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    Travel today

    Updated on 18/05/2022

    As the world reopens, travel is getting a little easier. The secret to a seamless trip is extra planning. Be sure to check your country's regulations. Here's the status in our destinations:

     

    Mauritius

    Great news! Mauritius is fully open! We compiled the most frequently asked questions below. We also invite you to consult the official Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority website for the latest updates and more detailed information: https://mauritiusnow.com

    La Reunion

    Social distancing is recommended but is no longer mandatory. Masks are not required indoors and outdoors, including in transportation (even if it is still recommended). To visit Reunion Island, it is compulsory for unvaccinated people to present a Covid-19 test (PCR test less than 72 hours or Antigen test less than 48 hours). Vaccinated travellers do not need to present any test upon departure. Since 14 May, ‘reasonable excuses’ are not required for unvaccinated travellers (however a negative Covid test is still compulsory).

    China

    Over in China, the doors to our resorts and retreats are open to domestic travellers only, as borders remain closed for now. A health QR code is required upon check-in. Local travellers from high and middle-risk areas should check in with their regional's regulations.

    Maldives

    The Maldives' one island=one resort has made it an alluring destination since day 1.

    You are no longer required to present a PCR negative test result upon arrival to the Maldives. This applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated travellers. Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory, except at health facilities.

    You must fill out an online Traveller Health Declaration (https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/) within 48h of your departure to and from the Maldives.

    If you are coming from another resort, island or boat, you are no longer required to do a PCR test prior to your arrival at LUX* South Ari Atoll.

    As part of the Collective Care Program, all Team Members maintain protective measures, and public facilities are sanitized frequently to keep you, our Team Members, and our communities safe.

    COVID-19 insurance: The Maldives offers a COVID-19 insurance which travellers can purchase prior to their arrival. It covers medical expenses, isolation and transportation costs.

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TRAVELLING TO MAURITIUS

  1. Mauritius is open I hear. What's the protocol?

    Vaccinated travellers can travel to Mauritius. As from 12 March 2022, you no longer need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Upon arrival at your hotel (day 0), you will take an antigen test. We are happy to cover the cost of the test. Once the antigen test is cleared, you are free to wander the island as you please.

    Unvaccinated travellers are required to stay in an official quarantine for 7 days. After 3 negative PCR tests, they are free to wander the island on day 7.

  2. I want to travel to Mauritius. Which of your resorts can I stay in?

    Vaccinated travellers and vaccinated locals can stay at LUX* Grand Baie, LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, LUX* Belle Mare, SALT of Palmar, and Tamassa Bel Ombre.

  3. I'm fully vaccinated. Do I need a PCR test?

    No. As from 12 March 2022, you no longer need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival. Upon arrival at your hotel (day 0), you will take an antigen test. We are happy to cover the cost of the test.

  4. Which vaccines does Mauritius recognize?

    You must be fully vaccinated with any of the following: AstraZeneca Covidshield, AstraZeneca Vaxzevria, Covaxin, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm, Sputnik.

    For double vaccinations, the second dose must have been injected for at least 14 days. For single dose vaccines, 28 days before embarkation for Mauritius.

    Or you must present an official document attesting that you have had a COVID-19 infection and can justify a dose of vaccine injected after infection at least 14 days prior to boarding.

  5. What about the hotel staff? Are they vaccinated?

    All of our Team Members and their immediate families have been vaccinated. We also take daily temperature checks of all Team Members, as well as all precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  6. Do I have to wear a mask?

    A mask isn't required when you're at the pool, the beach, or seated at a restaurant or bar. However, you will need to wear a mask when you're going from one place to another.

  7. Can I travel with kids?

    Absolutely. Children under the age of 18 do not have to be vaccinated to enter Mauritius. There is no need for a PCR test pre-arrival. Upon arrival at the hotel, an antigen test is performed. We are happy to cover the cost of the test.

  8. How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

    After going through baggage claim, you can reach your hotel by organised transfer, taxi, rental car, or any other means of transportation. Just be sure to disinfect your hands, wear a mask and roll down the windows!

  9. My home country requires a PCR test before boarding my return flight.
    Will that be readily available?

    Yes. The test can be conducted at the resort and be collected by the private clinic at your expense. Just get in touch with us at Reception so we can schedule it for you.

  10. COLLECTIVE CARE

    These are the measures we take in our resorts to keep you, our Team Members, and our communities safe.

