After a night of deep slumber at Lux Le Morne, wake up to blue skies and a postcard-worthy white sandy beach, with palm trees on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other – don’t worry, you’re not still dreaming. This beachside boutique hotel puts a world of watersports at your flippertips: after a morning of windsurfing, diving, sailing and kayaking, treat yourself to a few hours of head-to-toe pampering in the Lux Me spa. Book in a manicure, pedicure, hair revamp and make-up session with the experts, before a romantic dinner in East – the fine-dining Thai restaurant.
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11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Please note: a copy of your booking confirmation must be presented at check-in.
Double rooms from $298.98 (€270), excluding tax at 15 per cent.
Rates generally include a buffet breakfast of fresh fruits, yoghurt, cereals, freshly baked patisseries, cold meats and cheeses, eggs as you like them, bacon and sausages (both pork and chicken).
Whether you’re new to the yoga mat or a well-practiced sun worshipper, the hotel offers a range of weekly yoga classes.
At the hotel
A beach, gym and personal trainer, tennis courts, watersports centre, mountain bikes, beach volleyball, library, games room, boutique shop and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV with DVD player, air-conditioning, safe, minibar, free bottled water, blackout curtains, tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Our favourite rooms
The adjoining Ocean and Prestige Junior Suites are the best option for families that like to stay connected; although their beachside setting makes them a popular choice for all. Whether it’s your honeymoon or just another romantic retreat, the whirlpool baths and private sea-view balconies of the Honeymoon Junior Suites, will help set the mood for a loved-up getaway.
There are five swimming pools for you to take a dip in; two are heated, there’s an over-eights-only infinity pool in the spa and one has a children’s section.
The Lux Me spa has a long list of treatments that covers every possible need: fight the long flight with a jet-lag massage, detox and hydrate with a nourishing body wrap, or enjoy a romantic couple’s massage under the stars. Kids (over-eights) can enjoy some down time too with a cocoa body wrap and scrub, or a mini massage. They also offer tinting and waxing, manicures and pedicures, hair and make-up and henna – pampering head to toe. While waiting for your treatment, or to keep the relaxation coming afterwards, take a seat in the hammam or sauna, and let your cares float away in the whirlpool and infinity pool.
Keep your suitcase light with lots of kaftans, swimwear and the occasional piece of evening attire.
All ground-floor rooms are wheelchair accessible and have specially adapted bathrooms.
Children of all ages are welcome. There’s a family friendly pool, sand pit and playground on site and two kids’ clubs. Babysitting is available for between MUR300 and MUR900, depending on times, and must be booked a day in advance.
Kids of all ages are catered for here.
Only Honeymoon Junior Suites are adults only; all others can fit a baby’s crib, and the Ocean Junior Suites, Superior Rooms and Junior Suites can sleep can fit an extra bed. Bigger families should book interconnecting Prestige and Ocean Junior Suites.
There are two kids’ clubs at the hotel; Play for 3 to 11 year olds, and Studio 17 for 12 to 17 year olds. Both are open 9am to 10pm, daily. As well as trips to the sand pit and playground, the expert staff at Play organise mosaic-making classes, face painting, crab hunting on the beach and lots of arts and crafts activities for you to take home and put on the fridge. Studio 17 has table tennis and offers music lessons, dance classes and other sports around the resort.
Protected from the trade winds by Le Morne mountain, the calm, rip-free beach is perfect for small swimmers. As well as watersports, tennis and beach volleyball, the hotel hosts daily activities for kids of all ages. Over-eights can unwind after an action-packed day with a wrap or massage in the spa.
The hotel has a family friendly pool.
Children are welcome in all of the restaurants and bars at any time. Although none have a special kids menu, the chefs are happy to heat up baby food and milk, and all have highchairs.
Babysitting is available 24 hours a day (must be booked a day in advance and there’s a three-hour minimum). Prices vary: 8am–6pm is costs MUR300 for three hours, 6pm–11pm it’s MUR600, and 11pm–8am it’s MUR900 (prices exclude the babysitter’s taxi fees).
No need to pack
DVDs, games consoles and arts and crafts gear.
Lux Resorts & Hotels collaborates with Aeara to support renewable energy projects in and near their hotel destinations. They also partner with Tread Lightly, who develop technologies that help reduce carbon emissions, and they have their own in-house Sustainability Committee who ensure emissions are kept to a minimum.
We never turn down a chance to dine alfresco, especially while staying on a tropical island: East and the Kitchen overlook the Indian Ocean and the Bar boasts blue-lagoon views.
Take advantage of the Beach’s and the Kitchen’s casual dress code to show off your most stylish swimwear at lunch, but dress to impress for dinner at East.
