Why St Helena?
St Helena is a tropical island like no other. With a population of just 4 500 people (known as Saints) and a remarkable range of landscapes, the island offers an idyllic lifestyle.
The island is a hiking paradise and offers a long list of outdoor activities, including sport fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving, abseiling, mountain biking, and relaxing on the verandah whilst the sun goes down.
It is virtually crime-free and offers a sense of community that is rare in the modern world. Life is lived slowly – free from many of the distractions of frenetic urban environments. There’s no waiting in traffic or worrying about walking alone after dark.
The island is also famous for its coffee, as well as its distilled drink – Tungi Spirit.
Located in the tropics, St Helena attracts manta rays, dolphins, hump-backed whales, whale sharks, devil rays and turtle, among and other marine life.
There is no other place on the planet quite like St Helena.
History buffs will know St Helena because of Napoleon’s exile on the island, but the French icon is not the island’s only claim to fame.
St Helena was discovered on 21 May 1502 by the Portuguese. It was named after St Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, because the discovery fell on her birthday. In fact, 21 May is still celebrated as a public holiday every year on St Helena.
The island became a vital port of call strategically during the British Empire, which lasted only until the opening of the Suez Canal and the advent of steamships.
Due to St Helena’s remote location it was used as a place of exile for numerous key prisoners, including approximately 6000 boers from South Africa, along with Chief Dinizulu, who was captured by the British in 1890 and exiled to the island of St Helena and kept in captivity for seven years for leading the Zulu army against the British. Other notable prisoners included Bahraini princes, and, of course, Napoleon, the infamous French military and political leader, who died on St Helena Island on 5 May 1821.
Buying a property on St Helena gives you the opportunity to buy into this historically fascinating island, and to become a part of its future.
Previously, the remote island of St Helena was accessible only by sea. With the completion of construction of an airport in 2017, and commercial flights now available to and from the island, St Helena is poised for growth.
Opportunities for businesses to start or grow abound, particularly within the industries of hospitality, arts and crafts, retail, car hire, marketing and advertising, IT and logistics.
Immigration reforms have ensured that investors and individuals bringing scarce skills to the island are accommodated, while an attractive tax regime offers incentives and tax breaks for those looking to invest on the island.
If you’re considering owning a property in the last paradise on earth, we would love to hear from you.
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