Sunday, July 14, 2013

HOTEL CHECK MAURITIUS, Angsana Balaclava

Neil Bedford & Lisa Moheim look at a hotel with a difference on a quiet, sheltered beach on the tropical island of Mauritius

Nestled in the secluded area of Turtle Bay on the island's North West coast (1 hour from the airport),  Angsana Balaclava is one of the island’s newest 5 star properties. With just 52 suites (and 1 amazing villa) it is one of the few options on Mauritius that caters for those wishing for a smaller, more boutique, feel to their hotel.

On a sheltered beach

Rooms


Although all rooms are extremely well-appointed, our favourites were the Spa Suites and Beach Front Suites as they can guarantee a sea view. Both of these room types feature a private pool but our top marks go to the first floor Beach Front Suite;  superb ocean views, a private Relaxation Pool and balcony with daybed. The ground floor version of this room offers a larger pool and direct beach access but less privacy.

A guaranteed sea view

Beachfront suite

The Spa Suites have the added bonus of 90 minute spa session every day so if you are planning on treating yourself to a lot of pampering then this is an excellent choice.

The secluded Imperial Villa has a private beachfront setting and is ideal for family getaways. The double-story residence comprises two buildings - the main bungalow features a large master bedroom, twin bedroom, exercise equipment, a self-contained kitchenette, exterior bar on the terrace and interior bar separating the kitchen, living and dining room as well as steam shower in the main villa and dining room, timber verandah and a spacious entertainment deck with a long infinity edge pool and jet pool.

Imperial villa
The annex includes two One-Bedroom suites, each complete with its own private pool and steam shower.

Spa


Stunning architecture and interior d├ęcor which blend modern design with Mauritian heritage. An excellent selection of treatments all carried out by some of the best therapists on the island (Banyan Tree Spa Academy trained).


Sheltered beach


The northwest location means stunning sunsets and (particularly noticeable in the summer moths) less wind than the east coast. As with all of the Mauritian coastline, the beach is protected by a reef and so you have calm safe waters to swim and enjoy. The sandy beach is only shared by the odd fishermen, protected as it is by rocks at either end.
Calm safe waters, and tranquil golden sands

Dining


An excellent offering of 4 signature restaurants highlighting Asian, European, Creole and Indian food.

Other facilities


With so few rooms (and many with their own pools) the 2 hotel pools (one infinity edge and one seawater lagoon) rarely get busy. The small gym is well equipped and the library has a good selection of DVDs for some respite from the sun.

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