Anse La Raie
Anse La Raie is a teeny place, sandwiched between the fishing village of Cap Malheureux at the tip of the island, and the equally mini Calodyne, a couple of kilometres further south. It’s not really a town, more a clutch of top-end hotels that have gravitated towards the north coast’s shimmering lagoon. But what it lacks in street life, it makes up for in its rocky headlands and wild scenery, tamed only by pockets of ice-white beaches.
Set on the sheltered east coast of Mauritius, Belle Mare is a small place with a big reputation. Its headline act is the white-sand beach – one of the loveliest on the island. But it’s got plenty more show-stopping turns. There’s a coral-protected lagoon, golf, watersports and loads of restaurants peeping through the bank of trees by the shoreline. With a package this good, it’s easy to see why a bunch of high-end hotels are happy to call this place home
Grand Gaube is a tiny fishing village, slumbering close to Mauritius’ northernmost tip, and the last bastion before the coastline gets truly primeval. It throws up rocky headlands and cloak-and-dagger bays. Inland, cane fields meet with a great sea of open countryside. It’s a natural beauty, barely touched, save for a smattering of hotels cosying up to pockets of white sand. And it’s in no hurry to develop, either.
Flic En Flac
Flic en Flac is a town on the west coast of Mauritius. It seems fitting that a place with such a great name has an equally impressive get-up. The public beach sets the bar high. Its white sweep of coral sand is one of the longest and loveliest on the island. Plus, it’s got a lagoon, protected by coral reefs. In recent years, the place’s A1 setting has attracted high-end hotels like bees to a honeypot. They’re bolstered by a good mix of restaurants and souvenir shops.
Trou d'eau Douce
The pretty fishing town of Trou d’Eau Douce, Sweet Water Hole in English, is the first major settlement you reach up the east coast of Mauritius. True to its name, it’s a lovely place, exuding old-world charm with every step it takes along this stretch of coast. Almost everything – twee cottages, private villas, hotels, and restaurants – is marshalled along the shore-hugging Royal Road. Ocean views come pretty much guaranteed.
The quiet village of Bel Ombre is tucked away in Mauritius’ south-west corner, sheltered by forest-cloaked mountains. It’s a fairly low-key spot, with just a handful of high-end hotels scattered along the coastline.
Calodyne is tucked away at the north-eastern tip of Mauritius. You’re really out of the way here, with most of the bigger hotels in the south and west of the island. There’s nowhere better to experience Mauritius at its calmest, and you’ll find plenty of small beaches, bays and coves to explore. Thanks to Calodyne’s secluded location, they’re almost untouched, too. If you look out to sea, you’ll have a great view of Coin de Mire Island, as well as the other smaller islets that sit beyond the coral reef.
The little village of Le Morne sits on a peninsula that juts out from Mauritius’ south-western corner. As well as a white sandy beach and an aqua-coloured lagoon, the standout feature here is Brabant peak, a UNESCO-listed rocky mountain that looks over the Indian Ocean.