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Le BarachoisWith over 40% of its land mass designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Réunion is a truly remarkable island.  Although situated in the Indian Ocean just next door to Mauritius, it is actually an overseas département of France. There are some excellent beaches and the scenery inland is staggeringly beautiful.


There is an active volcano to explore, mountains which often disappear into the clouds as the day progresses and some amazing waterfalls. The three mountain ‘cirques’ of Salazie, Cilaos and Mafate are absolute musts. No photograph can really do justice to Réunion as the scale of the scenery is simply too vast.


A self-drive itinerary is the best way to explore although some of the mountain roads are particularly challenging. Nervous drivers are strongly recommended to stay at a beach resort and take organised tours into the mountains (all of which may be pre-booked).


If there is anywhere you would like to stay or anything you would like to do in Réunion which is not featured below, please ask, as we can usually help. For example, for fit, experienced walkers, we can also arrange mountain trekking, staying overnight in mountain gites (dormitory-style accommodation).

   

Réunion is a walkers’ paradise. For walkers who prefer the overnight comfort of a hotel, we are always happy to advise on where best to stay.


Accommodation may be booked with or without air travel. Contact us for expert and friendly advice on planning your itinerary.

Réunion

Le Barachois, Saint-Denis

ACCOMMODATION

We feature below a selection of properties which we can personally recommend. All rooms have bath/WC or shower/WC - only additional facilities are listed. We have added our own impressions to help give you a feel of the accommodation.  Please click on the links below to go straight to hotels in the listed areas.

Saint-Gilles-les-Bains

Hell-Bourg

Cilaos

Bourg-Murat

Saint-Leu and the South

Saint-Denis

Lux* Ile de la Réunion

Lux* Saint Gilles - 5 star - La Saline-les-Bains

                        

Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar, balcony or terrace

Hotel: bar, 3 restaurants, swimming pool, fitness centre, shops, tennis courts, table tennis, volley ball, bike rental, watersports

Special Offers: Reductions and extras for honeymooners and certain wedding anniversaries (5 years, 10, 15 etc) at most times of year. Please ask for details.

One of the best hotels on Réunion, Lux* Saint Gilles has 174 rooms in 23 villas, spread over a vast area of lush estate beside the Hermitage beach and lagoon. It has an enormous swimming pool.

Le Saint Alexis

Le Saint Alexis - 4 star - Boucan Canot


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning and fan, safe, jacuzzi, minibar

Hotel: lounge, bar, restaurant, swimming pool with jacuzzi, fitness centre with sauna and steam bath, spa with 6 treatment rooms, watersports available nearby

Special Offers:  Reductions for early bookings, honeymooners (half board basis only) and free nights at certain times of the year. Please ask for details.


This hotel of 60 rooms and suites has the unique feature of a swimming pool which links the centre of the hotel with the restaurant at the edge of the beach by means of wide channels. Several of the ground floor rooms have direct access to the pool.  Le Saint Alexis is elegant and the rooms spacious. It is one of the very best hotels on Réunion and situated on one of the best beaches.

Le Boucan Canot

Le Boucan Canot - 4 star - Boucan Canot


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners at certain times of the year. Please ask for details.

A more economical 4 star hotel, situated on one of the best beaches. 48 rooms, almost all of which face the ocean.


Le Nautile

Le Nautile - 3 star - La Saline-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar, balcony or terrace

Hotel: lounge, bar, restaurant, swimming pool

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners (half board basis only) and reductions for half board for all clients at certain times of the year. Please ask for details.

Le Nautile is situated directly on Hermitage beach with its white coral sand, beside the lagoon in the quiet and residential village of La Saline-les-Bains, a short drive away from the main centre of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains.  All 43 rooms are housed in two charming Créole style buildings, which are divided by a good sized swimming pool.

Relais de l’Hermitage - 3 star - L’Hermitage-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar. All rooms face mountains or gardens, most having balcony or terrace.

Hotel: bar, snack bar, restaurant, 2 swimming pools, tennis courts, table tennis, volleyball, archery. Watersports nearby.

