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Stepping onto Mauritian soil for the first time, it’s difficult not to get island fever – in a good way. It’s the stuff dreams are made of: balmy weather, powder-white beaches, a translucent sea, and palm trees swaying in the breeze. Bliss, in other words. And because of its proximity to South Africa, strong investment-protection regulations and permanent residency options, Mauritius is a choice property investment destination for South Africans.
It’s easy to imagine living here permanently. Especially if an option is the lovely Azuri Ocean and Golf Village on the island’s north-east coast, a secure seaside village overlooking a nine-hole golf course complete with a lagoon and natural mangrove-supported ecosystem. With beachfront land especially coveted in Mauritius, Azuri is prime property, as it is one of only two developments offering freehold ownership.
What makes Azuri even more special is its charming village lifestyle. It has a way of bringing all its residents together, people from all across the world, giving it a real cosmopolitan buzz. This spills over to the small businesses: the bustling cafes, the casual and fine-dining restaurants with their international chefs, the gourmet shops and the boutiques. And then there’s the all-round friendly hospitality and attentive service Mauritians are renowned for. No wonder the first phase of Azuri is sold out.
But don’t worry, if you are considering investing in Azuri, there are still ample opportunities. Especially if you are a golfer, professional or not. Azuri’s newest neighbourhood, Rive Droite with its three residential clusters – Ocean River Golf View Villas, Ennéa, and Amara – has an internationally designed golf course at its heart. And you will have an eco-friendly electric buggy to get you around, either to the village or from one fairway to the next.
Rive Droite’s three clusters comprise 88 penthouses, villas, and apartments, all set close to the river bank with beautiful views of the golf course and the mountain range in the distance.
The interiors of the residences in the three cluster differ, but they all capture the authentic spirit of Mauritius.
The Ennéa residences embrace relaxed indoor-outdoor living, with glass doors opening onto expansive private terraces.
Throughout, the feel is light and contemporary thanks to the use of natural materials such as volcanic stone and wood from the island.
The Amara residences, a short buggy ride from the village, offer peace and tranquillity away from the buzz. The architectural design incorporates the natural surroundings and embraces outdoor living with private terraces and pools. And the views are spectacular.
The Ocean River Golf View Villas are situated on the northern part of the golf course. The villas are light-filled and modern, reflecting an outdoor island lifestyle as much as its counterparts. Clean geometric lines form a striking contrast with the lush tropical surroundings.
Residents’ personal tastes and preferences are considered. Says Christine Marot, CEO of BlueLife, the developer of Azuri: “Any of the interiors can be tailor-designed and created to suit the client’s specific needs and requirements, and all the homes are equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and appliances.”
Getting from the village to the major towns for big shopping expeditions, medical assistance and schools are also quick and easy.
A daily school bus service is available to the nearest international school. With all this going on, who would want to leave the beautiful Azuri at all? I think it’s a paradise big enough to get lost in. azuri.mu
FIVE REASONS TO INVEST IN MAURITIUS
- It’s the number-one economy in Africa to do business with, and ranks 13th globally
- Total wealth growth of 20% in 2017 (ranked among the top five globally) and 195% over 10 years (third globally)
- Property value expected to grow by 40% in the next 10 years
- Strong GDP growth of 5.9% since 2006
- Mauritian residency with purchases over US$500 000