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Working Remotely? Time to set up desk space in Mauritius.

Working Remotely? Time to set up desk space in Mauritius.
Why stick to loading up a laptop at home? In our increasingly connected digital world, it's easy to stay in touch, opening up options to perform tasks from almost anywhere.

For more than a year now, many of us have been working from home, and even though many offices are set to reopen soon, it looks like remote working – in some form or another – is here to stay. But why stick to loading up a laptop at home?  In our increasingly connected digital world, it’s easy to stay in touch, opening up options to perform tasks from almost anywhere.

Responding to an increasing demand for ‘workations’, hotels are offering longer stay packages and governments are even tempting tourists with extended visas.

Seeking a new working environment? Why not hot-desk in an exotic climate….

Fancy topping up your tan while tapping away and dipping toes into the Indian Ocean? Open to tourists, retirees or professionals who would like to work remotely, a new Premium Visa (business.edbmauritius.org) allows foreigners to reside in Mauritius for a year with an option to renew for those who comfortably settle into beach life. To help visitors with their move, the scheme offers an ‘arrival concierge’ to assist with issues such as banking or finding a car.

Keen applicants must provide proof of accommodation along with adequate health and travel insurance. And as long as applicants promise not to enter the local labour market, they are free to conduct their business from afar.

The only downside is a mandatory 14-day in-room hotel quarantine, with PCR tests on day 7 and 14. Also, anyone spending more than 183 days in the country is liable to pay tax. But on the plus side, the visa is available free of charge and includes a free Covid vaccination.

Alternatively, if you just fancy a long holiday, a regular tourist visa is available for anyone who wants to stay up to 180 days in a calendar year.

Contact us today for more information on how you can claim your piece of paradise. 

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All About Central Mauritius

All About Central Mauritius
Natural wonder awaits as the central region is home to nine species of endangered birdlife, lush forest, and the famous crater lake, Grand Bassin

The heart of the island has more rainfall and cooler weather than any other region. Of course, it is not the place to be for coastal highlights and white sandy beaches, but there are still plenty of family-friendly neighbourhoods, natural landscapes and historical landmarks to explore here.

A slower pace of life is on offer here, and you can leave behind the congested tourist traps in the other more developed areas. Not all slow living, though, you can find some bustling shopping malls in Central Plateau for all your retail needs, but it may not be inspiring enough to leave the natural beauty on display.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy including a lazy climb to Le Pouce mountain overlooking the island’s capital, Port Louis. The nearby areas such as Tamarin waterfall and western slopes of Black River Gorges also offer lovely hiking trails and other mountainous explorations.

Natural wonder awaits as the central region is home to nine species of endangered birdlife, lush forest, and the famous crater lake, Grand Bassin. Moka offers something different with its mix of mountain ranges, shopping malls and modern Mauritian life.

The Central Plateau

Mauritius has experienced unfortunate natural calamity in its recent history, most notably the devastating cyclones and malaria and cholera epidemics. In light of these, much of the 19th century saw a remarkable migration of people towards the central plateau and away from the harsher climate of the coastal regions.

This created a span of flourishing for smaller villages that are now lively towns accounting for around 30% of the entire island population. The most populated district, Plaines Wilhelms, named after Wilhelm Leicknig, a Prussian settler that landed on the island in 1721 is a bustling urban area where everyday Mauritian life is at it’s most true. 

This district is mostly urban and consists of the towns, Vacoas-Phoenix, Curepipe, Quatre Bornes, and Beau-Bassin-Rose-Hill. The villages in the area are Moka, Midlands, and Cascavelle. Not much in the way of tourist development is on offer here, and travellers will need to look elsewhere for more sophisticated shopping experiences. However, there are, in fact, some notable speciality stores in this humble district.

Curepipe

The romantic Curepipe is named after a “pipe-cleaner” and got its moniker from the travelling soldiers arriving to refill their tobacco pipes from Port Louis. Another hypothesis is that the Curepipe was the given name of an early landowner’s town of origin in the French countryside. Whichever theory may be right, the area has around 80 000 residents crowning it one of the more populous on the island.

