my absolut favorit hotel was...
my absolut favorit hotel was LA PIROGUE..
A four star hotel with four star hotel price, but
more than 5-star service and - food, directly at a wonderful beach..you can see on the photo ..
We stayed here last March 2007 for 16 days,check in was very quick transported to our basic room.first impressions very clean and cool in a cul de sac,road behind 100 metres from the beach.
Clients mostly French with a few Sth Africans,so the all inclusive where not running riot p**sed up like the average young Brit.Common language English so no problems there.Grounds well kept and spacious beach clean plenty of sunbeds,not to many touts,beach patrolled by hotel guards.free snorkelling trips to reef,free kayaks and sail boats /windsurfers. food buffet style plenty of choice plenty of options good portions.Indian,french,english,veggie,salads & fruit.Booze comparable with UK prices All Inc a rip off need to neck about 30 pints a night,not much choice of drinks All Inc.
Beer in hotel 300 rupees (rps) scotch 350/600 rps in town in a bar beer 60rps.In local supermarket Beer 30rps scotch 350rps a bottle.water in hotel about a £1, in town supermarket same price for 8ltrs. Car hire with Avis booked from UK using Maritius website Nissan 1600 Automatic 380rps a day.petrol cheap but cash only.easy to drive around we visited every where in our guide book in 7 days.if staying more than a week ask for free upgrade to superior room as the desk like to rent standard rooms to Sth Africans.larger and right on the beach.Fantastic sunsets here.staff very friendly and helpful.meals in town about £5/£8 a couple,really cheap.
Unique Quality: pool very safe for children life guard on duty max depth 1.8mtr clean and large beach very safe need reef shoes as coral sands reef easy to swim to flippers are a help all snorkeling gear loaned from hotel but local supermarket gear costs £8/15.
boatfishing very good for marlin and swordfish.
my absolut favorit hotel was LA PIROGUE..
A four star hotel with four star hotel price, but
more than 5-star service and - food, directly at a wonderful beach..you can see on the photo ..
We got married at La Pirogue in July this year and were completely satsified with our choice of hotel.
The wedding was superbly organised and took place in the most beautiful gazebo we have seen. We would certainly recommend that over a beach wedding (Photos are taken down on the beach later anyway).
The hotel was excellent and I would echo other comments about the food - it is amazing with so much variety.
You can use all the facilities of the adjoining Sugar Beach hotel and I would recommend their pool bar for lunchtime snacks as the menu is much more varied.
We took the all-inclusive option although I doubt whether we actually got through the amount of money charged. The range of drinks on AI was very limited. I think this is an individual decision. It is expensive, but then so are the food and drinks at the hotel.
Overall, taking away the natural high of getting married, the hotel scores very highly on the friendliness of the staff but the rooms are not up to the levels of top Asian hotels.
Just been to Mauritius and have seen some of the hotels on the West Coast. Le Paradis and Dinarobin are indeed very nice hotels and excellent for sailing etc..It's also very close to a beach in Le Morne where Ive seen people doing kitesurfing..looks like the best spot to do it in Mauritius.
You can also stay in Tamarin which is not too far from LE Morne. There is the Tamarin Hotel or in Flic en Flac you have la Pirogue, Hilton, Sofitel etc.
I stongly recommend you driving around as the sceneries are amazing...also a very great sunset in the West coast. I booked a car for around 25 euros per day and for an extra 20 euros i got an airport transfer...that means i saved the 100 euros i would have had to pay for a hotel airport transfer:) The owner was great and very flexible. Have a look at that company called DH Car Rental Mauriitus. http://www.dhcarrental.com
have a great holidays guys!
Mauritius is great
Chris Friendly and nice owner. Good service and new car.
We stayed for 15 days here in March 2007,half board.Food very good a buffet every day.Drink was expensive when compared to the local village supermarket, mark up was 300%,water was 500%.
