Magical Mauritius

Lee-Anne van Vuuren on 04 November 2009

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Mauritius -La Pirogue Hotel A trip to Mauritius is always magical, and to stay at a 4 Star resort like La Pirogue makes it even more special. La Pirogue is situated on the West Coast near Black River. It has a lovely beach ideal for swimming. I would highly recommend this resort for families with children and couples alike. The resort also has excellent wheelchair access. Accommodation is bungalow style set amidst beautiful tropical gardens. All bungalows lead out onto the garden and have their own patio area. The superior bungalows are slightly bigger and closer to the beach. All come equipped with air-conditioning, TV with satellite and children’s channels in English, mini bar, bath / shower. For a family I would recommend the superior bungalows. The Kids Club is fantastic and the staff really goes out of their way to make it special for the children, offering a range of activities such as horse riding, sega dancing and pizza making. It has a jungle gym, cinema area, and children’s meals are prepared. There is a beautiful walk-in swimming pool with Jacuzzi and a slippy slide making it great for both kids and adults. Coco’s Pool bar is open from 10h00 for drinks and cocktails.

The buffet at Thatches main restaurant is always great offering a wide selection of foods for breakfast and dinner. Lunch and dinner can also be taken at the pool restaurant- Paul et Virginie. The resort is inclusive of breakfasts and dinners, however I would recommend that you take the all-inclusive option which includes lunches and drinks as well. A nice bonus to this option is that you can have meals and drinks at the adjacent Sugar Beach Hotel at no additional cost on marked menu items. The Tides Restaurant at Sugar Beach for lunch is a must.

Every evening there are shows ranging from a Mauritian evening with sega dancing to an Indian evening to live bands. The dress code for dinner is smart casual and men must wear long trousers. The hotel activities include: snorkelling, pedaloes, kayaks, mini-golf, water-skiing, wind-surfing, glass bottom boat, big game fishing, scuba diving and golf nearby.

An excursion I would definitely recommend is the catamaran trip (book through La Pirogue’s boat club and not through tour desk at reception – as they offer a better catamaran, price and overall trip!) to the south of the island, Tamarin Bay. You get to visit Coco Island and the volcanic rock, you can snorkel, see dolphins; the trip includes drinks and a seafood lunch.

Overall I would say it’s a beautiful resort, well worth the money & I would definitely go back to La Pirogue and Mauritius.

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