The East of Mauritius
The East Coast of Mauritius begins in the North with Roches Noires and ends in the South with the small fishing village of Trou d'Eau Douce. People are friendly and the surroundings are so amazingly tropical that once people have visited the East, they most surely always return.
Largely unspoiled and still predominantly wild in comparison to the Central Plateau and North Coast, the East is a place for those seeking authentic local charm, amazing beaches, tranquility, unspoiled coastline and great swimming. Starting with the slow paced village of Roches Noires, one will soon realize that the East is the most beautiful coastline in Mauritius. It's white sand dotted with black volcanic outcrops and crystal turquoise waters make this coastline truly special - as a client once said "just like the postcard"
The good news is that most visitors still get sold the North, that is Grand Bay and its whereabouts. This, leaves the East even more uncrowded and to this effect, the East tends to be more exclusive, with less development, noise and traffic. The villas and bungalows which dot the coastline are typically rustic and some very elegant and generally have spacious gardens, especially in Bellemare, where the exclusive St. Géran and Belle Mare Plage resorts are situated.
If you're in Roches Noires, you may have to drive a few minutes to Goodlands to shop and if you're in Belle Mare or Trou d'Eau Douce, you'll be heading to Flacq for your groceries. In terms of supplies, you'll find that shops are nowhere close to the size and variety of the Grand Bay supermarkets, but you'll be pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff and local people in general.
After a few days in the East, time seems to slow, then stop altogether. In true Mauritian style, you may find yourself picking mango fruit off the trees in your garden, venturing into the fruit markets as well as buying fresh fish from your housemaid's fisherman cousin! A weekday visit to Ile Aux Cerfs, a trip to Anahita Sanctuary for Breakfast, or an early morning horseback ride at Ciel and Nature are a few things that will enchant every visitor.
Although night-life is limited to hotels and a few restaurants, this is ample entertainment for families who want to be together and to relax in a family spirit. Needless to say, we highly recommend the East to our guests. Now see for yourself!