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Want to live and work from a luxury 5-star resort in Mauritius this summer? Here’s how… 

Fed up of #WFH? How about swapping it for #WFM? (That’s Working From Mauritius, FYI). Because now you can work from the island paradise easily – and it’s surprisingly affordable. 

With more people than ever working remotely, there’s never been a better time to seize the opportunity to start planning to swap your same old scenery for the idyllic location for an extended period of time, once we can travel again. 

Heritage The Villas in Mauritius
Heritage The Villas, on Domaine de Bel Ombre, promises a tropical workation paradise

Mauritius has shot to number one on our workation hotlist for a number of reasons: The Mauritian government have recently announced a new long-stay visa scheme, their vaccination programme is well underway, and now, excitingly, Heritage The Villas, Mauritius has revealed a brilliant long-stay rental option, creating the ultimate safe tropical destination to work, live and play.   

Heritage The Villas, located on Domaine de Bel Ombre on the south coast of the island, prides itself on providing a ‘home from home’ environment for visitors looking for an extended stay. The Domaine is a 2,500-hectare estate juxtaposed between rolling green hills and the Indian Ocean, where new residents will have everything they need for a longer working stay. 

The three and four-bedroom villas have mountain, golf course or sea views and each has a private garden with an expansive terrace and pool – perfect for alfresco dining and barbecues. Crucially, for those looking for a beautiful location to replace their office with, high speed wifi and rooms that in the villas which be used as home offices make working from your home-from-home a breeze. 

Spectacular interior design in Heritage The Villas Mauritius
The exquisite interiors make for a stunning home office at Heritage The Villas

When you’re done working for the day at your villa, the leisure possibilities at the resort are extensive. You can relax on the white sand beaches, swim in the ocean, play a leisurely round of golf at the award-winning Heritage Golf Club, chill out at the C Beach club, enjoy an array of water sports, have a relaxing spa treatment in the hotel’s spa, go for a hike in the Heritage nature reserve or participate in the hotel’s daily activity programme of classes and activities. 

And if you don’t feel like cooking, a private chef can be arranged to cook for you in your villa, or you can visit any of the Domaine’s 12 restaurants at sister properties, Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Awali, where you can enjoy a 20% discount on food (excluding Le Chateau and Awali Boma). From local Mauritian dishes in a fine dining 19th century chateau to ‘toes in the sand dining’ at a beach side restaurant, the resort promises a different culinary experience for each day of the week (which is certainly more than we can say for our less-than-inspired WFH lunches right now). 

 Heritage The Villas Mauritius garden view
Prices start from £2,800 per month with Heritage The Villas’ long-stay package

Prices start from £2,800 per month for a minimum of 2 months stay in a 3 bed villa including all utilities, daily housekeeping, pool and garden maintenance, complimentary wifi and use of a four seater golf cart, plus free daily green fee. What’s more, you’ll also get free access to the two five star resorts, Heritage Awali and Heritage Le Telfair, as well as the hip C Beach Club.

Considering the regular price per night at Heritage The Villas is around £468 per night (adding up to more than £14k per month usually), this extended stay deal is an almost-unbelievably good offer. The long-stay offer is valid until 23rd December 2021. 

In a perfect circumstance for those looking for a stunning workation, Mauritius is currently the only country in the world which offers long-term visitor visas free of charge – and a free Covid vaccine to holders of these visas, too.  

Currently to enter Mauritius, you must take several Covid tests and quarantine in a government-approved hotel on a full board basis for 14 days on arrival (and of course, travelling from the UK is banned right now). 

But, with international travel set to start again next month, and entry restrictions and quarantine requirements in Mauritius expected to ease as the vaccination programme rolls out (with vaccinated visitors expected to be able to freely enter the country even sooner) the Mauritian government is ready to restart the tourism industry on the island and make it as safe as possible for international visitors. Thankfully, it shouldn’t take much work: Mauritius has had one of the world’s best responses to the pandemic and the strict quarantine measures have meant there has been little disruption to social life in Mauritius since June 2020, with practically no known cases of community transmission. 

Find further booking information here. Return flights are available from £495 now.

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Bex April May is an experienced entertainment, travel and lifestyle journalist based in London, writing for The Guardian, Metro, Cosmopolitan, MTV, Shortlist and more. Follow her adventures on Twitter @bexlectric and on Instagram @bexaprilmay

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