Le Preskil Beach Resort - Kavitha Pillay
Cape Town – If you ever wished for your backyard to be a tropical forest and the ocean to be your swimming pool, then you’re probably the traveller in constant search for an island escape.
When it comes to island getaways, Mauritius certainly takes first prize as it’s ideally and almost centrally located in the warm Indian ocean, boasting blue skies, turquoise water, lush green mountains and colourful cultures.
Not only is this a tropical getaway for holidaymakers from across the world, but you can now turn your wishes into reality by purchasing a property on the island’s shores and really turn the ocean into your pool and make the forest your backyard.
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The north of Mauritius, which is a hub of commercial and tourist activity, is renowned for its modern infrastructure coupled with rich natural abundance.
These among other factors have led to the island being titled the best country to do business in Africa according to World Bank Doing Business Survey 2017, as well as the most competitive nation in Africa according to World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2016-2017.
However, while the north is constantly growing in its appeal for modern luxury travel, the south of the Indian Ocean island is quickly becoming the focal point of Mauritian authenticity - showing off a simpler way of life amid the rawness of nature coupled with rich historical and cultural heritage.
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The south-east of Mauritius in particular is an important part of the island, holding a deep heritage and history.
Covered with sugar cane fields, with lush mountains and pristine beaches overlooking the horizon no matter which way you turn, the south-east is considered the “cradle of the nation” according to Compagnie de Beau Vallon - which has a number of projects underway to sustainably grow tourism in the region.
The company’s plan is to show the world a side of Mauritius that it has never seen before and take visitors to natural and cultural places of interest, in addition to the pristine beaches that travellers come to enjoy.
One of the pleasures of the south-east is that while delving into the authentic ways of Mauritian life, you can holiday or live in luxury – gaining the best of both worlds in a sustainable manner.
Here are three places on the south-east worth living at while exploring the lesser-known parts of this stunning island.
Less than a 15-minute drive from the airport, this beach resort is a mini island attached to the island.
Currently undergoing a 7-month refurbishment, Le Preskil Beach Resort is ideally situated near the old town of Mahebourg and is a short boat ride away from an island nature reserve, uninhabited by humans, that’s run by the World Wildlife Fund.
Le Preskil Beach Resort. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
The resort, which is part of the Southern Cross Hotels group, is surrounded by white sand, turquoise water, palm trees and mountains … the typical island setting we often see portrayed in media - but yet, it remains surreal when its right before your eyes.
That typical island setting we all crave. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
Le Preskil’s rooms overlook the Indian Ocean, and guests can go straight from their veranda to the beach. It boasts a number of stunning pools, a spa, live music and shows, catamaran cruises, and activities from Creole lessons to glass-bottom boat trips.
The most welcoming pools, with unbelievable views. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
Or you can laze around on the beach, sip on a cocktail while taking in the spectacular views, feel the ocean breeze while reading a book, or have a nap…
Who wouldn't want to laze in a setting such as this. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
There are also a few restaurants and bars to choose from, including Tapas Beach Grill & Bar where you get to enjoy a meal in comfort and glamour while the idyllic beach serves as a magnificent backdrop.
Dine on the beach. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
The resort is currently adding 14 more rooms to its offering and will reopen on 1 December 2018. The renovations include bigger rooms that will be able to accommodate families with teenagers too.
While you cannot make a booking at the resort until then, the renovations are sure to take the living experience up a notch to match the calibre of the exquisite natural surroundings of this region.
Rooms overlooking the beach. Le Preskil Beach Resort is currently undergoing renovations. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
Guillaume Lefebure told Traveller24 that the main concept of the resort is focused on being a family resort.
“We are the only island resort on the island,” says Lefebure, adding that there will be a lot more to offer as the resort is situated in one of the main historical places.
Offering more than just the beach and relaxing, Lefebure says that the location of the resort also offers the chance to experience “lots of culture”.
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“There’s lots of sightseeing to do,” he says, adding that the lagoon, Blue Bay Marine Park and the local biscuit factory are must-visit places while staying at the resort.
New experiences come with the renovations explains Lefebure, saying that guests will get to visit old towns, go on food tours and shop at local markets among other activities. “We have a new product with a link to the historical background and region,” he says.
If Mauritius has cast a spell on you and you decide to relocate for good, there are some new developments underway that will have you planning a property purchase.
Detailed mock layout of the new property developments to be built in south-east Mauritius. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
Set to be built in an unspoilt region boasting wetlands, forests, ponds and mountains, the project under Compagnie de Beau Vallon plans to take its property owners and visitors to the “authentic back-to-roots lifestyle”.
Made for those who plan on living long-term in Mauritius or visiting regularly, the property developers say that the Village is an ideal investment for families, those who want to live in eco-friendly settings, and for those who want “to experience la dolce vita”.
It is also conveniently located 15-minutes away from the international airport and 45-minutes from the capital city, Port Louis.
The new development will be built in two phases, boasting a number of recreational facilities. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
You wouldn’t need to leave the Village once you settle in as it provides all the amenities for daily living – including shopping centres, a school, restaurants and a sports centre.
There will also be walkways created around the ponds and forest area, leading to the beach, to allow residents to embrace nature as much as possible. Residents receive exclusive access to the beach, lagoon and beach club – imagine having a swim in the Indian Ocean before heading to work?
Whether you choose to invest in an apartment, duplex or one of the extravagant villas, expect homes to be built using materials that complement the lush natural surroundings of the estate.
If purchasing a plot is not an option for you, then consider booking a stay at one of the properties when on your next vacation to the island. However, bookings will have to be done directly through Compagnie de Beau Vallon and will not be available on any other accommodation bookings platform.
While you wait for Pointe d’Esny Le Village to be built and for Le Preskil Beach Resort to be renovated, stay over for a night or two at Astroea Beach Hotel.
Behind this boutique hotel is a beautifully clear beach that guests have direct access to. (Photo: Kavitha Pillay)
The hotel, which is also part of the Southern Cross Hotels group, offers delicious meals on its menu and a view from the dining area that will make you want to jump right into the clearest turquoise water you will ever see.
Astroea Beach Hotel has 16 rooms available for accommodation, before it plans on becoming an exclusive beach club as part of Pointe d’Esny Le Village.
So if you plan on visiting the south-east of Mauritius soon, be sure to stop at this hotel for a stayover or pop in for a taste of the local brew while basking in the ocean breeze.
*Disclaimer: Traveller24 content producer, Kavitha Pillay, was hosted by Compagnie de Beau Vallon and Barnes International Realty.