Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty and I61 Foundation, together to fight poverty

CSR Initiative

Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty and I61 Foundation, together to fight poverty

In an endeavor to uplift those oppressed by poverty, social injustice, and lack of education, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty joins forces with the charitable foundation, I61 Foundation.

The objective of the foundation is to identify Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) projects and match them with funders who have the same passion and focus. All NPOs and funders are screened by I61 Foundation and registered with them as future stakeholders. Thereafter, the I61 Foundation monitors and facilitates the funding for the duration of these projects with one result in mind: transparent partnerships with effective and sustainable outcomes.

Through our CSR Initiative, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty provides administrative support as well as office space to the I61 Foundation team.

Want to know more and be part of these social actions ? Connect to the I61 Foundation:

Luxury Lifestyle Award : Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty Awarded Best Brokerage on the Island

Luxury Lifestyle Award : Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty Awarded Best Brokerage on the Island

As affluent individuals look to purchase homes in a niche market with limited inventory, the Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty team is a true global real estate advisor. Our agency outperformed the industry’s average this year, being awarded best brokerage on the island by Luxury Lifestyle Award.

Indeed, since the beginning of the year, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty, led by Timo Geldenhuys and Chris Lazare is showing an encouraging performance with positive growth in terms of sales, quality leads generation and new market targeting. 

Moreover, being part of the Sotheby’s International Realty global network, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty has access to an international network comprising a high-calibre client database, new technologies and marketing techniques, as well as the expertise and support of the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliates around the globe. 

It is also noteworthy that the global network achieved a record US$204 billion in 2021 global sales volume, a 36% increase in sales growth year over year. 

Nothing compares to the Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty service. 

For more information, please contact us @ [email protected]

Mauritius Lifts All Covid-19 Restrictions, Including Wearing a Mask

Mauritius Lifts All Covid-19 Restrictions, Including Wearing a Mask

As of the 1st of July, all Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted on the island including the compulsory wearing of masks in public areas, except for health institutions, public transport, the port, and the airport.
Good news, public and private gatherings, nightclubs, concerts, horse races, or beach picnics will be allowed. As of now, 976 512 Mauritians are fully vaccinated and 636 988 persons have had a booster dose.

Also, to improve our air connectivity, Emirates Airlines will operate two daily flights to Mauritius aboard its famous A380 from the 1st of July 2022.
Also, apart from Emirates, other airlines including British Airways, Air Mauritius, Air France, Austrian Airlines, and Turkish Airlines, also connect to the Sir Seewoosagur International Airport, with dozens of weekly flights.

Come and Live in Mauritius

Moving to Mauritius could not be easier… Contact us, the Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty team will be glad to assist. 

Culture Corner | Arrival of the Indentured Laborers: A Mauritian Story

Culture Corner | Arrival of the Indentured Laborers: A Mauritian Story

An important part of the Mauritian history and culture, the arrival of the indentured laborers on the island, shaped today’s traditions, culture and lifestyle of the locals.

Flashback… It all officially starts in November 1834. Usually associated with the arrival of the Indian laborers in the country, in fact, the laborers came from many more countries including China, Madagascar, mainland Africa, and other Asian countries.

At the dawn of It’s economic construction, Mauritius welcomed these foreign workers to develop the cane industry, a pillar of the economy at that time.

However, their presence as workers on the island, turned out to be a major milestone in the building of the Mauritian society.

If after some years some workers went back to their countries, others stayed on the island and brought their families, which later turned Mauritius into a melting pot of cultures, religions, and communities, all living in peace and respect of each other’s lifestyle.

Now, the 2nd of November is a public holiday to commemorate this part of the island’s history.

Who Were the First Laborers to Reach Port-Louis?

They were 36 indentured laborers from Calcutta in India to first set foot on the island, paving the way for thousands more to come later on.

System introduced after the abolition of slavery, the immigrants came to Mauritius for 5 years and for a monthly salary of Rs 5, I.e, slightly more than 1 South African Rand now, while food and clothing were also given to the workers.

What About the African Laborers?

For the background, the British Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833, to be effective in 1834. In Mauritius, slavery ended on the 1st of February 1835.

So, laborers of African origins started working in 1835, but the conditions of employment are still quite unclear as if they were paid, provided housing, clothing, and food, most of them were unfamiliar with the English language while signing their contracts. However, the same could be said about some Indian workers.

