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Reunion-Island

Despite being in the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island is a French Island. 3 adjectives to describe Reunion Island are lively, dynamic and surprising. Being in the same area as Mauritius, the climate is sunny and warm most of the time but might be prone to rainy seasons and natural calamities. It is also to be noted that the surface area of Reunion Island increases from time to time due to lava reaching the sea during powerful eruptions. Therefore, if you are curious and want to embark on a life-flourishing journey, Reunion Island is the perfect place for you, especially if you are adventurous in nature.

Travelling throughout the island

Are cars indispensable?

One of the main advantages of renting a car on Reunion Island is that a car allows for flexibility. By flexibility, I mean that public transport does not take you to every location; they have a specific route to follow, while on the other hand, taxis are usually expensive.

Remember, planning and organisation are the keys. To save money, public transport would be more suitable even though you would have to walk a little to get to your destination at times but apart from that it is not quite a hassle provided that you do not bring loads of items or bags with you. Driving a car somehow requires experience also, due to the narrow mountain road present near the cirques. You will also have to look for parking lots compared to public transport, which can thus be much of a hassle during busy days.

What to see and what to do during your stay?

The Piton de la Fournaise

Originally one of the most active volcanos amongst the world, it is believed that if this volcano stops erupting, dormant volcanoes of neighbouring islands such as Mauritius would wake up because they are connected to each other. However, the Piton de la Fournaise remains one the most popular attraction on Reunion, allowing for great hikes. For instance, its eruption always provides a mind-blowing spectacle for youngsters and elders.

The Cirques

Another famous feature of Reunion Island is the three cirques formed inside Piton des Neiges – the “mother” which gave birth to Reunion Island. Despite being formed by the same volcano, each one of them; Mafate, Salazie, Cilaos, has their own essence which will of course capture your attention.

Cirque of Mafate

One of the aspect of the Cirque of Mafate is both an advantage and disadvantage. Why? Well, to access the Cirque of Mafate, you will have to travel by helicopter or on foot. Either way, both would be an enriching experience for the family. The main characteristic of the Cirque of Mafate is mostly the wild aspect, which once served as refuge for slaves. Hence, the inhabitants are very attached to this land and keep some of the traditions going despite a lack of modern communication.

Cirque of Salazie

The Cirque of Salazie contains several villages and a Commune. Neighbouring St André and being the most accessible of the three cirques, the Cirque of Salazie is home to several waterfalls with rather strange but original names – “Pisse en l’air,” Voile de la Mariée, Cascade Blanche and others. One of the benefits of visiting the Cirque of Salazie first is that you will have the opportunity to access Mafate by going through the forestry.

Cirque of Cilaos

Originating from the word “Tsilaosa,” meaning “a country that you don’t leave.” The Cirque promises to provide you with a whole new level of experience; clearly different from Mafate and Salazie. One of the main advantage of Cilaos is that it can be accessed by car yet, you would have to pass through a road composed of 400 turns – certainly worth it, due to its beauty.

Reunion Island’s Gastronomy

How would gastronomy be described in Reunion? Well, in some words, the Reunion Island’s gastronomy is the fruit of different combinations of cuisine – Malagasy cuisine, African cuisine, Indian cuisine, Chinese cuisine and French cuisine. Appetizers are important to the Reunion cuisine. Similarly, some of the most traditional ones are also common to Mauritius. With their spicy taste, these snacks make the pleasure of youngsters as well as elders – “Bonbon piments” known as “Gateau piments or Gato Dhall” in Mauritius, Samosas and “Piments farcis.”

The most conventional dish found in Reunion Island is the curry.  Served in a plate with rice at the bottom, grains and the curry at the top and chutneys served separately, this dish can also be found in Mauritius and observes the same pattern. It is probably due to the fact of having common ancestors.

Where to stay during your trip to Reunion Island?

