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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has launched a new hotel, the Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport.

The new hotel is located five minutes from the nearest beach and at 45km from the capital, Port Louis and is surrounded by gardens carefully landscaped to preserve the natural botanic diversity.

The all-day dining restaurant 1933 is named after the year the first international flight was made from the island, and the bar lounge Piper Navajo refers to the first type of plane used to link Mauritius to Rodrigues island in 1972.

This Holiday Inn will provide an affordable, quality option on Mauritius’ scenic south-east coast."

Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport has 140 rooms, 450m² of meeting space including a boardroom and four meeting rooms with garden break-out access.

The property also includes a gym and spa facilities, while offering views of the gardens from the hotel’s large terraces including one adjoining Piper Navajo, and a north-west facing pool terrace with a stepped, infinity pool.

The company has used basalt rock from existing shacks and out-houses in hotel’s construction, and also built a rainwater harvesting facility for irrigation. It uses local timber in all public areas to decrease carbon footprint.

Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport general manager Jean-Eric Sirop said: "The combination of the building and ground’s unique character, with its prime location close to both the airport and Mauritius’ beautiful beaches, will make this a popular hotel for business and leisure guests.

"We are proud to be part of such a globally celebrated brand and have no doubt that guests from across the globe will enjoy the comfort and value that our hotel and team deliver."

IHG India, Middle East and Africa COO Pascal Gauvin said: "We’ve been looking forward to bringing Holiday Inn to Mauritius and today we welcome guests through the hotel’s doors.

"As the island’s popularity amongst holidaymakers and business travellers continues to increase, this Holiday Inn will provide an affordable, quality option on Mauritius’ scenic south-east coast."

The new hotel is IHG’s second property in Mauritius following the InterContinental Resort Mauritius at the Bay of Balaclava.

Image: Holiday Inn Mauritius Airport’s standard room. Photo: courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC.