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Maritim redevelops historic Mauritius venue

An 18th century flour mill and event venue in Mauritius has been redeveloped by Maritim Hotels with the addition of a new restaurant and bar housing the largest collection of rum on the island.

Anno 1743 is a new 188 cover brasserie style restaurant located within the historical ‘Ruins of Balaclava’ on Turtle Bay along the northwest coast of Mauritius. Within the historical architecture is named after the year it was built by the French. The restaurant, named after the yar it was built, accommodates 1,200 people standing and 750 people seated.

Alongside the restaurant is the Distillery bar, the site of a former 19th century distillery and now perfect for tastings with 191 types of rums including local tipples distilled in Mauritius. The Distillery can accommodate 20 seated and 50 standing. Guests can also enjoy breath-taking views of the island from the Nest, a lounge-style rooftop bar offering a selection of whiskies, cocktails and snacks.

These showstopper spaces have been carefully integrated into the Ruins of Balaclava’s existing architecture and were launched with a spectacular party at the end of last year. The well preserved ruins of the old flour mill, the distillery and dam are all official national monuments and part of the historical heritage of Mauritius.

The Ruins of Balaclava form part of the historical Maritim estate spanning 25 hectares. They are located on Turtle Bay, the sunniest coast of the island and the first protected marine park in Mauritius. An equestrian centre, Chateau Mon Desir fine dining restaurant, a giant tortoises park, 9-hole golf course and tropical garden (awarded ‘Most Beautiful Garden of Mauritius’) are all nearby. Also on the estate is the 5 star Maritim Resort Spa Mauritius, currently being refurbished and set to relaunch at the end of the year. Maritim’s venue is 60km from the airport and 12km from Port Louis.