Anse Royale is one of the largest bays on Mahé island, with calm and clear turquoise waters and an immense panorama of white sand and palms from any point on the beach. If you've travelled from south the airport this is one of the first east coast beaches worth stopping for, and it is a real treat, with beautiful views in all directions.
Anse Royale has a great deal to offer as a base for independent travellers, with grocery shops and a local market offering fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, as well as a number of restaurants, a takeaway and some souvenir shops. The village also has a school and a couple of churches, allowing you to sample a piece of provincial island life. Behind the village rises Les Cannelles, a pass over the hills to the west coast, making it easy to reach any of the beaches in the south east or west.