Situated more than 1,000 km off the east coast of Madagascar and 225km from Réunion Island, its nearest neighbour, one might expect Mauritius to be just another tropical island in the Indian Ocean. However, although thoroughly deserving its paradise reputation, with an abundance of sun, sea and sand, Mauritius is far from being typical.

Steeped in a colourful history that dates back to its discovery by the Arabs in the 13th century, Mauritius was colonised by the Dutch, the French and the British prior to gaining its independence in 1968. Having also accommodated large groups of immigrants from Asia and Africa, the island today is diverse in almost all aspects of its character, from its language and culture to its surprising scenery and extraordinary landscape. Lush mountain ranges and verdant sugarcane fields stretch from the centre of Mauritius to meet the 150 km of white sandy beaches around its coastline. Offshore, the world’s third largest coral reef surrounds the island, protecting its warm turquoise lagoons from the wilder Indian Ocean. 

In keeping with its history, today Mauritius is a strategic hub for those doing business in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and benefits from just 3 hours time difference from continental Europe. Equally, tax legislation in Mauritius is very favourable to property buyers, resulting in growing appreciation of market value. 

The island’s thriving tourism industry is a clear indication of its charm and individuality. Repeat holiday makers are plentiful and this affluent nation is fast becoming a popular choice for overseas home ownership amongst those who want more than just a yearly holiday in the sun.

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