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners and wedding anniversaries (15 years and more) at certain times of the year. Free nights at certain times of year. Please ask for details.

Situated on the beach beside the Hermitage lagoon, the Relais de l’Hermitage has 173 comfortable rooms set within seven acres of pleasant gardens. The hotel has more of an international feel to it than some of the smaller properties, but offers a wide range of facilities.

Hotel Swalibo

Hotel Swalibo - 3 star - La Saline-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, fridge, balcony or terrace

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, lounge/library, jacuzzi

250 metres from a lovely beach, this 30 room hotel is small and intimate. A more economical 3 star hotel.

Les Créoles

Les Créoles - 3 star - L’Hermitage-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, balcony or terrace. Also studios and duplexes with kitchenette.

Hotel: bar (until 21.00 hrs only), swimming pool, fitness room

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners and free nights at certain times of the year.

Les Créoles is a charming hotel of 44 rooms set within 9 villas, all of which face the central swimming pool. The rooms are a good size with pleasant decor.  Hermitage beach is just 100 metres from the hotel across a small road.

Résidence Tropic - 3 star - L’Hermitage-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, kitchenette, balcony or terrace

Hotel: reception, small swimming pool

100 metres from the beach, the 40 studios and duplexes are all nicely furnished. Ideal for those of an independent nature who wish to self-cater or to experience local restaurants.

Alamanda

Alamanda - 2 star - L’Hermitage-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, shop

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners and free nights at certain times of year. Please ask for details.

An excellent value for money hotel with 70 rooms. The rooms are small but nicely decorated. The whole hotel has a friendly, cosy atmosphere. Hermitage beach is just a short walk from the hotel. Other nearby attractions include tennis, cinema, casino and discotheque.

Les Filaos

Les Filaos - 2 star - L’Hermitage-les-Bains


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, fridge, balcony or terrace

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, lounge

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners. Free nights at certain times of year. Please ask for details.

This hotel has 44 rooms (some with kitchenettes) and is within easy reach of shops and restaurants. It is just 100 metres from a lovely beach.  This hotel is currently closed.

Hell-Bourg


This is a picturesque village situated high in the mountains in the cirque of Salazie with some stunning views. Many walks and mountain treks start from here. Among the more easily visited sights here is Maison Folio, a traditional Créole house and garden built in the 19th century, lovingly restored and cared for. For those with just a short time here, there is a very pleasant walk among bamboo trees to Les Anciens Thermes, the ruins of an old thermal spa which was originally built in 1852. It is a lovely spot for a picnic.

Relais des Cimes

Relais des Cimes - 2 star


Rooms: telephone, TV, hairdryer

Hotel: bar, restaurant

29 rooms, some across the road from the main building. Situated in the picturesque village centre close to the shops. Excellent restaurant.

Les Jardins d’Héva

Les Jardins d’Héva - 2 star


Rooms: telephone

Hotel: bar, restaurant, sauna/jacuzzi, shop

10 rooms, decorated in individual themes. There is a wonderful view from the restaurant/breakfast room. A short walk up a steep hill from the village centre.



Relais des Gouverneurs

Relais des Gouverneurs

Hotel: restaurant

12 simple rooms, no telephones, no TV’s. Situated close to the shops, a short walk away from the village centre.

Cilaos


This is a quite unique town, situated high in the mountains and surrounded by them on all sides. It is hard to imagine how such an isolated spot ever became inhabited. This is partly explained by it being a spa town, to which visitors originally flocked to take the waters. The scenery is spectacular throughout the drive from the coast and it is an essential place to visit for anyone spending a holiday on Réunion.  Be warned however, the drive is not for the faint-hearted. It is said that there are over 400 bends in the road, many of them hairpins which are both tight and steep. If you are at all a nervous driver, take an organised tour to Cilaos!

Le Cilaos - 4 star


Rooms: telephone, TV, hairdryer, minibar

Hotel: lounge/library, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, sauna, spa

Le Cilaos is the most upmarket hotel in Cilaos. It is situated a little further from the main shopping area than the other hotels but still within easy walking distance. The 46 rooms are beautifully decorated, some in bright colours.