The Beach serves some of the best pizzas this side of Napoli and the grilled sacré chien (red snapper) is a must at least once during your stay. They also offer a range of healthy salads and light lunches, including low-carb burgers. The Kitchen offers international fare to suit every taste; enjoy Greek salads, Italian paninis, stir-fried beef with black pepper sauce, or Mauritian delicacies such as calamari rougaille (calamari cooked in a tomato sauce with ginger and garlic) or bol renversé (a fast-fried chicken with young corn, mushrooms and soya sauce). After lunch, stop by ICI for a scoop or two of homemade ice cream. Nestled between Le Morne mountain and the Indian Ocean, the views at East are second only to chef Suksan Supprasert’s delicious Thai fare. Although he had a rather traditional training watching his aunt rustle up authentic feasts in the family kitchen, Supprasert is very forward thinking when it comes to Thai flavours, textures and presentation. We recommend the yaam per krob (a crispy roasted duck with lychee and grapes), followed by fried coconut ice cream, served on dry ice.
There are three bars around the hotel. The Bar and Café Lux has all your drinks sorted, dawn to dusk: stop by in the morning for a cup of the hotel’s own-blend coffee – all beans are roasted in on-site roasting rooms, which can be explored on an aromatic behind-the-scenes tour; enjoy an island-inspired snack or a light meal on the shady veranda at lunch time; and at night, sip fruity cocktails while listening to live music. Midday mojitos and margaritas at Oasis and Ilot are our new favourite way to hydrate; these poolside bars are ideally set so you never need to leave the water simply swim up to the bar and while staying cool in the pool.
Breakfast at the Kitchen is 7am–10.30am. Lunch is served at the Kitchen and the Beach noon–3pm. Dinner at all restaurants is 7pm–10pm (East is closed Sundays). All bars open at 10am; Oasis and Ilot close at 6pm and the Bar and Café LUX close at midnight.
Room service is available 24 hours a day; for an easygoing start, simply hang a checked breakfast menu on your door by 3am and you’ll find an array of hot and cold foods waiting for you come morning. International dishes are available throughout the day.
Lux Le Morne is set on the south-eastern shores of Mauritius.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International is the only airport on the island and is around a 80-minute drive from the hotel. Fly direct from the UK and Europe; if travelling from Australia connect at Perth, or from America, you’ll connect via Paris. Our Smith24 team of travel experts can book your international flights and arrange transfers to and from the airport (€160 each way).
You’ll have everything you need at the hotel, but if you do want your own set of wheels, our Smith24 team can arrange a rental for you to pick up at the airport. There’s free valet parking at the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Explore Mauritius above and below its deep-blue waterline. The hotel offers an array of watersports: windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, snorkelling and waterskiing are all included in your booking, but if you want to splash out a little, for an extra cost the hotel also offers catamaran cruises, speedboat trips to nearby islands, fishing excursions and scuba diving for both beginners and experts. Wake early for a chance to spot and swim with wild dolphins, or discover the vibrantly coloured tropical fish and coral reefs closer to the coast in one of the hotel’s subscooters (a two-man mini-submarine). The hike up Le Morne mountain can be quite challenging, but you’ll be in the safe hands of an expert guide and the panoramic view from the top makes the ascent well worth the effort. Discover the island’s rich hinterland on mountain bikes or horseback on a trek through the jungle; alternatively a sunset ride through the surf is a movie-worthy end to a romantic day. The nearby Heritage, Tamarina and Paradis golf clubs have first-class fairways and to drive fore ocean views. Or why not take to the air and explore Mauritius by helicopter or seaplane.
This sheltered peninsula is lined with luxury hotels and oceanfront restaurants. Pop next door to Dinarobin’s Umami restaurant for pan-Asian cuisine on the poolside terrace. Slightly further up the coast, Paradis has four restaurants to choose from; get a taste for local flavours at La Ravanne, or book a table at the open-air Blue Marlin restaurant to sample freshly caught fish. On the other side of Lux Le Morne, the St Regis resort has more than its fair share of fine-dining options: Simply India serves authentic spicy curries and tandoori specialities; set in a pagoda surrounded by still waters, Floating Market serves an array of Asian delicacies; and for fresh fish and straight-off-the-grill meats, the Boathouse Bar & Grill is our first stop.
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Tennis courts, a watersports centre, spa and white sandy beaches – you name it luxury island resort, Lux Le Morne has it. Protected from the trade winds by the towering Le Morne mountain, the hotel has an exceptionally calm beach for Mauritius – even water babies still finding their fins will be able to splash out on this shoreline. The crystal-clear Indian Ocean promises excellent snorkelling and dolphin-spotting trips on the hotel’s glass-bottomed boat. After working your way through the long list of watersports on offer, return to dry land for a round of tennis or a yoga class or two – with temperatures rarely dipping below 20 degrees, this is the place to practice your sun salutation pose. You’ll have more than your fair share of dining options at the hotel; from thin and crispy pizzas by the pool, to Creole cuisine and a fine-dining Thai restaurant, you’ll be able to explore the international dining scene without ever having to stray far from Mauritius’ white-sand beaches.
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