Spread out in its vast and luxuriant tropical garden along one of the longest and finest beaches in Mauritius, La Pirogue Hotel, Mauritius revels in space and privacy. La Pirogue Resort Mauritius is managed by One & Only Resorts. With its superb new infinity pool, remodelled restaurants and redecorated guest-rooms, La Pirogue Hotel has even greater appeal. Between the beach and the Indian Ocean the days are too short to experience all the activities on offer. Pulsating to the rhythm of enthralling shows, the tropical night is no less intense. Modelled on a fishing village, La Pirogue's authentic and comfortable architecture is one of harmonious variations on the theme of a pirogue's sail billowing in the wind, from the resort's main building to its cottages of volcanic rock, wood and thatch.
Accommodation Cottage Rooms
Cosy and full of warmth, the one-floor individual cottages nestle amid colourful splashes of hibiscus and frangipani in the 14 hectares palm-grove and open privately on the garden and the Indian Ocean. They are grouped in small villages laid out in an arc. Each cottage houses one Superior or two Standard guest-rooms.
There are also two Royal Suites, each in a more spacious cottage of its own. Basking in light and the warm shades of coral and vanilla, the guest-rooms provide all the comfort one might wish for on a relaxed holiday, including a furnished private terrace from which to savour the most beautiful sunsets. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
The cottages are grouped in small villages laid out in an arc. There are 200 Standard guest-rooms of 25 m2 each, some communicating, which is ideal for families. Bathed in light and warmth, with fragrant frangipani flowers delicately disposed here and there and ceiling fans with large blades of marine wood, the guest-rooms and their terraces are an invitation to lazing about and day-dreaming. (The bedrooms are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning and feature two single beds, or one double bed, with a built-in drawer. Equally light and airy, the bathroom has been redesigned, with separate bath, shower and toilet. Socket (110/220 volts) for electric shaver and hair-dryer. Mini-bar and facilities for making tea and coffee. Electronic safe, satellite TV (with international programmes in English, French and Italian), cartoon channel, teletext information system, and telephone with IDD. Laundry, dry-cleaning and pressing (subject to extra charge) Superior Rooms The 46 Superior guest-rooms, of 35 m2 each, are grouped in 5 small villages immediately fronting the Indian Ocean. Each occupies a cottage by itself and can accommodate a family of four (provided the two children are under twelve years of age) thanks to a sofa-bed or two convertible armchairs. (The bedrooms are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning and feature two single beds, or one double bed, with a built-in drawer. Light and airy, the bathroom has been redesigned, with separate bath, shower and toilet. Socket (110/220 volts) for electric shaver and hair-dryer. Mini-bar and facilities for making tea and coffee. Manual safe, satellite TV (with international programmes in English, French and Italian), cartoon channel, teletext information system, and telephone with IDD.)
Located in the northern part of the resort, the two 78-m2 Royal Suites: Bougainvillaea and Flamboyant, each occupy a larger cottage. At once very private, with their own private garden, and close to the heart of the resort, they open onto the palm-grove and the sea. Superbly appointed in the refined and elegant Asian style furniture, they are particularly bright and pleasing, with a large bedroom and separate lounge and dining-room. A comfortable lounge, a dining-room for four. A secretaire, satellite TV, a hi-fi system with an assortment of CDs, a toilet for visiting guests. Among the bedroom's features: an elegant and inviting ottoman, a dressing table, a naval writing-case, a dressing-room, an electronic safe, and satellite TV with DVD system. Everything here has been designed for the guests' absolute well-being. The fine bathroom features a bubble pool and a separate shower, immaculate bathrobes, and bouquets of heady-scented petals.)
La Pirogue Hotel Amenities
Fun Kids Club
Open twelve hours a day, the Fun Kids Club provides facilities and numerous fun activities specifically designed to cater for the needs of children on holiday. The kids are organised in age groups, with activities to match. For those aged 2 to 4, for instance, the range includes Pedalcraft, glass-bottom-boat outings, learning to dance the saga, and playing "Find The Dodo". For the 5- to 7-year-olds, it's snorkelling, swimming-pool, mini-Olympics. And for the 8-to-11 age group, it's water-polo, tennis lessons, kayak, water-skiing, windsurfing, etc. Educational excursions are organised for all groups, as are special games and mini-events, such as crab-catching on the beach, underwater-life discovery, treasure hunts, hair-tinting, decorative painting, etc.
