Beyond the priceless immersion in vitamin sea and the clean air benefits that come with a visit to this tiny tropical island off the east coast of Africa, it’s the sounds of Mauritius that move me – the wind in the trees, the lyrical Creole language, Sega music and dance, waves dissolving onto shore, and bird song.
I’m adding laughter to the mix after a recent visit to Anahita Mauritius to walk the site of the new sustainable development, Anahita Beau Champ, and joie de vivre that, while it may be soundless, creates an inner buzz when I’m motoring along that familiar, winding coastal road past the traditional fishing villages with their moored pirogue, fishing and leisure boats.
But I digress. It’s easy to go off on a tangent when faced with so much stimulation – sights, sounds, smells, tastes – and the warm welcome of the Mauritian people. It’s a combination that is surprisingly energising. I arrive at Anahita, hand over luggage and laptop, and head for the beach like a homing (pink) pigeon – one of the native birds that also inspired the name of one of my favourite local rums.
To give you an idea of the sense of space – and safety, a crucial element for luxury real estate investors looking to settle here – the Mauritius population is a quarter that of Cape Town, occupying almost the same amount of space. So, when you learn that the Anahita Mauritius precinct is enhanced by a brand-new 118ha-development now selling off plan at Anahita Beau Champ, you can’t help but pay attention. Billed as a rural and authentic smart city, approved by the government under the Smart City Scheme for sale to foreign investors, it was recently pre-certified as a WELL Community, ensuring health and comfort for residents through optimised spaces that focus on air quality, nutrition, physical activities, sleep, well-being, and productivity.
Interestingly, Merriam-Webster picked “authentic” as its word of the year for 2023. The publishers of America’s oldest dictionary noted a “substantial increase” in online searches for the word prompted by interest in AI [artificial intelligence], celebrity culture, identity, and social media. “Authentic” can mean many things, but generally, it is understood to be “not false or imitation” and “true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.” Say no more.
Developed by Alteo, a leading player in the sugar industry and the largest private landholder in Mauritius, Anahita Beau Champ incorporates a working farm, schools, sports clubs, office spaces, cafés, restaurants, dedicated children’s play areas, and an internationally accredited medical centre. These are very good reasons to move to the East for Mauritius real estate investors driven by a desire for tranquillity, outdoor amenities, and spacious properties, in line with new priorities and lifestyle choices.
At Anahita Beau Champ, the landscape architecture prioritises seamless integration of roadways in the rural setting, with a notable feature being Palm Alley – a charming pedestrian pathway lined with palm trees along a canal. Winding roads intentionally cater to cyclists and vehicles, promoting lower speeds for safety and minimising disturbances, contributing to an exceptional quality of life, and encouraging walking and cycling.
The residential aspect of the project, comprising villas, apartments, and penthouses, is thoughtfully crafted to integrate seamlessly with the natural surroundings and site topography. Construction zones are strategically designated within specific open areas to preserve the environment and existing vegetation. The use of materials (stone, wood, metal) and colour schemes, coupled with the architectural design, captures the essence of traditional Mauritian style, imparting a distinctive character to the project.
“The starting points for our reflection are the site and all that makes it unique, and the client’s desires/needs, project, and brief. Regarding the Beau Champ project, Alteo had already defined the concept they wished to develop – a rural project perfectly integrated into its site, enhancing the quality of outdoor life and preserving/enhancing the site’s historical elements,” says architect Bérengère Croidieu.
“Our reflection, together with Julie Desvaux de Marigny, my associate, was to abandon the ultra-contemporary architectural style and return to a more authentic environment, closer to the traditional Mauritian dwelling. For the homes, we emphasised life on the veranda, which allows enjoyment of the garden while being sheltered from the sun and rain, sloping roofs to create a sense of space and volume, and integration with the site by minimising the boundaries between inside and outside. We also tried to recall the site’s industrial history with some architectural metal elements like framework and steel beams.
“For the outdoor spaces, we teamed up with a landscape architect, Ashvin Mooneeram, who worked on multiple ‘layers’ such as the endemic vegetation of the region, the typical tropical vegetation of the villages, the flowering, the fruit trees… We also rehabilitated ruins, old canals, basins, and ancient paths to revive and magnify the historical elements of the site. All these elements combined create an extremely rich and complete project.”
Anahita Beau Champ is a few minutes’ buggy drive from Anahita Golf Resort, the pioneering luxury real estate development that recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. It spans another 213 hectares, incorporating two acclaimed five-star hotels, two internationally renowned golf courses, nine restaurants, and two exclusive beaches including one on the iconic Île aux Cerfs. Anahita Beau Champ homeowners will have access to all these.
A major perk is the eight-minute ferry ride between Anahita and Île aux Cerf. Play your cards right, and Kevin Roussety is behind the wheel. You’ll know him by the sounds of the Sega drifting towards you across the water.
Good to know
- Prices for two-bedroom apartments at Anahita Beau Champ start at Rs22.8m, and villas start from Rs49.7m (villa model 3 is 271sqm), ranging up to Rs56.2m (villa model 2 is 329sqm). For more information, visit anahitamauritius.com or call +230 402 2246.
- Air Mauritius has added a third direct flight between Cape Town and Mauritius. The airline now operates this route on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday.
- Mauritius is malaria-free, but mosquito-repellent is necessary if you’re a natural draw for these merciless creatures.