17 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Myself and my wife got married at La Pir...
"Myself and my wife got married at La Pirogue and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. From the moment we arrived in Mauritius we found the people extremely friendly with the hotel building on this to the point that we felt truly pampered. Overall we would rate this hotel very highly. It's certainly the first time that I ever felt that I had to write to the general manager on our return to tell him how pleased we were with our experience. Anyhow what you really want to hear is the stuff to watch out for (which should be taken in context to our 9/10 rating).
All inclusive: Really this is the only way to stay as prices in the hotel are high for both drinks and food. It is also worth checking with the staff when it comes to some drinks. We drank cocktails all holiday some of which contained spirits that could not be sourced locally so we found we had a bill from some of these drinks when we checked out. The drinks and food menus were a little confusing in this area.
Superior Rooms: We were upgraded for one night as part of our wedding package but found the Superior Rooms not be a great deal bigger than the standard ones. The extras in the mini bar and the robes were nice but not sure it would be worth paying for.
Our standard room bathroom was a little tired and the tile grout a little grey in places but overall they were very clean.
Flic en Flac: It takes about 20-30mins to walk into the village. Not much going on here - the odd restaurant and bar (which were pretty inexpensive in comparison to home) but nothing of great interest in terms of shops or entertainment.
Beach Hawkers: The hotel's beach is basically private but they do allow Beach Hawkers to tout for business - mostly selling jewellery, clothes and boat trips. They are very polite and will leave you alone but some do offer decent trips on boats that are cheaper than the holiday company. We went Game Fishing and on another boat trip around the coast. Both had a chance of seeing dolphins en route. Fishing was about Â£30 each for four of us on a boat for half a day. Same price each for the boat trip which included a lobster barbeque on a more secluded beach. Had a fab time but had lots more attention from Beach Hawkers there. Be prepared to haggle for everything if you're interested in any of it!
Port Louis: Found this a bit disappointing. Very hot and busy particularly in the undercover markets but probably worth a visit once. Don't take a taxi though. It will cost you around Â£17 where as the bus is about 50p
Currency: The country has strong French influence and Euro's are accepted on equal terms as Rupees.
Hotel clientele: Not a huge amount of English (which was nice actually). Mostly French I'd say. Definitely no riff raff there which was good!
Entertainment: A bit repetitive every night. Cabaret singers mainly but there is always the Sugar Beach Resort Hotel next door to check out instead. The All Inclusive allows for eating and drinking there too.
Service: Waiter service was sometimes a little slow at the Blue Bar in the evening but we were ordering tricky cocktails most of the time. Almost not worth mentioning really.
On the plus side, we found the food, the service in general, the ambience, the pool, the beach, our wedding and all its extras to be fantastic. The birds and geckos and the snorkelling all great (although the glass bottom boat wasn't up to much - free as it was) as were the dolphins and whales we were lucky enough to see on our trips. The mountains and coast were also beautiful from our adventures on boats but we regret not seeing some of the sights inland.
We also stayed at Le Coco Beach on the other side of the island. This didn't really compare even though they are sister hotels. Young, inexperienced staff and more English riff raff there! The snorkelling was better but that's about it.
La Pirogue is highly recommended from my point of view anyhow.
- Travel date: Fri 18th of January 2008
Well I can only say this was the best ho...
"Well I can only say this was the best holiday of my life! As you arrive to Mauritius and you are taken to your hotel you cannot help but think what the hell I have done because everything looks really old and you feel like if you were to roam the streets you would get mugged.
Fortunately from the moment we arrived at the hotel those awful thoughts disappeared into the distance. We were there on our honeymoon and were treated like royalty from the moment we arrived - a cocktail was waiting for us and were told we had got a room upgrade with a beautiful sea view.
The room was lovely and brightly furnished with our own separate balcony and were literally 100 yards from the sea.
The service at this hotel was absolutely out of this world and the staff were really friendly. The beach was raked twice a day, the sunbeds were washed everyday and the leaves on the trees even got cleaned every night!
The food was good but can get a bit repetitive but you could go to the Hotel Sugar Beach next door for an alternative.
There is a good selection of drinks that were included in the all-inclusive package and the bar used to make up a cocktail special every night (I never asked what went in it though) and the mini bar is even included in the all-inclusive price.
