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“Has 5 Star potential but effort & attitude to customer service let's it down” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort

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InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Balaclava
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Has 5 Star potential but effort & attitude to customer service let's it down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

Stayed for 8 days. Resort is lovely, with impressive pool area and quiet beach areas. Sadly, room cleanliness & service was not at 5 star level. The bare minimum of toiletries provided & some bath towels had seen better days. Room was full of bugs on 1st night and room had not been cleaned just tidied to make it look ok. Bed was smelly and surfaces stained. To be fair reported next day and room was cleaned to better standard. My disappointment was that a room had been given in a less than satisfactory state. Cleaning was hit & miss on a daily basis, no consistency of service. Rooms are furnished beautifully & bathroom heavenly, such a shame the servicing of the rooms puts a damper on things. The resort lacks that 5 star feel, no drinks service offered around the pool, towel cabana not located near the main pool, and other little things that make you feel the staff don't go that extra mile. Buffet restaurant not my thing, too canteen-like and I cannot abide the people who maul the food only to place it back in the serving dishes once they have sniffed at it!! The Maurice restaurant was nice & service so much better for breakfast & dinner. Chinese was lovely, a lot of the menu was not available
on the night We went but what we did order was excellent. Taxis booked through the concierge were a total rip off. About £30 to be taken to a supermarket less than 10 minutes away. Staff lack the customer service of other hotels although Kevin, the head concierge was excellent & made every effort to help us on a number of issues. Joanna in kids club also great swell as young girl from reception who was eager to help. Accommodation manager was rude & obnoxious - not at all pleasant to deal with. On the last 2 days of our holiday the pools had not been cleaned due to the pump & filter blocking during the night. No notice put on the pool and only that I noticed it was looking cloudy and asked they would not have told me. My 3 year old was happily playing up until that point and we retreated to the beach. It took 2 days for it to be fixed and lots of guests had no idea they were swimming in pools that were quite frankly disgusting by the 2nd day with tide marks of dirt surrounding the Walls. Some guests took photos of it, me too. To add to my disappointment of how they look after guests, my 3 year old fell down an open grid that was hidden by grass. The lid was faulty and her leg went straight down which could have broken severely had she fallen forwards. The grid had an iron bar protruding in the base which scraped her skin and luckily that was all. The guests who witnessed the fall were shocked as was I to see the reaction from management who put the lid back on the grid and offered my daughter some ointment for the scrape. No apology - nothing! This was my 2nd to last day and by then I had seen enough of the intercontinental. I was happy to be going home. All in all I would not return to this hotel, it is a 3 star hotel rating and I wanted 5 star, it served it's purpose for us as we just wanted to get away from it all, we
hardly ate in the restaurants and drank on our balcony most nights and sat by pool & beach during the day. Choose another hotel if you are looking for 5 star, I stayed in Awali Heritage on my previous trip which WAS 5 star and a 100% definite for revisiting.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Lynda M
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Franck S, General Manager at InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Dear Lynda M,

Thank you for your taking the time to share with us your feedback on your stay at InterContinental Mauritius Resort.
Your comments give us valuable feedback and will help us immensely to improve our service delivery and will be passed on to the respective departments.
You can rest assured that we shall do all that is possible to ensure that our services reflect the InterContinental experience that we promise our guests.
We look forward to welcoming you back again in our property soon
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

We stayed at the IC for 11 nights in October 2011. As a family we generally enjoy a 5 star hotel and this was no different. Check in was fine, although we did have a 3 hour flight delay - obviously to no fault of the hotel - and we would never fly with Air Mauritius again! for an 11 hour flight it is really worth the extra of booking with either BA or Emirates who both seem to have a higher standard of seating and comfort. Anyway, we booked a 2 room family suite. First impressions were nice, rooms were large and spacious and was nice to have a separate room for 2 daughters. Comfy beds, clean, good AC and a large family bathroom - with bath and separate shower which was nice, and a fairly large balcony with sea view. We had the all inclusive package, which from other reviews and looking at the menu prices was a wise move as the costs for drinks and lunches were quite expensive. The restaurant choice was very good, you could choose from an Indian, Thai or a seafood or the buffet restaurant. We didn't go in the buffet restaurant for dinner as we prefer to sit down and be waited on. We were very impressed at the quality and service we received at all 3 of the restaurants and the food was excellent. I would definitely make sure that you choose to eat at one of these restaurants rather than the buffet, and make sure you book them in the morning at breakfast. Breakfast in the buffet restaurant was average, the variety and choice could be improved upon, especially seeing as this is meant to be a 5 star resort. However the food was cooked to a high standard and again the staff in the restaurant were attentive and friendly. Overall the hotel grounds were looked after well, the beach was good there were always deck chairs available and the water sports are a must! Warren and his team were very friendly and good teachers!! We went on the snorkelling trips that they provided, they were good - however we booked the trips outside the hotel which were much better for snorkelling and made a nice day out. We hired a taxi for a few days and were able to explore the island a bit more, it was nice to be able to see more of the towns and we also went to pout louis, although it was quite pricey.
Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday, Mauritius is a completely stunning island and is a nice get away from the package holiday types. We would definitely go back, and would stay at the IC again - although there are so many other nice hotels that it would be nice to try it would be a hard choice!
And a special thank you to all the staff at the hotel, who were exceptionally brilliant and made our stay just that bit better!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Franck S, General Manager at InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Dear thailandlover22,