Le Tsilaosa - 4 star


Rooms: telephone, TV, jacuzzi, hairdryer, minibar

Hotel: lounge, breakfast / tea room

A lovely family-run hotel situated in the main street of Cilaos. Just 15 stylishly decorated rooms. The tea room, which is open all day, is something of a local institution.


Le Vieux Cep

Le Vieux Cep - 3 star


Rooms: telephone, TV, terrace or balcony

Hotel: bar, restaurant, breakfast room, swimming pool

Most of the 44 rooms have a splendid view of the surrounding mountains. The hotel is situated in the heart of Cilaos, close to the shops.

Bourg-Murat


This is the place to stay if you want to see the volcano. The Volcano Museum (Cité du Volcan) is in the centre of the village, but it is a further 45 minute scenic drive to reach the volcano itself, travelling on the way across the lunar landscape of the Plaine des Sables. It is possible to walk to the summit of the volcano, which is a 5/6 hour return trip from the car park, best undertaken in the early morning before the clouds descend.

Les Géraniums

Les Géraniums - 2 star


Rooms: telephone, TV

Hotel: lounge, bar, restaurant

This small hotel of just 22 rooms is well-known locally for the quality of its food. From the restaurant and some of the rooms there is a wonderful panoramic view of the mountains, including the Piton des Neiges, the highest point on the island.

L'Ecrin

L’Ecrin - 2 star


Rooms: telephone, TV

Hotel: bar, restaurant

This hotel offers just 21 rooms. It is 150 metres from the Cité du Volcan. The mountains can be seen from the grounds. The restaurant serves both French and Créole cuisine.


Le Volcan

Le Volcan - 2 star

Rooms: telephone, TV

Hotel: bar and restaurant at Auberge du Volcan across the road.

Situated just a short walk from the Cité du Volcan, the hotel has 9 rooms, furnished simply but comfortably.

Saint-Leu and the South


Saint-Leu is home to the Turtle Centre (Kélonia). Saint-Pierre is the second largest town in Réunion and many say it has more to offer than its larger rival, Saint-Denis, especially with its golden beach. This is the gateway to the Wild South of the island where you will find rough seas and tall black cliffs, pretty Créole houses in lush gardens and vast lava flows either side of the main coast road. The area is well situated for day trips up into the mountains or to the volcano.

Palm Hotel & Spa - 4 star - Grand’ Anse

 

Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar, balcony or terrace

Hotel: bar, 2 restaurants, 2 swimming pools, spa, shop

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners. Free nights at certain times of year. Please ask for details.

Situated high above the beautiful beach of Grand’ Anse, this  luxurious hotel has 65 rooms and a spa with private treatment rooms, hammam and jacuzzi.  A shuttle service operates to the beach.

Villa Belle

Villa Belle - Deluxe Guest House - Saint-Pierre


Rooms: TV, CD/DVD player, air conditioning, hairdryer

Hotel: lounge/restaurant, swimming pool, sauna

Somewhere quite special. Very comfortable, private and extremely well furnished, this lovely guest house has a very high specification with just 6 rooms which are more like suites. Some have their own private garden. Some have a fully-equipped kitchen. Situated in the town of Saint-Pierre, approximately 10 minutes walk from the sea front.

Blue Margouillat - 4 star - Saint-Leu

       

Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, balcony or terrace

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, lounge/library

Special Offers: Reductions for honeymooners at most times of the year.  Please ask for details.

With just 12 rooms and 2 suites, this delightful, intimate hotel is ideal for couples. The restaurant, which overlooks the ocean, is highly recommended and we suggest accommodation on a half board basis. All rooms are sea-facing. The beach is 300 metres downhill from the hotel.

Le Domaine des Pierres

Le Domaine des Pierres - 3 star - near Saint-Pierre


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, terrace

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool

41 rooms in single storey chalet-like buildings around a lovely swimming pool. Pleasant atmosphere amid palm trees. Situated beside the Parc Exotica with over 5000 different varieties of exotic plants on display. The hotel is well situated for exploring the south east and mountainous areas of Réunion.

