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REASONS TO GO LUX* - INTRODUCING THE TREE OF WISHES

REASONS TO GO LUX* - Introducing the TREE OF WISHES

Attention, dreamers: the lighter, brighter experiences at LUX* Resorts & Hotels now include a Tree of Wishes – and each tree has its own tales to tell…

Imaginative and uplifting: this new Reason to Go LUX* is a chance for guests to reach for their dreams while being part of unique interactive artworks. Local artisans and in-house creatives are cultivating and crafting Trees of Wishes at each resort by adapting real trees in the flower-filled gardens and by using upcycled materials such as metals and fiberglass to make these sculptures. At night, these mystical shapes are dramatically illuminated. And, in line with the LUX* Tread Lightly program, each objet d’art is utterly eco-friendly and constructed entirely in-house.

Reminiscent of Japan’s ancient Tanabata festival wishing trees, and Brazil’s pretty Bonfim wish ribbons, the brightly coloured streamers blow soul-stirringly in the breeze from the far-reaching branches which represent eternal life. The first enchanting creation is LUX* Belle Mare’s artist’s impression of a baobab, the indigenous chunky-trunked African adansonia also known as the ‘tree of life’. LUX* Le Morne’s Tree of Wishes is lovingly constructed from metal and recycled materials by the resort’s very own Executive Chef, while LUX* Grand Gaube and LUX* Maldives are both sprinkling a little magic on existing trees in their lush, green grounds, such as the flowering Flamboyant.

How it works:
1 Tie a LUX* ribbon around a branch
2 Close eyes and make a wish
3 Enjoy time away knowing that one ribbon
picked at the end of the year
will win its owner a free holiday…

At check-in, guests are given ribbons marked with their initials and the date of their stay, which they are invited to tie to the tree during a special drinks evening. Add a ribbon to the tree, and throw coins of any currency into a nearby wishing well – whether this improves chances of wishes coming true or not it certainly helps locals: all donations raised go to a charity such as the Thalassemia Society of Mauritius, an NGO dedicated to improving the life of children with this genetic blood disorder (thalassemiasociety.org).

WIN A HOLIDAY! One ribbon will also be chosen from all the Tree of Wishes at the end of the year and its lucky owner will win a complimentary five-night stay at one of the LUX* Resorts & Hotels. Keep making those wishes in anticipation of some more Reasons to go LUX* 

NOTES TO EDITORS:
So many Reasons to go LUX*
LUX* Resorts and Hotels have many hallmarks that set these five-star stays apart from the rest – the Tree of Wishes is just one. Here are some of the other unique surprises and services that guests can expect:
PHONE HOME / MAMMA AROMA / CAFÉ LUX* / ‘EARTH’ AND ‘DANCE' WATERS / SRUCAP WINE / CAKE
BOSS / STARRY STARRY NIGHT / TEDDY TENNIS / LUX* ME FIT / MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE 

About LUX* Tread Lightly

This project includes the offsetting of 100% of the greenhouse gas emitted during guests stay, in collaboration with Ecosur Afrique (www.ecosurafrique.com), a market-leading provider of environmental sustainability solutions. LUX* is also working on reducing the amount of carbon emission year on year through implementation of strategies such as a Sustainability Committee across the group to co-ordinate all environmental and energy-saving-related activities including Energy Management Systems (EMS), Carbon Management Strategies and Laundry Reduction. To learn more about the LUX* Tread Lightly €1 per day voluntary participation fee and this project, please go to
www.luxresorts.com/tread-lightly

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