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Where to watch the best fireworks on 31 December in Mauritius?

  • 24/11/2021
  • Destination

In Mauritius, the end of year celebrations are traditionally accompanied by firecrackers, fizett (rockets) and other fireworks. From 20 December to 10 January, the evenings echo with firecrackers everywhere. A light and sound show takes place every evening. The highlight of the festivities: the fireworks set off by the hotels at midnight on 31 December. These are the most beautiful, and are not to be missed.An overview of the best places to watch the show. A typical Mauritian tradition As early as late November, firecrackers and other fireworks invade the shelves of supermarkets. They can even be found on some stalls in towns and villages. Mauritians are fond of participating in this ritual where the older ones, with the excuse of supervising the children, take great pleasure in it. Although families spend money on this event every year, nothing compares to the splendid fireworks set off by the hotels along the coast at midnight. Enjoy a magical show with your family and children!   On the beaches Why settle for a single beautiful firework display when you can watch a simultaneous fireworks apotheosis?  Our recommendation: choose THE right beaches, which offer a panoramic view over several hotels and thus enjoy an incredible show. Indeed, more and more hotels choose to shoot their fireworks on a lagoon deck, which considerably reduces the risk of dangerous manoeuvres and above all reflects the lights on the water: a truly magical moment! The fireworks last between 10 and 20 minutes for the most spectacular ones, but they will be preceded throughout the evening by those of private individuals, which are more modest but give a first taste of the celebrations. Moreover, the atmosphere is very festive, family-oriented and friendly.   In the North East The public beaches of Grand-Baie, Pointe aux Canonniers, Grand-Gaube (all within 20 minutes of Mythic Suites & Villas) offer a beautiful view on the hotels fireworks.    In the west Definitely Tamarin Bay or La Preneuse beach, opposite Marguery Villas. The whole village and many families settle down in the afternoon under the filaos to enjoy the show. Many New Year’s Eve parties are held here in a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. The view towards Flic-en-Flac and sometimes even further away is breathtaking.   By boat A unique experience in a magical setting: enjoy the fireworks from a boat with a glass of champagne, swayed by the lazy rhythm of the sea. Your concierge will inform you about our usual service providers.   Taking in the sights A five-minute walk from Marguery Villas in the estate will take you to the slopes of La Tourelle for a 180° view of Le Morne to Flic-en-Flac, where you can admire the fireworks display from west to east. Further away, and also more local, is the view of the central plateau over the large towns from the Trou aux Cerfs crater in Curepipe, which is less spectacular because it is limited to private fireworks.   To attend the spectacular fireworks show on 31 December in Mauritius is to share in the joy and wonder of the traditional passage to a new year with Mauritians. 

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Living and settling in Mauritius: the ultimate expatriate guide

