Set on the north-west coast of Mauritius, nestled in the secluded area of Turtle Bay, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius was the last spot on my whistle-stop tour through Mauritius. What had been quite a full-on trip in terms of site-seeing, shopping, hiking and driving, the last few days were all about relaxing, and luckily, we arrived at the perfect place to tick that box. An ideal oasis of relaxation and calm, the boutique-style property is made up of 50 suites, all with sea views and offering easy access to the beach and most importantly, privacy! It’s small in the best kind of way and considering the hotel was busy when we arrived, we barely saw anyone throughout our trip, except at meal times.
Arriving just in the nick of time for a rum punch sundowner, we were checked-in in a jiffy and were taken to our Ocean Front Pool Suite, situated on the upper floor directly overlooking the magnificent ocean, complete with expansive timber balcony and a relaxation pool. In fact, one of the things I REALLY loved about this resort was the fact that nearly all the rooms came with private pools – a nice touch! As well as amazing views, my little haven also came with the most amazing bathroom, complete with a handcrafted stone tub, large enough to fit a family of four. A mini wine fridge kept beverages ice cold whilst huge king-sized beds played host to 12 hours of sleep.
Away from the rooms, lazy days can be spent at the seawater lagoon pool, in the fresh water lap pool (if you’re into exercise) or in the Indian Ocean, which is only ever a few steps away. The beach may be small, but that definitely doesn’t make it less interesting. Lined with plush sun loungers and sofas, with a watersports deck for the adventurous, there is plenty to do and see, and with a Pina Colada in hand, there are never any complaints!
The watersports centre, run by Recreation Manager Oliver, ended up being one of my favourite spots. They can arrange special experiences, such as snorkelling, water skiing, fishing, windsurfing and sailing, a tour on a glass-bottom boat or a Champagne cruise aboard a catamaran. Most activities are complimentary (including waterboarding and waterskiing – something with is unheard of in most Middle East resorts) and the sea is calm enough to enjoy whatever you wish all day, every day.
From adrenaline to zen, the spa plays a big part in life at the resort and there are many opportunities for pampering at the award-winning Angsana Spa Balaclava, renowned for its locally-inspired treatments and hydrotherapy facilities. Using the finest marine botanical and natural products, the spa therapists, who are professionally trained at the world-renowned Banyan Tree Spa Academies, deliver indulging treatments that inspire top-to-toe renewal. In addition to nine treatment rooms, each with its own individual changing room, the world-class spa features a vast vitality pool for rejuvenation. There is also a beauty salon, small gym and yoga available throughout the day.
Food always places a big part in any holiday, especially when it involves discovering new cuisines. Adding a hands-on touch to the standard cookery session, the foodies among you can enjoy the Epicurean Delight Experience which will take you on a gastronomic journey to discover the incredibly rich and diverse cuisine that is at the heart and soul of the country – Creole! The day starts with a trip to a nearby market in the capital of Port Louis to select ingredients as well as sample some local delicacies. Upon returning to the resort, you’ll be taught how to create an array of dishes under the guidance of an expert chef before settling down to enjoy the fruit of your labour.
For lunch, there is The Passion Chill where you can enjoy perfectly-cooked meats, fresh seafood and international favourites such as pizzas, burgers, salads and finger foods. The jewel of this place is its swim-up bar where I admittedly spent a lot of time enjoying local rum cocktails and freshly grilled prawns – a winning combination! There is also Oryza, the main restaurant, with a choice of beautiful indoor or outdoor seating. Here you will find refined Asian-fusion cuisine, as well as local and international delights for breakfast and dinner. Dinner should always start and end at the Sylea Bar, a destination to savour fine wines, aged whiskies, exotic tropical concoctions, signature cocktails, or any tipple of choice.
Angsana Balaclava Mauritius was the perfect end to what was a perfect holiday – with its amazing rooms complete with personal pools, an award-winning spa and swim-up pool bar, there was no way to not relax at this beautiful boutique resort.
For more information and reservations, please visit http://www.angsana.com/en/em-mauritius-balaclava, call +230 204 1888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org