The West and the North are the 2 regions most appreciated by expatriates. Although very different, they both offer an ideal living environment, with modern infrastructures, shops, hospitals and clinics, French and British schools,…
Pointe aux Canonniers, Péreybère, Bain Boeuf and particularly Grand Baie are the “villages” most appreciated by French expatriates who find all the comfort of the West in a tropical setting.
Between the mountains and the ocean, it will delight all nature and sports enthusiasts. Tamarin is very appreciated by French and South African expatriates.
From bedroom to dream villa, Mauritius offers properties for all budgets.
Whether you choose to arrive with your hands in your pockets, with some of your belongings or all of them, the real estate market offers solutions that respond to each individual case: furnished, semi-furnished, empty.
Do not hesitate to ask the agency or the owner whatever your request. In Mauritius everything is possible!
For a 3-bedroom villa in the coveted North, prices can vary according to the services (swimming pool, air conditioning, security system…) and the location. Finally, the sea view or “villa feet in the water” as we like to say in Mauritius makes prices soar.
As an example, a dream villa on the seafront, with top-of-the-range services, can be around Rs 400,000 (€ 10,000). But it is also possible to find villas with 3 bedrooms and swimming pool from 25 000 Rs (625 €) by compromising on the sea view and high quality services.
The lease is signed for a period of one year, tacitly renewed. The first rent will be requested upon signature, as well as a one month deposit. If you go through an agency, the commission is fixed at one month’s rent.
Charges such as water, electricity, Internet and telephone are the responsibility of the tenant. Note that depending on the owners and the property rented, the rent may include the gardener, the swimming pool attendant or even a cleaning lady.
There are two parallel markets in Mauritius, one dedicated exclusively to Mauritian citizens and the other reserved for foreign investors.
IRS, RES and PDS
Under these acronyms lie the different models of real estate investment in Mauritius.
The Intregrated Resort Scheme (IRS) was introduced in 2002 as the first model to develop luxury real estate in Mauritius. Projects must be built on at least 10 hectares of land and offer top-of-the-range infrastructure such as golf courses, marina, spa…
The RES programs for Residential Resort Scheme succeeded the IRS by offering smaller programs and much more flexible criteria. They are still prestigious properties but without obligation to offer infrastructures such as golf course, spa… They can however be present.
The PDS or Property Development Scheme is the latest type of real estate programme to be launched in December 2016. It offers the possibility to foreign investors and Mauritians to acquire properties from Rs 6,000,000 (~ € 150,000) in R+2 residences, without however offering the residence permit.
In order to obtain the residence permit and be a tax resident in Mauritius it is necessary to acquire a property with a minimum value of USD 500, 000.
The transport network in Mauritius is only road: buses and taxis.
The bus network makes it possible to travel all over the island at a lower cost.
It is important to remember that bus traffic runs from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm in urban areas and stops at 6:30 pm in rural areas.
It is easy to find a taxi in Mauritius, the fares are however a little at the customer’s head, it is better to be recommended a driver.
A trip from the airport to the North of the island will cost you between Rs 1500 and 2000 (from 40 to 50€).
Renting a car is a good compromise before buying a car. International rental agencies are present on the island as well as local agencies.
Due to left-hand drive, most vehicles are Japanese imports but you can also find European models that are often much more expensive. Note that the vehicles are between 50 and 100% more expensive than in Europe.
The telephone network is managed by Mauritius Telecom. Local and international calls are of good quality. The majority of residential areas are already equipped with a telephone line, otherwise it will be necessary to make “an application” to one of the MT agencies.
The mobile phone network is not to be outdone and its coverage covers the whole island. The mobile offers are less attractive than european low cost offers, particularly as regards mobile data, but this remains accessible.
There are 3 operators on the island: MyT, Emtel and Chili (MTML). There are mobile packages just like in Europe, but prepaid remains by far the most used business model in Mauritius. With a prepaid card of Rs 300 you will be able to claim more or less 300 minutes of calls.
Fiber is available throughout most of the island, especially in the North and Central regions where there are business centers. In some more remote areas, it may still only have DSL +2.
Subscription offers cover a wide range of prices, from Rs 699 for 512k DSL to Rs 3800 for 100Mb fiber.
Important : Please note that there is no unlimited subscription in Mauritius. As an example when you have a 10Mb fibre subscription at MyT, you only have 15 GB of downloads. Beyond 15 Gb, Internet still works but will be limited to 1Mb, or 10% of your real speed until the end of the following month. So choose your subscription carefully, the higher the offer, the higher your download quota will be too.
Over the last decade, Mauritius has acquired many modern shopping centres: La Croisette in Grand Bay, Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius in Moka, Jumbo in Riche Terre, Cascavelle or the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis. All of these places are very popular with European expatriates who find there the products and brands they used to consume in Europe.
For weekly or daily shopping, you can find many local supermarkets or mini-markets but also hypermarkets such as Super U, Intermart or Winners .
The amount of your basket depends mainly on the products you buy. The more you consume fresh products imported from Europe (fruit, vegetables, dairy, meat…) the higher the amount of your basket, it will be even higher if you buy organic products.
On the other hand, if you consume local or imported South African products, you can easily divide the amount of your basket by 2 or 3.
Organic is starting to take hold in Mauritius and some professionals such as Agribio, Le vélo vert and La Vie Claire offer organic products. If local productions (Agribio and Le vélo vert) sell at very reasonable prices, this is not the case for imported organic fruits and vegetables which can reach stratospheric prices.