Em­brace a uniquely Mau­ri­tian life­style

The first ma­rina de­vel­op­ment in Mau­ri­tius, La Balise Ma­rina, is a one-of-a-kind In­te­grated Re­sort Scheme de­vel­op­ment. Michelle Swart finds out more

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MAU­RI­TIUS is on the fast track to be­com­ing one of the world’s most pop­u­lar in­vest­ment and life­style des­ti­na­tions. Its at­trac­tive­ness lies in its favourable tax regime; well-es­tab­lished off­shore bank­ing and fi­nan­cial ser­vices sec­tor; and a strongly emerg­ing IT and tele­coms in­dus­try — all amidst a tourist haven. Mau­ri­tius has many beau­ti­ful dis­tricts to choose from for in­vestors and would-be res­i­dents. How­ever, the Black River District is billed as the re­gion of pref­er­ence.

When looking at buy­ing hol­i­day homes over­seas, the area in which the home is sit­u­ated is key. The Black River area in Mau­ri­tius is a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion, es­pe­cially with South Africans.

Famed for its great ex­panses of trop­i­cal forests, na­tional park­land and rugged ter­rain, Black River is the third-largest district on the is­land. It of­fers a life­style sec­ond to none. The district has a range of ho­tels, restau­rants, schools and shop­ping ameni­ties, in­clud­ing ac­cess to some of the best wa­ter sports fa­cil­i­ties in the world.

Gil­bert Espi­tal­ier-Noel, CEO of Mau­ri­tian com­pany ENL Prop­erty, at­tributes the pop­u­lar­ity of the area to a num­ber of fac­tors. “The Black River area has mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works, of­fice space and re­tail out­lets fully equipped with in­ter­na­tional brands. There are good schools, health­care dis­pen­saries and a com­mu­nity hospi­tal, and there are re­li­gious es­tab­lish­ments that cater for a di­verse lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. Most im­por­tantly, the area is ex­tremely safe to live in, with a close-knit com­mu­nity of peo­ple.”

In­te­grated Re­sort Scheme (IRS) de­vel­op­ments, such as Black River District’s La Balise Ma­rina, of­fer wealthy for­eign­ers the op­por­tu­nity to take up res­i­dency in Mau­ri­tius through pur­chas­ing res­i­den­tial units in ex­cess of US$500 000. Sit­u­ated in the heart of the Black River area, poised on the very edge of the In­dian Ocean, La Balise Ma­rina is the first IRS ma­rina de­vel­op­ment in Mau­ri­tius.

Buy­ers have the choice of pur­chas­ing a villa, a du­plex unit on the ma­rina or on the canal.

Sit­u­ated ei­ther on the river or fac­ing the canals, each Villa is de­signed with an open-plan feel. The 29 Vil­las range from 301m², with three-bed­room res­i­dences mea­sur­ing 360m², with five-bed­room res­i­dences de­signed to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Each of the 13 Ma­rina Quay Du­plexes and the 35 Ma­rina Du­plexes of­fer 165m² of mod­ern ma­rina liv­ing space on the wa­ter, with three en suite bed­rooms, wa­ter lap­ping be­neath and di­rect ac­cess to a moor­ing.

The Canal Du­plexes

are de­signed as two-bed­room lux­ury res­i­dences of­fer­ing 135m² of mod­ern ma­rina liv­ing or as three-bed­room lux­ury res­i­dences mea­sur­ing 148m².

Espi­tal­ier-Noel says: “De­vel­op­ments such as La Balise of­fer ideal op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­i­lies or in­di­vid­u­als looking to em­brace a uniquely Mau­ri­tian life­style. Most im­por­tantly, in­vestors can be as­sured of a good re­turn on prop­erty ven­tures, as the Mau­ri­tian prop­erty mar­ket is both sta­ble and strong. The in­vest­ment is fur­ther en­hanced through the abil­ity for all prop­erty own­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the La Balise Ma­rina rental pool to be op­er­ated by the on­site Is­land Grace Ho­tel and to be run by the Brand fam­ily, founders of the Cape Grace, Mount Grace and Rose­bank Grace ho­tels.” Price: Du­plexes from US$700 000 to US$1,6m Stand-alone vil­las from US$2,1m to US$2,8m Con­tact: La Balise Ma­rina Sales Of­fice 0861 113 985

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