- Travel date: Mon 10th of September 2007
What a difference a day makes
"After an overnight flight and a minibus trip through the rainy streets of the town suburbs we arrived tired and irritable. Check in was standard and a cool drink was supplied. We discovered that the couple we were sharing the holiday with were given a room at the other end of the resort. The trip was in celebration of our wedding anniversary and we were sorry to discover the room was twin bedded !!
The next morning the sun came out and we discovered that we had in fact landed in paradise, our bedroom was changed to a double and we began to enjoy a great holiday from then on. !! ( by the way it was our 30th )
The half board option is ok but we found that upgrading to all incusive was very good value for money. A beer costs Â£5 and not thinking about the cost made them more enjoyable.
This hotel is great for couples, try next door the sister hotel if you have a family holiday in mind.
The evening entertainment was mixed the dancers were good and "some" of the singers could sing.
All in all a great location and hotel."
- Travel date: Thu 8th of June 2006
"We enjoyed a fabulous time at La Pirogue. We had stayed at the Belle Mare Plage before, but La Pirogue is better.
Fantastic service from such friendly people. We stayed half board and the food was great, The rooms are really nice and cleaned twice a day. The grounds around the hotel are magnificent and beautifully well maintained.
The only complaint I would have, if I had to, was that the gym at the nearby hotel is a bit basic.
If you are concerned about Chikungunya, as we were, dont worry. We didnt see a single mosquito in 9 days!
We will definately stay again! If you are thinking of staying here, dont hesitate, just book."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of June 2006
Just returned from a week at La Pirogue...
"Just returned from a week at La Pirogue - had a lovely relaxing break, it's a perfect location if you simply want to sit at a resort and chill out. We got a little bored by day 3 and hired a jeep for 2 days to explore - recommended, there is much more than beach to Mauritius! Far cheaper to do this than go on set tours.
Food at hotel was high quality - the salad bar was fantastic, as were the buffet breakfasts. The a la carte dinners (break up the monotony of buffets I guess) were rather hit and miss, and we had a very mediocre meal in Citronella using our half-board credit. I disagree that you should go all-inclusive. You could never eat and drink enough to justify the price difference! Found the prices reasonable, equivalent to Dubai prices (where we are from). Cocktails about 4/5 pounds, beer 3 pounds, large 'proper' pizzas about 7/8 pounds. Staff were super - friendly, helpful and far better than staff I've encountered at so -called 'luxury' hotels.
Rooms - we had a standard (half of one bungalow) room, bit dated in terms of furniture, but clean and bright. Lovely setting but make sure you get a room away from the central dining/entertainment area as the band can go on till late! Try rooms 50 to 80.
Entertainment - different bands each night, from mediocre to good. No beach bars/clubs in the area itself but we did go out of season so maybe there's more of a buzz in the high season - but we wanted peace and quiet anyway!
Pool is lovely though freezing cold! And the 'towels' are simply pathetic. Cheap, small and nasty, take your own!
- Travel date: Sat 20th of May 2006
Great family hotel
"This hotel was excellent. We had two standard rooms which means a building to ourselves. The rooms and bathrooms are excellent though they do lack storage space. The outstanding feature of this hotel is its setting which is in the most amazing and well kept tropical gardens overlooking a prisitine beach - paradise. The two older children (8 & 6) where in total security and loved the kids club and other activities on offer, especially the tennis lessons with Kamil and Eddy. Our 22 month bay was well looked after by the babysitter. We chose the all inclusive option which is expensive but does let you relax and choose what you want, when you want without counting the pennies. The staff where excellent and could not do enough to help. A great bonus is that we can use all the facilities of the Sugar Beach resort next door which added to the already large choice. I was glad to be staying at La Pirogue rather than Sugar Beach as the layout and rooms are better suited to famillies though the food was superior at the Sugar Beach.
We did not take great advantage of the waterskiing as this is shared by the two hotels and the wait can be quite long.
Outside the hotel we saw the dolphins in the bay which was a truly memorable experience and the older boys took surfing lessons at nearby Tamarin with Roger from the local surf shop by the beach."
