The Lux Collective leads the way in Sustainability Leadership
09 June 2023
Leading the way in sustainability leadership, The Lux Collective is the first luxury hospitality group in Mauritius to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the NGO Eco-Sud to establish a conservation plan for marine biodiversity. Commemorating the World Environment Day and World Oceans Day this June, the partnership signed on 8 June 2023 aims to raise awareness among a wider audience about the importance of oceans and promote sustainable and environmental-friendly practices to protect marine ecosystems.
Aligning with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14, which is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, turtle-friendly habitats will be developed on the beaches of the Group's six hotels in Mauritius, namely LUX* Grand Baie, LUX* Belle Mare, LUX* Le Morne, LUX* Grand Gaube, Tamassa Bel Ombre and SALT of Palmar.
Oceans are the key source of life. Producing at least 50% of the oxygen for breathing, they are an important source of food and medicine, protect humans from climate change, and absorb about 30% of global CO2 emissions. The oceans are in great danger due to overfishing and pollution. It is imperative to protect them, as the survival of all species depends on their preservation.
"In Mauritius, we are fortunate to be an island destination: our beaches are easily accessible, making it easier to implement initiatives to protect our marine ecosystem. However, this is a concern that affects us all, in every corner of the world. And everyone can contribute by reducing overconsumption and eradicating pollution. Our oceans face many threats, and their good health ensures the proper balance of life on Earth, even human survival. That is why we must mobilise. Let's work on solutions to combat the degradation of the oceans. We would like to thank Eco-Sud for allowing us to be a part of this noble project," emphasised Ms Evita Fakun, Chief Sustainability Officer of The Lux Collective.
"For over 23 years, the Eco-Sud association has existed thanks to the determination of the residents of Blue Bay to protect the marine park and biodiversity found there. Today, the collaboration established between The Lux Collective and Eco-Sud clearly demonstrates that it is worthy standing up for our natural heritage. The urgency to change our relationship with nature is very real. Species extinction, the environmental and climate crisis present us with a challenge that we must face together, without compromising our values!" said Sébastien Sauvage, Chief Executive Officer of Eco-Sud.
A series of initiatives and activities adapted to each hotel will be implemented under this agreement. These include awareness campaigns, workshops for students, the promotion of ecotourism, and fundraising for blue carbon projects encompassing mangrove reforestation, coral nurseries establishment, oyster cultivation, seagrass meadow preservation and other impactful endeavours.
The Lux Collective and its resorts also regularly welcome marine biology experts to study the lagoons and provide recommendations for blue carbon projects’ implementation - aimed at restoring biodiversity. Exhibitions will be organised to showcase the blue carbon projects.
Fishing communities in the regions where the Group's hotels operate will have access to training in ethical fishing provided by Eco-Sud, and will be integrated into the resorts' sustainable supply chains. Interactive workshops will be organised to educate children and involve them in marine conservation activities, creating a sense of ownership and responsibility towards the environment.
Additionally, individuals will have the opportunity to contribute to data collection during their dives around the island by sharing images and geolocations with the NGO. It is important to note that the hawksbill turtle is an endangered species. Despite the observation of specimens in Mauritian waters, it is difficult to confirm the status of their population due to the lack of nesting attempts. So far, only 20,000 females have been successfully identified and tracked worldwide!
To this end, collective action is crucial because when it comes to environmental protection, unity is strength! With this in mind, The Lux Collective and the NGO Eco-Sud aim to rally the world on ocean and climate action in countries where the Group is operating, one country at a time.
Re-opening 1 October 2023:
LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius
The highly anticipated reopening of the beloved LUX* Belle Mare – situated on the island’s wild east coast, tucked away in lush tropical gardens near the quaint village of Belle Mare - will welcome guests back on 1 October 2023. Unveiling a refreshed look after more than a year of extensive renovations, the reimagined resort with its timeless architecture designed by renowned Mauritian architect Jean-Francois Adam has been elevated with a striking new design whilst retaining its celebrated family ethos.
The Lux Collective signs the First Hotel Management Agreement in East Africa
Global hospitality group The Lux Collective and ZK Venture Company in Zanzibar have signed a hotel management agreement for the first LUX* luxury resort in East Africa. With the East African economies powering ahead, the Group’s strategic entry into the new destination of Zanzibar in Tanzania will reinforce its brand presence in this important emerging market. Set on a private pristine beach overlooking the Indian Ocean, the hotel has been meticulously prepared and has commenced its operations as LUX* Marijani Zanzibar from 1 July 2023.
