A piece of paradise1st Oct 2018
The exclusive Heritage Villas Valriche, the largest villa-only residential development in Mauritius, celebrates the rich heritage of this Indian Ocean island paradise, and shows there is a lot more to Mauritius than sun, sand, sea and sundowners with fruit and paper umbrellas.
The southwest is arguably the most beautiful part of this iconic island, but it is without any doubt the most historically significant.
The Le Morne Brabant cultural landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where, in the 18th and 19th centuries, Maroons – runaway slaves – hid away and formed a community. It was a harsh life – but free – and, ironically and very sadly, when a group of soldiers travelled there in 1834 to inform them that slavery had been abolished, hundreds of the ex-slaves climbed to the top of Le Morne and jumped to their deaths to avoid being recaptured.
But that’s all in the past, and – while we do remember our history to avoid repeating it – this is now a place to hike, to climb, to enjoy the gorgeous views, to frolic in the wonderful lagoon and even to fly over to see the incredible ‘underwater waterfall’. It’s not really a waterfall, but ‘underwater sandfall’ doesn’t have quite the same ring. And close by is Heritage Bel Ombre, a 2,500-hectare estate steeped in the island’s history.
HERITAGE VILLAS VALRICHE
Within Heritage Bel Ombre is Heritage Villas Valriche, the largest villa-only residential development in Mauritius. Heritage Villas Valriche offers a range of plantation-style villas, each with its own expansive terrace and sparkling swimming pool overlooking a private, landscaped tropical garden. These elite properties command an outstanding elevated position, overlooking the estate’s multi-award-winning 18-hole championship golf course (designed by renowned South African golf architect and former European Tour professional Peter Matkovich) and the Indian Ocean, set against the backdrop of the breathtaking Valriche hills.
The estate has been carefully designed to provide for extremely low-density living, with private areas covering only 40% of the total surface. As a result, Heritage Villas Valriche is especially appealing to owners who value security and privacy.
Owners enjoy unparalleled comfort and convenience, with access (under certain conditions) to a wide range of worldclass facilities. These include the estate’s pristine lagoon, the golf course, a vibrant beach club, two five-star resorts and an expansive nature reserve.
Upon completion, the development will comprise 288 luxury residences. So far more than 160 luxury villas have already been built and sold, with over a quarter of Heritage Villas Valriche home owners participating in the successful and highly regarded Heritage The Villas rental pool.
One of the newest residential precincts launched within Heritage Villas Valriche, Fifteen West offers a unique collection of newly built villas in single and double storey designs. Set at the estate’s western entrance, these villas offer high levels of privacy, and a location alongside the golf course’s picturesque 14th and 15th fairways.
Six of these gorgeous freehold villas are available fully fitted with furniture options, while four are available as shell and core, with options to upgrade to fully fitted or fully furnished.
Among the former, buyers may choose from three tasteful interior decor packages, including Beach Chic, Creole Chic and French Touch. Each of these vibrant furniture options has been chosen to reflect the development’s uniquely Mauritian setting, and the rich heritage and tradition of this beautiful island. Prices start at US$794,244.
Meanwhile, Southern Views – another new residential precinct – allows buyers to build their dream villa, tailored to their personal tastes, lifestyle and needs. Heritage Villas Valriche’s Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS) status allows the development to offer plots of land for sale to foreign buyers – so while Southern Views villa buyers must abide by the estate’s architectural guidelines, this remains an unmissable opportunity to create your own piece of paradise.
Those guidelines require villas to provide an easy flow between indoor and outdoor living while maintaining the aesthetic quality and value of the development.
The Southern Views precinct occupies an elevated position, which ensures privacy and exclusivity while allowing residents to enjoy the best of the development’s golf, mountain and sea views. Eight plots are available here, at US$420,000 each.
THE VISTA COLLECTION
The Vista Collection is a selection of the finest plots available at Heritage Villas Valriche, hand-picked for owners who wish to build larger, bespoke villas. This collection consists of the five very best plots, with sizes ranging from 1,464 square metres to 2,207 square metres. Plots in The Vista Collection are available from US$2,1 million.
If golf is your game, you’ve landed in heaven. The estate’s Peter Matkovitch-designed course has been voted best golf course in the Indian Ocean at the World Golf Awards for four consecutive years – and it’s only one of many world-class clubs on the island. And if golf is not your game, you’ve still landed in heaven anyway. There are lots of great hikes, the diving and snorkelling are awesome, and you can paddle a kayak or a SUP through the lovely lagoon. Or – hey – if that’s too energetic, just take some ‘me’ time at the spa.