- Travel date: Sat 6th of May 2006
Heaven on Earth
"We have just returned from 10 days at La Pirogue. This is what holidays are all about. Previous reviews had built up a level of expectation and we were not dissappointed. The flight by BA was long and overnight but fairly comfortable. We managed some sleeep. We were a party of two couples just into our 60s. We arrived at the resort at 9am and once booked in the little road train takes you round to your thatched bungalow and we were unpacked by lunchtime. We had a standard bungalow which is back from the sea but in a very pleasant forest of palm trees. The superior bungalows are the same but slightly bigger and nearer the sea. All the resort grounds are immaculate and maintained constantly. You breakfast and dinner in Thatches which is a buffet but has tremendous choice. Even though it is a buffet you are spoilt by the waiters all the time and nothing is too much troube for them. Lunch if you are on fully inclusive is taken in the Paul et Virginie restaurant or the beach bar although it is from the same excellent menu. We had lunch in the restaurant nearly every day and our waitress Elise made sure we had the same table and excellent attention on every occasion. This amounted to a three course lunch nearly every day which does help to pile on the pounds. You can watch the sunset from the beach bar as the sun sinks down into the sea and this is very memorable. There is entertainement every night and a show on most nights. The singers were excellent and the dancers put the same amount of effort into their routines every night. We did have a meal in the sister resort of Sugar Beach but were very dissapointed at the food and also the overall ambience of the restaurant compared to La Pirogue. We chartered a catamaran for a day and got to see dolphins and flying fish as well as snorkel from the back of the yacht and have a fish barbeque prepared for us. We spent half a day in Port Louis and also visited the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousse. We had a days excursion to the South West of the island and got to see how they make coffee and sugar and rum from sugar cane.
Only two minor complaints. We ate one night in the Paul et Virginies restaurant on the A La Carte menu. We were very dissapointed. The wine waiter just seemed to want to sell us expensive champagne and although the fish dishes we had were excellent there was very little vegetables to accompany them and they were not very well cooked. The service was also extremely slow. Next to the Beach Bar on the beach is a volley ball area. It was extremely annoying that every night when people gathered to watch and photograph the sunset and have a drink that a group of staff or customers or both would have a game. They were extremely noisy and there was a high risk of a football landing amongst the customers in ther bar. It would be a simple matter to move the volley ball court to another part of the beach. These are fairly minor issues and did not spoil the overall holiday
The vast majority of visitors were French and South Africa with only a few people from the UK. The natives are extremely friendly and are justly proud of their island. We loved Mauritius and thought La Pirogue an excellent holiday resort and one that we certainly intend to return to."
- Travel date: Fri 5th of May 2006
"We stayed at La Pirogue during August 2005 as part of our Honeymoon. The hotel was a contrast to the Sheraton in Dubai where we had just come from after 4 nights. La Pirogue is absolutely heaven, peaceful and beautiful.
The entrance is welcoming and you can see the beach and sea from the reception area. The room are small cottages giving you a sense of privacy whilst being able to look out and see the gardens, beach and sea.
The beach is long and soft, with plenty of sunbeds for everyone. The pool is large with jacuzzi area.
There are plenty of activities to do, with free watersports, football, badmington, mini golf, and excursions.
The staff are the most helpful I have ever experienced and always smiling. They cant do enough to help.
The sunset view is awesome and i would definately recommend La Pirogue to anybody visiting Mauritius."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of May 2006
This hotel is absolutely gorgeous! The...
"This hotel is absolutely gorgeous!
The rooms are all individual huts that go round in a shoe horse shape and overlook luscious green gardens. There are also some rooms that look out over the beach but ours was perfect. We got married in the gardens and couldn't have asked for anything better.
The food is delicious, a huge variety of dishes as it was a buffet. We wish we hadn't gone All Inclusive though as we were still stuffed by lunchtime from the 3 course breakfast!
Our only down point on the hotel was that there were hardly any drinks included in the All In option. No spirits other than rum and only wine and beer included.
They had a variety of sports - crazy golf, table tennis and some water sports too.
Beautiful beach and fantastic "infinity" pool.
Mauritius is such a beautiful place all in all so we will certainly be going back!"
- Travel date: Tue 18th of April 2006
We had booked the AI deal but the onus w...
"We had booked the AI deal but the onus was on us to make sure we ordered off the "correct" menu as everything had to be signed for. Its very confusing as people stay here b&b, half board, full board, fully inc. (wine with meals) and all inc.
