Walking into the breathtaking lobby of Intercontinental Balaclava Fort at sunset and welcomed by a refreshingly cool breeze, we looked forward to an amazing 10 day holiday on an all inclusive package. With rumbling stomachs, Raj offered to make a dinner reservation on our behalf at one of the resorts' four restaurants, Noble House. Here a shy yet friendly Gilles, welcomed us to where, yet unbeknown to us, an unforgettable culinary experience awaited us. We were offered the set menu and were impressed so much, that we made our booking for the same time and place for our second night. After a good night’s rest in our luxurious room, decorated tastefully while still exuding a feeling of calm and tranquillity, we woke up to a sunny Mauritius.
Travelling alongside our newlywed family and honeymoon couple, we were eager to show them the Paradise Island, as this is our umpteenth holiday to this destination! You can never get enough of a good thing hey!
Our first stop in Grand Baie was as always, Ebrahim Tours, where we rented a car, might I ad, hassle free. Shopping in Mauritius is always a wonderful experience as exclusive brands are available in almost every shop at a much more affordable price than normally available in stores. For those who are looking for a more exquisite and exclusive range of clothing in superb fabrics, make sure to visit L'IN in the high street of Grand Baie. While you will feel like a million dollars in their designs, it won't break the bank and you could even walk out with extreme end of range bargains!!
Back at our hotel we were treated to yet another mouth watering meal at Noble House. As we had booked to go deep sea fishing the next day, we enquired about the possibility of bringing back our fresh catch and enjoying sashimi in the restaurant. As with all requests to the staff at Noble House, nothing was too much trouble and it was up to us to deliver something for our plates!
We set out On Lady Diana at the crack of dawn and were impressed by the level of skill and endurance displayed by skipper Michael and his crew. We were lucky enough to catch three Tuna and two Dorado and also hooking what the skipper estimated as a 450-500kg marlin. The sad faces on board, telling of the once in a lifetime experience which had eluded us as the grander disappeared back into the deep blue ocean.
At least we still had our tuna.
Arriving back at Noble House, waiter Vincent surname, showed us to our table situated in the alfresco dining area on the wooden deck outside the restaurant.
Bathed in fairy lights, you do feel like you are part of a romantic novel and at the same a celebrity seated in the best spot in the house! This was also the moment we met the chef who were to create the unforgettable gastronomic surprises awaiting us the next week. Vedish Purdassee suggested some menu options with our tuna but we left it to his expertise. Excited by the challenge, he left for the kitchen to create our first dish, a selection of Nigiri followed by Maki and sashimi. The highlight, however, came on a plate of seared tuna accompanied by a side of curried noodles. The bar was set and Vedish had his work cut out for him with us, a mesmerized crowd! This was the first of many superb creations to follow with restaurant owner Pravin, giving chef Vedish the creative freedom to create a special menu for us every night.
If you have ever dined in an all inclusive buffet restaurant, I think you'd agree, this was heaven sent. No queues! No crowding! No competing for a table every meal, just the perfect meal in the perfect setting, night after night.
We were treated like royalty every night, but the highlight was definitely our last evening when we were escorted to our table on the beach, laid by waiter Eshan, decorated with tropical flowers and linen swans. Candles reflecting the waves just meters away. To top it all, Sega dancers dressed in traditional floral dress and their accompanying band set the mood. A celebration of love, flavour, sound and the sand beneath your feet. Equilibrium.....
While planning our holiday, some Internet sites had described Intercontinental as a less relaxing hotel, but be assured, you can still let your hair down and enjoy a sultry Arabian Nights party at the disco, have too many cocktails at the pool bar and even have a laugh with the staff members who are always ready with a smile and a helping hand.
A special thanks to Chef Vedish who went out of his way to create magic on our palates every night and owner Pravin for allowing us to enjoy such an experience. Also to Raj, Vincent, Gilles and Eshan Thank you for your great service and friendliness throughout our stay!
Ps. Try the Ambassador breakfast at Segala - excellent when the chef gives it his best shot!
The gym is well equipped with a breathtaking view and spa treatments are fabulous.
A last suggestion! Book your catamaran cruises with Ebrahim Tours and ask for Calypso to Gabrielle. Experience this for yourself!
What's not to love - an unforgettable holiday!
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November 3, 2012
Dear Mara J,
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Thank you so much for your wonderful comments regarding your recent Honeymoon trip to Mauritius.
It was a real pleasure to have you with us and I am extremely proud of our team members from Noble House who made your stay Unique, Authentic and Enriching.
We all look forward to welcoming you again in your home away from home and hopefully this time you can catch your Marlin!
Executive Assistant Manager
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