Our Client, The Lux* Collective, solicited our services back in 2016 for the transformation of an old 1970’s Three Star Beach Resort into a Brand New 5 Star Luxury Boutique Hotel, on the North coast of Mauritius. The ambition being the creation of a new landmark and iconic building, as well as a “game changer” in the Hotel Industry.
The 40 000m2 site, located on one of the Island’s most coveted beaches, is divided into two portions of land on either side of the coastal road. The brief consists of 86 Suites, 8 Villas, 22 Apartments & Penthouses, as well as multiple Food & Beverages experiences and a Wellness Centre.
The concept gradually firmed-up around the good know-how we had of the region of Grand Baie, as we spent most of our youth there with the surrounding blue seas, and the white beaches. The sailing boats riding the seas, from the local pirogues to the yachts, remained the pivot of our inspiration, thriving towards these majestic, and somehow discrete, structures now overlooking the Bay.
Our objectives were to get the brief to work within this very small and odd shaped site, and our challenge was to resolve the circulation patterns linked to a main entrance lobby to which everything connects to. The suites, all with sea views, lay across the thinner part of the site, the villas along the deepest part and the apartments behind the coastal road, linked to the Main Lobby by a floating skywalk.
To achieve this very specific breathtaking experience one must have when they walk through the Hotel, we raised the entrance lobby to the first floor, where an impressive view of the lagoon can be observed. Thereon, from a viewing platform, the guest can contemplate the surroundings and get a first feel of the place.
Metal, timber & thatch screens shaped like sails in the winds were used to cover the concrete structures, control the sun paths and frame the views. Local materials like dried sugar cane leaves and field stones were used to keep the Mauritian feel. Industrial materials such as glass and metal as well as the use of dark colours break the traditional codes and give the Hotel its contemporary feel.