So you have already booked your flight, now is your time to think of the place where you would stay for your holidays. We would like to recommend TROPIC Appart’Hotel which is a hotel at Saint Gilles. Situated just 80 meters away from the sea, you will not have to travel too far from home. Also, you will find loads of services surrounding the area varying from sports clubs, restaurants, stores, pharmacy, laundry, nightclubs, casino and bakery.

Ideal for holidays, the atmosphere at the hotel is sure to help you relax yourself and take away the accumulated daily stress. The hotel for instance has 20 studios and 20 duplex apartments, all of them being modern, spacious and comfortable.

Who said that an hotel is monotonous in nature? Well, with TROPIC Appart’Hotel, your overall enjoyment and well-being is the aim. Do you still want to work while on holidays? Free high speed WIFI is available for your use. There is also a swimming pool inside the complex. However if you want to undertake more activities such as helicopter, golf, paragliding, mountain biking, canyoning, diving, big game fishing, catamaran trips, kayaking, paddling, the reception would be happy to provide you with some advice.

reunion coast

The island of Reunion – hustling rocks, lava and magma – is a unique island in the Indian Ocean. from the high point of its pitons its languid shores of beach, everything here is dominated by an impetuous nature that have an unparalleled force. If you are wondering why you should visit Reunion? Well, we got the answer for you!

Its inhabitants

Everywhere, the extreme kindness of Reunionese will surprise you and make you want to come and live on that beautiful island. They are always ready to help – to indicate the road, give a curry recipe or simply talk on the terrace of a cafe.

The circuses and volcano

With 3 circuses listed as UNESCO World heritage, you will succumb to this sumptuous vision of raising sun over Mafate, Salazie or Ciloas.  Sublime, majestic peaks, Circuses are the place to be for those who get up early. Just as the Volcano, one of a kind, which, even in regular activity, will make you dream with its plains resembling a lunar landscape over a few kilometers.

Its cuisine, a blend of world flavors

Reunion is an island where all the cultures and all the colors blend. This mix of cultures is also reflected in the dishes of the island. The specialties; the rougaille, bouchons, samosas, sweets peppers, jams, sweets coconuts … all accompanied by a ti punch or local rum aranger.

The climate

The island of Reunion has a near to perfect climate all-year round. This tropical island offers temperatures ranging between 20 and 33 ° C most of the time. The climate is suitable for swimming throughout the year, and the trade winds are very present in the east of the island.

Its Unique Beaches

Boucan Canot Beach

One of the finest white sandy beache of the islands remains Boucan Canot. It is located between Saint-Paul and Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. Surrounded by beautiful hotels bordering coastline, this popular beach invites you to enjoy a breakfast on the oceanfront.

Boucan Canot swimming area does not have a coral reef, which gives it a greater depth in the lagoon. However, there is nothing to fear if you think you won’t be able to swim during your holiday in Reunion, since a safety net was installed so as to ensure safe swimming. To the delight of children and adults wishing to wade in the water, a natural pool formed by volcanic rocks is also easily accessible.

You can enjoy your stay in Reunion in one of the accommodation and hotels in the vicinity of Boucan Canot for easy access to the beach and enjoy this stretch of white sand to relax. Besides swimming, many aquatic activities can also be practiced in the blue waters off the beach. It is quite nice to enjoy a drink, ice cream or lunch on one of the terraces that you cannot missed during a stroll along the beach to the south. The evening is pretty quiet compared to the Hermitage. Near the beach of Boucan Canot, you also have shops and art galleries where you can find articles that will be beautiful memories of your trip on the island of Reunion.

Although being one of the most tourist beaches and featuring a supervised bathing area, Boucan Canot remains a dangerous beach. A strong current can be formed very close to the edge, one must be very careful, watch the color of the flame (the flag) and do not hesitate to request information from the lifeguards.

