Our first visit since the renovations were completed. We had stayed in a refurbed room on our last visit in May, but now the public areas have finished their renovation so a chance to try those out.
Not 100% sure about the new main restaurant Wolmar set up which has now extended to include a couple more seating areas. Love the new furniture but I think I preferred the old open space in front of the restaurant instead of more seating.
But much more choice now where to sit.
Food was OK although because of my allergies and vegetarianism I chose to have something cooked to order on the two nights that the buffet was Mauritian and Indian (allergic to spices) The staff were very accommodating and a big thank you to the restaurant staff.
Great choice at breakfast as usual and good to see the sparkling wine is still on offer.
The previous reviewer stated that they had some hiccoughs at check in. Ours was smooth enough but they forgot to give us the towel card and the welcome drink seemed to be an after thought and appeared last minute after the check in formalities were completed.
Not sure if some of the front of house staff are new?
We were very pleased with our upgraded room (333) - an ocean facing detached bungalow which was airy and spacious with the most fabulous uninterrupted view of the ocean. Totally relaxing.
Comfy bed and pillows, good supply of toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, excellent lighting in both room and bathroom (so many Mauritian hotels are dimly lit) but the bathroom scales like last time still told lies and chopped a few stones off ;)
Couldn't find the BBC or any English channels on the TV though we don't watch it so no problem. The hotel TV info page however didn't work - it jumped around so you couldn't see the info.
House keeping did a great job, both morning and turndown staff.
Wi fi connectivity was fast and efficient.
We were on HB and drinks prices were in line with other 4* resorts - 505 MUR for one Phoenix beer and one palatable white house wine.
La Pirogue now also offers fine wines by the glass and offers a choice of 60 at it's Van der Stel wine bar located in the Wolmar restaurant.
You are given a price list explaining how it works.
There is now a restaurant Concierge who will book your restaurant requests located outside the main restaurant.
We managed to book Citronella for our last night but were sadly disappointed with the experience this time, unlike the previous visits. (see separate review)
Although nearly into high season there was no shortage of sunbeds and parasols on the beach, though people were busy laying towels out before breakfast, a bad practice which seems to be catching on in all Mauritius hotels sadly.
The time went too quickly as usual and we were sad to leave.
It won't be too long before our 8th visit hopefully.
A warm thank you to all the staff who made our stay so pleasant, particularly Fardeen, Kavita and of course Andrew.
See you soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Renowned for its authenticity, La Pirogue, Mauritius is well versed in the art of Mauritian hospitality. This resort has enjoyed a solid reputation for romance and excellent service since its creation in 1976. With its warm atmosphere, wonderful beach, exquisite restaurants, lively bars, high-end Cinq Mondes Spa and the extensive recreational and sporting activities, this mythical hotel promises guests a memorable holiday. La Pirogue nestles in 14 hectares of magnificent tropical gardens where the fragrance of hibiscus and frangipani permeate the majestic coconut grove. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Pirogue Hotel Flic En Flac
- La Pirogue Hotel Wolmar
- La Pirogue Wolmar