We stayed 8 Jan to 22 Jan '13, a full 2 weeks. We had been warned by friends that we'd be bored out of our minds after just a week - as we normally took cruising holidays, we had some misgivings that we'd made the right choice of static hotel, duration and destination. We'd devoted a lot of time to select this hotel, having considered all the well known alternatives The location of the Angsana gave us initial concern as there are no nearby restaurants or bars - but found that this wasn't an issue, as once we got into the rest and relaxation mode, we didn't really feel the need to go or look outside.
We'd rented a car from the airport (easy roads and driving) so we had the 1st 3 days sightseeing - so after that - we were more than happy to relax in the hotel.
We had two different rooms - the first 3 nights in a garden room - then upgraded into a Spa room with its own plunge pool and view of the sea and sunsets. Both rooms were excellent, roomy and well appointed - and we initially had to think hard about moving into the Spa room as the Garden room was so good. Glad we did - as we had many a sundowner on that Spa terrace!The hotel is exceptionally well designed - rooms don't seem to overlook each other - and we never heard any noise from neighbours. It's a compact resort - easy to find your way around - with pools and an excellent beach - none of which were ever busy. We could always find a sunbed, no matter what time of the day. No need for towel reserving! All staff are anxious to please and go over and above to please.
The restaurant was designed that you could eat outside or on raised covered terraces alongside, or inside. We achieved eating outside most of the time - the weather being the decider. The weather was circa 80 to 90 all day - with some occasional rain; we had one thunderstorm overnight. A highlight was the food. Half Board was provided - and the menu choices were excellent. Plenty of choice, with the menu changed daily. We are frequent travellers on Seabourn Cruises (6 Star) - and the food was nearly to this level.
The Chef, who visited each table nightly, showed his Balinese background with Asian fusion choices plus steaks, duck and lots of fish - all well presented.Dining service could be a little slow - but we had no need to rush, so we just enjoyed the unhurried pace, under the stars.The Spa was a great amenity too - beautiful.
Overall, 2 weeks was great, we loved Mauritius, the hotel, the food and the people.
Got to go back!
- 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