Interview with Léa, marketing assistant intern at BARNES MAURITIUS

Interview with Léa, marketing assistant intern at BARNES MAURITIUS

By Olivier Babet
  • Can you tell us a little bit about your internship?

Currently in the first year of my Master's degree in business school, I took the opportunity to take a gap year to acquire professional experience and to face concrete situations. For the first internship of this gap year, I chose to work in prestige real estate. Fascinated by the world of luxury and wanting to make it my career, I did an internship at Barnes International Realty as a marketing assistant. 

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  • Introduce us to Barnes

Founded twenty years ago by Heidi BARNES and headed by Thibault de Saint Vincent, BARNES is today the leading international high-end residential real estate company. Fully integrated, it offers its customers a global and personalized service.

Barnes business unit was established in Mauritius in 2015 with Outi de Falbaire as its president. Previously operating under the ILOA Mauritius brand, the company is entering the exclusive market for very high-end properties and strengthening its local and international real estate activities. There are four agencies based in Grand Bay, Tamarin, Curepipe and Mahebourg. Specialized in real estate activities including local sales, IRS/RES, PDS, long-term rental, seasonal rental and rental management, Barnes' long-term objective is to maintain its position as one of the leading players in the premium and high-end Mauritian market. The aim is to continue to develop a range of exclusive "By Barnes" properties.

  • In your opinion, is Mauritius synonymous with luxury?

Today, and for several years now, Mauritius is increasingly associated with luxury. Thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and prestigious hotels, this paradise island is associated with a paradise service. The wealthiest individuals want to settle here for tax and other benefits, while maintaining the same standard of living as before with quality service. The objective of real estate companies, just like hotels, is now to guarantee a level of excellence to these individuals, and to meet all their requirements.

  • What about the Mauritian real estate sector today?

The Mauritian real estate sector is currently booming with many projects emerging across the island, and is internationally competitive. Although Mauritius is best known as a tourist destination, it is increasingly so as a luxury real estate destination, partly thanks to the Mauritian government's initiatives to develop the IRS, RES and PDS, which enable wealthy foreigners to own an exceptional property. There is a particular enthusiasm for the purchase of villas. Indeed, customers with high purchasing power do not want joint ownership, they are looking for large spaces and a strong intimacy.

  • And what did you think of living in Mauritius?

Mauritian life is more than pleasant. Like any self-respecting expatriate, in 6 months here, I have of course visited the must-see attractions of Mauritius: like the colourful and friendly market of Port-Louis, the small paradisiac islands around, the tea, rum and sugar cane farms, the splendid waterfalls, the trekking in the majestic mountains like the Morne Brabant, a must do for its breathtaking view over the lagoon, and of course the most beautiful fine sand and crystal water beaches. I lived in the west, more precisely in Flic en Flac, a small coastal tourist town. It is pretty easy to adapt to the rhythm of life and the Mauritian environment. First of all, because the residents are particularly welcoming and warm.

Mauritian people are from Asian, African and European origin. It is a beautiful blend of cultures that gives a set of local characteristics. Typical Mauritian food follows these different influences with a variety of local dishes. Mine bouillie, mine frit, fried rice, roti and dholl puri for example are a must-try! You will also find many Hindu temples, mosques, churches and pagodas on the island, and several religious celebrations of these different faiths.

So, for me Mauritius is rich in culture and there is a lot to discover there, so I recommend the experience to anyone who likes to travel or would like to settle on an island, where it is very pleasurable to live !