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Monthly rentals in Mauritius

Are you dreaming of an island? A Covid-safe island where the only constraints are the elementary protective measures? A sufficiently-developed island where you would retrieve most of your norms? One with a reliable Internet connection that allows work-from-home sessions while your kids attending a high-standard international school can grow up in the open air and an environment where nature is omnipresent?

A monthly rental on the east coast of Mauritius is your dream-come-true.


Choosing one's region


At the turn of the millennium, the north and west coasts have been the expats’ favourites as they were the only coastal regions to boast minimal infrastructure (Internet/phone connection, fair road networks, shops and were relatively close to schools and business places. So much so that these regions lost the local identity, are saturated, so are their roads. Add to this their very uncomfortable weather all during the long tropical summers.

On the other hand, the east coast that remained fairly preserved, still hold a lot of its local character with a lot of unbuilt, open grounds, namely public beaches, while it benefited from upgraded Internet and road networks. Access to the island’s centre is fairly easy; only 40 to 50 minutes to the business centres of Ebène and Moka or to the towns of Curepipe or Quatre-Bornes. Some supermarkets, including a large one have settled outside the main villages, bring close-by a great variety of goods, while fresh vegetables and fish can easily be sourced from the Flacq market or mobile merchants. The Internet connection is the same as in all the other regions of the island; it’s stable and regular though not the fastest. (See below).

Nearly all villas offered for rent on the east coast are on the beach and more recently built as this region developed relatively later. They are therefore functional, of good standards, often with a swimming pool, which is not very common for beach villas.

Opting for a monthly or yearly rental on the east coast of Mauritius offers the best combination to those looking for a long-term immersion into the country and a shift to a balanced way of life. See our blog about the east coast of Mauritius.

Crystal-clear lagoon, bathing conditions, East coast of Mauritius in winter


What services are included or proposed?


Our rentals differ from long-term rentals proposed at estate agencies namely because they guarantee the standards required by professionals of the tourism industry and match the expectations of travellers from all over the world. An important detail: they are all located on the beach. More importantly, they are still proposed under a holiday rental scheme where all charges (electricity, water, Internet and TV channels), the cleaning and maintenance services (pool, garden and maintenance), as well as daily cleaning services are included in the rentals.*
*Note that all household products must however be bought by the tenants and some owners may have some specific quality or brand requirements.

This makes things much easier to those who wish to settle in Mauritius temporarily before deciding upon an eventual permanent installation. Indeed, this formula avoids long processes linked to installation such as TV & Internet subscriptions, moving-in and out, hiring of domestic staff and service providers.

Daily domestic services at the villas is always based on 6 half-days a week (and outside public holidays), by one or more persons and include the preparation of at least one of the three daily meals. You will find more details about services on each villa’s fact-sheet and we remain at your disposal for further clarifications.

You will find information about our services to long-term guests here.

Covid, quarantine and procedures.


As at now (August 2021), visitors are requested to spend the first 14 days of their stay in selected hotels, where guests can enjoy all hotel facilities but cannot move outside hotel premises.

As from 1st of October 2021, fully-vaccinated travellers (pregnant women and persons under 19 exempted), will be able to book any accommodation, without restrictions. Non-vaccinated travellers will be required to spend the first 14 days in an officially registered quarantine hotel and observe strict quarantine in the hotel-room.


Visas


As a rule, residents from the following countries need a visa before embarking for Mauritius: - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Iran, Irak, North Korea, Laos, Libya, Mali, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sahara, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taïwan, Vietnam, Yemen.

Citizens from countries of the European union, the United kingdom as well as other countries such as South Africa or Australia do not require a visa.

Citizens from countries not listed above can obtain a visa at arrival. The maximum duration of stay under a tourist visa is 180 days. Over and above this duration, long-stay visas can now be applied online here. These visas for a duration of up to one year and renewable, are free of charge and delivered in a few days, even 48 hours in cases of emergency. Documents required for application are:

  • A valid passport,
  • A return ticket,
  • An ID picture,
  • A valid e-mail address,
  • Proof of accommodation: during the quarantine period and after,
  • A travel insurance and a health coverage valid for the whole duration of your intended stay,
  • Proof of sufficient revenues.

Persons admitted under long-stay visas cannot work locally or set up a local business. They can however apply for a residential permit while staying under the long-term visa.

Note that all persons spending more than 183 days in a row on Mauritian territory becomes a tax resident of Mauritius.

Spending quality time during an extended stay in Mauritius


Cost of living in Mauritius


The remoteness of Mauritius is a contributor to the relatively high costs of living, comparable to south and eastern European countries, higher when it comes to European goods. Some average products in Europe become luxury items in Mauritius. Fresh imported products, some meats, “bio” products, frozen foods and especially wine and other alcohols are those with the most striking differences. It is difficult to give an estimation of a typical shopping basket but monthly household expenses would vary between Rs. 40,000 (approx. 850 €) to Rs. 100,000 (approx . 2,000 €) for 2 persons, without excessive restraint nor opulence.

– Our monthly rentals, inclusive of charges and services as described above, vary between 4,200 € and over 30,000 € / month, for maximum sleeping capacities of 6 to 12 persons.

– A monthly car rental would cost between Rs. 15,000 (300 € approximately) and twice as much.

– A quick lunch at a restaurant, excluding wine: Rs. 500 (over 10 €) per person. A complete yet simple meal with wine would come up to Rs. 3,000 (over 60 €) for two, or much higher for elaborated meals or at gastronomic tables. It is however easy for those who love local ambiance and flavours, to find highly savoury meals at very low prices.

What about pets?


All pets are subject to quarantine, generally for a period of 3 months. Conditions of this quarantine are not ideal for the pet and quite constraining for the their owners. Furthermore, not all animals are allowed, (some dog breeds for instance). Finally, pets are not allowed in the villas we propose.

Luxury villa in Roches Noires, Mauritius available for rental on a monthly basis


Mobile and Internet networks


Mauritius is networked in optical fibres, allowing a fair stability of service. The most common packages (those applied in our villas), are residential packages allowing download speeds of 20 Mbs (8Mbs in upload), up to 1 Tb of bandwidth per month. Over and above this quota, connection speed is reduced to 4 Mbs. Different packages are available, namely for businesses, requiring prior agreement from the owners.

The 3 mobile phone carriers offer satisfactory networks, with a rarely available theoretical 4G and a fluctuating 3G. Monthly packages are OK and not very expensive.

We hope to welcome you soon and share with you the art-de-vivre of islanders. Here is our list of rentals with rates adapted to long stays.

author
Bernard Cayeux
+230 415 6122
bernard@bookmauritius-villas.com