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Spoil Yourself at La Pirogue’s Boutique

December 18 2017

The stunning, newly renovated four-star La Pirogue, is a holidaymakers dream destination. Gorgeously designed individual units are created with volcanic rock and thatch, tastefully decorated in a fresh boho-chic feel and surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Set along white sandy shores and lapped by sublime cerulean waters, La Pirogue is the perfect Mauritian home base from which to explore the exotic island and all of its wonders, or to just relax, soak up the warm Mauritian sun and enjoy the simple pleasures afforded to you at La Pirogue itself. With incredible options for dining (an absolutely sensational lobster barbeque on the beach anyone?), a huge array of complimentary land and non-motorised water activities and incredible bars serving up the most delectable cocktails, you really don’t need to leave this picture-perfect slice of paradise for any reason. Instead, you can just spend your days embracing the Mauritian island lifestyle. 

But for the shopaholics amongst you, the urge to want to travel the length of the island in search of the best buys can be incredibly strong. And understandably so; while the textile industry is not quite on the same level as Mauritius’ hospitality industry in terms of its influence on the economy, it has still certainly played its part over the years, with some believing that soon it could even be Africa’s textile hub. Who then wouldn’t want something to show for the fact that they have had the good fortune to be able to travel to a country with such incredible clothing (which can be bought alongside some unique and authentic Mauritian products)?

The good news, however, is that you don’t even need to leave the resort when the urge to go shopping takes over, you can find some of the best Mauritian clothing at La Pirogue’s newly renovated Sun Island Boutique, open from 08:00 to 21:00. Situated next to the Medine Bar, this boho-chic boutique has a range of local souvenirs and garments, some beach holiday essentials and high-end international brands. Next to Le Morne guests will also be able to find the Sun Beach Collection and Memory Lab, open between 08:30 and 19:00. Here’s a little more detail on what both of these boutiques offer:

The bare necessities 

Have you ever packed in a rush or thought that you had packed everything you could possibly need only to find that you have forgotten to pack some essential item (such as your toothbrush)? La Pirogue’s Sun Island Boutique caters for any such emergency with their range of holiday essentials. From toothpaste and toothbrushes to sunscreen and nail polish remover, sanitary pads and aftersun, you can rest assured that practically any packing emergency is catered for. Beachside essentials such as flip-flops, sunscreen and beachwear are also available at the Sun Beach Collection and Memory Lab to ensure you are adequately prepared for, and totally comfortable on, the beach. 

Authentic Mauritian souvenirs

Whether you would like to buy a wonderful souvenir to remind you of your tropical holiday in the Mauritian sun or would like to surprise someone special back home with a little bit of the island then La Pirogue’s Sun Island Boutique is sure to have something for you. From a little taste of the local Mauritian rum, a bit of Chameral’s exquisite, unusual and colourful volcanic sand (also known as seven coloured earth) in a bottle, items with the iconic dodo bird, typical Mauritian vanilla tea to a specifically created La Pirogue souvenir, there’s bound to be something to suit everyone’s tastes. At la Pirogue’s boutique, only the finest authentic souvenirs are for sale.

Beachwear

The elegant La Pirogue has been renovated with a wonderfully stylish boho-chic feel and any event or occasion is a stylish affair, even lounging on the beach while enjoying the sun. The warm colours and natural materials of the resort have married gorgeously to create the ultimate luxury beachside retreat which is bound to inspire you to glam up your beach outfit. At both of La Pirogue’s gorgeous boutiques, you’ll be able to pick up absolutely stunning bikinis, beach bags, full swimsuits, sarongs, sun hats, flip flops, sandals, kaftans and cover-ups, among many other items from a huge range of excellent brands (included Malai and Fedeli). Making sure you look your beachside best has never been easier. 

Photography equipment

While a holiday spent at La Pirogue is bound to stay with you for the rest of time, it’s always nice to be able to capture sublime moments and experiences that you share with the people you love the most (and then be able to share them with the world through social media, of course). While you can make the most of the prime selfie spots dotted around the property with your smartphone camera, it’s also nice to do your memories justice with better quality photos while having a little bit of fun doing it. La Pirogue now has an incredible offering as part of its Timeless Memories signature experiences; a Sun Memory Lab. Here you can rent a range of exceptional and even quirky cameras and equipment—from GoPros and selfie sticks to instant cameras—so that you can capture your special Instagram-worthy moments in style. The Sun Beach Collection and Memory Lab also offers guests another novel and super useful service; charging stations for your mobiles, so you can stay connected at all times as you make the most of your magical holiday in Mauritius. 

Famous Mauritian textiles

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, the Mauritian textile industry has played a huge part in Mauritius’ economy for years with gorgeous export-quality garments being the focus. Mauritius previously exported much of their garments to Europe where they featured in clothing lines of some of big international brands, but the focus now is more on South Africa. You could find that many of your top branded garments are made in Mauritius with Calvin Klein, Mango, Tommy Hilfiger, Zara, Guess, Adidas, Levi’s, Puma, Orchestra, Topshop, Woolworths, Esprit, Harrods, Truworths, Foschini, Edgars, Polo Sport, River Island, Promod, Marks & Spencer, Celio, Monsoon being some of the brands catered for—which is why it’s a good idea to buy some of these items for great prices in Mauritius. Ever dreamed of owning some exceptional linen trousers or how about a world-class cashmere jumper? At La Pirogue’s Sun Island Boutique, you can make these dreams a reality with excellent ‘Made in Mauritius’ garments that are of the highest quality. 

Products that get you your VAT back

The great thing about indulging in your inner shopaholic in Mauritius is that, depending on how much you spend, you could be eligible to get your VAT back. At La Pirogue’s boutiques, if you spend Rs2,500 or more on non-consumable goods, you will be able to receive 15% (the refundable VAT) of your purchase back in cash…as if you needed more temptation to indulge in a little shopping spree. 

If you are looking for the ideal holiday destination that offers all of the creature comforts you could wish for during the ultimate holiday in paradise, then look no further than La Pirogue. This gorgeous resort offers discerning guests everything from extraordinary dining options to incredible activities, delectable cocktails to a lavish boutique (and so much more), there’s literally a little something for everyone.

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