FIRE PARTLY BURNS DOWN STARWOOD’S GRAND MAURITIUS
A fire swept through parts of the Grand Mauritius Resort & Spa hotel in the Balaclava area of Mauritius yesterday, prompting the transfer of all guests to a sister hotel on the island and other properties with available space to accommodate them.
The fire reportedly broke out in the early afternoon, burning the kitchen, part of one restaurant and several chalets, making a full evacuation of guests necessary. Arson on a neighbouring empty piece of land, where the fire started and spread from, is expected as a cause although it is not thought that the resort itself was targeted. No guests came to any harm or lost any of their personal property, but the damage to the hotel has been described as substantial for the affected areas. Insurance assessors are already attempting to establish the extend of the fire damage and rebuilding of the affected parts is due to go underway as soon as investigations have been completed and a workplan been approved by the owners of the resort.
Le Meridien is an upmarket resort brand of Starwood, a group best known for its global Sheraton brand.