Special menus, buffets and barbecues are prepared for them (subject to extra charge) and they can even pitch in personally by preparing their own pizza - under the chef's watchful eye, of course
The privileged meeting-place for 12- to 20-year-olds, the Teens Club proposes fun activities specially organized for its guests: mini-golf, soccer, beach volleyball, introduction to scuba-diving (these are free of charge), and climbing, horseback outings, catamaran excursions to see the dolphins, quad-biking, karting, and parasailing (subject to extra charge). A discotheque opens on special evenings.
Sight-seeing tours of Mauritius are also organized. The young ones will appreciate their autonomy and the fact of being able to enjoy their holiday away from their parents, but always in the professional care of friendly coordinators
Completely redesigned and now more spacious and tropical, the main restaurant, Thatches, provides a great energy-and-vitamin start to the day with its copious and appetizing breakfast buffets in its dining-room opening onto the garden or overlooking its decorative pool.
In the evening, from 19h30 to 22h00, Thatches showcases demonstrative World Cuisine for a totally new dining experience, with six themed live-cooking stations: a stir-fry and fresh-noodle station; an Indian station with its tandoor oven for traditional local cuisine; a huge salad station; a fresh-pasta and pizza station; a grill-and-tepanyaki station; and a multitude of desserts as well as an Ice-Cream Bar to complete the array.
Paul & Virginie
Immediately fronting the Indian Ocean, the renovated Paul et Virginie Restaurant has enhanced its romantic appeal yet further with the cosiness of small thatch-roofed dining pavillons overhanging the new infinity pool. At lunchtime, from 12.30 to 14h30 everyday, it offers delicious authentic local cuisine as well as a whole range of exotic preparations of Mauritian Creole dishes, smoked marlin with heart of palm, sea-bream in lime sauce, tandoori lamb, grilled crayfish, and traditional 'kulfi' ice-cream, to name but a few.
In the evening as from 19h30, its offering is more sophisticated, with a focus on seafood and healthy stir-fries, grills and smoked dishes: smoked marlin with heart of palm, tandoori fresh-water prawns, grilled crayfish, prawn-and-chicken curry, and excellent desserts. The wine list includes a variety of South African and New World wines. Not to be missed under any circumstances: the weekly Seafood Extravaganza evening with its barbecues and saga, and the Crayfish Dinner
The Blue Bar
Located at the heart of the resort, next to Thatches, the main restaurant, the Blue Bar, with its blue-granite decor, electric-blue lighting, and tropical, contemporary blue cocktails, is the privileged core of the resort's nightlife and entertainment. A must for savoring known cocktail recipes or the barman's latest creations and for getting the best view of the evening's show.
An impressive selection of drinks, spirits and liqueurs of international brands is on offer everyday as from 10h00
The Beach Bar
Overlooking the beach, the wood-and-thatch Beach Bar offers the best panorama in the resort: the sea's superb palette of blues with the mountain scenery of Black River Gorges and Le Morne in the background.! It is a great meeting-place for enjoying excellent health and well-being cocktails, vitamin-packed with 100% fruit or vegetable juices. Also on offer: a selection of excellent rums, punches and other alcoholic drinks, as well as a light menu including Mauritian dishes, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and exotic ice-cream. Open from 10h00 to midnight
Pool-Side & Beach Service
At the swimming-pool an a-la-carte menu is available from 12h30 to 17h30 including pizzas, various salads, pancakes, ice-cream, and, of course, cakes for traditional five-o'clock tea.
For those enjoying a well-earned spell of total relaxation on the beach, a golf-cart proposes refreshments from 10h00 to 18h00 and pizzas served under guests' thatch-parasols as from 12h30.