Hermitage beach Reunion

Edging a turquoise sea, on the south coast of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains, the Hermitage beach is a long and sumptuous shady beach lined with casuarinas. This is a corner no one should miss during a stay on the island of Reunion. Extending over several kilometers, this beach of white sand, contrasting with the lush vegetation that surrounds it, is an extension of the South of Roches Noires beach. Offering prime locations and popular with Reunionese families, the beautiful beach of the Hermitage is of incomparable beauty and genuine charm.

Supervised swimming area, the Hermitage beach (or Hermitage) borders a lagoon nature reserve because of the aquatic wealth and geography. Feel free to take with you a snorkel because the underwater fauna and flora is very rich!

Ideal for relaxation, this pristine beach is ideal for long hours of relaxation on a towel or on a deck. Besides swimming, this blue lagoon protected by a coral reef is also a diving spot not to be missed on a trip to Reunion. And if you feel a little hungry, you will easily find restaurants and snacks available near the beach.

Grand Anse Beach

Edenic setting, worthy of a postcard, this beach will remain an unforgettable memory of your trip to Reunion. Grand Anse is an exotic place of unparalleled beauty. The swimming area of ​​the beach is considered dangerous but it should not prevent you to spend pleasant hours, staring into the waves. A small artificial pond of black rock was also constructed to allow children to swim safely .

Ideal for relaxing and various outdoor activities, Grand Anse Beach is primarily a place where the South Reunion families and tourists on vacation to the island of Reunion like to get together and share good lunches. Reunionese often come to picnic on Sunday and enjoy a family curry in the shade of casuarinas and Vacoas … Why? Because the site is beautiful!

A real “must-see” to discover especially on working days if you are not a follower of the crowd. Guests can enjoy the freshness of a small recreation area in the shade of coconut trees. You can also discover the flavors offered by the restaurants in the vicinity of the beach or those snack bars. The Grand Anse beach also has many places for barbecues. To enhance your stay on reunion island, you can also take a trip to Lime Kiln located in Grand Anse after spending hours at the beach and end your day beautifully.

Have a wonderful time on the island of Reunion!

Partir en vacances à la Réunion est un quasi rêve devenu réalité et afin d’améliorer cela, voici des consignes pour vous aider a avoir des vacances parfaites!

reunion-plage

La première chose à considérer lors de la visite d’un pays étranger est la différence de mode de vie et cette règle applique pour Ile de la Réunion comme sux autres. Le système selon lequel ils vivent est certainement différent de, par exemple l’île Maurice. Habituellement, ce ne serait pas un problème, mais si le vacancier sera en interaction avec les habitants de l’île, certaines choses doivent être prises en considération. Une différence majeure est  l’allocation d’aide au retour à l’emploi que les résidents reçoivent. Il est assez considérable pour décourager  à se trouver du travail. Les amateurs de vacances peuvent trouver cela injuste, mais ces opinions provocatrices doivent être conservées à soi-même, pas besoin de ruiner les vacances pour une telle chose.

Nature Reunion

Le gouvernement a interdit la natation et autres activités nautiques dans la mer sauf dans les zones spécifiquement désignées dans une tentative pour empêcher les attaques de requins. Un garçon de 13 ans a été tué en Avril cette année dans une zone hors-limites à La Réunion. Ceci est exactement ce que personne ne veut qu’il se passe à eux pendant les vacances à l’île pratiquement sans critique de chez les vacanciers. Le requin avait arraché ses deux jambes et un peu de son estomac. C’est une image horrible, pas du tout ce que l’on envisage lors de la planification d’un voyage agréable et le risque est bel et bien trop élevé. Il devient une priorité de savoir comment empêcher cela. Ainsi, en faisant nos valises en chemin pour la petite île pittoresque, il faut aussi s’assurer que les dangers de la mer ne soient pas négligés.

