The 115 islands of the Seychelles... No, the 116! Here is one that came out of the ocean along the highway from the airport to Victoria on the east coast. A new land reclaimed from the sea, born of what the Seychellois call "filling". A 116th island linked to Mahé by a bridge, a link between the public domain... and private property. Facing the Morne Seychellois on one side and the National Marine Park from where the green peaks of Cerf and Sainte-Anne stand out on the other, this new, flat, fish-shaped island seems to float in a symphony of turquoise blue and emerald green. Perfect for an exotic American-style second home, the projections drawn of this ambitious private village are reminiscent of the New World marina.
Ambitious, indeed, since on these 40 hectares of virgin land irrigated by 16 hectares of private canals, 550 apartments, the vast majority of which are managed by the Eden Island Development Company Limited, a South African company, which is said to have invested more than 350 million dollars in this urban development project. A real marina for pleasure boats, each of these houses having its own ring. Eden Island shelters first of all in its calm and deep waters classic size yachts and even small local boats from 10 to 15 meters long. They all benefit from the services of the long Marina House, the real navel of the site. Turned towards nauticalism, this elsewhere is also a stronghold of the art of living, the architect Raymond Alexander having been inspired by the old planter's houses for the neocreole architecture of this operetta village, whose red-roofed wooden houses are already a naive decor in themselves with their perfect varangue for lazing around in front of the palm trees. If apartments and duplexes are already a perfect pied-à-terre in the heart of this well-guarded island, it is of course the villas that make up the top of this Eden. Very open and airy, with a floor area of 250 to 600 squaremeters, on one or two floors, they have two to six bedrooms, each with a spacious bathroom. High ceilings, wooden floors and tiles, wide accordion doors opening onto the verandah... and the private swimming pool sometimes... In short, almost enough to forget the five small nearby beaches and the surrounding leisure activities (tennis, gymnastics, diving...): bars, restaurants, shops, supermarket and business centre are also gradually emerging in this seaside village, a new living centre accessible to the Seychellois (excluding apartments and villas).
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