Watersports In the vast turquoise stretch of sea between the beach and the barrier reef, guests can learn and indulge in all manner of water sports. Facilities include kayaks, water-skiing, Pedalcraftes, lasers, snorkelling, windsurfing, glass-bottom-boat tours, hobie-cats and surfvision. At the immense swimming-pool, moreover, guests can partake in aquagym. All these activities are free of charge. Also worth discovering, subject to extra charge: undersea walks, parasailing, big-game fishing, scuba-diving, Super Tube, and towed banana-boat rides. Giant-catamaran outings to Coconut Island and Ile aux Cerfs and cruises to the islands off the northcoast, submarine dives, and dolphin-discovery excursions to mythical Tamarin Bay are also chargeable. More information at the resort.
Big Game Fishing Fancy the rush of adrenalin that comes with catching marlin, bonito or yellow-fin tuna, and perhaps even seeing your catch add to the number of world records already held by Mauritius? The Black River Fishing Centre, one of the island's most famous big-game-fishing operators, beckons for a thrilling adventure on board one of its superb cruisers manned by professional skippers and equipped with state-of-the-art gear and 30-, 50-, 80- and 130-lb lines. Fishing expeditions last between half-a-day and a day. This is a chargeable activity. Bookings at the resort.
Scuba-Diving Gorgeous and teeming with fish, the coral ocean depths off La Pirogue and around Mauritius contain a number of celebrated diving sites. Professional instructors from one of the island's best diving clubs are on hand at the resort to teach beginners and take them through their paces, starting from basics in the swimming-pool. Exciting discoveries await certified divers too: among them, a number of historic wrecks, the amazing Sharks' Cave and the impressive Cathedral. The night dive is an experience not to be missed.
PADI-certification possible. Scuba-diving is a chargeable activity. Package rates available for 1 to 6 dives. Equipment supplied
Land Sports With our enthusiastic and dynamic team of sports coordinators, there is a host of land activities to discover. Between the magnificent palm-grove and the beach, you will be spoilt for choice: discovery tours of the west coast on mountain-bikes or horseback, tennis, golf (all of these are chargeable, though tennis only partly so - see Tennis); and basket-polo, badminton, beach volleyball, aerobics, croquet, frisbee, jogging, mini-football, mini-golf, p?tanque, table-tennis, and volleyball (all of which are free of charge).
Arrangements can also be made for quad-biking and karting (both chargeable activities) in the context of excursions in the vicinity of Port Louis.
Tennis There are 7 tennis courts between La Pirogue and the neighbouring Sugar Beach Resort, for tennis fans to fully indulge their passion. One of the courts can also be used for basket-ball and hand-ball. Use of the courts is free of charge. There are also excellent professionals on hand to provide individual coaching to both children and adults and to give guests a game or serve as their playing partners. The pros' services are chargeable; package rates are available for lessons. There is equipment available (rackets free of charge, balls for a fee) for those who have not brought their own. Tennis equipment and clothing can also be purchased at the Tennis Shop.
Golf La Pirogue has a mini-golf for children or aspirant golfers. For keen golfers, Le Touessrok Golf Course, one of the very finest in the world, beckons on Ile aux Cerfs. Designed by world-famous golf star Bernhard Langer and - a world first - occupying its own idyllic island in the turquoise bay of Trou d'Eau Douce off Le Touessrok on the est coast, this exciting new 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course welcomes La Pirogue's guests at preferential rates. Access to the course is by boat (a five-minute crossing) from One & Only Le Touessrok.
Horse-Riding The Riding Club is located just opposite the resort. It offers 45-minute rides along the beach - an exquisite experience on the immaculate sand early in the morning. The horses are ex-racehorses, splendid South African thoroughbreds all. For children, the Club offers well supervised 30-minute pony-rides around the resort. This is a chargeable activity.
Beauty The Sugar Club's beauty institute provides all well-being and beauty treatments - all subject to extra charge - for a truly rejuvenating experience. Treatments include therapeutic massage (spa-relaxation, aromatherapy, shiatsu, reflexology etc.), body care (manicure, pedicure, waxing, etc.), and facial care (nutri-vital and revitalising masks, etc.). Just relax and let our beauticians' gentle and expert hands do the rest.
Then treat yourself to a sauna (free of charge). Our hair-dressing salon's specialists are on hand to take care of your hair, whatever your age or gender. Among the salon's services: shampoos, hair-care, hairstyling and haircuts, tinting and henna.
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