reunion helicopter

La sécurité à l’aéroport de l’île de la Réunion est ne rigole certainement pas, il y a plusieurs exigences pour les vacanciers à s’adhérer et ceux-ci comprennent des éléments interdits. Quand ils ne disent pas permis, il n’y a pas d’ambiguïté. Par exemple, il est interdit d’apporter le fromage dans ses bagages quand on part pour ses vacances. A l’aéroport, ils vont saisir rapidement tout élément restreint qui sera incinéré à un stade ultérieur. Nous pouvons ainsi conclure qu’essayer de contourner ces règles ne servirait à rien d’autre qu’un gaspillage d’argent grave. Peu importe combien on peut manquer sa nourriture préférée, cela ne vaut pas la peine de la voir aller en flammes à la fin de la journée. Ce serait un début plutôt terrible à ce qui était censé être des vacances parfaites.

Map of Reunion Island
Map of Reunion Island

Les questions d’argent sont une grande préoccupation lorsque vous voyagez à La Réunion compte tenu du taux d’inflation élevé – étant donné que l’île importe la grande majorité de ses produits; il est très probable que les vacanciers finiront par payer plus pour le même produit pendant leur séjour là-bas. Les dépenses ne sont pas limités à de simples achats toutefois car les soins médicaux sont également assez cher pour les touristes en provenance des pays non membres de l’UE. Ceux de l’Union européenne sont couverts automatiquement par leur sécurité sociale, mais les autres ont besoin de prendre des dispositions pour l’assurance médicale car en cas d’accident, il serait assez difficile de couvrir les coûts pour le voyageur comme les factures médicales sont estimés légèrement inférieures à celui aux États-Unis où ils sont assez exorbitants pour dire le moins.

Saint Gilles Reunion

Pendant les vacances, il devient très facile pour les tiers de faire de l’argent sur vous grâce à de légères hausses de prix ici et là, les jugeant comme «prix pour touristes”. La nourriture à la plage coûtera plus cher pour le touriste peu subtile et même la banque se réjouit de la possibilité d’augmenter ses profits. Payer avec sa carte de crédit est certainement plus pratique et plus sûr que d’avoir à transporter de grosses sommes d’argent sur soi dans un pays étrange et les banques profitent de cela. Charges engagées aux cartes de crédit auront des coûts cachés dus à l’usage internationale. Ils ne sont pas des frais très élevés, mais ils continuent à s’additionner conduisant à une découverte facheuse quand on est à la maison.

Reunion Island
Where is Reunion Island?

Une erreur facile que les touristes peuvent faire est de présumer que tout le monde parle le Français. Alors que même si la plupart des habitants de l’île comprennent le français, ils ne peuvent pas toujours le parler. En fait, il est un signe de l’enseignement supérieur de couramment parler la langue. Ainsi, les barrières linguistiques peuvent créer un problème de communication. La solution serait d’investir dans un guide et éviter de laisser dans des endroits peu fréquentés. L’île est certainement sûr pour les visiteurs mais comme toute autre zone touristique, souvent en proie à des petits voleurs. Il vaut mieux être prudent que désolé ainsi bien préférable de ne pas prendre de risques.

Nature trekking Reunion

Les documents d’identification sont très importants, pas de doute à ce sujet, mais les accidents se produisent  et documentations cruciales peuvent se perdre. Lorsque l’on n’est pas en son propre pays, la chose la plus fondamentale devient plus compliquée que jamais. Quand vous allez à Ile de la Réunion, il est nécessaire d’avoir sur vous une preuve de résidence à être occupé – qui peut être une invitation de la part d’un habitant ou hôtel arrangements mais sans cela, aucun touriste ne serait autorisé à quitter l’aéroport. Perdre ses documents est le plus grand non-non pour les voyages à l’île. Cela signifierait la fin des vacances avant même qu’ils aient la chance de commencer.

