Legend has it a pirate first invented rhum arrangé – a potent cocktail laced with spices, fruit or vegetables popular in the Indian Ocean. Having taken command of a Portuguese vessel, Captain La Buse struggled to get rid of its fragrant cargo. But a drunken night provided some inspiration: he crushed the vanilla and sugar cane into a tumbler of dark rum, and his fortune was made. Today, a stay at LUX* Saint Gilles is an occasion to meet Marie Lucie – another islander from across the oceans – to learn more about the drink’s colourful history and production. She guides guests through a tasting session of locally made rhums arrangés and invites them to discover the unique creations of Maison Isautier, distillers of distinction since 1845.