Villa Cezanne is a top quality, very comfortable and well equipped family home, in which we lived for a year whilst our young children attended French school near-by. It has been furnished with the help of a London interior designer for our comfort, but with a view to some select rentals. The colours are largely neutral, enlivened by original art work. All rooms have vaulted ceilings, giving a distinctive and attractive external look, and shuttered doors that lead to the gardens.
The rim flowing swimming pool, entered by broad steps across from the veranda, is 1.2m deep throughout so, like all pools in Mauritius, is safe for young children.
Villa Cezanne has lovely and well maintained gardens, with lawns, hibiscus, bougainvillea, frangipani, banana, papaya and other fruit trees.
The house is stocked with CDs, videos, DVDs and books, which you are welcome to use.
There is satellite TV with BBC, Sky and CNN News and good International Sports coverage. We also have Canal Plus from France.
Rights to play golf and visit Beach Club: Provided you are properly introduced in advance by us, you will have full access to the golf and beach clubs. There is no charge to use the beach club facilities of pool and changing rooms. The restaurants are four star, with lovely views over the sea and beach below. There is a good bar.
The golf club charges even members each time they play and for the use of their own carts. You will qualify for favourable rates.
Tamarina is a relaxed, high quality private community of 119 individual villas designed by Mico Giraud. Our home cannot be seen from the golf course, which is dominated by views across wide open savannah to the Matterhorn like Mont Rempart. The highly regarded golf course is an enjoyable test with wide fairways and tight greens. There is a good practice ground.
3 minutes away from our villa is the attractive Beach Club and Boutique Hotel, with 2 pools and 2 excellent restaurants; one which sits, shaded by trees, on a small rocky headland and the other on the beach at the northern end of the safe Tamarin Bay. This surf beach has smooth, coral free sand.
We are near the village of Tamarin, 25 km south of the capital Port-Louis and 50 minutes drive from the airport. Rainfall is the lowest on the island. There is almost always a breeze. The location is peaceful, but not far from supermarkets, shops, hotels, restaurants and a snorkelling beach, which can all be quickly reached by car or by walking across the beach.
Golf: Tamarina Golf Club opened in 2006. The course architect was Rodney Wright, who has designed many courses in the Far East and Hawaii. It is a good challenge, with a blend of strategic birdie opportunity holes and longer par 4s. Tamarina was the first of the new wave of quality golf courses in Mauritius, and attracted 150 local members, so the membership is a nice mix of long time Mauritian citizens and villa owners. The course also allows visitors from near-by hotels. It is a child friendly club, and there are often good teaching packages available for children. There is state of the art video analysis available from the professionals.
There are lots of other activities close by such as snorkelling, dolphin watching, catamaran cruises, Big Game fishing, shopping at Cascavalle and Ruisseau Creole, trekking in the Black River Gorges National Park, sightseeing at the 7-coloured Earths and Black River Gorges, wind- and kite-surfing in Le Morne.
The Casela Nature and Leisure Park is home to 1,500 birds, lions, zebras, giant tortoises, monkeys, a tiger, and many other animals. There is an endemic dry forest with old trees like the Black Ebony and our children love the petting farm and the fishing ponds. Available are Quad, Buggy, Segway rides the longest zipline in the Indian Ocean, hanging bridges, or you can go for a walk with real lions.