20° Sud, a colonial-era boutique hotel, sits at the water’s edge on Mauritius’s Grande Baie, surrounded by coconut groves. Despite hosting guests from all corners of the globe, 20° Sud has a firm emphasis on benefitting local people too.
The hotel employs almost 100 people—all of them islanders—with 50% living in the immediate neighborhood. Few high-end restaurants exist on the island, and those that do are largely out of reach for local people. Three years ago, the hotel began hosting a gourmet Christmas meal for up to 25 seniors who are its immediate neighbors. Every Christmas, the hotel offers local children a range of educational gifts, including text and exercise books. It’s a way of reminding them that—despite the realities of life on the island—their education is important. 20° Sud is also directly involved in educating students, working closely with the island’s hospitality schools, and making a concerted effort to offer work experience to as many trainees as possible.