Sugar Beach is a high quality, professional and friendly hotel. The food, rooms, staff and facilities are everything you would expect from a 5 star establishment. We would love to go back again.
Here is some information we would have appreciated when making our decision and planning our first trip:
Where to stay
The Sugar Beach staff claim that Flic en Flac is ideally situated on the West coast because it has the least rain and wind. The prevailing wind is easterly over the island, so I can believe that rain has fallen on the mountains by the time it reaches the west coast. Of the resorts we could see up and down Flic en Flac, Sugar Beach and La Pirogue appeared the most spacious, up-market and well positioned. The beach in front of Sugar Beach is well sheltered by the reef and good for sailing. Snorkelling right in front of the hotel is not worth it, but there are some better areas a few minutes walk away or by taking one of the free boat trips to a snorkelling spot. We would choose Sugar Beach again if we came to the West coast.
The relationship between Sugar Beach and La Pirogue is very close. All of the facilities and resturants are available to guests in both resorts. Sugar Beach's facilities probably just eclipse La Pirogue's and would be my choice - the extra South Pool, nicer dining setting, bigger children's area - but if there was a big price difference it wouldn't be worth spending more for one or the other.
When to go
April and October are the best weather months. The temperature is an almost perfect 26 degrees day and night, and the water is even warmer. April should be out of the cyclone season and the wind lowest, although we caught a late one.
What to bring (that you might not have thought of)
Mask and snorkel that fit really well. Flippers are less important to bring as the ones available are fine.
Booties/strapped slops that you can swim in for windsurfing or paddling.
Collared shirts and long pants for evenings.
What to do
Windsurfing and sailboats are available for free, but there is no help or instruction provided (unless you need to be towed back in!) which was a pity. Peddle-boats and kayaks are more beginner friendly, and you can go a long way on smooth water.
The snorkelling in front of Sugar Beach is boring, but we found a great spot about 100 metres in front of the La Pirogue jetty in the morning at low tide. We booked out flippers the evening before and went in the morning before the boats were active.
We also booked a free trip on the snorkelling boat that took us outside the reef. This was a bit more advanced, but we managed as beginners (but decent swimmers). We also went on a free glass-bottomed boat trip, but sadly due to wind it didn't go outside the reef. It was disappointing that on both of these trips the staff were efficient and friendly, but didn't provide any instruction on what we were seeing or how to get the most out of our time.
At the resort there are daily activities like water aerobics, bingo and volleyball. Bring your own tennis balls (if you don't want to pay), and the other equipment and 6 floodlit courts are provided free.
At night there are various bands and dancers that provide atmosphere at the poolside resturant/bar to give you a reason to stay there and clock up a bar tab (drinks are expensive!).
We walked/bussed to Flic en Flac village for some grocery shopping, and took the free hotel transport to the nearby Cascavelle shopping centre where you can get upmarket South African stores like Pick n Pay and Woolworths. Other than that we chose to not leave the resort. There are on-land and boat excursions to all parts of the island and surrounds, but we chose to not spend the €70 to €130 per person. On a future trip we might rent a car or see if there are other excursion providers, or just budget beforehand.
How to save money
The half-board option of breakfast and dinner provides a crazy amount of amazing food. You can finish breakfast at 10:30am and be back at dinner at 7pm, which doesn't leave much time for a big lunch. We took a bus to Flic en Flac (very cheap) and bought some apples, drinks and biscuits for our room, and this tided us over between meals. The tap water is not recommended for drinking, and one litre of complimentary bottled water is put in the room per day. We would sometimes take that to dinner to avoid paying the high prices for drinks at meals.
In the rooms there are UK and South African wall power sockets.
There is free wifi in selected areas (around the pools mainly) and for about €40 you can get wifi everywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the heart of 12 acres of tropical gardens, the luxurious Sugar Beach Resort extends along a vast white sandy beach bordered by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. An idyllic setting surrounded by lush greenery and open spaces, this cool Mauritian Resort displays a colonial style blended with contemporary architecture. The restaurants, beachfront and inventive gourmet kitchens complete this romantic setting which is ideal for a honeymoon or a dream wedding in tropical paradise. Sugar Beach also offers a unique concept with the Aura Spa & Hammam Fitness Centre, unique in Mauritius. The unrivalled comfort, well planned layout and diversity of land and water activities make this resort a perfect holiday destination for families and honeymooners alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sugar Beach Hotel Flic En Flac
- Hotel Sugar Beach
- Sugar Beach Resort Mauritius
- Sugar Beach Mauritius Flic En Flac