Reunion Beach
Reunion Beach

Lors de la visite d’un nouveau pays, la nourriture est certainement très haute sur la liste à faire. Les restaurants deviennent un incontournable à visiter et pour les touristes, il est important qu’ils soient conscients de certaines différences dans le palais – comme l’amour pour les escargots des Français, par conséquent, les réunionnais … Pour l’homme aventureux, cela présente une grande opportunité mais autrement, cela pourrait être une expérience cauchemardesque. Après tout, tout le monde n’est pas assez courageux pour vouloir consommer limaces pour le déjeuner!

Surfeur Réunion
Surfeur Réunion

 

Aujourd’hui, personne ne se trouve loin de leur téléphone mobile. Les médias sociaux est pratiquement indispensable avec les gens sur les séjours téléchargeant constamment la dernière photo artsy de leur nourriture, de la vue ou de la paroi la plus aléatoire dans la rue sur Instagram. À la maison, ce ne gros inconvénient, cependant financièrement lors de l’utilisation de données en itinérance plans, les choses peuvent prendre un virage pour le pire. Les charges, à l’insu du visiteur de vacances continuent accumulant alarmante menant à une découverte choquante quand il est temps de débourser de l’argent. Île de la Réunion a des factures de même cher pour une utilisation internationale de l’Internet. Des recherches antérieures sur les paquets disponibles est une nécessité pour éviter certains réfectoires.

Cascade-Aigrette-Ile-de-La-Reunion
La Réunion, cet affable morceau de la France qui se chauffe tranquillement aux rayons d’un soleil tropical.

Un aperçu de luxe est prompt à séduire le voyageur imprudent, telle est la tentation d’un chauffeur de limousine promettant des tarifs identiques à d’autres taxis à l’aéroport. Même si faire une entrée dans le pays avec une telle pompe est une perspective attrayante, il est souvent accompagné de factures beaucoup plus élevées que le taxi normal ferait payer. Inutile de dire, ce qui est un mensonge blanc pour accroître l’activité et ce que peut faire un touriste naïf, mais payer? Les amateurs de vacances devraient être prudents pour éviter de telles escroqueries de toutes sortes et d’attendre un taxi agréé comme tout le monde.

LaReunion golf

Mais en fin de compte, tout cela est facile à réaliser pour le touriste qui arrive pour des vacances en soleil. Vous allez vite remarquer que vos vacances iront à merveille à l’ile de la Réunion.

Maloya Reunion

Reunion Island is an example in diversity when it concerns the island as a whole, with a great variety in ethnicity, culture and race. People came to Reunion Island over the years through different means and for different purposes. Through time, they have created a united country with its own identity. It’s a place just waiting to be explored and when you are holidaying there, take the time to admire its beautiful wonders of nature as well as its marvellous cuisine. Reunion Island has such a diverse cuisine that you are bound to be astounded, exploration is an absolute must!

Les Letchis

Les Letchis restaurant is in Saint Benoit, owned by a family who make it a must to serve customers with a smile so that they leave satisfied with the service provided to them. The owner is personally involved in the day to day running of the restaurant and often drops by to make sure that the restaurant’s diner are enjoying their meal or require something else. This adds a nice personal touch to the service and is bound to endear to certain visitors. The restaurant specialises in a more rustic style creole cuisine, providing a varied menu of Reunion’s classics and favourites. This is a good first stop for the curious tourist. The view is sublime as well as Les Letchis restaurant is just by the river and you can even see people kayaking at times. Provision has been made for customers who want to sit by and enjoy the view with confortable lounge chairs overseeing the river.

les letchis restaurant reunion

 

The restaurant’s special menu includes palm tree heart pickles with fish. The Mascarenes Islands often pickle seafood but adding the palm is a unique Reunionais touch. For less food shy people, it has bizarre plates such as eel curry. Imagine that- eel cooked in curry served with a salad with rice or bread as you wish it. It’s definitely not to be missed if you want a more complete tour of Reunion Island including its fine (and maybe more shocking for tame eaters) cuisine of its own. If you are going to Les Letchis, just prepare yourself to eat the best of creole cuisine’s offering. Everything from the classic rougaille to a Bouillon de coquilles is to be tasted with utmost pleasure!