My Husband went to reception to clarify several points on this theme (at beach bar pina colada all inc but at the blue bar it wasnât) only to find the woman in front checking out saying "I can't have a bill for Â£900 I'm all inclusive". The manager offered my Husband a room upgrade when he had made the point about feeling like a 2nd class citizen at the bars/ restaurants when having to ask whether his order was included in the all inc. or if we had to pay extra?
We were happy with our room and went back to say so only to find out he had already "let" it to someone else!! So we had no other option but to re-pack our belongings and move to the furthest away bungalow in the complex! The food was excellent although it was embarrassing having the head chef call me "Lady Diana" every time he set eyes on me (I look nothing like her).
We went on a couple of trips - Port Louis only to find nothing much there and a boat trip from hell the weather was so foul to say it poured of rain would be an understatement. I'm sure there are many fine hotels etc. in Mauritius but we wont be back."
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of April 2006
"My husband and I spent our honeymoon at La Pirogue and could not have asked for more! We were spoiled from the moment we arrived till we left. The staff are so friendly and helpful and really cannot do enough for you. The wonderful Paul and Virginie restaurant was amazing as were the beach barbeques and nightly shows. If you can afford to go all inclusive I would recommend it as it is quite pricey for food and drinks otherwise, and there is plenty of choice on the all inclusive option. The pool and beach were well maintained, and the watersports on offer were great - the snorkelling was breathtaking!! We cannot wait to go back."
- Travel date: Wed 15th of March 2006
"Stayed for 8 nights half board with my girlfiend and my mate and his girlfriend (all aged mid twenties) end of July 2005, and had a fantastic lazy holiday. Hotel was amazing, on arrival we were welcomed by hotel manager, given cocktails, hot face towells, then taken to rooms - sorry, cottages on golf buggys.
Cottages were lovely, clean and spacious, great views over the palm tree lined gardens down to the sea.
The pool was great, a bit cold at times, especially in morning when sun hadn't warmed it up, but looks incredible.
The beach is right next to hotel, so you can lie on beach and jump into the pool still. It must be one of the most stunning beaches I have seen, watching the waves crashing in over the reefs from the jetty was superb, so relaxing. The only problem on beach is the "hawkers" trying to sell you jewellery/clothes/excusions, this happens constantly as beach is not private, most of them are nice enough and we had a bit of fun with some, but when they wake you up or interupt a nice read, it can be a tad annoying.
We all thought the food was really really nice, it was a buffett, but there were around 10 chefs all cooking the food fresh was you walked around, so many choices which changed daily, so there is something for every taste. There was a seperate a la carte resturant, but we didn't go as cost extra. Breakfast was also realy nice, loads of fruit, yoghurts, cereal, bacon, eggs, pancakes, started the days of perfectly.
Drinks cost quite a bit, we eneded up getting a taxi to the spa at flic en flac from hotel entrance cost a couple of pounds there and back, and taxi driver waits for you, got bottled water, beers, spirits, cig's, snacks etc really really cheap.
Evening entertainment wasn't really that, well, not for us anyway. We spent first evening at hotel bar, but was pretty pricey, so after evening meal, we just went back to cottage and had few drinks outside cottage. There Were a couple of bars in flic en flac, but in all honesty, we were always too tired.
In the day there was a pool workout in the mornings, quite funny watching some people join in, internet room, crazy golf, beach volley , table tennis, basket ball, scuba diving, canoe's, Windsurfing and sailing.
Staff were great, couldn't do enough for you, very polite, there was even staff v's guests football match, was really good fun played in tremendous spirit between people from all over the globe.
Weather was really nice, was about 27 degree's most days. To make the most from the sunshine, you had to get up early as got dark around five/six. Was told by some locals that March/April is best time to visit, bit warmer and longer days.
Watch out for holiday reps trying to charge loads for excusions. Our holiday rep tried to get up to go on a day trip to port louis for about Â£40 each, we ended up getting local bus from just outside hotel gates, it cost 70p and was an eye opener, got a taxi back for about Â£5 all in. Port louis was really good by the way, some good shopping, bars, resturants.
All in all, had a brilliant time, wish we went march time as more sunshine hours and would have been a little warmer, but a magical place that made us all smile inside, would go back if i could afford that type of holiday every year."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of March 2006