The Economic Rise of Mauritius

The manpower, base of the economic rise of Mauritius at that time, all arrived at the immigration depot in Port-Louis.

They had to spend about two days at the “Coolie Ghat”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, now known as the “Aapravasi Ghat”, and described as theearliest explicit manifestations of what was to become a global economic system and one of the greatest migrations in history”, by the UNESCO.

Borders Opening: Gearing Up for October

Borders Opening: Gearing Up for October

The countdown starts as Mauritius is getting ready to welcome visitors without restrictions as from the 1st of October.

All you need is a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before departure and you’ll be free to move around the island, enjoying an awesome summer under the Mauritian sun.

Vaccination Campaign in The Island

Thanks to the successful ongoing vaccination campaign across the island, 812 177 Mauritians already had their first dose of vaccine, while 741 116 Mauritians had their second dose as well. Optimistic, the authorities are confident that with this progress, the country will be reaching herd immunity, and will be ready to welcome foreign guests by October.

Indeed, the vaccination roll-out is at full speed, as after AstraZeneca and Sinopharm, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is now being administered, while the Russian Sputnik vaccine adds to the list, and will also be administered to the citizens soon.

As of now, from January to June of this year, despite the quarantine restrictions, the island recorded 3225 arrivals in the country, mostly from Europe, India, and South Africa. However, the expectations for the end of this year are brighter with a much higher level of airline bookings.

What Airlines will be Operating?

Goodbye quarantine restrictions, and hello travel planning.

You must surely be starting your travel preparations, but one relevant question remains, what airlines will be connecting with our destination?

No worries, you’ll have many options to choose from. Now, airline capacity from Europe and the Middle East is currently being provided by Air Mauritius, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Air France, Kenya Airways, and British Airways. Moreover, Air Austral, Lufthansa, Eurowings, and Air Belgium among others, will also provide their services to connect with Mauritius.

As for the South African residents, Air Mauritius will be starting two weekly flights on Fridays and Sundays from this 1st of October.

Welcome Back to Your Sanctuary

Your secluded time away from paradise is over. The Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty team remains at your disposal shall you need any additional information. So get your luggage ready, we are waiting for you.

Chris Lazare, Partner, Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty:”We Have Increasing Requests From Professionals Who Want to Live and Work in Mauritius” 

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Partner | Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty: 
“We have increasing requests from professionals who want to live and work in Mauritius”

Despite the sanitary crisis, the real estate luxury segment is promising with sales of over Rs 5 billion for the first five months of 2021. What explains this?

Firstly, the ongoing situation with the global pandemic explains part of this. Priorities have changed, investors are now looking for more than an investment destination, they want the quality of life and enjoy the safety aspect. Here, on the island, they can find this.

Mauritius is relatively Covid-safe and the vaccination campaign is progressing fast with the full reopening of the borders in October. It is noteworthy that more than 600,000 Mauritians have already received their second dose of vaccine and this brings us closer to the goal of herd immunity, so Mauritius can definitely offer peace of mind when it comes to this.

Secondly, of course, it is clear that the country’s main assets remain our democracy, political stability, tax benefits, and our favorable business environment.

Mauritius is much more than a paradise tropical island, and the Economic Development Board (EDB) has launched several campaigns to attract investors to our destination.

What are our main markets?

I would say that the market is divided. There is the entry-level, i.e, those who opt for the minimum investment of USD 375,000 to obtain the residency, and there are those who are looking into the high end in luxury properties.

In general, the former is mainly for the African region, especially South Africans, and the latter for Europeans and the Middle East.

With our experience and expertise, at MSIR, we work with both categories as long as the developers have quality products and a good reputation in the real estate sector, we are then confident to market and sell these products, whatever the price category.

What about the rental market?

The recent budgetary measures, including the extension of the Occupation Permit period to ten years and other EDB incentives, certainly had a positive impact. We are also receiving more and more requests from professionals who want to live and work in the country. At the moment the greatest demand is from the South African market, especially given the instability in South Africa. This clientele does not necessarily want to buy a property, but they are more inclined to rent.

What can you say about the rental price trend in the local market?

Well, you can find anything, but the general trend is between Rs 40,000 and Rs 250,000 per month.

However, there is also that niche clientele that seeks to rent beach properties and luxury villas costing in excess of USD 10 000 per month, for a year. In this case, it is mostly businessmen who come here for a gap year that are concerned.

