Couples Hotel, Veranda Paul et Virginie in Mauritius, re-opens with new facilities and experiences for intimacy and escapism

Couples Hotel, Veranda Paul et Virginie in Mauritius, re-opens with new facilities and experiences for intimacy and escapism


VPV_Sea-View-1The couples hotel, Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa, has re-opened after a three-month renovation. The romantic hideaway in the north east of Mauritius now comes with added experiences and facilities to give couples a feeling of intimacy and escapism.

Guests can still expect the four-star level of service that the Veranda Resorts brand is renowned for, but improving the experiences on offer for couples was the main focus for the renovation.

Jennifer Wong, Hotel Manager, Veranda Paul et Virginie explains: “We want couples to feel totally relaxed with no time restraint worries, so we have introduced new services such as an all-day in-room breakfast and brunch service and al fresco dining under the stars.

“Allowing loved ones to share more time together and create memorable holiday experiences is our priority so an ‘apero moment’ will be available at any time of day or night offering couples the opportunity to intimately relax on the beach with cocktails and nibbles.”

Improved facilities include a new infinity pool overlooking the lagoon, a sunken bar, a fitness suite and a shisha corner. The spa is refreshed with double treatment rooms and a relaxation area opening onto a small tropical inner garden. Guests wanting a later check-out can now benefit from a new departure room.

The décor in the rooms, entrance lobby, restaurants and bars has been refurbished with a fresh palette of neutral colours.

Set in the picturesque fishing village Grand Gaube, where traditional wooden boats were first built, the hotel now offers guests the opportunity to explore the beach area on a traditional pirogue. For full day cruises to the northern islands, the hotel’s own catamaran ‘Deep into the Blue’ is also on hand. For guests wishing to explore the area on two wheels, tandem bicycles for couples are available.
Whilst at the resort guests can visit the island’s oldest ship making factory or take advantage of the free shuttle twice a week to the bustling village of Grand Baie, which is celebrated for its magnificent bay as well as its shops, nightlife and restaurants.

A Comfort Room at Veranda Paul et Virginie is on offer from €190 per room per night on BB basis during low season.

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Redevelopment & Tourism Growth Drives Porto’s Property Market

Redevelopment & Tourism Growth Drives Porto’s Property Market


The property market i8662192035_da8604adca_kn Porto, Portugal’s second city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is undergoing a resurgence as tourism expands and the city’s historical buildings are being redeveloped. Overseas buyers are starting to latch on to Porto’s appeal and potential as a holiday and residential destination, boosted by the availability of low-cost flights, good capital appreciation and high rental yields.

Property in Porto is experiencing some of the country’s highest capital appreciation at 9.7% y-o-y in October 2016*. Currently Porto property prices represent great value compared to other European cities and the rental yields are high due to the strong tourism numbers. The average price per square meter of a city centre apartment in Porto is just €1,680 versus €16,253 in London. Purchasers can still find a studio apartment in the city for about €80,000 or a two-bed renovated apartment for €210,000. Porto also has plentiful waterfront properties that enjoy amazing views over the Douro River.

Latest figures from 2016 show an 11.5% increase in tourism to Porto with similar levels expected in 2017. The government is gearing up for further expansion as this year the city’s airport will grow by 20%. An announced investment of €55m in the airport will increase the number of departures from 20 to 32 per hour, boosting the current 58 flights per week to London with Ryanair, British Airways and TAP.

The British have long been the biggest population of expats since they arrived for the port trade more than three centuries ago, and their influence is felt across the city. There are currently 66,720 foreign residents in the Porto Area. These numbers are growing every day due to the city’s natural beauty, cosmopolitan environment and open-minded atmosphere. An additional attraction is the fact that Portugal has one of the most competitive tax regimes aimed at attracting non-resident qualified professionals and high value-added activities worldwide.

In addition to the foreign interest, the local government is spearheading over 1,000 redevelopment projects and there are new coffee shops, restaurants and areas of interest all over the city and its outlying suburbs. Baixa, the historical centre of Porto, is gradually being transformed after years of neglect, thanks to the revision five years ago of tenancy laws – that controlled rents and meant landlords could not afford repairs.

To further contribute to the local economy and boost its medical sector, Porto has also put forward a bid to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) after it moves from London post Brexit. A decision on the EMA’s new location will be released on the 20th November 2017.

Being the birthplace of Port and the gateway to the beautiful Douro Valley, Porto attracts a lot of wine tourism visitors who combine a city break to experience the cultural and historical sites, with a trip into the valley for wine and port tasting. Located by the sea, the climate in Porto is mild and pleasant. The average minimum temperature in Porto in the winter is 5º C and the average maximum temperature in the summer is 26º C. There are 220 sunny days a year and 7.7 daily sunshine hours on average.

There are also many outdoor activities such as jogging, canoeing, or surfing all year round in beautiful parks or the sea. White sandy beaches are only 7km away from the city centre, many with the EU Blue Flag. Moreover, Porto and the North of Portugal have numerous golf courses designed mostly by renowned international architects.

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