500m above sea level, Curepipe is the highest and wettest town on the island. So rainy that Mark Twain, at the turn of the 19th century, coined it, “the wettest and rainiest place in the world” so be sure to carry an umbrella. Another natural wonder of the area is the Trou aux Cerfs crater, a dormant volcano of old.

Colonial architecture is seen at the town hall, St. Thérèse chapel and the Arcade Currimjee, the neighbourhood shopping centre. Domaine des Aubineaux is a turquoise windowed colonial mansion in the nearby suburb, Forest Side, and one of the stops on the ancient Tea Route.

Curepipe is more developed than other areas in this district. Locals recommend it as it boasts some upmarket and wealthier areas, namely Floreal and Phoenix, that are famous for an artisanal glass-blowing tradition. The nearby Quatre Bornes is renowned for craft markets held every Thursday and Sunday close to the St Jean Road. Shopping is a definite favourite in this vibrant region!

Moka and its Mountains

The Moka District is a shopping mecca for all residents of the Central Plateau and the island over with its large mall, food court, restaurants, bars and local entertainment. The weekend activity is always buzzing here as locals flock to the most popular shopping mall on the island.

For something different, the Moka mountain range is a special place to visit. Once an ancient chain of volcanoes, this range bears the island’s highest peaks, notably Pieter Both and the thumb-shaped Le Pouce. Charles Darwin once explored this territory and climbed its summits recording his wondrous experience is his influential book, The Voyage of the Beagle.

Grand Bassin and Surrounds

Grand Bassin also known as Ganga Talao is the island’s mythical crater lake, thought to have been created by raindrops from the River Ganges. Surrounded by spectacular tropical greenery, it was once a colonial hunting ground. 

Grand Bassin is now a sacred Hindu site. Small altars and burning incense can be seen everywhere as well as a staggering 10-meter statue of Shiva that welcomes you at the entrance of the Hanumanji temple. So popular a site for pilgrimage, there is a multilane highway to provide greater access for the island’s Hindu festivals. 

The largest of these festivals is Maha Shivatree, certainly one of the most significant Hindu celebrations outside of India. Here you will see devotees dressed in white, colourful flower wreaths, fruit and other religious offerings on display.

Tamarin Falls

Take a drive with the family to Tamarin Falls, and you’ll discover the highest waterfall in Mauritius, peaking at 293m. Also known as the “Seven Cascades“, the water runs in series down of seven larger falls, but there are eleven in total. You can glance at some of the falls from Henrietta village, but you’ll have to take a walk to see them in all their glory. 

Make it to the top, and you’ll be rewarded mountain pools, canyoning, abseiling and cliff jumps with the kids. But make sure to book with a professional guide for the safest experience as some of the climbs are rather technical.

Author: Rawson Property Group

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Living in Mauritius: Everything You Need to Know

Living in Mauritius: Everything You Need to Know
We all know that Mauritius is a world-class tourist destination, but there are plenty of reasons to settle down here too.
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White sandy beaches and island life awaits in Mauritius, the star of the Indian ocean. Enticing blue lagoons, long stretches of pristine beach and incredible landscapes invite you to explore all the island has to offer. We all know that Mauritius is a world-class tourist destination, but there are plenty of reasons to settle down here too. A growing and attractive destination for foreign investment, expatriates and those looking to work abroad.

There is a lot to consider when making a move to another country, but the Mauritian government is incredibly open to expatriates making it very attractive for those looking to live, work and start a family. There’s plenty to love here, and we’ll take you through all you need to know.

Mauritius Breakdown

Population:   1.4 million

Currency:  Mauritian Rupee (MUR)

Capital:   Port Louis

National languages:   French and English

Timezone:   UTC +4

Dialling code:   +230

Driving:   On the left side

Why Mauritius?

Mauritius offers an extraordinary combination of unbelievable natural attractions, a growing economic landscape, thriving foreign investment, low taxation, world-class tourism, comparative ease to residency and a comfortable tropical climate.

Mauritian Island Life

What’s not to love about a tropical island? There is plenty to offer here for expatriates and business investors alike. Perfect for families there are good schools, impeccable real estate investments on offer and a plethora of adventurous activities like golf, watersports, rugby, hiking, snorkelling, horse riding and much more. 

