In 1747, the young French officer, Captain Jules Armand de Mont Choisy, discovered this land and found it ideal to establish an observation post and a permanent defence of the North of the Island, between the West coast and the banks of the perfectly formed natural harbour of Grand Baie. Since then, people from around the world have been drawn to the naturally mild climate and the abundant beauty of the place.
- The famous Austrian explorer Ida Pfeiffer, who after having been around the world twice, found peace and beauty here;
- The Adventurer Joseph Lambert, who came to seek his fortune and who found love;
- Maurice Samat, who in 1933, inaugurated the first international flight to Reunion Island, from what was at the time, the Racecourse of Mont Choisy, before it became the airport of Mauritius until the creation of the current Plaisance airport.
The Plain of Mont Choisy owes its name to the vast piece of land that stretches from the sugar cane fields to the beach. In 1891, it was also the place for epic horse racing instead of the Champ de Mars in Port-Louis. Results of the races run here were transported to the capital by carrier pigeon!
The Compagnie de Mont Choisy was established 200 years ago with the first sugar cane plantations established on part of its land in 1820.
In 1875, aloe vera was planted to replace sugar cane due to the proliferation of diseases and successive droughts which were adversely affecting the sugar cane crop. Aloe vera, a robust plant with leaves up to two metres high, was used in the manufacturing of jute bags to safely transport sugar. Signs of the early agricultural days are still present in Mont Choisy. The house, the farm building, the old chimney of the sugar mill, the ancient facilities for the treatment of aloe vera and the lime kiln are among the last remnants of the bygone era, with its majestic “Portail de l’amitié”, a gift from King Radama II from Madagascar, a gate made of wrought iron, which is in front of the house.
Mont Choisy, now the gateway of the North, is being transformed into a world class resort thanks to its glorious past and ancestral assets. While preserving its historical heritage and the natural surroundings, Mont Choisy is a lifestyle project with houses, villas and various leisure areas - at the heart of which is the golf course.