The glorious beaches on the east coast of Mauritius have attracted some of the island's best hotels. The best beaches on the island are found in the north east corner, where long stretches of powder-soft sand extend to cool pine groves and woodlands. There are several fine, stylish hotels here which make the most of their stunning natural setting. This area is perfect for an African honeymoon, although it can be a little windy during our summer months.
This eastern part of the island is less developed and more isolated than the rest of the island, and the flat landscape here is ideal for the sugar cane plantations that extend for mile upon mile. Views inland towards the mountainous centre of the island are of a patchwork array of sugar cane, allotments and farmland.
Just south of Belle Mare, Ile aux Cerfs is a lovely little island, run by Le Touessrok but also open to the public, with fabulous beaches and plenty of watersports. There are shops, restaurants and a couple of local stalls selling coconuts and pineapples. Le Touessrok also manages another tiny island for the use of its own guests only.
The biggest village on the east coast is Flacq, the site of the country’s largest open air market - a colourful, hot, crowded and slightly crazy weekly event. It is well worth exploring the simple shopping options in Flacq and Belle Mare.