    • All Team Members maintain protective measures
    • Physical distancing protocol using signage and markings throughout the properties
    • Hand-sanitising stations throughout the properties
    • Increased cleaning and disinfection cycles to ensure optimal hygiene standards
    • Daily temperature checks for everyone accessing the hotels at all entry/exit points
    • A trained Covid-19 Officer responsible for ensuring compliance with each property's new operational regulations and procedures
    • Doctor on call 24/7 and resident nurse available in all properties

    Guestrooms

    • Minibars will remain empty with a wide selection of items available upon request

    Public Areas and Facilities

    • Hand-sanitising stations throughout all public areas
    • Frequent sanitisation of high-touch points areas using fogging equipment, electrostatic sprayers and wipes
    • Regular sanitisation of high-touch areas (changing rooms, door handles, mirrors, hooks etc)

    Public Bathrooms

    • Non-contact single-use tissue dispenser

    Pool and Beach Facilities

    • Re-arrangement of sunbeds to comply with physical distancing requirements
    • Cleaning and sanitisation of sunbeds after each use with a "Cleaned and Sanitised" sign after sanitisation is completed
    • Frequent sanitisation of outdoor showers

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Menus are presented either via iPads which are sanitised after each use and/or QR codes so guests can access our menus on their own devices
    • Buffet area or live cooking stations shielded with glass protection screens
    • Table arrangements adjusted to allow for physical distancing in all restaurants and bars
    • Sanitisation of tables will be carried out after each guest. Outlets are sanitised after each service

    Spa

    • Treatment rooms sanitised thoroughly between treatments
    • In changing rooms, clean towels are arranged in individual lockers. Lockers and showers are sanitised after every use
    • Seating and loungers are rearranged to enable physical distancing

    Fitness and Wellness

    • Advance booking for selected time slots required
    • Thorough cleaning and sanitisation of all gym equipment in between time blocks
    • Private fitness and wellness sessions indoors will be replaced by outdoor wellness classes(maximum 6 persons per class)

    OUR CANCELLATION AND REBOOKING POLICY

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for Mauritius and Reunion

    Cancellation Policy

    No penalty until 7 days prior to arrival, with a full refund of prepaid amounts, as from 01.01.2022.

    Exception: No penalty until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.22 – 06.01.23 for Mauritian properties & 23.12.22 – 02.01.23 for Reunion Island properties, with prepaid amounts fully refunded.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    Should a guest not wish to cancel the booking, the guest is welcome to postpone their stay up to 7 days prior to arrival for stay dates until 31 October 2023. Exception: Until 14 days prior to arrival for the stay period 23.12.22 - 06.01.23

    The then applicable pricing and conditions, combinable with any active offers at the time of rebooking, will apply for the new stay dates.

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for the Maldives

    Cancellation Policy

    All reservations for arrivals until 22 December 2022 will not be subject to any cancellation charges until 14 days prior to arrival and any prepared amounts will be entitled for new travel date changes.

    For all reservations for arrivals from 23 December 2022 to 10 January 2023 cancellations up to 40 days prior to arrival will be free of charge and any prepared amounts will be entitled for new travel date changes.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    For postponed stays with original arrival dates between now and 22 December 2022, no rebooking charges will apply, and the new stay dates will be confirmed at the same originally booked rate for new stay dates up to and inclusive of 22 December 2022.

    For new stay dates from 23 December 2022 onwards, these stays will be confirmed at the rate applicable.

    Our Cancellation and Rebooking Policy for China

    Cancellation Policy

    No penalty until 7 days prior to arrival, with a full refund of prepaid amounts.

    Postponed Stays Policy

    Should a guest not wish to cancel the booking, the guest is welcome to postpone their stay up to 7 days prior to arrival for stay dates until 31 October 2023.

    The then applicable pricing and conditions, combinable with any active offers at the time of rebooking, will apply for the new stay dates.

    All of the above may be subject to change.

A WORLD OF FLAVOURS AT LUX* BELLE MARE

As part of its mission to help people celebrate life, LUX* Belle Mare in Mauritius announces its first food festival: LUX* Chefs’ Week opens on 23 June.

Since its reopening in September 2014, LUX* Belle Mare has celebrated the glorious diversity of global gastronomy, offering its guests sophisticated all-day-dining experience, where numerous cultures and cuisines mingle. Drawing on a year-round supply of fresh, organic produce, the resort’s culinary outlets encompass Yunnan and Sichan fine dining, new-wave Indian 
cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia, fresh Med-style seafood at Beach Rouge and much more.

Such dedication to high-quality food has earned LUX* Belle Mare the title of ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Culinary Hotel’ in the 2016 World Travel Awards and seen it named ‘International Hotel of the Year’ by the UK’s Food and Travel magazine.