The outlook for the global economy is not encouraging for 2022, what about the impact on luxury real estate?

To be honest, I’m not worried. Given the global trend, it’s clear that those who are already wealthy will remain so, and instead, they are taking the opportunity to invest in real estate, especially in destinations like ours, and they will continue to buy.

What are Mauritius Sotheby's International Realty's ambitions?

Our ambition is to be the most influential real estate agency on the island and to have the lion’s share of the property market; be it for sales or rentals and new markets.

I must say that we are working hard to achieve this goal, and we are recruiting  the very best agents, thereby strengthening our team, to offer the best possible service to our clients.

Nouvel an chinois: place aux traditions

Place aux traditions

Vous serez séduit par l’esprit de partage, d’humilité et de joie qui flottent dans l’air nous rappelant l’essentiel, l’importance de la famille.

Décorations haut en couleur, gâteaux chinois en tous genres, pétards et bonne humeur rythment les ruelles de China Town. Préparez-vous, résident ou de passage, vous n’échapperez pas à la contagieuse effervescence du nouvel an chinois. Si c’est en famille que les sino-mauriciens feront la fête, tous les Mauriciens ou résidents de la charmante petite Ile Maurice, peuvent se prendre au jeu pour une immersion dans la culture et les traditions chinoises. En effet, vous pouvez trouver de tout à China town pour célébrer comme il se doit l’année du buffle.

Vous serez séduit par l’esprit de partage, d’humilité et de joie qui flottent dans l’air nous rappelant l’essentiel, l’importance de la famille.

C’est ça l’Ile Maurice, une famille! Et cette famille, sera toujours prête à accueillir à bras ouverts tous ceux qui souhaitent la rejoindre. Mauritius Sothebys International Realty vous souhaite de tout coeur, une bonne et prospère année du buffle.

Chinese Spring Festival

Let’s dive into traditions!

Smiling faces, joy, prayers, Chinese cakes and tasty dishes are on the menu in China Town.

Flashy colors, traditional Chinese decorations, home-cooked Chinese cakes, and a festive mood will welcome you as you enter the vibrant China town.
Get ready, resident or tourist, you will not escape the contagious cheering vibe of the Chinese New Year.  For the Sino-Mauritian community, this precious time of the year is to be spent with the family. However, all Mauritians or residents of the island can easily experience this immersion in the Chinese culture. Indeed, you can find everything in China town to prepare and celebrate the year of the buffalo.

You will be seduced by the spirit of sharing, humility, and joy floating in the air, reminding us of how significant family is for each and every one of us.

That’s what Mauritius is all about, a family! And this family will always be ready to welcome with open arms all those who wish to join it. Mauritius Sotheby’s International Realty wishes you a happy and prosperous year of the buffalo.

Read more on Live in Mauritius blog.

Starry eyed destinations

With a never-ending supply of technological advancements and screens seemingly around every turn, modern life often pulls people away from nature. Fortunately, looking up at the stars never ceases to amaze, especially when a postcard-perfect backdrop and ideal conditions are combined with world-class stargazing facilities.

From remote desert moonscapes to exotic islands, these are the best places on the planet for catching views of galaxies far, far away.


Home to the large, arid Namib Desert, windswept Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries on Earth. To get to the remote corner of southern Africa for the perfect spot is a long journey through mesmerizing dunes and rocky outcrops.

When the International Dark-Sky Association, the world’s leading authority recognizing places for their sky quality, formed in 1988, the first reserve to achieve the highest gold-tier status was the NamibRand Nature Reserve, a dazzling, isolated wilderness of rust-colored dunes and sandy plains framed by the Nubib Mountains. Watching the stars sparkling above sand dunes and mountains, accompanied by the occasional animal chorus, guarantees an unforgettable experience.


No U.S. state offers the variety of stargazing opportunities like California. Most notable is Death Valley National Park, a gold-tier International Dark Sky Park where the Milky Way can be spotted with the naked eye. (Only the neon glow of Las Vegas, some 100 miles away, prevents the skies from being even darker.)

A standout among the few lodging options within the massive, 3.4 million-acre park, The Oasis at Death Valley has taken measures to minimize light pollution in the area, providing a great home base for amateur astronomers.

