The island’s capital
If you can venture from your sun bed, Anse La Raie provides the perfect base from which to go exploring. The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis is only a short drive away. The island’s mix of world cultures are blended perfectly throughout this city, giving it its own unique Mauritian atmosphere. Not only that, some of Mauritius’s most important museums are here, displaying surprising notable artefacts such as the incredibly rare Blue Penny stamp from 1847. Maison Eureka, a magnificent plantation house turned museum, is also worth visiting.
Local shopping and nightlife
During the day take a stroll through the many traditional fishing villages lining the coast. There’s plenty of Anse La Raie holiday souvenirs to pick up as you browse the many arts-and-crafts stalls in local town, Goodlands. Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail or glass of rum in one of the hotel bars accompanied with some live music or gentle traditional dancing. If you fancy something a little more lively, the island’s best bars and clubs can be found just down the road, in the resort of Grand-Baie. A short 15-minute taxi ride away delivers you to restaurants serving fresh seafood and local delicacies such as dholl puris, a flatbread filled with curry or rougaille, a creole stew in a spicy tomato sauce.
Anse La Raie in Mauritius has the ideal shoreline for a host of water sports. Head to the kite-surfing centre to experience the exhilaration of catching the wind and leaping over the waves. The calm, clear waters within the lagoon make for a perfect paddleboarding session. There is also scuba diving and snorkelling on the coral reef. The nearby town of Cap Malheureux offers daily boat trips to the pretty islets that dot the lagoon. If that’s not enough, try water-skiing in Grand-Baie.
The botanical gardens of Mauritius
Any Anse La Raie holidays must include a visit to the nearby Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. Originally the private gardens of the island’s French governor in 1770, it’s now the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere and home to some of the most beautiful botanical species in the world. Palm trees from all corners of the world, roaming giant tortoises, and ponds filled with giant water lilies are among the many highlights.
Turn back time
You’ll find several historic sites in this northern part of Mauritius. The elegant Château de Labourdonnais is a perfectly preserved 19th-century mansion and museum that transports you back to the days of the East India Company. Don’t forget to sample some of the local rum at its rum distillery.
Of course, the island’s history has been shaped by its sugar trade. 20 minutes from Anse La Raie is The L’Aventure du Sucre, an old mill-turned-museum, covering the story of almost 400 years of sugar-trading and rum-making.
With its idyllic setting and warm tropical ocean breezes, you’re sure to find peace and total tranquillity in Anse la Raie Mauritius.