We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“A sample of paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of InterContinental Resort Mauritius

Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Save
You added InterContinental Resort Mauritius to your Saves list
InterContinental Resort Mauritius
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Balaclava Fort, Coastal Rd, Balaclava, Mauritius   |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel deals
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Members Exclusive:25% Off
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Balaclava
Cambridgeshire
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A sample of paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We have just returned from an eight night stay at this hotel. We were greeted on our arrival by hotel staff as we got out of our car given a wonderful cocktail and refreshing wipes after a long journey. This was just the beginning of the staff showing how delightful, happy and efficient they were. Nothing was too much trouble day or night. Unfortunately my husband was taken ill and admitted briefly o hospital. The hotel remained in constant contact with us and helped us by liaising with the hospital and travel insurance company. They arrived with gift basket and a car to take us back to the hotel. The hotel is right on the beach and has beautiful views across the ocean. A very clean and tidy hotel, an army of cleaners both inside and outside on the beach took daily care of what we saw and enjoyed. The food selections were very good every day, the flies were sometimes an issue but we could forgive this after all it's the country you visit and ALL that it brings surely. The only downside at the hotel were the cats and yes we saw them use the beach as their toilet, not nice. An all round wonderful holiday we want to repeat, thank you to all the staff especially Nashreen xx

Room Tip: All rooms are ocean facing but there are many palm trees that may not give you the WOW factor when y...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Teresa C,

Glad to know that you've arrived home safely and feeling better. It was a pleasure having you at the resort.

I will make sure that Nashreen knows that you enjoyed her service.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,357 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    647
    432
    162
    67
    49
See reviews for
334
749
23
64
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (275)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

While not perfect, this hotel was a great value compared to other similar hotels in the area charging signifanctly more. The hotel's website offered a fair price unlike other hotels that offer an outrageous price on their site only to find it for significantly less on search engines. The family room was adequate and met our needs. At first, it was a bid odd to have the adults' sleeping area combined with the living room with the children in the separate bedroom. It had that sleeper sofa feel to it, but it was nice to have the kids sectioned off in their own space while we had the rest of the room after they went to sleep.

We did have several maintenance problems with our room. The air conditioning stopped working after a few days and after many calls to reception and multiple visits from maintenance that didn't resolve the problem, we were moved to a different room that had a damp musky smell to it. We decided just to deal with it since it took several hours for the hotel to move us to another room and we didn't want to go through that again. They did send us a nice fruit platter the next morning. We also had to make several calls to maintenance to repair the safe that kept shorting out throughout the week.

The breakfast buffet is really nice and generous, but service was a bit slow. I was often sat at tables without silverware or napkins. The evening buffets are similar to the breakfast buffet, but are very expensive! It was significantly cheaper to order room service than the buffet. The a la carte restaurants are about the same price as the buffet, but you need to make reservations in advance. The one night we did have dinner at the buffet, both of my children were sick with what appeared to be food poisoning the following morning. The on-site med clinic was helpful and provided medication to help with the vomitting. They were fine by the afternoon.

The property was tastefully decorated with a long beautiful stretch of beach. The staff at the kids club is excellent and my children enjoyed their time with the staff, but it was a bid sad that other parents didn't use the kids club. We'd been at several similar hotels and the kids club is generally crawling with children, but my kids seemed to be the only children there most of the time and they were looking forward to being with other kids.

The hotel is a bit hard to find. It gives it a secluded feel, but if you are renting a car and coming in at night, it is very difficult to get there. The entrance/lobby is also not easily identified at night. I think most people opt to hire taxis and airport transfers, but the costs for that are also significantly more in Mauritius - thus, I opted to rent a car myself. Has nothing to do with the hotel, but just wanted to include it for those who prefer to rent a car instead of using taxis so they can be prepared or take a daytime arrival if that is an option.

In hindsight, I probably would have preferred to try my luck with another hotel than this one.

Room Tip: Ground floor have direct access to the beach, but more bugs.
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear JRIZ,

Thank you for taking the time to review our property, and thank you for the honest feedback.

We apologise for some of the shortfalls you received, and it's through this feedback we can improve.

