InterContinental Resort, Balaclava, MauritiusOn our trip to Mauritius in the November of 2018, we chose to stay with Intercontinental. It is a wonderful property with a private beach and a beautiful set up. Needless to say, the staff were courteous beyond limits and would go out of the way to make the guests comfortable. A very good part about this resort, specially for vegetarians, was an in house Indian Restaurant ‘Veda’. They have a set menu with a good spread. The menu changes every day of the week. Everything starting from appetizers to dessert here is a hit. Add to it the amazing ambience, set up with candles and music. It would definitely add a glam to your evening. The other two restaurants worthy of mention is Noble House Restaurant and Segala Restaurant which serves oriental and traditional Mauritian cuisines respectively. But what actually took our heart away was Senso, their buffet restaurant. It had a wide spread of both Veg and Non Veg Food and everything tastes as good. They had the most juicy fruits, healthy cereals and filling breakfast options. They had a live counter of over 10 variety of dishes and multiple options of sweets. Their dinner menu was as elaborate as the breakfast’s. Talking about service and hygiene, I would give them full marks. The sit out was well designed and gave a beautiful view of the ocean. All in all a perfect place to start our day with. Breakfast here prepared us for the tiring day of exploring new corners. So yes, Senso goes as my First Favourite Place of Breakfast on the go.
Day 8 was when we had our check out and return flight back to Mumbai. We did a bit of snorkeling, had our lunch and checked out from the hotel.The queue for the Air Mauritius flight is usually long at the airport. To cut through the lines, we'd recommend doing a web check-in.Our last stop was duty free shopping at the Mauritius airport. We got some Mauritian chocolates and Rum.Hope this helps you all plan your trip to Mauritius better. Au Revoir!!
Day 7 was our penultimate day in Mauritius. We did not venture out and were at the hotel the entire day. We had a scuba diving session planned for the morning, followed by a relaxing massage in the afternoon and a dinner date by the beach in the evening.A heads up here – If you’re planning to do SCUBA diving, make sure you have no flight planned within 24 hours of your dive (Skydiving or the flight back to your home country.) To prevent you from falling sick, the hotel won’t allow SCUBA diving on the day of your check out(assuming you are flying out on the same day).SCUBA diving was a fun experience for me as a beginner. There was a 30 minute learning session conducted in the pool of the hotel first. Followed by which we went into the deep sea for a dive. The dive lasted for around 35 minutes and we got to see a wide variety of corals and fishes. The silence and calm under the sea was so refreshing. I would recommend you try it at least once. I loved it so much that I’m planning to get a PADI certification .The dive is not a complimentary activity and costs MUR 3,200 (INR 6,400) per head. Pictures cost MUR 1,500 extra(INR 3,000).
Day 5 was a Sunday and almost everything is closed in Mauritius on Sundays. We decided to make the most of the hotels amenities and spent a quiet relaxing day at the hotel. We explored all the water activities like glass bottom boat ride, kayaking, snorkeling in the morning and enjoying the rest of the day sipping cocktails from the Sugarcane bar.We rented a car on Sunday for the rest of our stay. The charges were MUR 1,700 (INR 3,400) per day. The charges were a bit on the higher side due to peak season.
We booked our stay for all 8 days at the Intercontinental Resort in Mauritius. (We didn't look to book multiple hotels as the size of the island is ~75 Km North to South and ~60 Km East to West. Getting from one end of the island to the opposite end is just a 1 hour drive.)Cost - ~INR 23,000 per night for a half board package(includes breakfast and dinner)This luxurious property will take your breath away the moment you enter. All the rooms in this resort are ocean facing and the hotel is always buzzing with different activities going on.There was a Mauritian gala dinner at the hotel and we got a taste of the Mauritian culture on Day 1 itself.Here are a few inclusions that the hotel had provided us:1) Welcome Cocktail and personalized tour of the property2) 1 bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival3) 2 Polo tshirts as a gift4) 1 Candle lit dinner at the beach side5) Free use of Steam, Sauna and Whirlpool at the Spa6) A free head and shoulder massage at the spaComplimentary ActivitiesKayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boat, Water Ski, Glass Bottom Boat ride, Wind Surfing, 2 swimming pools, table tennis etc are some of the activities that can be enjoyed at the hotel.