Le Dimitile

Saint-Denis


Saint-Denis is the capital city of Réunion. Many buildings and Créole houses date back to colonial times and the shops which line the city-centre streets reflect the customs and traditions of three continents. At the Western end of the waterfront lies Le Barachois, where, in the early evening, the crowds gather to eat, drink or simply watch the sunset.

Hotel Bellepierre

Hotel Bellepierre - 4 star - city heights


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, safe, hairdryer, minibar

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, lounge area

Situated in a residential area in the heights of the city, in our opinion this is the best hotel in Saint-Denis. There is a beautiful view out over the ocean.  Most of the 85 elegant rooms are spread over 6 levels in an elliptical shaped building.

Le Saint Denis

Le Saint Denis - 3 star - city centre - waterfront


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar

Hotel: lounge, bar, restaurant, swimming pool

Situated across a road from the Barachois, the historical heart of Saint-Denis, this is a large hotel with an international feel. All 118 rooms are spacious and sound proofed. Probably the most comfortable hotel in the city centre and certainly the best positioned.

Le Juliette Dodu

Le Juliette Dodu - 3 star - city centre - close to waterfront


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning, hairdryer

Hotel: lounge, bar, breakfast room/small restaurant, small swimming pool

This Créole style house, the birthplace of the French heroine Juliette Dodu, dates from the time of the East India Company. The building has been tastefully renovated and each of the 43 cosy rooms has pleasantly colourful decor.


Central Hotel

Central Hotel - 2 star - city centre


Rooms: telephone, TV, air conditioning

Hotel: breakfast room

This tourist class hotel has 57 rooms and is situated in the centre of the shopping area. Short walk to the Barachois. For those on a budget it provides excellent value.


PRE-BOOKABLE EXCURSIONS

There are many excursions available on Réunion, most of which may be booked in advance. Excursions may only operate on one day per week and are subject to change.  If there is a tour which you particularly want to book, you are advised to confirm the day of operation when booking your holiday. The following are a selection of the more popular tours. Prices on request.

Salazie

The East of the island with its waterfalls and a visit to the Vanilla factory

Cilaos

Spectacular scenery and a town situated high in the mountains

Helicopter

Flights over the island (daily)

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

We specialise in tailor-made itineraries and will be pleased to provide a quotation for any arrangements from accommodation only to a fully inclusive air tour.  Below are a few suggested itineraries, which we hope will give you some ideas for your own trip. Should you wish to combine your visit to Réunion with a visit to Mauritius, we should be happy to assist. Please do not hesitate to telephone us if you need any help or suggestions in planning your arrangements.

R1

7 nights 3 star Réunion from £1180

7 nights

Résidence Tropic, L’Hermitage-les-Bains

RO

Overnight flights London-Paris-Réunion and return with Air France. Airport transfers included.





R2

10 nights 2 and 3 star Réunion from £1680

1 night

Le Saint Denis, St-Denis

BB

2 nights

Les Géraniums, Bourg-Murat

BB


3 nights

Le Vieux Cep, Cilaos

BB


4 nights

Le Nautile, La Saline-les-Bains

BB


Overnight flights London-Paris-Réunion and return with Air France.  Car hire for 6 days (Renault Twingo or similar) including unlimited mileage. Airport transfers included.





R3

12 nights 2 and 4 star Réunion from £1890

1 night

Hotel Bellepierre, St-Denis

BB

2 nights

Relais des Cimes, Hell-Bourg

BB

2 nights

Les Géraniums, Bourg-Murat

BB


3 nights

Le Tsilaosa, Cilaos

BB


4 nights

Blue Margouillat, St-Leu

BB


Overnight flights London-Paris-Réunion and return with Air France. Car hire for 12 days (Renault Twingo or similar) including unlimited mileage. Airport transfer on arrival.





R4

14 nights 2, 3 and 4 star Réunion from £2090


1 night

Le Juliette Dodu, St-Denis

BB


2 nights

L’Ecrin, Bourg-Murat

BB


3 nights

Le Cilaos, Cilaos

BB


8 nights

Le Saint Alexis, Boucan Canot

BB


Overnight flights London-Paris-Réunion and return with Air France.  Car hire for 9 days (Renault Twingo or similar) including unlimited mileage. Airport transfers included.