We hope to welcome you back to the IC Mauritius soon.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Intercontinental for two weeks in September 2013. We had an excellent and enjoyable stay at the hotel and the service provided was outstanding from everyone. The hotel was able to accommodate our specific dietary requirements due to food intolerances and this was communicated across the hotel. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, everyone made us feel at home and after meeting members of management and staff felt like part of the family. The hotel is very nice and has up to date contemporary rooms which are very nice. I had a room close to the boat house and small heated pool which I used every morning. I would definitely recommend this hotel and will be looking to go back there for our next visit.
There are too many names to mention but our thanks go out to the following:
Kevin and the whole Segala team.
Kevin ensured that our dietary requirements were taken care of so that our holiday could be hassle free, providing excellent meals and surprises at meal times. The whole team were very friendly and professional. Ditto for Nick and Wesley at Noble House. All of our dining experiences were great including Senso (Reena) and Veda, everyone went out of their way to ensure we were okay. The hotel has a great team with many characters and it is refreshing to say hello and have good banter with everyone from the gardening staff, housekeeping to management. Sanjay had a big part to play by ensuring our dietary requirements were echoed across the hotel. We were also able to celebrate a birthday and anniversary at the hotel restaurant thanks to Sunjay and Kevin hosting our groups from outside of the hotel.
Kevin Rittoo & Noor,
They provided great advice, directions, suggestions and altogether very helpful, we also used the hotel Limo service to take us to and from a Wedding where the driver waited at the wedding, took us to the reception and waited until we were ready to be taken back to the hotel.
Patrice and Olivier from the Gym, they offered advice and tips on training at the gym to get the best out of workouts. This was really good compared to other gyms I have used where you are just left to get on with what you are doing.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice, however for me I wanted to be away from the nightly activities and noise and hen...
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Dave K,

One word - WOW - Thank you for such a stunning review, highlighting the service that we provide here.

We can't wait to welcome you back and I'll make sure that all the people you've mentioned know that you loved their stay.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We've just left after spending 7 nights at this hotel. Overall a positive experience with a few sour notes.

We arrived in the early evening but our room wasn't ready. This in itself wasn't a big problem as we were given a brief tour of the hotel, visiting an example of the type of room we had booked, the class above featuring an identical room with an adjoining private jacuzzi terrace and the presidential suite. This was a shrewd move on the part of the hotel as we immediately paid to upgrade to the room with the private terrace.

The hotel has several restaurants, but being on half board we mainly stuck to the main restaurant, save for one night we ate at the Thai restaurant "noble house" which was ok but nothing special. Generally there was a decent variety of food in the main restaurant catering to most palates, with a different theme each night. The first night the bottle of wine we had ordered arrived as we were finishing our main course. For the rest of the week the service in the restaurant was patchy, sometimes very attentive and at others leaving us feeling forgotten. This was true of the service throughout the hotel. E.g. We had booked an excursion which meant us leaving the hotel at 6:30, half an hour before the restaurant opens for breakfast. We duly filled in the in-room breakfast card and left it hanging outside the door in the evening, only to find it there at 6:15 the next morning. When I complained to the reception the receptionist managed to have a packed breakfast rustled up within about 10 minutes.

We found the service in the pool bar area generally better, but this could be because they had a smaller amount of ground to cover. The bar staff were also generous with the drinks;)

A couple of gripes. There was decent free Internet reception in the communal areas for normal browsing, but the in the rooms Internet had to be paid for in advance. On the two occasions I did pay the speed was so slow as to be unworkable so don't bother. The minibar in the rooms is unstocked. Guests have the option of pre-paying rather than paying as they consume. I would strongly advise bringing your own duty free as the prices for whiskey such as johnny walker black label are exorbitant to vergeing on daylight robbery.

One thing to be aware of which is not really the hotel's fault is the amount of flies. These aren't Mosquitos but were buzzing around us in such great numbers to drive us crazy.

With regards to touring the island, we booked the holiday through trailfinders and their local representatives were White Sands tours. We met the rep on the first day at the hotel and she sold us the South Island tour. I'm glad we didn't book the isle de cerfs or the dolphin experience tour through them as we booked exactly the same tours later with the crystal tours rep wandering the public beach for at least 1000 rupees cheaper each. If you are going to do one tour and one tour only I highly recommend the dolphin experience, swimming with a large school of dolphins in the wild.

Room Tip: Private terrace with jacuzzi is a good choice for couples
See more room tips
  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear SebV20,

Greetings from the IC Mauritius.

Thank you for your review of the hotel, and I'm glad that you enjoyed the hotel overall and we've taken on board your constructive points to make us better in the future.

Just on the mini-bar, we do this to avoid discrepancies at check out regarding what was or wasn't consumed.

We do provide the mini-bar service, it's a la carte and can be stocked and signed for once the goods are delivered.

We hope to welcome you back to the hotel soon.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

This is a pretty good hotel property....Long Beach side, good waterfront... pretty good upkeep.
Very Good Tennis Court
Two Swimming Pools - one is heated pool. this is very convenient
WiFi is free at the lobby and public areas near the restaurant
Fantastic view of --- pool, lagoon and ocean from the view ...

