of the island.

In the North

Several equestrian centers will welcome you in the north of the island. You can learn to ride and jump but also acquire dressage and vaulting techniques in quarries built on a former sugar factory or just stroll enjoying the farm animals and deer along the way.

Mauritius Botanical Garden

One of the most popular attractions in Mauritius is the historical Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden which is located in Pamplemousses. The botanical garden is considered as the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.

What to See in the North

This awe-inspiring garden was created by Pierre Poivre in 1767, and covers an area of around 37 hectares. The centre piece of the garden is a pond filled with giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies, native to South America. The garden has a range of spices and a unique collection of 85 varieties of palm trees from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. Some of the more prominent are the stubby bottle palms, the tall royal palms and the talipot palms, which flower once after about 40 years and then die. Other varieties include the raffia, sugar, toddy, fever, fan and even sealing-wax palms.

Another highlight is bird watching for the crimson hues of the Madagascar fody. There are captive populations of deer and around a dozen giant Aldabra tortoises near the park's northern exit.

Gabriel Island

What to See in the North

Commonly known as Ilot Gabriel, this lush islet is among one of the most popular Northern Islets of Mauritius. It is precisely located near the Round Island and the Flat Island, just some 10 kilometres North of Cap Malheureux.

The island is an isolated haven for those seeking some quiet, relaxing moments. Being a nature reserve and home to the splendid Paille en Queue birds, the island has undeniably attracted many tourists as well as locals.

It extends over an area of 42 hectares surrounded by unspoiled fine white sand and turquoise crystal clear water. It is also very well-known for its safe snorkeling and diving sites; an idyllic destination for a day of relaxation on the beach.

The island is the most liked islet among tourists and locals for a fun and relaxing catamaran cruise. Besides the panoramic view, the island is special in the sense that it is full of lush green vegetations and indigenous fauna and flora. Its coastal vegetation is typically of sandy dune.

Mont Choisy Beach

The Mont Choisy beach lies in a very serene environment, just some kilometres away from the bustling life of Grand Bay. The beach is ideal for those who are seeking for a peaceful, and intimate getaway.

Stretched over almost 3 kilometres, from Trou aux Biches to Pointe aux Canonniers, the Mon Choisy beach is among the longest beaches in the island. It is the main highlight of the place, and is frequently visited by locals and tourists as well.

With its lush green casuarina trees flanked on one side, and the splendid emerald sea on the other, Mont Choisy beach is just perfect for those who yearn to sunbathe, or swim in the crystal clear water.

What to See in the North

You might also want to indulge in fun activities such as water sports like water ski, surfing, kayaking, parasailing, or glass bottom trip to admire the glorious fauna and flora of the lagoon. Also, there is a beach soccer playground next to a football playground, where football tournaments are seldom held.

And romantics may enjoy an intimate moment while contemplating the dusky sunset sky on the beach in the evening.

Mauritius Aquarium

What to See in the North

Another attraction not to be missed while touring on the Northern part of Mauritius is the Mauritius Aquarium, situated in the small coastal village of Pointe aux Piments. It is an almost 20 minutes drive from Grand Bay.

A favorite among kids, the aquarium is a little haven of many marine species in different tanks and pools in which you can get an impressive view of the aquatic life without getting into the water. There are currently 150 different types of marine animals which inhabit new ecological setting of the aquarium.

The biggest tank has a length of 15 meters and contains a multiplicity of harmless aquatic animals, which young visitors will be able to interact with. The daily feeding time for the fishes is at 11:00 am where you will have the opportunity to watch impressive animals like sharks, tortoises and moray eels.

Guided tours are not available in the aquarium but if questions come up you can ask the staff members. Furthermore you will find a small souvenir shop and a snack-bar with different lunch offers and drinks.

Red Church at Cap Malheureux

The famous Roman Catholic ‘Red Church at Cap Malheureux’ is commonly visited by tourists who wish to take vows on the island. The church is also known as Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, and was built in the small fishing village of Cap Malheureux (the unfortunate Cape). The church has a red roof which stands on the northern coast facing the lagoon and the majestic Coin De Mire Islet.

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The church was built to honour the sailors who died in the shipwrecks which happened in the colonial period. It is also where British invaders defeated the French in 1810, another reason why the French might consider it as an unfortunate place.

Today, the church attracts many tourists for wedding photoshoot sessions due to its elegant architecture and gorgeous scenic background.

Sugar Museum and Factory

Located at Beau Plan, Pamplemousses, the Sugar Museum and Factory, commonly known as ‘L’Aventure du Sucre’, is a former sugar factory which houses one of the best museums in Mauritius. The factory was founded in 1797, and ceased working in 1999.

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Today it serves as a museum to recount the story of sugar and slavery in Mauritius.

Most of the machinery is still in place, and former workers are on hand to answer questions about the factory and the complicated process of turning sugar cane into crystals. There are also videos and interactive displays as well as quizzes for children. At the end of the visit you will get to taste some of the 15 varieties of unrefined sugar, two of which were invented in Mauritius.

Interestingly, the museum has chosen two “mascots” to tell children the extraordinary story of sugar: two animals typical of the island, the mynah bird (martin) and the mongoose. These two mascots will guide the children all along the visit, offering entertaining questions and answers to be found under envelopes placed in various places in the museum and in the factory.

Grand Bay

Located in the North Western Coast of Mauritius, Grand Bay is a seaside village mostly visited by tourists all year round. This vibrating touristy village has a mild temperature which is ideal for those seeking to spend some quality time at the beach.

Besides its incredible beaches, this tourist hub offers many water activities such as swimming, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, bottom glass trip, catamaran cruises, undersea walk to explore the exquisite marine ecosystem, and the list is just endless.

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You can spend an amazing day as well as an unforgettable night where you have a great choice of nightclubs, bars, and lounges. Special themed parties are usually organized in most of the nightclubs such as ‘Les Enfants Terribles’, Banana Club, Azalle Lounge Club, OMG and others.

Furthermore, you will have a range of facilities such as shopping malls, supermarkets, accommodation, banks, ATMs, and restaurants. You will find excellent places where you can have scrumptious meals, featuring both local and international cuisine, depending on your taste. You can also check out Le Capitaine, Le Tandoor, Boulette Ti Kouloir, Luigi’s, Happy Rajah, Bistrot de Bacchus, and many other restaurants in the area to delight your taste buds.

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