  • 17/11/2021
  • Long stay

How about a change of lifestyle for a few weeks or months? Mauritius’ many assets make it the perfect place for a successful expatriation. On a long holiday, teleworking or retired, solo or with family, Mauritius is a perfect destination to suit all tastes. Simplified administrative formalities within a central office, a relaxed atmosphere, a welcoming population, magnificent landscapes and the ideal accommodation solution for a long stay with our special turnkey offers: a short guide for a pleasant stay in paradise.   Moving to Mauritius for a few months Feel like taking it easy and living or working a few months in a tropical setting? Live out your dream and fall under the spell of this charming island which knows how to welcome nomadic travellers. Mauritius is a renowned expatriation destination with many assets: a warm, multicultural and bilingual population, an easy access to Europe, Africa and Asia, private education facilities of excellent reputation, public infrastructures and high quality private medical care, reliable internet connection, shops and many water and land-based leisure activities. The island offers a breath-taking diversity of landscapes between mountains and beaches to satisfy all tastes.   Simplified administrative procedures Mauritius has simplified as much as possible the formalities for settling in the country, in order to attract investors, teleworkers, travellers or retirees. To live and reside in Mauritius during your long stay, there are two possible options: The tourist visa which allows you to stay in Mauritius for a maximum of 3 months. This visa is renewable at the Passport and Immigration Office. Do you intend to telework or enjoy retirement in the sun? The Premium Visa is a one-year renewable visa which entitles foreigners to come and work and/or invest in Mauritius. It applies to investors and professionals wishing to expatriate with their families and telework, retired seniors and foreign nationals whose children are studying in Mauritius. This visa is managed by a single counter of the Economic Development Bureau (EDB) and all the procedures are done online. Everything is designed to facilitate the access and arrival of new travellers. (For more information on the conditions applicable to the Premium Visa: EDB Mauritius)   Living in your Villa or Suite on a medium or long term basis Alongside your visa application, you need to think about accommodation, which can be complicated if you don’t know the island or if you are only staying for a few months. What if you just put your bags down and move into a personalised, pleasant and upmarket place to live? Save yourself the administrative hassle (finding suitable accommodation, water and electricity contracts, lease, deposit, etc.) by opting for a turnkey solution. Discover our two hotel residences designed and conceived for your well-being, in an idyllic setting, close to the beaches and shops and far from the tourist crowds.   MJ Holidays invites you to feel comfortable in a private villa or in a suite with a refined decoration, to enjoy a long-term stay as at home, with all the comfort of hotel services. Your private villa or your turnkey Suite is fully equipped, with linen, internet connection and cleaned every day. Private swimming pool, kiosk nestled in an exotic garden, veranda: enjoy the great open spaces and live the Mauritian way, based on our ” indoor-outdoor ” philosophy.   A hotel residence concept designed for your well-being Our resorts are ideally located close to the beaches and all essential shops. Whether you choose Mythic Suites&Villas on the north-east coast or Marguery Villas on the west coast, your long stay in Mauritius promises to be a memorable one. Concierge service, food corner or restaurant, fitness room, recreational areas, swimming pool, bicycles at your disposal: everything has been thought of for an ideal stay… Let MJ Holidays ease your life and fully enjoy your long stay in Mauritius with complete peace of mind.Personalized service We pay great attention to welcoming our long-distance travellers. Our concierge service is attentive to all your needs at every stage of your project and answers all your questions. Our sales department will also help you with your settling-in process. Our goal: to make you feel at home, for a smooth transition and a successful stay in Mauritius.   Make the most of our long stay offers. For any stay of more than one month, benefit from an attractive rate through our Long Stay Offer. The unique and authentic character of Mauritius is ideal for a long stay. With our Special Offers, expatriating for a few months is now easier than ever.

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Mauritius history: 3 iconic French colonial properties

