Located in the heart of the Mascarenhas Archipelago, between Reunion Island and Rodrigues, Mauritius is known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. This small volcanic island is renowned for its diversity.
Land of peace and tolerance, Mauritius is a true cultural melting pot.
The diversity of people living in perfect harmony is a symbol of the island’s identity. Hindus, Muslims, Catholics or Buddhists; each religion has its own place of worship and celebration; all of which are included in the Mauritian calendar.
A multicultural island, where Creole as well as French and English are spoken.
A land of innovation: infrastructure on the island meets European standards. Mauritius has nevertheless, preserved its authenticity and kept its traditions.
Mauritius is a place where modernity and exoticism blend smoothly together.
A land surrounded by the ocean, a land rich in vegetation; a land of seven colours as can be seen in Chamarel: in Mauritius, nature is spectacular.
Land side: tropical forests and waterfalls rub shoulders with gorges and hiking trails.
Sea Side : Mauritius is surrounded by exceptional lagoons and coral reefs.
This gem of the Indian Ocean is fascinating as much by its dynamic economy, sandy beaches and beautiful turquoise lagoons.
A BIT OF HISTORY
It was under the French Governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, that Mauritius knew its first development: a harbour was built. Port Louis, named after the ruling king Louis XV, became the capital of Mauritius. Trade on the island thrived; Mauritius could supply enough sugar and rum to the surrounding islands and visiting vessels.
From this strategic position in the Indian Ocean, the French were plaguing English vessels on their way to and from India.
In 1810, the British conquered the island which they occupied, and Mauritius was formally ceded to them in the "Traiti de Paris" of 1814. Most of the French settlers, remained on the island and were allowed to keep their customs, religion and laws.
A few years later, in 1835, the British abolished slavery - slaves at the time came from Madagascar, Senegal and Mozambique mainly - and this led to the importation of Indian indentured labourers to work in the sugar cane fields. They eventually settled in Mauritius and their descendants constitute nowadays the majority of the population.
Rapid development of the infrastructure continued. Free primary education was given to the population so that local civil servants could be trained to run the affairs of the country.
Mauritius achieved independence on 12 March 1968 and adopted a constitution based on the British parliamentary system. The first post-independence years were difficult but after more than 15 years of planning and hard work, Mauritius achieved economic and political stability. Mauritius changed its status to that of a Republic on 12 March 1992.
The Mauritian Constitution is based on the Westminister model. Political power is vested in the Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Elections are held every five years.
WEATHER & GOOD LIFESTYLE
Mauritius is an island with surface area of 720 square miles, situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn, in the south of Indian Ocean, with 57° 35 East longitude and 19° 68 and 20° 15 South latitude.
Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Mauritius enjoys a temperate tropical climate, thanks to the Indian Ocean!
Being of a volcanic origin, Mauritius has a central plateau which is about 400 metres above sea level.
Mountains scattered throughout the island, tropical forests and plants are other feathers that add to the natural beauty of the island. With more than 90 miles of white sandy beaches and the transparent lagoon are protected from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef which almost surrounds the island.
Outdoor activities can be enjoyed all year long. The two seasons are opposite to those in Europe. The climate is pleasant all year round, be it for the outside temperature or water temperature!
Austral summer: from November to April, is hot and humid with temperatures ranging between 27 °C and 33 °C. Summer is the best season for deep sea fishing (from September to May) and diving (February and March).
Austral winter: from May to October is cooler and drier. Temperatures range between 20 °C to 25 °C. It is the ideal season for surfing.
A STABLE POLITICAL AND SAFE COUNTRY
Impressive track record, political stability and more than 3 decades of sustained economic growth
Secure investment location with established rule of law
Freest and most business-friendly country in Africa
Peaceful, multi-ethnic with a unique lifestyle in a blend of cultures
Flexible, bilingual (English/French) and skilled workforce
Investment-friendly regulatory regime
Open to foreign investors and talents
Ocean State with one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in the world
Preferential market access to Africa, Europe and the USA
Convenient time zone (GMT +4)
Today Mauritius serves as a good example of the African country where strong public commitment to non-violence, a well-balanced political system and measured approach to civic policies has resulted in the prosperous and stable inter-cultural nation
A RICH CULTURAL AND RELIGION DIVERSITY
The population of the Republic of Mauritius is estimated at 1,275,323.
The Republic of Mauritius, with a total land area of 2,040 square kilometres, had a population density of around 625 persons per square km at mid-2009.
Mauritian society,diverse, original and dynamic, sees itself as a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.
The literacy rate of over 90% is the highest in Africa. English and French are the official languages and Creole is widely spoken. Many hotel employees are fluent in German, Italian and Spanish.
