IHG to open luxury resort in Mauritius


A $50 million luxury resort is to be developed on the island of Mauritius by InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, which recently signed an agreement with Lateral Holdings.

Scheduled to open late 2008, the 210 room InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort will be situated on a beachfront in the Bay of Balaclava, 20 minutes north of the country’s capital Port Louis and near the popular Grand Baie area.
The development is the hotel brand’s first resort in the African region and is part of IHG’s growth plan that will almost double the Middle East and Africa property portfolio over the next three years.
“We are thrilled to be developing InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balacava Fort, especially in a destination that is synonymous with the ultimate in luxury travel,” said John Bamsey, chief operating officer, IHG, Middle East & Africa. “Globally, InterContinental Resorts offer the best in upscale accommodation and the brand is the preferred choice for international travellers looking for a truly authentic destination experience.”
“The African region is one of the most exciting places in the world at the moment for the travel industry and IHG’s confidence in the market is reflected by the fact we plan to open six properties across the continent in 2008 alone,” added Bamsey.
Accommodation includes 40 family guest rooms and 10 suites. All rooms have an open-plan design, and those facing the Indian Ocean will feature a stone bath, a 42 inch wall mounted plasma screen with interactive television and a private outdoor balcony or terrace.
Facilities include a two tier infinity pool, a lagoon with a natural salt water dip pool and guests have access to an adjacent marine park for snorkeling or diving trips.
The property will feature a large banqueting and conference hall accommodating up to 1,000 people. The area includes four meeting rooms and a business centre equipped with modern equipment, and an eight metre high grand ballroom that has direct access to the pool, gardens and beach area.