  • 17/11/2021
  • Destination

The history of Mauritius may be relatively young, yet it is both rich and fascinating. Going through the architectural remains of its past colonial period implies diving into an amazing blend of European influences and exotic settings. A fascinating journey through three historic buildings of French inspiration and jewels of Mauritian colonial heritage, with a strong emphasis on authenticity.   Labourdonnais Estate Labourdonnais Estate is located just north of the island, a fifteen-minute drive from Mythic Suites & Villas. Built in 1856, the “Château” was the residence of a Mauritian family for more than 150 years before being transformed into a visitor centre. This colonial building, with its historical character and appeal, was the source of a project to highlight the cultural and historical value of the estate and to promote its splendid history. In 2006, a renowned French museum specialist and designer ensured that the “Château” would become an essential cultural and heritage site in Mauritius. At the end of a stunning alley, the magnificent building where history, nature, gastronomy and Mauritian know-how meet is yours to discover. The house is a historical heritage and since its conversion into a museum, it has welcomed its visitors to explore the 19th century Mauritian lifestyle. The splendid wooden floor, the high quality of preservation, the beauty of the antique furniture, the paintings, the spaciousness, and the huge circular veranda, everything in this visit makes it possible to better understand the sweetness of Mauritian art and culture A colourful and savoury farming domain The domain has become more and more involved in the production of tropical fruits and vegetables. The orchards date back to 1975, and cover an area of 45 hectares producing passion fruit, guava, papaya, citrus and mango. These fruits are sold in their own grocery shop “La Corbeille”, to local customers, to supermarkets and to their own processing plant “Les Vergers de Labourdonnais”. This factory produces a variety of jams, juices, sweets and fruit pastes. In addition, a nursery with a wide variety of fruit trees and ornamental plants is available for sale. A train ride through the gardens and old orchards of the estate introduces you to native species, the many spice trees, exotic fruit trees and a wide variety of century-old mango trees. At the end of the park, placid giant turtles will delight your kids. Following the tour, enjoy a meal at La Table du Château, a contemporary and refined restaurant in the heart of the estate, which offers a gourmet and original menu highlighting the estate’s fruits and vegetables. On the splendid “La Terrasse” of the café, treat yourself to a snack or a fine selection of traditional Mauritian and international dishes (breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea). Last but not least, end your visit with a souvenir of local specialities from our gift shop.Eureka creole mansion  Located in the centre of Mauritius in Moka, this old house dating from 1830 is typical of the colonial period and a nostalgic insight into Mauritian lifestyle. Few colonial houses have survived the ravages of time and cyclones. Made of wood, their maintenance is particularly costly for their owners, who came up with the great initiative of transforming them into museums and providing a priceless chance to experience an authentic Mauritian culture and lifestyle.  Eureka House, nestled in the heart of a lush garden, has managed to preserve its past authenticity and character. Set against the backdrop of the Pouce mountain and a river, and benefiting from the extraordinary green climate of central Mauritius, the Creole House can be visited with a guide. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet its owner, Jacques de Maroussem, with his lively and friendly manner. Perfectly renovated, Eureka gives you the opportunity to discover the traditional habitat of the colonial era, with splendid solid wood furniture and precious collector’s items. On the menu: the music room, the Chinese corner, the large room dedicated to Paul and Virginie, the bedroom, the four-poster beds, the gramophone, the chandeliers, the Kashmir carpets, as well as numerous paintings, photographs, old manuscripts and Japanese porcelain. Gourmet pleasures after the visit Welcome to Euréka’s guest rooms. However, even if you are just visiting, don’t miss the restaurant, famous for its excellent Creole cuisine, cooked according to traditional recipes and prepared with the fruits and vegetables of its organic garden. The culinary surprises include smoked marlin as a starter, beef curry served with giraumon fricassee, pistachio rougaille and coconut chutney. Following the meal, take a stroll through the endemic plants along one of the many hiking trails and soak up the freshness of the various waterfalls. The souvenir shop sells scented candles, local tea, spices, exotic jewellery, jams, books and accessories.  The Villebague mansion  The oldest colonial house in Mauritius is much lesser-known and more discreet, but still holds the promise of an architectural and heritage discovery in Mauritius. Located in the tiny village of Grande-Rosalie in the north-east of Mauritius and thus within easy reach of Mythic Suites & Villas, the castle built in 1740 brings us back to the age of the sugar farmers. It was owned by Mahé de Labourdonnais, to whom we owe the early development of colonial Mauritius, and later by René Magon de La Villebague (1722-1778), former governor of the Isle of France and the Isle of Bourbon, who took possession of this impressive and magnificent property. An architectural heritage dating back many years ago A huge bronze deer welcomes visitors at the entrance of this more modestly sized residence. The Château de Villebague is based on the French colonial architectural style, with its white walls and grey shingled roof. The castle was built on the former site of Mauritius’ first sugar estate. Its gardens are home to a unique and rich fauna which attests to the Botanical diversity of Mauritius. The discovery and visit of the castle can only be made on request through the terra group, owner of the castle.     Majestic, exuberant, generously designed or exclusive: walk in the footsteps of three beautifully restored colonial mansions with their old-fashioned charm and timelessness to experience the historic world of Mauritius’ pride and glory.