Palm Springs, where several upscale resorts incorporate stargazing into their guest activities, is in close proximity to two International Dark Sky Parks: Joshua Tree National Park and Borrego Springs. Visitors can also enjoy the Rancho Mirage Observatory, which opened in 2018 as the rare observatory built specifically for public use.

Meanwhile, as one of the least visited and darkest national parks, Channel Islands National Park enjoys exceptionally low levels of light pollution from its position off the Southern California coast. The few visitors who make the trek and stay past sundown are rewarded with astounding stargazing opportunities.

In Northern California, Mount Shasta serves as a beacon for stargazers. The intrepid head to rugged Siskiyou County to drive 8,000 feet up—more than halfway to the summit—to appreciate the outdoors after dark. Local outfitters offer nighttime guided stargazing and spiritual hikes, while winter brings custom moonlight snowshoe adventures and the opportunity to ski under the stars at Mt. Shasta Ski Park.

Nearby in the Shasta Cascade region, the city of Redding attracts stargazers thanks to its proximity to Lassen Volcanic National Park, one of the world’s few locations where you can find all four types of volcanoes. The park offers starry-night ranger-led programs as well as the Lassen Dark Sky Festival, a free two-day astronomy festival usually held annually in August, featuring constellation tours, solar scope viewing, and live demonstrations.

Among the state’s myriad destinations for stargazing, none is as famous as the area around Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Mariposa County. Every year around late July or August, stargazers flock to Glacier Point on the south wall of Yosemite Valley to witness the Perseid meteor shower, when stars appear to rain down from the heavens. While summertime visitors to Yosemite take advantage of the multiple star-watching activities offered nightly, others decamp to the Ahwahnee Meadow or El Capitan Meadow, where sheer granite cliffs paint a dramatic landscape against the starry night sky.


Tenerife, the largest and most populated of the Canaries, is often lauded for its stargazing opportunities. The exceptionally clear and dark skies can be explained by the remote island’s high altitude, proximity to the equator, and distance from tropical storms, not to mention a law restricting flight paths in order to protect stargazing conditions.

Since 1964, the Teide Observatory has been an international hub for solar astronomy from its perch atop its namesake volcano. Teams have arrived from around the world to make new discoveries about the sun using the observatory’s sophisticated telescopes, and fledgling astronomers can enjoy guided observatory tours where guides point out constellations from both hemispheres, meteor showers, and the Summer Triangle. Casual types need only to take a cable car to the top of Mount Teide (Spain’s highest peak) for evening stargazing.


At Hawaii’s Mauna Kea, the tallest point in the state, 13 huge telescopes, including the world’s largest optical telescope, occupy the summit of the dormant volcano, where scientists detect light from distant galaxies thanks to the altitude, clean air, low humidity, and lack of light pollution. Between sunrise and sunset, visitors make the two-hour drive to the 13,796-foot summit to brave the elements and low oxygen levels. Situated at a more manageable 9,200 feet, the well-equipped visitor info center offers free lectures, Q&As, and a chance to peer through 11-, 14-, and 16-inch telescopes.


With its remote locale and clear skies, the “land of the long white cloud” has long been a mecca for stargazers, particularly the area around the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the rugged South Island. One of the world’s largest and most accessible Dark Sky Reserves is found at the Mackenzie Basin, a high-country plateau ringed entirely by mountains from which the Magellanic Clouds and distant dwarf galaxies are visible year-round. The glacial Lake Tekapo is home to the Dark Sky Reserve, a self-proclaimed leader in astrotourism offering a plethora of stargazing activities, including a mountaintop stargazing experience at the world-renowned Mount John Observatory.

The North Island also receives a steady stream of stargazers, many of whom trek to Helena Bay on the remote northeastern coast. There, Helena Bay Lodge offers 800 acres of scenic greenery, four private beaches, and unobstructed views of the night sky.


The desert landscape of the American Southwest has long appealed to amateur sky watchers. Located just outside of Albuquerque, the prehistoric Puebloan place of mystery known as Chaco Culture National Historical Park lets visitors experience the same dark skies the Chacoans observed 1,000 years ago. More than 99% of the park is designated as a natural darkness zone with no permanent outdoor lighting, ensuring the preservation of nocturnal ecosystems. Visitors to Chaco Canyon encounter many solstice and equinox markers, a reminder of how the Chacoans incorporated celestial movements into their architecture, art, and culture.