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Dear TonyTheTiger12345,

Thank you for your lovely review of our resort!

We hope to see you back in Mauritius soon.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
New Delhi, India
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

We stayed here for three nights recently. The property is nicely located but you can see only a small piece of sea from quite a few rooms due to trees, plants and the angle at which rooms are positioned vs. the sea. So, you should be extra careful in demanding / selecting a room. You get a better view from the rooms on the first / second floor.

Heated pool is a boon but it takes time before you can get hot water in the room and you need to keep the tap open for at least 10-15 minutes especially in the evening! Something can possibly be done by the management to reduce the wastage of water.

The restaurant offers a good breakfast spread and service is friendly if a tad on the slower side but who is in a hurry here!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Ulhas_Vairagkar,

Thank you for your review, and your comments have been taken on board. I apologise about the hot water issue, but through your feedback we will work on solutions using your suggestions.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Its been our honeymoon and we arrived at the hotel around 9pm. We had to still wait for our room to be "prepared". When we entered the room it looked quite modern and welcoming, unfortunately the termites were busy munching the pedestals and near the place i had to sleep. The rooms have a damp wooden smell. I asked for the manager on duty, and The receptionists were very very helpful thank you, the Assistant front office manager came in as the manager was not in. He )was the most foolish mis appointed ignorant arrogant man i have ever come across. I demanded being upgraded to a decent room and he kept insisting that i wait for 2 hours. My new bride and i were exhausted and i could strangle this man, he was rude and kept harping about other things while completely ignoring the questions and requests we had. I asked for his name and with arrogance he came and dropped of a little note with his name and mobile number, NOREETH SEETHORAM, FRONT OFFICE MANAGER - mobile (430)4968199. I just want to thank him for total disregard to guest hospitality. We camped the night out in our little jungle room where none of our requests were taken care of, besides the king bed, no upper level room nothing. I guess it was a HUGE disappointed and change of standards having just returned from a stay at Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur which was the best stay so far!

The next morning i made it a point to personally see the manager as my honeymoon was spoilt, we were on the verge of cancelling the remaining 5 days and heading back home. The French manager was awesome, understanding and heRd us out and asked how he could make our stay better. He upgraded us to the upper level grand Suites or whatever they called at a difference of about $500 for all the nights which was negotiable. Absolutely fantastic! Best room I have stayed in the entire honeymoon, huge bathroom, lounge, entertainment area, 3 sun decks, outdoor shower and jacuzzi. My wife wasn't considering leaving me after all:-P.

Hotel is an awesome island style hotel, beaches are nice but the sand isn't soft, lots of stones in the man made beach around the hotel, food is quite good, loved the indian restaurant upon entering the hotel. Hotel is overpriced, a bottle of coke costs about 10 times more than just outside the hotels boundaries. The Spa is welcoming, went for a couples massage on the beach, was an hour long back rub instead of a massage but it was an experience hearing the ocean none the less.

We hired a car for the entire week which worked out super cheap. Over all a very enjoyable stay which started off terrible.

Room Tip: The suite!!
See more room tips
  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Shane J, Director of Sales at InterContinental Resort Mauritius, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
Dear Mohamed Farhaad S,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review of our hotel. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay by the end, and your constructive feedback has been given to the concerned departments.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

kind regards

Shane J
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to InterContinental Resort Mauritius? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about InterContinental Resort Mauritius

Address: Balaclava Fort, Coastal Rd, Balaclava, Mauritius
Phone Number:
Location: Mauritius > Pamplemousses District > Balaclava
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Balaclava
#4 Romantic Hotel in Balaclava
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Balaclava
#4 Luxury Hotel in Balaclava
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Resort Mauritius 5*
Number of rooms: 210
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort is located on one of the most pristine stretches of beach overlooking Balaclava, Mauritius. Offering 210 well-appointed rooms including 10 presidential suites, 40 family-type, 20 Jacuzzi rooms, 20 Executive rooms with free WiFi and 120 standard rooms. Facilities include: 3 bars, 5 restaurants, 2 swimming pools including one heated pool, 8 massage rooms, a unique private island, Planet Trekkers kids club, recreational activities, tennis court, 4 meeting rooms & 1 ballroom. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda, Despegar.com, Travelocity, Hotels.com, Odigeo and Tingo so you can book your InterContinental Resort Mauritius reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Intercontinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava Fort Hotel Balaclava
Intercontinental Hotel Mauritius
Intercontinental Hotel Balaclava
InterContinental Resort Mauritius Balaclava

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage InterContinental Resort Mauritius, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.