I am not sure if you will like Mauritius. I was born in Mauritius and left the island at age 17 to attend university in the US. After graduation, I was hired by Harvard Medical School and stayed on. Two years ago, my husband (US citizen) and I decided to move to Mauritius. My husband has been running his business in the US from the island. The connectivity on the island is horrible. We have the best package offered by Mauritius Telecom and yet the service is unreliable and incredibly slow. My husband had the educate the telecom techs on several occasions (so much for being a cyber island!)
We are also being exploited and robbed by everyone on the island. My husband is a white American and because of his skin color, Mauritians feel entitled to his money. Our contractor (Sanjay Jhurry) robbed us about Rs 3.5 million on our house - we are still in court but since the contractor does not have any asset, the court has no recourse against him. We had similar experiences with 5 other contractors - they agree upon a price with me and the moment they see my husband and my children, the price goes up. We also filed several reports with the police and the CID but they never take any action. The island is incredibly corrupt and life is very frustrating. No matter where we go, people try to exploit and rob us.
We also hear about crimes against foreigners on a daily basis. It is worse in the North of the island. After two years, we regret moving to Mauritius. It was a terrible mistake. I just wanted to let you know about life on the island but you might not experience the same thing. Good luck.
Looking at all this here, I hear you exactly.
We got here 2 years ago, and we're tearing our hair out and leaving. Because I am an expat in a local industry (media), along with having been continually harassed, threatened and now smeared publicly because I refuse to be an unlimited pot of cash for Mauritian grabbers.
The island IS frustrating and corrupt. Extremely corrupt. And when you have experienced it the way I have, you end up like me - regretting ever making the decision to move here.
The gossip culture is dangerous, not 'playing the game' will have business turn their backs on you, and upsetting a Mauritian only gets the wheels of corruption in motion.
I'm actually writing an eBook at the moment to demonstrate what it's REALLY like to live here when - as someone pointed out above - the sunshine and euphoria fades.
It's not paradise. The cost of living is escalating at a rapid rate. Yes - a white skin = unlimited pot of cash for Mauritians. Whether you think that's racist or not it's the truth.
Housing is VERY expensive compared to 'first world' countries. Everywhere you turn you feel like you're getting ripped off. Cars are almost 3 times the price here because of stupid import duties and taxes.
SCHOOLING IS A PROBLEM if you are looking for English-language schooling. Don't believe the Board of Investment website. There are only 2 'reputable' English-medium high schools and they are both full. You'll end up home-schooling like we are or - worse still - you'll end up leaving Mauritius to be with your children.
The day your child turns 18 he/she will be deported if he/she is not still in school.
Being a journalist, I have spoken to people in government, and the government wants your money - NOT your family.
Unless you are a heavy drinker, you will eventually get bored.
Even in the highest levels of government, the attitude prevails that all foreigners are billionaires with pots of cash to hand over.
I'm not saying DON'T ever come to Mauritius, because there are some people who love it here.
All I'm saying is that there isn't any real truthful information for people planning to make the move. I'll be fixing that in the next few days...