The number of nights shown excludes nights on flights to and from the UK.





Prices

Tour prices are subject to rate fluctuation during the year but, generally speaking, the months of January-June and September are cheaper. Prices are subject to availability.





Flights

International flights are on Air France. Aircraft type will be advised with travel documents. Flying time to Réunion (via Paris) is ca. 13 hours. Flights via Paris are also available from Birmingham and Manchester at no extra cost (taxes vary however). At a small supplement, flights via Paris are also available from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Southampton.





Prices include

…………………

Economy class scheduled flights on Air France, airport taxes, passenger service charges, accommodation sharing a twin room in hotels. Meals, transfers and car hire as per itineraries. Baggage allowance on international flights with Air France is 1 piece, which must not exceed 23 kgs.





Not included

Travel insurance, items of personal expense e.g. drinks, porterage, telephone calls, gratuities and excursions.

PRICES

Charges may apply for some activities/watersports. Additional charges may apply for the period over Christmas and New Year. Price bands relate to low and high season. For coding key, see below.

Réunion



Low

High



Low

High

Lux* Saint Gilles

BB

G

H

Le Tsilaosa

BB

D

D

Le Saint Alexis

BB

G

G

Le Vieux Cep

BB

C

C

Le Boucan Canot

BB

F

G

Les Géraniums

BB

B

B

Le Nautile

BB

D

F

L’Ecrin

BB

B

B

Relais de l’Hermitage

BB

D

F

Le Volcan

BB

A

A

Hotel Swalibo

BB

B

E

Palm Hotel & Spa

BB

G

G

Les Créoles

RO

A

B

Villa Belle

BB

F

F

Résidence Tropic

RO

A

B

Blue Margouillat

BB

F

G

Alamanda

BB

B

C

Le Dimitile

BB

D

D

Les Filaos

BB

B

B

Le Domaine des Pierres

BB

E

F

Relais des Cimes

BB

B

B

Hotel Bellepierre

BB

E

E

Les Jardins d’Héva

BB

C

C

Le Saint Denis

BB

D

E

Relais des Gouverneurs

BB

A

A

Le Juliette Dodu

BB

D

D

Le Cilaos

BB

C

D

Central

BB

B

B

ACCOMMODATION PRICE BANDS

Bands are based on prices per person per night in a twin room. Please note that these are subject to variation throughout the year and are intended as a guideline only. Please check at the time of booking for current prices. Many hotels are also available on half board. Prices on request.

Volcano

Visit to the museum and the volcano, one of the more accessible active volcanoes in the world

Maïdo and Saint-Paul

The cirque of Mafate, Saint-Paul and its colourful market

Big game fishing

Half day

Up to £35

A


£36-£45

B

£46-£55

C


£56-£65

D

£66-£75

E


£76-£95

F

£96-£135

G


£136-£190

H

 RO - room only

 BB - bed and breakfast

Mauritius & Réunion two-centre holidays also available

excursions               suggested itineraries               prices

Saint-Gilles-les-Bains area


Most visitors to Réunion spend time here, many making this their base from which to visit the rest of the island. Some of the best beaches are to be found in this area and many of the hotels are directly adjacent to them. Saint-Gilles itself is a small but busy little town, well worth a visit. To the South of the town lies Hermitage beach where the reef lies a distance away from the beach, forming the calmer waters of the lagoon. Sometimes spectacular waves can be seen crashing onto the reef.

Blue Margouillat Le Cilaos Le Tsilaosa

Le Dimitile - 4 star - Entre-Deux


Rooms: telephone, TV, safe, hairdryer, fridge, balcony or terrace

Hotel: bar, restaurant, swimming pool

Situated between the coast and the mountains, 400 metres above sea level in a picturesque village, this friendly hotel has just 18 rooms. Originally a 19th century Créole house, Le Dimitile is within reach of the mountain from which it takes its name and is just 15 minutes drive from the coastal town of Saint-Pierre.

Résidence Tropic Relais de l’Hermitage Palm Hotel & Spa