Pioneering – Our Story
Celebrating over 20 years of Elegant Destinations from the start of the internet when Netscape launched its groundbreaking browser in 1993 to today’s quickening pulse of social media.
For over two decades we have hunted for and deliberated over the best villas and hotels across the Indian Ocean region. The seeds of the villa rental idea grew after the development of a family plot among the swaying palms in Trou Aux Biches. The business ideas were there and the internet was the new route to market. Some of our clients have been with us along the whole stretch of the journey and we thank them for their loyalty and for their spontaneous recommendations to their friends to assist our niche business to grow the way it has.
The Trou Aux Biches property was completed and the family enjoyed holidays and at the same time furnishing it.
The name Elegant Destinations was decided and Hans started to rent Casanou and the neighbouring properties in Trou Aux Biches.
Casanou became the 699th property on Holiday Rental.
The first ED website was built on Frontpage and launched with a few self catering properties. Internet was dial up and printed photos were scanned in. In 1999, Elegant Destinations added Mauritius hotels to its portfolio.
After a site inspection to Seychelles, Hans added a variety of guest houses and self catering bungalows to the portfolio along with hotels. In 2002 ED opened a small office in Trou aux Biches.
ED launches sister brand Villas de Maitre to market high end villas to travel agents and the company participated in ILTM International Travel Market in Cannes.
The company accompanied the Conde Nast Traveller associate editor Peter Brown as he compiled content & images for the Nov 2005 issue covering Villas de Maitre and stays at Chamarel Estate and La Casbah.
A new property law entitling non-Mauritian individuals or companies to buy land on this idyllic island introduced the development of Integrated Resource Scheme properties.
Tamarina being the first was quickly added to the portfolio.
17 page article on Elegant Destinations villas in Corriere della Sera’s DOVE magazine. An office in Quatre Bornes was opened to house the new dedicated operations and reservations team.
Weddings in Mauritius were introduced along with our signature Concierge service offering chefs, nannies and excursion bookings.
Launch of the stylish Oasis developments in Grand Bay the first 1-4 bedroom luxury pool villas. An immediate success especially for independent honeymooners and featured in Conde Nast Traveller
Launch of Cape Point in Cap Malheureux, the first privately owned beachfront exclusive luxury apartment development with fabulous penthouse.
The beginning of home-working for the reservations team.
Launch of Paradise Beach in Pointe d’Esny, to be another popular beachfront apartment and penthouse development.
ED joins social media.
Villa Athénée voted one of the five best beach villas in the world by Conde Nast Traveller. Published blog Message in a Bottle covering all aspects of luxury travel in the Indian Ocean.
Opening of the first 7 bedroom pool villas, Villa Thalie in Belle Rivière. Popular with families and for special occasions.
Celebrating 20 years in villa rentals in the Indian Ocean with the addition of Zanzibar and Mozambique hotels and villas and the launching of a new website.
Opening of Villa Praslin, a new one of a kind private designer Seychelles property with its own private beach and boat.