But it was comparable with UK prices.Most of the guests were French or Sth African whites,the only dark faces were the staff.Accomodation clean and up to date staff very friendly and helpful.really good Kid sclub so they where out of sight.Good pool excellent beach plenty of sun beds free snorkeling trips free sailing and windsurfing.Dive school extra also deep sea fishing.car hire was easy with Avis £20/$38US per day easy Island to drive in roads mainly rural 1 motorway drive on the leftside.very rainy over the mountains in land.this is one place we would return.Flight with BA 12 hours direct from UK.Pamplemouse gardens worth a visit hire a guide at entrance to see and understand every thing you see.A safe place to drive/walk during day Flic&Flac village safe till about 2200hrs restaurants very cheap about £4/$8us per person including a beer. Very sunny in March little rain no wind.pool safe for children life guard in attendance loads of towels waiter service restaurant at a premium about £50/$100us per person per meal.some guest are all inclusive What a rip off you need to drink 25 ltrs beer a day,only cheap drinks are all inclusive.
we spent only £100 extra over our stay but l did buy Scotch in supermarket for £3 a botttle $6us a fifth.local rum very dry not like carribean.fabulous views.
No backpackers on Mauritius, so most hotels are expensive, but worthwhile.
La Pirogue. Nice, safe location. Good pool, bar and food. Nice beach.
My boyfriend and I have just returned from 10 days at La Pirogue (23rd September to 5th Ocotber). As I have said in the title of this review La Pirogue is a very special experience. We had an absolutely fabulous holiday and I couldn't recommend it enough to anyone considering going. The hotel, which is located right on the beach, is extremely well maintained and set amongst palm trees and well kept grounds. The food was consistently good and very varied. I would definitely recommend the seafood BBQ -all you can eat lobsters under the stars - very romatic! One of La Pirogue's best qualities is the service their staff provide. They are friendly without being intrusive and can't do enough to help you. In particular the staff at the beach front bar (Jeewan and James) are real characters and make you feel completely spolit. All in all we had a relaxing 10 days sunbathing by crystal clear waters. We did have 2 cloudy days, but as the hotel offers so much in terms of activies (i.e. water sports, tennis coaching, beauty salon, beach volleyball and football, amongst others) you can't get bored. We took the All Inclusive option and thought is was great. I have read one review which said that the choice of drinks was limited - but I can't say that I agree with this - we just could't have asked for more. The only thing I would say to watch out for is that there are two lists for the mini-bar. One for the All Inclusive list (Smirnoff vodka, South African wine, Gordons Gin, local rum etc) and the second for the full mini-bar list (which includes some extra things like chocolates and peanuts). I checked with reception that we could have anything in the minibar and they said yes, but in fact you are only allowed what is on the all-inclusive list, which hadn't been placed in our room. This is a very minor point, but I just wanted to point it out.
Go to La Pirogue for good food and service, in a beautiful location for a complete re-charge!! It is very special!
We spent our Honeymoon at La Pirogue, 10 nights early October. Its a big resort which on first impressions can seem a bit hectic, although you quickly realise that it is an amazing, tranquil and beautiful place. The beach is fantastic, white sands leading on to crystal clear sea lagoon, true paradise feel......!
Great snorkelling to be found here (small corals with small fish!) and you can also take the free boat trips to the outer coral for a bigger corals and bigger fish!
The beach bar is great for watching the world go by with a cold beer, and the amazing sunsets.
We stayed in a standard room which was adequate, and it was cleaned twice a day.
A key factor about this resort is the friendliness of the staff and efficient service, always served with a smile. The food was brilliant, plenty of choice and always fresh. The beach dinner lobster bbq is a must.
Great water sport facilities, and the beach volleyball was a good end to the days.
We were lucky to fly Emirates Business Class....well worth the £ cost to upgrade.......made the journey an absolute pleasure!
The weather was perfect, hot and sunny during the day (a few clouds now and again which was a relief from the strong sun) and fresher in the evening. No need for jumper.