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Afterwork : Biarritz goes Mauritian

  • 17/11/2021
  • Press releases

After more than a year and a half with the borders closed to visitors, the 1st of October saw the country’s reopening to its travellers. MJ Development welcomed our travel partners to celebrate the event in a festive mood.   Welcome (back) to Mauritius! It was a long-awaited event and well worth a special evening to celebrate Mauritius! After long months during which our beautiful country hosted very few tourists under compulsory quarantine, the official reopening of the borders generated considerable excitement and hope. MJ Holidays, a subsidiary of the MJ Développement group, therefore invited travel professionals from the South-West for an enchanted interlude with exotic flavours in the prestigious setting of the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz on 30 September.A tropical escape into our residences Within a beautiful setting, decorated in the colours of Mauritius and in a typically exotic atmosphere, our forty or so guests had the opportunity to discover or rediscover the beauty of our resorts. Our residences are both exclusive and charming, designed to provide a different holiday experience for guests who wish to combine elegance and relaxation. Marguery Villas, located on the west coast of Mauritius, offer a unique holiday or a long stay in a private villa. These fully equipped and human-sized apartments, with private swimming pool and exotic garden, concierge service, very close to the beach and essential services, are the perfect way to spend a tailor-made holiday in the comfort and convenience of a fully serviced residence. On the north-east coast, Mythic Suites & Villas offer spacious prestige suites or individual villas with private swimming pools surrounded by a lush garden with the benefits of hotel services. With its club house, concierge service and tailor-made facilities, Mythic Suites & Villas is dedicated to making your holiday special and memorable.A great getaway with Mauritian flavours The event was devoted to the concept of authenticity, an emblematic Mauritian identity. Our intention was to inform our travel partners about local life in Mauritius to better promote the island to travellers. Our guests were then introduced to local specialities and to Mauritian music, together with sega, our local dance. Finally, a draw among our guests offered one of them a combined stay in our two resorts. The best thing is to have experienced it in order to better promote our hospitality.  MJ Holidays succeeded in sharing its passion and love for this mythical destination, Mauritius, and in introducing its promoters to a different and unique holiday concept through an evening full of emotion. 

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6 tips to reduce your ecological footprint during your holidays

  • 17/11/2021
  • Responsible tourism

To make a useful contribution to the preservation and sustainability of our planet’s natural resources, every action counts. Well aware of the ecological vulnerability of Mauritius, MJ Holidays is committed to the environment and has adhered to the SigneNatir environmental standards. We invite our residents and travellers to join us in being eco-friendly and sustainable actors for responsible and respectful tourism.Here are 6 important and easy tips to put into practice during your stay in one of our hotel resorts to minimize the impact on the environment:  Control your water and electricity consumptionRemember to turn off the lights and air conditioning when you leave your residence. Monitor the use of your electrical appliances. Mauritius suffers from drastic year-round water shortages and residents are subject to a tight supply situation: avoid taking a long shower. Change your linen at a reasonable frequency.  Committed to the environmentWe are proud to be a sustainable accommodation company that signed the Signatir environmental charter, and we encourage our guests to support us. We have set out our own eco-friendly commitments and we practice our environmental principles on a daily basis through thirteen actions to be found here  Opt for ” green ” means of transport: on foot or with a bikeUse the bicycles available at Mythic Suites & Villas and Marguery Villas to explore the back roads of Mauritius. Our resorts are located in the heart of coastal villages. The proximity of many shops, beaches and restaurants is the perfect opportunity to discover the area on foot and get a deeper insight into the country.  Promote local productsLike any other island, Mauritius relies heavily on air and sea freight for imported products, which are expensive and polluting. What if you contributed to preserving the local economy, employment and the environment by consuming our products locally? Many small businesses propose quality local products. And you may even buy both local and organic if you wish.   Visit local tourist sitesGo for a great cultural holiday! Mauritius’ heritage is both rich and varied. By visiting the sites, we regularly mention in our Travel Diaries, you will make a contribution to the local economy and to the preservation of our heritage. A few recommendations: the Martello Tower of La Preneuse and the Tamarin salt pans in the west, the Ebony Forest in the south, the profits from which go to funding the regrowth of ebony trees.    Do not leave any kind of footprintTo reduce the environmental impact of your visit, collect your litter and do not pollute, in order to ensure that your footprint is as small as possible. Do you enjoy Mauritian beaches? Help keep them beautiful. Our teams actively contribute once a month with the “Go Green” operation, which combines yoga, meditation and waste collection, as described here.   To ensure that Mauritius remains a unique holiday destination in an exceptional environment is the basis of a responsible and sustainable ecological commitment.

