Visited Angsana Balaclava in June and July 2014 and we were quiet amazed and had a wonderful experience and can say it is an upscale and relatively new resort. The rooms are spacious and tastefully appointed with extremely nice furnishings and decorations. I saw all the room categories and they all have good views of either the ocean with mountain range and Port Louis in the background or the garden. The rooms have different options such as private pool, Jacuzzi and steam bath. The facilities are well maintained and the gardens and the beach are well groomed and manicured. As we happened to be visiting in the winter season of Mauritius, the pool water at Angsana is not particularly warm in the morning and in the afternoon. We did most of the swimming during mid day. I got to point out that the winter of Mauritius is still very pleasant at the beach and pool. The GM also gave some good news once he heard my comments about "too cold to swim" and he suggested I stay another 2 weeks as the resort was in the process of installing the pool heater. I guess we will check this out on a future trip hopefully.
Service is excellent, very personalised and the managers and employees come out of their way to greet you whenever the opportunity arises. They all make you feel you are welcome in their resort and in Mauritius and they value our presence and business. Just to mention, I got the opportunity to meet the GM, the Managers ( F & B; Guest services etc) and the chef as well as the pastry chef and this is not something I have experience on the numerous trips I have taken in the Caribbean.
Food is worthy of a trendy and high end fine restaurants. Everything is fresh, delicately and perfectly cooked. The menu is varied from fish to meat and vegetarian as well as the style varies from local to European, French and to Asian and Asian fusion. Everything I have tried is mouth watering, without mentioning the nice and delicate deserts that are available every night. Breakfasts have not been a let down either. Day in, day out, I was able to feast on the fresh fruits, juices, miniature croissant, Danishes and the variety of egg styles, curry and purri, congee and noodles soon after I get up.
The award winning SPA is worth mentioning. My wife and I had a very good massage session and it is a unique experience "the Angsana way" with the whole atmosphere, treatment and surrounding to make you feel fresh and rejuvenated after. It is a must - don't forget to include this in your schedule and plan as the SPA works by appointment! Next to the SPA is a very decent GYM for the "want to keep fit" vacationers. We got the opportunity to try YOGA for first time and loved it.
To top it off the boat house is well equipped with equipment for snorkelling etc and we had the chance to do kayak, pedal boat, speed boat. We chartered a Catamaran and a speed boat to go towards the Coin de Mire island and this is wonderful one day experience and sea outing. As we had other friends joining us and we were a party of about 30 and we had a blast! I found out from the boat house staff that the resort will pretty soon be offering Catamaran dining and I am pretty sure this will be worthwhile experience also.
Nothing to complain and only good things to say and will go back without hesitation. Small but very comparable in many ways to the Four seasons Anahita which I got the chance to visit around the same time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on the northwest coast of Mauritius, in the secluded area of Turtle Bay, Angsana Balaclava offers a hideaway ideal for travellers looking for privacy and relaxation. Angsana Balaclava is the island’s premier boutique resort – the latest 5-star resort on the Mauritian landscape. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angsana Balaclava Hotel Balaclava
- Angsana Balaclava Mauritius