LUX* Chefs’ Week, however, marks the first time LUX* Belle Mare has organised a special gourmet festival devoted to the astonishing variety of flavours and cooking cultures found around the world.

From 23–28 June, LUX* Belle Mare will host six extraordinary evenings of gastronomic exploration, harnessing the 
talents of its chefs to create a fresh and flavour-packed dining adventure across the globe. LUX* Chefs’ Week brings the 
resort’s chefs out of their kitchens and into the open air for a weeklong festival of food. Each one will be presenting special menus and hosting live cooking demonstrations, paired with wine and craft beer tastings, cocktail-making masterclasses and lashings of LUX* home-made ICI ice-cream.

Over the course of the week, the culinary stars from LUX* Belle Mare Restaurants will each take their turn in the spotlight. Diners will have the opportunity to try off-menu flavours from acclaimed modern Chinese venue Duck Laundry; the Mediterranean
 kitchen of chilled-out lagoon-side lounge Beach Rouge; the resort’s beloved Rolls-Royce street-food truck and main 
restaurant MIXE, where guests can take their pick from roast meats, European dishes, Asian specialities and live gourmet 
cooking stations; enjoy an alfresco barbecue among the greenery; and turn to the award-winning pastry theatre for dessert.

With dishes from China, India, Morocco, France, Thailand, the Mediterranean and Mauritius itself, guests will be able to eat their way around the globe in under a week – all without leaving the island. The event will be opened on the 23rd by Vineet Bhatia, the maverick two-Michelin-star chef behind LUX* Belle Mare’s Amari by Vineet, and one of the leading lights of contemporary Indian cuisine.

“At LUX*, we’re proud to offer a rich variety of regional food experiences, but this is the first time we’ve brought all our superstar chefs together in such an ambitious way. I can’t think of anywhere else in the world that offers diners the chance to experience authentic dining traditions from around the world, in such a beautiful setting, in a single week. Guests staying with us during LUX* Chef’s Week will be able to discover the world’s most tempting dishes without leaving the resort. – Ashish Modak – General 
Manager, LUX* Belle Mare

LUX* Chef’s Week Programme

Friday 23 June

Vineet Bhatia launches the event with a personal insight into the ideas and techniques that inspired his reinvention of Indian cuisine,Exe presenting a menu designed exclusively for LUX* Chefs’ Week, including such innovative compositions as hazelnut-crusted red snapper with red cabbage mash, cucumber ketchup and lentil dust.

Saturday 24 June

Duck Laundry master chef Tang Xibing is known for his talent for Canton flavours and ability to capture the tastes of Chengdu (including his star ever-popular spicy dandan noodles) – draws on his heritage to introduce guests to the undiscovered flavours of China, including the inimitable tastes of Chinese barbecue and the irresistibly flavoursome Hainan chicken rice.

Sunday 25 June

Originally from Nakorn Sawan in northern Thailand, Suksan Supprasert from LUX* Le Morne ditched a career in financial service to pursue his calling to the kitchen and now, after over a decade as a professional chef brings his magical touch touch the helm of LUX* Belle Mare’s beloved Rolls-Royce food truck for this evening. Suksan celebrates the tastes of Thailand, whipping up while-you-watch barbecue, satay and noodle dishes and hosting live demonstrations of how to make Thai appetisers such as fishcakes and spring rolls, zingy curries and indulgent desserts.

Monday 26 June

Executive Chef at LUX* Grande Gaube German-born Dominik Ambros has worked in some of the most prestigious venues across the world – including La Mamounia in Marrakech. Tonight, he brings the aromatic spice of the Moroccan kitchen to life, with a tantalising menu of unctuous tagines, sweet pastries and salads. Ambros’ menu will be served right on the sand at Beach Rouge, accompanied by live DJs playing scene-setting chill-out tunes.

Tuesday 27 June

Mauritian-born Jean-Noel Julie and Vik Mungroo of MIXE have been cooking professionally for over 25 years, working everywhere from the palaces of Europe to the Cannes Film Festival. For LUX* Chef’s Week, they introduce guests to the tropical tastes of their home island, preparing a rainbow of classic Creole curries featuring indigenous ingredients such as jackfruit and coconut.

Wednesday 28 June

French chef Nicolas Baubé of Beach Rouge hails from Aix-en-Provence, and his cooking career has seen him spend time in some of the most illustrious kitchens in Europe and the Middle East. With a talent for marrying Provençal culinary traditions with the best ingredients of the local area,
Baubé closes the festival with a refined Modern Mediterranean menu featuring delicacies such as oysters with yuzu, Iberia pork pluma, black rock-lobster ravioli and red tuna belly.