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An Unspoiled Beauty Intercontinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, Mauritius

October 17, 2018

Hotels & Spas | by Baldwin Ho


Mauritius has always been one of those bucket list destinations for everyone to visit whether it is for a wedding, a honeymoon or just to take a journey into a genuine paradise. The sheer variety on offer from this tiny island is unparalleled in the region, whereas islands like the Seychelles and Maldives, you get unspoiled natural beauty; here you are offered that and more with more populated areas offering shopping and dining out opportunities. For example, Mauritius has the oldest racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere and the second oldest in the world: the Champ de Mars Racecourse.

One of the most conveniently located hotels on the island is the Intercontinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort. It is nestled perfectly between the capital, Port Louis and popular northern towns frequented by tourists such Grand Baie with its myriad of expensive yachts.Whilst the waters are pristine, this part of Balaclava Fort is particularly rocky and you can frequently enjoy the majestic sounds of the water crashing onto the rocks. The hotel does have its own private enclave with stunning golden sand and a more sedate shoreline.

There are simply no sub-standard rooms at this hotel with all 210 guestrooms ocean facing with a decent-sized balcony for more private relaxation. The uninterrupted, Indian ocean views are supplemented by the glimmering city lights of Port Louis in the distance.

The grand hotel hall, as well as the rooms themselves, have an airy, carefree vibe: in case you hadn’t realise the only job here is total relaxation! It has a mildly colonial style harking back to the days when the island was a colony of the Dutch, then the French and finally the British. The elements you might notice most here are the abundance of dark wood and Mauritian artwork. This hotel seems to be popular with families and honeymoon/wedding guests although couples will find much to savour here; hence the hotel does have rooms with private jacuzzis for added exclusivity.

Dining options are plentiful here such as Noble House, which offers Asian fusion, Veda, which offers contemporary Indian cuisine and Senso, their international buffet restaurant. What we did notice during our stay was that even the international buffet had a strong Indian, vegetarian slant; perhaps that is their main target audience? Sizzling plates of meat and hot and sour soup might be playing up to the stereotypes at Noble House, but the execution was near perfect. And I suppose, if you want groundbreaking food, then you should probably stay in London or New York.

A real highlight of staying at Intercontinental Mauritius is the abundance of water sports on offer with most being free of charge. The first place to visit is undoubtedly their swimming pool with a poolside bar you can swim right up to without the need to look for your bathrobe or towel. Subsequently, I would head to their boathouse to check out the watersports on offer: kayaking, snorkelling, and a glass-bottom boat ride are free of charge. They have other activities as well such as water skiing, diving and deep sea fishing which might be chargeable. Activities like the glass-bottom boat ride have limited numbers and all run before lunch, so it’s best to check on your first date of arrival.

Relaxation doesn’t all involve marine-based activities, they have a world-class spa including 7 private rooms (2 of which are couples rooms). Along with soothing music and fragrant aromas, this is a pampering experience I highly recommend especially as their well-trained staff is adept at delivering just the right level of pressure to help relax your muscles.

If you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel, close to the main attractions of the island with excellent facilities, then Intercontinental Mauritius is one to consider.

For more information on Intercontinental Mauritius see here.

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