The originality and charm of Mauritius derive from its diversity and cultural richness. People of European, African, Indian, Chinese and mixed origins live in harmony and practice Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
French, English and international schools, a multi-lingual press, and international satellite channels are everyday things in this cosmopolitan society open to the world and its influences.
DISCOVER THE NORTH OF MAURITIUS
Grand Bay, (or Grand Baie) is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the district of Rivière du Rempart at the north of Mauritius. Grand Bay was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay Without End) by the Dutch in the 17th century, and when visiting the village it is easy to understand why. Today, the resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius.
Grand Bay owes its popularity to the enchanting quality of its emerald waters and to its liveliness by day and by night.
It offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing, and it is also the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.
Grand Bay and its surroundings also offer a large choice of fashion and craft shops, hotels and restaurants. You can find in Grand Bay traditional local shops, some operating for almost 50 years, alongside modern shopping centers and worldwide brand shops. Considering the variety of shops and shopping complexes, Grand Bay is definitely a top shopping destination for clothes, jewelry, textiles and for souvenirs
Grand Gaube, only a 15 minute drive from lively Grand Baie, about 6km east of Cap Malheureux, is where the development of northern Mauritius currently ends, and the town remains a charming fishing village with a good beach.
Grand Gaube is surrounded by magnificent white sandy beaches ; this well-sheltered area offers a breathtaking view of the pristine coastline and of the Gunner’s Quoin.
In 1744 the St Géran foundered off Grand Gaube in a storm, inspiring the famous love story Paul et Virginie by Bernardin de St-Pierre.
GOLF DESTINATION OF THE YEAR
Situated in the warm azure water of the Indian Ocean lies the beautiful tropical island of Mauritius. Mauritius is famous for its vast stretches of pristine white-sanded beaches, warm temperatures and pleasant weather all year round which provide excellent conditions for golf and for a great golf holiday.
Today golf has become one of the top sports in Mauritius and one of the main attractions for visitors to the island.
In fact, Mauritius was the third country in the world where golf was played after the United Kingdom and India. Golf is practiced in Mauritius since 1902 when the first Golf club (The Gymkhana Golf Club) was open by the British Royal Navy members. The Mauritius Gymkhana Golf club is the oldest golf club in the Southern Hemisphere and the fourth oldest golf course in the world.
Since these early days, Mauritius has become an ultimate Golf destination for any golfer. There is an astonishingly high number of golf courses dotted all over the island, ranging from basic 9 holes courses to world class championship golf courses with 18 holes deigned by the world leading golfers such as Ernie Els, Bernard Langer sprawls and David Leadbetter.
The golf courses in Mauritius are designed in such a way to examine the efficiency and accuracy of golfers. From bushes to bunkers and from water hazards to nails concealed by verdure foliage, the golf courses in Mauritius offers exciting experience in beautiful natural setting.
All golf courses offer exciting experience in beautiful natural setting. Many of these courses offer spectacular sea views and open coastal panoramas.
MODERN & RELIABLE INFRASTRUCTURES
Mauritius possesses good infrastructures and modern information and telecommunication facilities. Thanks to loans from the big funders such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the country is continuing to develop its infrastructures.
A modern and well-developed internal and international communications network
A well-maintained road network covering most of the country
A modern port - a hub for the region - able to accommodate boats of over 100 metres
Air and sea links with numerous capitals, towns and countries
High frequency cable connection, fixed and 3G mobile telephone network. Modern digital infrastructure with the latest technologies
International airport voted best airport in Africa according to the ranking of the Conseil International des Aéroports, and best airport of the Indian Ocean according to Skytrax
Air Mauritius, British Airways, Emirates, Air France, South African Airways and various other airline companies provide regular connections with the world’s great destinations such as Paris, London, Dubai, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Perth, Sydney.
SPEND YOUR RETIREMENT IN MAURITIUS
More and more people as they retire decide to move abroad in order to seek new experiences and enjoy a different lifestyle. Mauritius is unanimously recognized as an ideal destination for a carefree retirement.
This idyllic country in fact offers great opportunities to invest in real estate, while at the same time paying less tax. Another factor in its favour is that the cost of living is still relatively low. On top of all the advantages concerning climate, security, ease of access and health facilities, Mauritius has implemented a legal framework to welcome those people who wish to spend their retirement years here. Foreign nationals of over 50 can thus retire to Mauritius by applying for a residence permit from the BOI.
Retirement status is not linked to the European rules concerning retirement age and all persons over 50 of independent means can apply for the status and conditions of a retired person in Mauritius.