“The food is brilliant”
With views of the glittering ocean and expansive swimming pool, MIXE dishes up a tempting all-day menu of island specialties, from a fresh sprawling breakfast buffet to round-the-world gastronomic dinners. It’s a spectacular spot: there’s a Josper-style grill, live cooking stations, an Asian Corner, a Spicy Curry Corner, a glass tandoor, a saj oven for oriental bread-making and a Japanese teppanyaki area. Sweet things also get a starring role, with a chocolate room where guests can watch and participate in cooking sessions, a glass oven for viennoiseries and a lavish display of pastries and desserts.Occupying a prime spot right on the sands, Beach Rouge is open for lunch and dinner.There’s a hint of French Riviera in the airy white-and-red decor. In the lounge area, cocktails and tapas make for lazy days and cool evenings by the Indian Ocean: flop down on cushions on the beach to the upbeat sound of top DJs. Local, fresh-from-the-sea produce shines in the kitchen, where chefs whip up tantalising feasts of the island’s best seasonal fare.For a dash of oriental spice, head to Amari by Vineet, the resort’s new Indian restaurant – a clean-lined but opulent space for the Michelin-star chef’s scintillating fare. A leading light in the reinvention of Indian cuisine, Chef Vineet Bhatia won his first Michelin star at Zakia in London in 2001, followed by another in 2009 for inspirational cuisine at Rasoi by Vineet in Geneva. His masterful technique makes the textures and flavours of India shine, in sumptuous, subtly spiced dishes with contemporary flair.Heading further east, Duck Laundry is the place for contemporary-style Chinese dishes, featuring duck in its many guises includingcrowd-pleasing Peking duck with steamed pancakes. Dim sum, on-the-spot noodle stations, a wood-fired duck oven and a Chinese barbecue station complete the experience, crowned by a varied selection of Chinese teas and Asian spirits.If you’re planning a romantic tête-à-tête, private dinners on the beach can be arranged under a canopy of stars. For room service and in-villa dining, just pick up your virtual LUX* Valet.LUX* Belle Mare isn’t just about food: open from lunchtime to midnight, the K-Bar knows a thing or two about tempting tipples. Light snacks and classically British afternoon teas make a pleasing preamble on the deck facing the ocean. At night, the bar takes on the airs of a microbrewery and serves our own range of refreshing B-LUX* craft beers, including its very own cuvée LUX*, a whisky-barrel-aged brew with hints of Café LUX*. In the minibars, you’ll find personalised bottles of beer. While staying in sugar country, don’t miss Mari-kontan, a cabana-style rum corner featuring a delectable range of Mauritian spirits. Bottles of local rhums arrangés (flavoured rums) make great souvenirs.Thirst still not quenched? Order sunlounger-friendly drinks with Beach Service, or stop by LUX*’s retro ICI parlours for homemade ice-cream. Coffee lovers get spoilt at Café LUX*, which serves LUX*’s own delicious Island Blend – a hit of properly brewed beans for connoisseurs.