Manly International has teamed up with architect Lord Foster and famous South African golfer Gary Player to develop a luxury golf, hotel and residential scheme in Mauritius.

Kevin McGovern, a director at Manly, unveiled the plans for the scheme at MIPIM today. The 420 acre (170 ha) scheme, Corniche Bay, is situated on the southwest of the island in a lagoon near the island’s most famous landmark and a Unesco world heritage site – Le Morne Mountain.

It will comprise 120 villas, an 18-hole PGA golf course designed by Player, a 150-bed five-star hotel, a spa, serviced apartments, timber jetties and 60 acres (24 ha) of beachfront. Only 20% of the site will be built up with no buildings ‘higher than a palm tree’ permitted. Formal marketing of the site and sales of the villas `will not be begin until September this year and quoting prices have not been revealed. The overall cost of the development is €500m (£340m). It has received planning permission from the Mauritian government and will start on site in September.

McGovern who cemented this reputation at Rosehaugh in the 1980s before becoming the UK head of developer Tishman Speyer is managing the scheme for landowner Tatorio Hodlings – a subsidiary of Danish company Greenoak.

McGovern claims the scheme has been ‘hugely well received’ in Mauritius. ‘Foster & Partners has stayed true to its principles of modernity and environmental sensitivity and have also appreciated the natural features of the island,’ he said. ‘It is a story about Foster and Player - big international names in their fields blending with our development expertise. Gary Player is very much a legend and an iconic figure and he wants to have a presence in Mauritius as a lasting legacy.’

(For the whole story, see this week’s Property Week)