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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 30 May 2014
THE CURIOUS CORNER OF CHAMAREL CURIOUS OR NOT?

WE ARE CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW THIS PROJECT MATERIALISED

The Curious Corner of Chamarel was an idea that was first formulated over four years ago. We wanted to create a really unique attraction that would appeal to both local and international visitors from all locations, as well as people of all ages from 3 to 103. We
have had a team working on this concept for the last 4 years. Construction of the unusual building started in January 2013. The team consisted of a number of Mauritian craftspeople, the CCC shareholders (David Hartshorn and Paul Rose) and a number of
renowned UK artists/designers, as well as a genius called Edward Gray, who did a truly amazing job.

WHEN DID YOU OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND WHY MAURITIUS?

We opened at the end of February 2014. Why not Mauritius? We looked and could see that many Mauritians were looking for ‘alternative’ and new leisure-based things to do, away from the more traditional activities. Chamarel is a great location with fantastic
climate. The site has wonderful green vegetation that has provided the Curious Corner of Chamarel with a beautiful tropical garden setting for our café and boutique. Chamarel is also home to one of the world’s great natural ‘curiosities’ - the iconic Seven Coloured Earth, so it seemed an obvious location for the Curious Corner to be situated.

HOW HAS THE PUBLIC RESPONSE BEEN SINCE YOU OPENED?

In the 2 months we have been open, we have received over 4000 visitors and great reviews on Facebook and Trip Advisor (on which we are now rated the No 1 attraction in Chamarel and No. 7 in Mauritius). The response has been very satisfying, after a lot
of hard work and effort, it has far exceeded our expectations and has been achieved purely by ‘word of mouth’ marketing. The goal of creating an attraction for people of all ages has also been achieved, with frequent comments we receive from couples
visiting with their kids being “the kids enjoyed it loads, but we enjoyed it more”.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ESTABLISHMENT?

‘Curious’. A building where nothing is quite what it seems. Where seeing is believing ... or is it? As the famous French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire said: ‘Illusion is the first of all pleasures’. Or Albert Einstein ‘Curiosity has its own reason for existing’

WHAT IS YOUR ‘STAR’ PRODUCT?

That would be telling! Everyone has their own favourite. One of the great things, is talking to people who have visited and seeing how different people like different exhibits. But the ‘world’s best mirror maze’ is close to the top of our visitors’ lists. There are multiple interactive attractions and some fantastic photo opportunities for capturing some weird and wonderful memories. 

WHAT IS THE MISSION OF YOUR COMPANY?

The goal of our company is simple – for all our visitors to have a truly unique and enjoyable experience and  go away with a great big smile on their face and ‘curious’ look in their eye.

WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY UNIQUE?

Please pay a visit and you will find out!

ANY CLOSING COMMENTS FOR US?

All the team at CCC would like to say a  huge thank you to all the people who have visited the Curious Corner of Chamarel and then told their friends, shared their experience, and liked/ rated us on Facebook, or reviewed us on Trip Advisor. Or helped ‘spread the word’ about the Curious Corner of Chamarel in any other way. We really
appreciate the generous support we have received from the many ‘curious’ people out there. I personally and on behalf of my partner would like to say well done and thank you to all the Curious Corner of Chamarel staff, for their fantastic efforts in helping to create the ‘CCC Experience’. We have received some fantastic comments from many many visitors – so congratulations, thanks and keep it up.

WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

The first phase of the Curious Corner of Chamarel is complete and we need to get this established. Once we get ‘up and running’ there will be a continual introduction of new exhibits and ideas. We are currently in the process of making the world’s ‘Greenest car’??? All will be revealed soon. The Curious  Corner is situated on a site of more
than one and a half acres and has lots of room to develop many other ideas we have in the pipeline, to further add to the unique ‘CCC Experience’

‘Keep Curious’

Curious Corner of Chamarel
Baie du Cap Road, Chamarel
Tel: (230) 483-4200
Email: info@curiouscornerofchamarel.com
www.curiouscornerofchamarel.com

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