Just how imagined paradise!! We stayed for a fortnight at the beginning of October and just had the most fabulous time. Two weeks of heaven with nothing to concern us but which cocktail to have....No, this isn't a cheap 'get-away', but in my opinion worth every penny. We stayed in a Standard Bungalow which was cleaned twice a day, fresh bedding every day and the minibar was restocked daily (we went AI). Absolutely beautifully kept gardens with a 30 second walk to the whitest beach you'll ever see....and the equally georgeous view over the mountains across the turquois water was all we needed to make every day special. On top of that, however, you also get some of the best staff I have ever come across, great food (not a chip in sight at dinner for 2 weeks - heaven), good entertainment with a great band and dancers. What amazed me the most was that this hotel, although occupied by over 500 guests is so quiet...Amazing if you want to relax totally on your hols. And yet, lots to do if you want to mess around on the water (snorkeling, surfing, waterski,glass bottom boat, kanu, sailing - all free)
I could swoon on forever about 'La Pirogue'. I am definately going back in the future.Please give it a go :):)
We've just (yesterday) returned from 12 days at La Pirogue where we had the most fantastic holiday and, as we used this site to inform our decision to go there, thought we would "give a little back" as a thank you and answer some of the things we were worried about before we went.
We are both in our 40's and fairly well travelled, though this is our first time to Mauritius. We stayed on the All Inclusive deal which enables the use of most facilities at both La Pirogue and it's neighbour the Sugar Beach.
Breakfast is taken at the main restaurant at La Pirogue (Thatches)
Lunch may be taken at either ...
Beach Bar (La P)
Paul & Virginies (La P)
Plantation Bar (SB)
Citronellas Cafe (SB)
Dinner is at either Thatches or the Sugar Beach main restaurant (Mon Plaisir).
Paul & Virginies and Citronellas may also be used for dinner but at a supplement. We found no need to take up either of these options or the 2 seafood BBQ's (one at each resort and also at a supplement) as the food at both of the main restaurants was simply superb and offered such variety that it would be difficult to lose interest.
The style of both of the main restaurants were quite different, Thatches was more relaxed (with less ambience we felt) and a great variety of cuisine though there were no particular themes each night, whilst Mon Plaisir was a little more formal (with more ambience) and an equal variety of cuisine with each evening having a theme i.e. Indian, Mauritian, Hunter, Fisherman, Mediterranean etc. Although the dress codes and standards of both restaurants were the same, people tended to be more "dressed up" at Mon Plaisir, were seated by staff (also dressed up in the evenings themed dress) at candlelit tables in a more "cruise like" atmosphere. We enjoyed the atmosphere and cuisine equally at both restaurants and ate 6 nights at each.
On a personal note, if you like Indian cuisine you really are in for a treat at both resorts as there are typically always a few curry dishes available and both the Mauritian and Indian themed nights at Mon Plaisir were truly scrumptious. Seek out the Indian chef (Mr Singh) early on in your stay ... He will be found cooking your Naan breads to order at Mon Plaisir most nights and belongs as much to the entertainment team as to the kitchen ... Listen for the ringing bell and the chanting of Naan, Naan, Naan, Naan ... This man single-handedly made our already wonderful holiday truly a culinary paradise.
To dispel a few previously read "myths" about the All Inclusive option (which really is great value for money) it works as follows ...
All food is AI at breakfast at Thatches.
All food is AI at dinner at either Thatches or Mon Plaisir.
All food is AI for lunch at Paul & Virginies between 12:00 and 14:30.
All food marked with a green * is AI at the Plantation Bar and the only thing which didn't have a green * was suchi!
We didn't use Citronellas for lunch but would surmise that it would be similar.
All afteroon tea cakes and crepes are AI at the Beach Bar.
All drinks in the room bar are AI (wines, beers, soft drinks etc).
All drinks marked with a green * are AI on the beach cart.
All bars and restaurants have drinks menus with AI items clearly identified with the green * and it doesn't take long to know what is available and what isn't. As a guide, all locally produced products are included as are all soft drinks such as coke, fresh orange etc. and tea/coffee. In practical terms, unless you only drink specific branded products (Tia Maria for example), everything you want is included. We found the local wine (Cuvee) available in white, rose and red to be quite nice and, although we are not connoisseurs, we don't drink turps or vinegar either. Every cocktail we fancied was also included (and we fancied quite a few).
You simply sign for all purchases (meals and drinks) in the usual hotel manner and the computer system only charges non AI items to your room bill. Hotel staff serving you have no idea whether or not you are all inclusive at the time you are served so there is no feeling of being singled out or treated any differently to non AI guests. Although we have read previous reviews where people were billed for items they had not eaten/drank, we had no problems at all and our room bill at the end of our stay accurately relected our purchases of non-included things such as horse riding and items purchased from the hotel shop etc.