LUX* Grand Baie and LUX* South Ari Atoll join the prestigious Virtuoso luxury network
The Lux Collective is delighted to announce that two of its award-winning resorts - LUX* Grand Baie in Mauritius and LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives have joined the prestigious Virtuoso luxury network.
The Lux Collective and Lijiang Yulong Tourism Ltd celebrate a 10-year partnership in Yunnan, China
This year marks a decade-long partnership between Lijiang Yulong Tourism Ltd and global hospitality group The Lux Collective, which first began in 2013. In celebration of the milestone, Lijiang Yulong Tourism Ltd and LUX* Tea Horse Road have collaborated with international editorial photographer and author Michael Freeman to present an exclusive photo exhibition "Michael Freeman - Yunnan Through the Lens" in Lijiang, and also unveiled the Group’s soon-to-opened eighth LUX* Tea Horse Road China resort - LUX* Lashi Lake.
5 Luxurious island escapes to celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr
The global luxury hotel operator, The Lux Collective invites GCC residents to celebrate Eid Al Fitr in style at its award-winning resorts – located a short flight away. Offering immersive experiences and meaningful travel, the luxurious escapes include LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives as well as LUX* Grand Baie, LUX* Grand Gaube, Tamassa Bel Ombre and SALT of Palmar in Mauritius.
The Lux Collective receives six Forbes Travel Guide 2023 Star Awards
The Lux Collective is delighted to announce that its portfolio of resorts and spa - LUX* Grand Baie and its LUX* ME Spa, LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, LUX* South Ari Atoll, and SALT of Palmar - have been conferred six prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards.
Celebrate This Festivity in Mauritius with The Lux Collective
The Lux Collective’s award-winning resorts in Mauritius have unveiled an exciting line-up of festivities to help guests plan and celebrate life this festive season. For an extraordinary stay, LUX* Grand Baie, LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, SALT of Palmar and Tamassa Bel Ombre will indulge guests with spa, culinary and fun-filled activities - to reconnect with self and one another.
Dynamic Expansion For LUX*
Looking to 2023 and beyond, The Lux Collective has revealed four innovative projects for its luxury flagship brand LUX*. Travellers seeking rich cultural heritage and scenic settings can explore the desert of Sharjah with a duo of openings, LUX* Al Jabal and LUX* Al Bridi. Those seeking a new-kind of island life can uncover the jungle-draped coastlines of LUXNAM* Phu Quoc in Vietnam while, for those looking to learn about the art de vivre, LUX* Marseillan in southern France will offer guests a beachfront vineyard getaway with panoramic views of the Mediterranean.
The Lux Collective receives five remarkable wins for Indian Ocean in Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards 2022
The Lux Collective is delighted to announce that LUX* Grand Gaube, LUX* Le Morne, LUX* South Ari Atoll, LUX* Belle Mare and SALT of Palmar have been voted The Best Resorts In The World for Indian Ocean in the coveted annual Conde Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Lux Collective Signs First Southeast Asia Hotel Management Agreement in Vietnam
Global hospitality group The Lux Collective and P Q Hai Quoc Joint Stock Company have signed a hotel management agreement to build a luxury overwater resort under the LUX* Resorts & Hotels brand on the island of Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Named LUXNAM* Phu Quoc, the resort is set in one of Asia’s most sought-after destinations and is expected to open in late 2024.
The Lux Collective signs first Guangzhou Hotel Management Agreement
Global hospitality group The Lux Collective and Jumbo Group in China have signed a hotel management agreement in July 2022 to build the first LUX* urban resort in Guangzhou, China – LUX* Guangzhou. This latest signing marks The Lux Collective’s first foray into one of the top three first-tier cities in China and will boost its brand presence in a highly important strategic source market. The new hotel is expected to open in June 2024.
The Lux Collective Embraces the Keen on Green Concept this Veganuary
Vegans, vegetarians or reducetarians on vacation do not have to limit their diets to salads whilst at LUX* Resorts & Hotels, SALT and Tamassa. This Veganuary, all restaurants operating in the three hospitality brands under The Lux Collective’s umbrella launched their Keen on Green concept that everyone (regardless of dietary preference) will love.
The Lux Collective and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority Announce Two Upcoming Projects in the United Arab Emirates
The Lux Collective, a luxury hospitality management company headquartered in Singapore, and Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announced plans for two new innovative hospitality projects in the United Arab Emirates.
The Lux Collective Launches First-Ever Podcast Series “The Spirit of Lux”
Launched today, the first three episodes of The Lux Collective’s podcast delve behind-the-scenes with the many change agents who helped transform this luxury hotel management company from its humble origins in the Indian Ocean into one of the most dynamic and exciting hospitality groups that strive to make each moment matter and care about what matters each and every day.