Thank you for such a wonderful feedback!
We are pleased to see that you enjoyed all aspects of your vacation with us and have taken good memories with you.
It would be our greatest pleasure to welcome you back to InterContinental Mauritius Resort. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly; we would be delighted to assist you in planning your next vacation with us.
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2012

Travelled during Chinese New Year, the hotels are usually busy and full during that period, but we expect the service and quality to be constant whatever ....

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank l3w
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Franck S, General Manager at InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Dear l3w,

Thank you for your feedback on our property, which will be shared with our team.
We are sorry that your stay did not meet your expectations and we shall do all that is required to ensure that these comments do not reoccur.
We would be pleased to have the opportunity to welcome you back at InterContinental Mauritius Resort.
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Beirut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

We stayed at IC hotel for 3 nights last September. All was pleasant and the staff was very friendly. We even rented a scooter and went to the nearest town for some sightseeing (I do recommend the scooter in order to sight see on one hand and it is much cheaper than the on the other hand).
I loved how the room is decorated!! And the Bathroom is huge!

One more thing to be objective: we found a cockroach in our room, so we had to change rooms.

All in all, if I go to Mauritius again and IC was an option I would not mind.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ReemDoughan
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Franck S, General Manager at InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Dear ReemJ,

Thank you for taking the time to share your comments on InterContinental Mauritius Resort.

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by the insect but are pleased to note that all other aspects of your vacation went well and you had a great time here!
It would be our greatest pleasure to welcome you back to InterContinental Mauritius Resort. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly; we would be delighted to assist you in planning your next vacation with us.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2012

Stayed here for a week as part of our Honeymoon. It was not peak tourist season.
Stayed in a Suite room which had its own private Jacuzzi area.

The rooms were of good size and laid out across 2 levels. Excellent sleeping area with comfy bed, good bedside lights, plenty of plugs etc. Beatiful views across the bay.

The resort was spread out across 2 story buildings with plenty of foliage sorrounding the buildings. There were excellent pool areas and some water features. This made it all the better for relaxation.

The resort is in peaceful sorroundings right next to an excellent stretch of private beach.
The beach was clean, devoid of touts and a haven for relaxation.


Service was generally consistent (with the IC brand) but this depended on who was manning the front desk.

Breakfast buffet was excellent. Good variety of food and of good quality.

The only irritation was the daily invasion of birds into the eating area in the morning. On the first day this was exotic for us, but by the 3rd day it became an irritation.This was all the more so as the birds helped themselves to food on the buffet tables (we didnt touch anything that was not kept closed) as well as on the eating tables. This meant 1 of us had to stay "guarding" the table whilst the other refilled/served. The birds regularly pooped on the tables/chairs which was not plesant.

Lunch and dinner at the hotel restaurants was a major dissapointment in terms of choice, quality, taste and speed of service. This is something the hotel management must address. Furthermore, it all came at a "price". They even charged for warm water which was quite cheeky! The restaurant staff made a big deal of insisting that prior reservations were required, eventhough the restaurants were empty.

A good resort experience, let down by the poor quality of dining options.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank Adi-Bandi
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Franck S, General Manager at InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Dear Adi-Bandi,

Thank you for feedback.

We have taken good note of your observations and suggestions regarding the food and our restaurants and will share same with our teams. Your feedback definitely helps us in challenging ourselves and finding a better way to do things, to ensure that our guests can enjoy an effortless stay.
We would be delighted to welcome you back to InterContinental Mauritius Resort for your next vacation.
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Property: InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort
Address: Balaclava Fort, Coastal Rd, Balaclava, Mauritius
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Region: Mauritius > Pamplemousses District > Balaclava
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Balaclava
#4 Family Hotel in Balaclava
#5 Luxury Hotel in Balaclava
#5 Spa Hotel in Balaclava
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Balaclava
Price range (per night): ₹ 13,791 - ₹ 26,863
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort 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 
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