We have just returned from a 10 night trip to La Pirogue with our 2 teen daughters and their 2 friends. It is the 4th time we have stayed at this resort, and it was as good as it has always been. Many of the staff have been at the hotel for 10 years or more, and most remember us from before. The staff also went out of their way to accommodate our room requests which we made prior to our arrival.
What we really enjoy about the hotel are the fantastic sunset views as the hotel is on the West coast, and the bungalows which are scattered around the wonderfully manicured gardens. You never feel as if you are on top of anybody else. Each visitor has their own piece of paradise! The rooms are more than adequate, especially as not much time is spent in them. There is A/C and ceiling fans to keep you cool, and the bathroom has a separate shower and bath. The rooms are cleaned twice a day.
We stayed on HB as we do not consume enough alcohol to warrant being on FB. The price of the drinks, even water and cooldrinks, and the lunches is high (especially when converting back to SA Rands) and we did suggest on their customer satisfaction questionnaire that perhaps there could be reduced rates for SADC residents. One way round these steep prices is to purchase drinks at the nearby supermarket (up to 7 times cheaper than in the hotel - Rs125 for a glass of Coke in the hotel and Rs20 for a 500ml Coke in the supermarket!) The buffet at Thatches offers something for everyone's tastes at breakfast and dinner. Our waiter, Parbooram (sp?), was, as always, fantastic.
Our biggest disappointment this visit was to find out that waterskiing is no longer a free option. Apparently this changed on 1 November 2011. It is now really expensive and I hardly noticed anyone going out to ski. We did still snorkel, windsurf, kayak and sail, which are all included, and the children went on the Banana and did Parasailing at a reduced rate through the Teen Club.
We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary the day before we arrived at La Pirogue, and we were treated to an amazing complimentary seafood dinner at Paul and Virginie Seafood Restaurant on one of our evenings there. Thanks to all responsible for this, mainly Shirley - we even received a personalised menu and chocolate cake!!
We visited Grand Baie one day after not visiting that part of the island for a number of years and were very pleased that we were not staying near there. It has become disappointingly commercialized in our opinion, and not a traditional Mauritian experience.
We would not hesitate to recommend La Pirogue and the area around Flic-en-Flac for a fantastic holiday in Paradise!
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