L’instant Plaisirs

This restaurant is located, of all places, you won’t guess it- in the Cilaos! The great caldera is a great source of attraction for tourists and reunionnais alike, they stand tall and shelter so many unique species of flora and fauna, many endemic to Reunion Island, the little town and commune also known as Cilaos is located right in the middle. L’intant Plaisirs restaurant hence affords a great view to its visitors whether they are around for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The name Cilaos is of Malagassy origin, meaning “the place one never leaves” and quite honestly, there is something about its atmosphere that simply makes you want to stay. The little restaurant enamours its customers with its impressive view and allows taking your meals outside all while enjoying a light fresh breeze with your food, making the items on your plate doubly more tasty and intriguing.

linstant plaisir reunion

A French restaurant by name, this restaurant of the humble island seems to mark all of its customers with its galettes. What’s always on the menu is pancakes. Not the british style pancakes but thin, soft and buttery pancakes. They are usually plain and eaten with some jam or chocolate but L’instant Plaisirs offers a wide array of choices to its customers given how this ended up being its speciality. Keep in mind though that this restaurant in question is usually open only on week ends and it’s not only tourists who are  fan of the restaurant but locals drop by for a nice lunch as well. So if you feel like this is your place to be on a fine Saturday or Sunday, do not get stuck in the traffic!

Le Manta

Le Manta Restaurant, don’t go by the weird name, tourists! is a beach side little wonder. Located in St Gilles, very near Hotel St Gilles Reunion, it is very accessible for a meal during your day out. It is a very calm restaurant, quite appropriate for a date with a certain romantism in the air but also alright for a family outing or a meal en solo. St Gilles is a busy place and very many hotels in Reunion Island are found there. It is the touristy part of Reunion Island as some may say. Don’t be afraid to strike up conversation with either a fellow diner or the staff members so long as they are free for a chat. The restaurant aims at providing service with excellence and the menus definitely supports that. Le Manta is actually a seafood restaurant. Hardly a surprise given its location right next to the beach so that you can admire some white sand beaches during your meal but it also has meat on the menu.

le manta reunion island

If seafood is not your cup of tea, you can still hang around and expect to be surprised by La manta. Its menu is kind of the unexpected style. From a rather normal tuna tartarre to fish lasagne, the menu is diverse in nature but seeks to center mostly around the theme of seafood. But if you are a fan of kangaroo, you have come to the right place as well. Nope, that is not a typo, the restaurant also specialises in tender kangaroo flesh, when better to broaden your horizons than when in a restaurant serving kangaroo flesh as if it was the most normal dish on earth? We encourage to to try not to flinch back and instead actually enjoy the dish in good humour and with an open mind. You might find yourself a new favourite dish! It can’t always be bacon and eggs for breakfast after all! Variety is very important for a saner life.

Le QG

Le QG restaurant is one which prides itself on its diversity, mirroring Reunion Island itself. The Chef Andre is accompanied by Abdou, the waiter who hails all the way from Senegal. It is ranked as the Number 1 restaurant in Plaine des Caffres on Trip Advisor. A quaint little building with yellow and white plain paint, nothing fancy on the outside to be quite honest but still this restaurant manages to demarcate itself with the good food. As an international style restaurant, the menu can be either eccentric or your normal everyday fare depending on where you are from. The restaurant is technically open for breakfast as from 07.00 but try making a reservation if you plan on arriving that early- after all, it’s a tiny place on a tiny island. It doesn’t actually open up that early on regular days. So if you just drive by on a fine Sunday morning, prepare yourself for a long wait if you haven’t bothered making a reservation in advance. Reservations are also necessary for other meals as well. Remember how it’s the number 1 restaurant in Plaine des Caffres? Yes, many people want to eat there. Sure, you may get lucky on a slow night or day but better be on the safe side and ensure that you will not return to your hotel hungry.

le qg reunion

If you feel like a steak, then Chef Andre will make you a mouth watering steak. If you feel like a plain rougaille saucice reunnionais style, he’ll be equally happy to serve you that instead. The restaurant implements local flavours in fine cuisine and classic creole dishes all while maintaining a great standard to astound customers and make them want to come back again and again. They have their menu in several languages such as English and German, so worry not, non-French speakers! Chef Andre and his little army got you covered!

