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A quiet, fishing village overlooking a beautiful bay on the northern coast of Mauritius, Grand Gaube is the perfect destination for a relaxed holiday on this stunning island. This unspoilt stretch of coast is perfect for getting away from it all, and boast some beautiful beaches, plus a host of nearby attractions such as the elegant Château Labourdonnais, where you can go rum-tasting, or the authentic and lively little town of Goodlands, which has fantastic markets. And if you’re looking for shopping and nightlife, you could hit Grand Baie, a lively resort located just a 15-minute drive away, or head to the charming capital, Port Louis, which is 30 minutes away by car.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Beautifully set on northern coast of Mauritius, the little fishing village of Grand Gaube is the perfect destination to get away from it all. Most of the hotels have beach clubs on tiny sandy bays, and nearby there are more unspoilt beaches such as Butte à l’Herbe and Anse La Raie. Nearby attractions include the pretty village at Cap Malheureux, elegant 19th-century Château Labourdonnais, where you can go rum-tasting, or the authentic and lively little town of Goodlands, which has fantastic markets. And if you’re looking for shopping and nightlife, you could hit Grand Baie, a lively resort located just a 15-minute drive away, or head to the charming capital, Port Louis, which is 30 minutes away by car.

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Eating out

Eating out

There are just a few restaurants and cafés in little Grand Gaube, many of which are located in the hotels. You can take your pick from elegant, award-winning eateries, charming beachfront cafés and family-run restaurants serving delicious local dishes. The cuisine of Mauritius is a fabulous fusion of flavours, reflecting the multiculturalism of the island. Tuck into wonderful fresh seafood, spicy curries, and a delectable choice of street food, including the ubiquitous dholl puris (flatbread filled with curry or other savoury fillings). Other classic dishes you won’t want to miss include rougaille (seafood or meat cooked in a piquant tomato sauce) or daube (a tasty stew with beef or chicken).

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Families

Families

Most of the accommodation in Grand Gaube is well geared to visitors with young children, and offer special services plus a range of water sports such as kayaking and paddle-boarding. Families love the slow pace of life and the village’s authentic, unspoilt charm and welcoming, child-friendly restaurants and cafés. Many hotels have opened beach clubs on the little sandy coves, while local families head to the public beach, where you’ll find basic facilities. There is a wider range of facilities and more water sports in Anse La Raie, which has shallow waters that are ideal for younger kids, as well as in the big resort of Grand Baie, about 15 minutes away.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

The hotels in Grand Gaube offer a host of water sports and other activities to their guests, including paddle-boarding and kayaking. There is a diving centre that rents out equipment and runs excursions to some of the best dive sights on the northern coast of Mauritius. You could also head to the Anse La Raie beach, where there are a couple of kite-surfing centres. Many local tour operators run excursions to Amber Island, just off the north east coast, which (besides being home to dodos in the 17th century) is an excellent destination for sea kayaking and fishing, and also offers some peaceful hikes through its verdant interior.

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Beaches

Beaches

The beach in Grand Gaube is charming but undeveloped, so you’ll find few facilities for swimming and water sports except those offered by the hotels. However, you can bask in the sun, watch the fisherman at work on their nets, and soak up the authentic village atmosphere. There is a lovely sandy beach at Cap Malheureux, where boat excursions depart for tours of the pretty islets. Butte à l’Herbe is another wild beach, with rocks, patches of sand and walks through the pine forest. The Anse La Raie beach is curved and sandy, and is a great spot for kite-surfing (there’s a kite-surfing centre right on the beach for renting out equipment). There is a huge choice of water sports and a fabulous sandy beach in the big resort of Grand Baie, about 15 minutes away by car.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Holiday-makers visit Grand Gaube for its peace, tranquillity and beautifully unspoilt coastline. The nightlife here is correspondingly low-key, and most people are more than happy to simply relax, soak up the gentle pace of life, and watch the sun set with a drink in hand. You could dress up and enjoy a cocktail at one of the upmarket hotels, or simply chill out with over a glass of local rum by the sea. If you want some serious nightlife, you could head to Grand Baie, which is the main epicentre for bars and clubs on Mauritius. There are several larger clubs along Royal Road, and more bars along the waterfront.

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Couples

Couples

An authentic fishing village on the gorgeous island of Mauritius, Grand Gaube is the perfect place to really get away from it all. You can simply relax on one of the charming, unspoilt beaches, or head up to Cap Malheureux for a dip in the lagoon, or a romantic boat trip among the little islands that dot this beautiful stretch of coast. The luxury hotels in Grand Gaube offer spa facilities, if you want to treat yourselves to a couples’ massage or beauty treatment. You could make a daytrip to the magnificent 19th-century Château Labourdonnais, a beautiful plantation house which has a fascinating museum and a rum distillery that offers tours and tastings. Or hit the bars and clubs of vibrant Grand Baie, one of the liveliest resorts on Mauritius, which is only 15 minutes away by car.

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Culture

Culture

Just inland from Grand Gaube is the lively little market town of Goodlands, which is a great place to find local arts and crafts. Many of the island’s cultural sights are concentrated in its capital, Port Louis, which is about a 30-minute-drive away. This enticing harbour town has a slew of museums and monuments, a huge 19th-century fortress, elegant colonial architecture, and a lively waterfront. It’s also famous for its racecourse, the Champ de Mars, which is the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere. You could visit the excellent Blue Penny Museum, which has fascinating displays on local history as well as exhibiting the rare Blue Penny and Red Penny stamps. Outside Port Louis is Maison Eureka, a splendid plantation house, which is now an excellent museum, and is set in gorgeous gardens.

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