& Resorts has signed an agreement with Lateral Holdings to
develop a $50 million luxury resort on the island of Mauritius.
Scheduled to open in late 2008, the
210-room InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort will
offer guests a beachfront location in the Bay of Balaclava, 20
minutes north of the island countrys capital, Port Louis. The
development is InterContinental's first resort in the Africa region
and is part of IHG's aggressive growth plan that will almost double
its Middle East and Africa portfolio over the next three years.
The resort will be a 15-minute drive from
Grand Baie, the islands most popular area. It will comprise 210
rooms, including 40 family guest rooms and 10 suites. All rooms
overlook the Indian Ocean and feature stone baths, wall-mounted
plasma screens with interactive television and a private outdoor
balcony or terrace.
Situated on the rooftop, the resorts spa
and health club will offer panoramic views across the ocean. The
spa will have steam and sauna rooms, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis,
relaxation areas and a range of wellness products.
The four fine-dining options for the
resort include a Mediterranean restaurant and two beachfront
outlets offering Indian and Chinese cuisine. A banqueting and
conference hall will accommodate up to 1,000 people. Other resort
highlights will be a saltwater lagoon pool, a two-tier infinity
pool, a pool bar with live entertainment, two tennis courts, a kids
club and retail shops.