Opinions do vary on AI but our advice (as a couple without children) would be to take up the AI option as it saved us a significant amount of money (and we didn't eat or drink to excess). As a guide, lunch alone would have typically cost us around £40 if we weren't AI and drinks throughout the day and evening would have cost at least the price of the AI option itself as we drank lots of fresh orange juice and cocktails in the hot sunshine!
Watersports available were fantastic, sailing (both lasers for sailors and funboats for beginners), windsurfing and waterskiing were AI and the staff extremely friendly and helpful.
Entertainment at both resorts was professional and varied and consisted of live bands and themed dance shows. The entertainment at La Pirogue finished at 23:00 with more laid back keyboards/vocals at the Blue Bar from 23:00 to midnight at weekends and was just right to return the resort to "Tropical Paradise" in time for the idyllic walk back through the palm trees to bed in total silence ... Stunning.
One word of caution ... Birds! For 99% of people they were a beautiful aspect of this tropical paradise, colourful, timid yet brave enough to get close for great photo opportunities but if you have a phobia to birds they will really freak you out. Particularly "birdy" times are breakfast and lunch where they will be all around looking for snacks. Don't get the wrong idea, these are not Trafalgar Square pidgeons or seaside town Seagulls and will not swoop down and fly off with your kids but the numbers around can be a concern for some and hence the warning. The hotel's do take this seriously though and have "no feeding" policies at mealtimes ... They also put feed out in the gardens at breakfast to entice the majority away from the restaurant but it would seem that some have developed a taste for cuisine other than bird seed and prefer to scavange.
The Mauritians are fabulous, so friendly, laid back and cannot do enough for you. The island is absolutely stunning though the way the Mauritian people live in many of the villages is a bit of an "eye opener" and a little upsetting ... If you fancy a little adventure take a trip to Curepipe, the town in the hills where many Mauritian's live ... Frenetic and totally unexpected!
The weather was great, expect clouds though, this is Maritious not Greece! Unless you have skin like asbestos the clouds are a welcome distraction and generally only hide the sun for the briefest of moments ... Enough time to call over a waiter and order your next drink, top up the sunscreen and change the playlist on your MP3 player before settling back on the sunbed and soaking up the rays once more ... Don't forget also that just because you can't see the sun it is still there and will make it's prescence known as big red marks anywhere you haven't applied sunscreen.
For romantics the sunsets are to die for and we spent many evenings around 18:00 lying on a sunbed at the seashore with a cocktail in hand watching the sun go down to the sound of tropical birds singing.
In summary ... What a fantastic place ... We would recommend La Pirogue to anyone young or old. It is hard to imagine how anyone could return from this place without a broad smile across their face and a deep desire to return as soon as they can.
Despite 20 hours travelling we are still smiling ... And planning!
rooms at la pirogue
sunset at beach of la pirogue
La Pirogue beach looking across the bay
I am planning a two week holiday in Mauritius in October. Has anyone stayed at La Pirogue or Trou aux Biches resorts?
I'm looking for a relaxed, barefoot kind of holiday but all inclusive so I don't have to worry about money while I'm away.
I've heard the west coast is better for weather, is that true?
both hotels are great
for the weather, the best is the north west and the west coast
best regards anne
La pirogue is in Flic en Flac the west coast of the island. If you want to venture out of the hotel complex at night there are a few restaurants within 20 mins walking distance or a short ride by taxi. In october the weather is very pleasant with temperature reaching 30/c at midday. But I prefer Trou aux biches which is in the north of the island. The weather is basically the same but the beaches are better up north. Mon Choisy, Grand bay and peyreybere area are short ride away. Grand bay is the liveliest part of the island at night. Beware of the sea urchins with barefoot....
I've stayed at La Pirogue last October on my honeymoon. It was a really nice place. The hotel has small bungallows, what is not so common in Mauritius. The gardens are beatiful, the food is great, the staff is extremly nice. The beach is also very good and there are lost of activities.
Take some time to get to know the country. It's really worth it! The best way is to hire a taxi at the hotel for a day or two...
The weather was quite good last October (just one rainy morning).
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