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Our creative activities to do with your teenagers on holiday

  • 17/11/2021
  • Family

Your family holiday in Mauritius looks like it’s going to be a great one: beautiful weather, beaches and lagoons to explore, exciting multicultural encounters. However, your teenagers may request more specific activities to suit their tastes.  A holiday with teenagers Find here some of our suggestions to ensure their holiday is a memorable one! Mauritius from above: a paragliding experience Paragliding Mauritius offers a unique and spectacular adventure: a first flight in a paraglider. A rare opportunity to discover the beauty of the island’s landscapes. A first flight is carried out on a two-seater paraglider with an instructor. Seat belts, harnesses… everything is provided for optimal safety. Once the equipment has been correctly installed and the instructions given, the ultimate challenge is to find the courage to take off with the wind facing you, after a few steps on a slope that is neither too gentle nor too steep.  The tandem paragliding activity lasts 30 minutes and leaves from the island’s main spot on the north side at Montagne Longue (allow 15 minutes for climbing). The fun is total if your teenager is equipped with good walking shoes and a wind jacket as the wind is pretty cool up there. Paragliding Mauritius proposes this experience all year round, the only condition is to be in good physical condition, especially for the take-off (running) and landing.Escape games from Dodo Quest: you can’t escape! It’s been raining for two days and your teenagers keep hanging around? So why don’t you take the opportunity to try the fun world of escape games? Strong emotions, mysterious and intriguing worlds, enigmas to be solved in teams… Dodo Quest proposes exciting games for young and not so young, with guaranteed laughter and fun! Of the five Escapes Rooms, your teenager chooses his or her theme, gathers his or her team and locks them in the chosen room. They have 59 minutes to escape. And that’s where it gets tricky: you have to solve the enigmas, stimulate your imagination and progress towards the exit.  Action Games play with your fear in the dark. The mission: to find objects in total darkness or in labyrinths.  It’s fun, intelligent: a must try.   An Indiana Jones adventure in Casela We previously informed you about the many activities available for families in Casela (LINK). The animal and leisure park on the island proposes, among other attractions, sports activities with adventure trails. The programme for your teenagers includes the Nepalese bridge, zip lines through the forest, canyoning in the estate’s waterholes and swimming at the foot of natural waterfalls. A great way to remember your holiday! Other activities include segway and quad biking to explore the wildlife in the park by yourself. And since it’s the holidays, close your eyes on the mud buggy ride, winner of the laughter prize!100,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Blue Safari Submarine Don’t worry, your teenagers will not be doing the same thing, but they will certainly think they are Nemo during a fascinating dive in the fishy waters of the north, at Grand Bay. Aboard the BS1100 submarine for an extraordinary 45-minute dive to a depth of 35 metres, they will be fascinated by the exceptional richness of the marine life. The dive is introduced by a safety briefing, an understanding of the submarine’s functions and the fauna and flora you will discover. An unforgettable moment for your teenagers and incredible memories to share when they leave!   And what else? Check out our previous tips in our Travelogues to plan an exciting, fun and enjoyable holiday for your teenagers. Mauritius has a wide variety of activities to make your teenagers’ holidays a success. Our concierges are at your disposal to help you book your chosen outing. Do not hesitate to ask them for advice.  

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