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In the title "nature", I am encompassing all wildlife, sealife, flora, and fauna. When flying over the island the first time you visit Mauritius one of the most striking things to notice is how green the island is.

We are blessed with an abundance of sun on the island and many (including me) flock to the island to enjoy its warmth. Along with the sun comes the rain and Mauritius has plenty of that too, but is usually short-lived and quickly gives way to new gold rays. Such a perfect balance of sun and rain has allowed the island to become home to a diverse collection of nature and some that are unique to the island itself.

You only have to look at the tree-covered mountains and the magnificent waterfalls they have formed over the centuries to see how incredibly beautiful nature has made this island. As Ernest Hemingway said "you will be told that Mauritius was created by God immediately after paradise. In fact, this paradise was created in the likeness of Mauritius"




The Intercontinental Hotel at Balaclava was the first hotel I ever stayed at in Mauritius and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were fortunate to be upgraded and ended up with a large beachfront with an enormous terrace.

As the visit to Mauritius was for business we were only booked in for two nights but still managed to take in as much of its facilities and atmosphere as possible. My husband even managed to sneak out for a few hours fishing which the hotel chartered for him.

The beach is well kept and the staff are attentive which you would expect from a 5-star hotel. Rooms are clean and well serviced and the hotel itself is maintained to a modern standard which is sometimes lacking with other hotels (not mentioned in this 'Top 10 Hotels in Mauritius').

The setting is wonderful and you will enjoy the first time you walk through the central reception atrium and see the view done to the beach.

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