It’s not uncommon for a spa treatment to involve a steaming cup of herbal tea, but how often is there an entire oriental tea house connected to the facilities? Lux* Belle Mare may be located in Mauritius, but you’re transported a world away when you step inside the resort’s sprawling Lux* Me spa. Located in a leafy enclave behind the main resort, the spa has 12 treatment rooms, and an adults-only relaxation area you won’t ever want to leave.
The Lux Belle Mare spa, which includes an outdoor pool, icy plunge pool, Jacuzzi, cabanas and day beds might be the resort’s best-kept secret, tucked away from the enormous main pool. Although you may miss out on extra time propping up the rum bar that’s attached to what is one of the country’s biggest pools, you can lounge all day in the spa with infused water and misting fans and almost always have the place to yourself. And don’t forget the endless cups of tea.
The Oriental Tea House is the spot to partake in traditional tea ceremonies: the walls are lined with teas from all over the world, and a peaceful reading nook also doubles as the resort’s library. Start out with a calming herbal tea before moving to the spa for a traditional Chinese medicine Zhengliao Treatment, opt for a Thai massage, destress with relaxation therapy, or try out a Shirley Page facial. Most treatments make use of the Lux* Me products, an extensive range of aromatherapy oils, creams and scrubs, and spa attendants who potter around the mini apothecary set up in the spa to help you pick just the right blend before you bliss out.