Where is it?
An island nation in the Indian Ocean situated approximately 2,000 kilometres (1,200 miles) off of the southeast coast of Africa. When Mark Twain visited Mauritian capital, Port Louis, in 1896, a proud resident informed him that “Heaven copied Mauritius”. This statement is certainly backed up by the land’s verdant mountainsides, coated with yellow sand. Mauritius is a traditionally multicultural and welcoming society, and together with its friendly people and legendary smiles, they’ve helped in developing a tourism sector with one of the highest rates of tourist loyalty in the world.
An Indian Ocean gem
Mauritius has an unworldly beauty! Pristine white sands are fringed with lush green vegetation and starkly contrasted by the deep blue turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. It is an island nation, beautifully blending cultures from across the globe. And the diversity continues into nature, with volcanic peaks, inland lakes and sugar cane fields. From turquoise waters, to silvery white beaches, the natural beauty of Mauritius is unmistakable. The Indian Ocean is home to many beautiful and colourful fish including clownfish, trumpet fish and rainbow bright parrotfish. The jungles murmur with the rich sounds of nature including the Echo Parakeet and the macaque monkeys.
A golfer’s paradise
Mauritius has become a dream destination for golf lovers and was voted the World’s Best Golf Destination for two years running at the International Tourism Show. Discover a choice of exciting, challenging, world class championship golf courses with spectacular sea views, beautiful natural settings in the perfect sporting climate.
A taste for adventure
This destination offers a breathtaking amount of luxury experiences and events, from catamaran cruises to cave diving, swimming with dolphins to a spa day, detox and from heritage tours to hiking. Mauritius has something to fulfil the sense of adventure in every visitor.
Good for business
In recent years the island has consolidated its position as the leading business and financial services hub in the Indian Ocean and has received numerous prestigious global accolades in leading surveys. Although Mauritius is not a tax haven it has a very tax-friendly system and offers many advantages to foreign nationals wishing to invest in property and who are ready to live for at least six months a year in Mauritius to obtain tax residency. Mauritius came first in the rankings for, amongst many others, ‘The World Bank Doing Business 2014’, ‘Forbes Survey of Best Countries for Business 2013’ and ‘The Global Competitiveness Index 2013-2014’.
Great for living
There are numerous reasons to choose It has developed as a year-round, luxury holiday destination thanks to a near perfect climate, friendly people and high levels of personal security. But Mauritius is also a good place to live. It is economically strong and stable country with a modern infrastructure, high standards of healthcare, a good schools and is easily accessible via direct flights to Europe, Africa, China and the Middle East. It has welcomed over 200,000 foreigners of different nationalities who have chosen to work, live or retire there with a cost of living which is on average 40 per cent lower than in Europe.
What can you buy?
In Mauritius foreigners are only allowed to buy properties on government designated holiday resorts. These resorts tend to offer villas that are ideal for renting. Prices start from around $US 500,000 - the level at which foreigners can become eligible for a residence permit under the government PDS scheme. In the popular Grand Baie and Black River areas of the buzzy northwest of the island Prometheus International is offering two projects, with properties priced from £350,000 to £1,270,000.