The cost of living is lower than many countries where such a high quality of life is on offer, and more importantly, crime levels are low across the island-definitely a wonderful destination for those looking to retire or just a slower pace of life. But don’t be fooled by the island vibes, there’s plenty going on here in the way of foreign investment and exceptional real estate investment opportunity.

The Education System

Catering for a large number of expatriates there are very good international schools on the island that offer a globally accredited education. Most notable are the Alexandra House School and the International Preparatory School. These schools are ideal for children relocating from other countries.

In terms of schooling systems, private secondary schools offer international GCSEs, International Baccalaureate Diploma and A levels. Popular schools are Le Bocage International School and Northfields High School.

There is a government-driven stimulus from primary school all the way through to university level for kids who live on the island that offers free education. However, fees are payable for all private and international schools.

Mauritian’s genuinely value education, and many locals attend both the private and international schools. This mix creates connections for your children to embed themselves into the local community and start to build a network of friends. There is a wide array of sports and extramural activities on offer like tennis, ballet, watersports, touch rugby, art, cricket and much more. The island certainly makes for a wonderful lifestyle for growing kids.

Travel In Mauritius

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, located in Port Louis and named after the first Mauritian Prime Minister, welcomes investors, ex-pats and tourists from around the world. A mere 4-hour flight from South Africa and a mere connecting flight to the world’s major cities, Mauritius has many airline options such as Air Mauritius, Emirates, Air France, British Airways and Air India.

However, if you’re looking for high tech public transport, this is not the place for you as the primary mode of transportation is by car. This shouldn’t come as a shock as the 45 by 65 km paradise island can be traversed in around 90 minutes. There are no railways in operation, but the M1 highway connects the capital in Port Louis with the airport as well as several main towns like Grand Baie. While the M2 highway takes you north towards the Central Plateau and bypasses the busy capital.

Since getting around by car is a cinch you’ll likely be interested in purchasing one. To do this you will need to arrange a declaration. A declaration is the Mauritian equivalent of vehicle licensing and on the road tax. You will be required to pay this declaration at 3, 6 or 12 months increments, and you will need vehicle insurance for the duration of car ownership.

Tourists and those visiting for less than a month can drive using their national driver’s licence with an accompanying international driver’s licence verification. Anyone wanting to drive for longer will need a temporary permit from the Mauritian traffic department. Note that most of the roads are perfect but there are potholes to look out for when travelling to more rural areas.

 If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also explore the many surrounding islands just off the coast by boat. Sailing is a favourite past time here if you’re keen to try your hand or are already a seasoned sailor. If not, there are water taxis and bussing services that operate all year round for you to enjoy all the islands have to offer. Just make sure to settle on a fixed fare before hiring. Make sure to check out the island of Rodrigues. So popular it even has it’s own landing strip.

Healthcare In Mauritius

There are high-quality public hospitals in Mauritius that can be accessed free of charge for citizens and permanent residents. However, most if not all, ex-pats access healthcare at private facilities. The more popular private hospitals are Darne Clinic and the Apollo Bramwell Hospital. These private hospitals cater to a greater range of medical services, and they have better quality facilities. 

So the gist is that expatriates usually carry the cost for their medical bills and must secure adequate health care insurance to offset any significant medical expenses and cover for any emergencies or more serious procedures. Most important to mention is that several specialist medical services and procedures will require transfer from Mauritius to a medical facility in Reunion or South Africa. 

A note on Malaria: little precaution is needed for Malaria prevention and treatment as the island is a low-risk area. There is a greater risk of Malaria in more rural areas of the island. Vaccinations are not required for travellers, but all standard immunizations are recommended before entering the country. These include hepatitis A and B, mumps, measles and rubella (MMR), tetanus and diphtheria vaccinations.

Real Estate And Investment Opportunities

A growing economy, forward-thinking property law, great financing options from local banks, favourable personal and business taxation are all waiting for you here. This is why the beautiful island has become an attractive destination for South African’s to holiday, invest, and retire, as well those looking to gain permanent residency. Great for investors looking to diversify and those seeking to invest early to benefit from excellent capital growth.

If you’re looking for more info on the incredible investment opportunities and real estate schemes on offer then check out our guide to buying property in Mauritius. If you’re looking to find out more about the Mauritian economy, make sure to read here for our detailed guide on everything you need to know.

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