InterContinental resort to be built on Mauritius

InterContinental Hotels & 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.

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