La Perle du Lac

This is where you go when you haven’t eaten all day and are ready to eat a horse. Well, they don’t have horse on the menu but I think I got the point across indeed! La perle du lac is a buffet style restaurant, where you can choose either the buffet menu or the menu a la carte. Depending on your preferences, both offer great value for money and good food. With a warm welcome and smiling staff, your time at La Per le du Lac restaurant is bound to go smoothly. The place is clean with warm tones, giving a very homey atmosphere to customers who can relish their food in such a great atmosphere. A buffet at 20 euros per head is a bargain in Reunion island and with the level of service provided, you might as well wallow in regret if you miss it. The buffet menu, which is La perle du lac’s speciality includes entree, salads, main dishes and dessert. The menu is of course ever evolving to accommodate diners without boring them but client favourites always make a reappearance as well as special salads of the house and succulent dessert items.

perle du lac reunion

Certain things will surprise you as is the habit of most reunionnais restaurants with some outlandish menu item and for la perle du lac, it is the lentils cake. What most people would restrain to being a soup, they went and made cake out of it. Once you taste it though, you will most definitely keep wanting more! Other items on the menu are no less intriguing and await for visit during your holidays in Reunion Island. You can’t help but like the restaurant with its great location and welcoming atmosphere, it begs for an encore once you have been there. It is hard to find fault about La perle du lac, it is also very easily accessible even for those unused to the roads of Reunion island.

Le Kedai

Another weirdly named restaurant in Reunion Island, you should learn to expect no less with its wonderful mix of cultures! It is not French, don’t worry, your French is likely not that rusty yet. It is a creole word of unsure origins but in most contexts, it means a cooking utensil. One of the most important ones apart from the wok in Chinese cuisine. It is a rather common word in creole actually, be it Mauritian, Rodriguais or Reunnionais creole. Just another word from the average person’s daily lingo in a tropical island. However, what’s most interesting about Le Kedai restaurant is not the linguistic mystery of its name but rather, wait for it… it’s a Chinese restaurant. On the east coast no less! It makes for a good break from all the formal cuisine you have been indulging in most likely since your plane landed in Reunion Island. Serving generous portions of Chinese and creole cuisine, Le Kedai restaurant is a plain but efficient eatery.

le kedai reunion

The main objective is to get you fed with the least fuss aiming at maximum satisfaction. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn’t have a trip advisor page but you should find it without much difficulty. It is one the the few restaurants open in the evenings on the east coast- a rarity in over there as the usual visitors will attest to. On its usual menu, you will have sandwiches and classic Chinese dishes such as noodles and rice items with pork, shrimp or chicken. Whatever floats your boat, you are likely to find it there to sate that little special hunger for a chow mein. Do tell them how spicy or not spicy you want your food when ordering! You can also take your food as take away and find a nice spot in nature to enjoy it either by yourself or with a companion or two.

Le Massalé

Le Massale is where you will taste the authentic flavours of India. Sweet or savoury, this little café wants to make you fall under its spell. Oriental smells of very very many spices such as but not limited to cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and so forth permeate the place and you cannot help but want to taste each and every one of the delights on display. It is a rather quaint place with nondescript green and white paint with the name simply written high up. The interior resembles more a little snack bar with the prices stuck on the inside of the display cases. The menu is composed mostly of single cakes, similar to amuses bouches but believe me, one can lunch on a few dozen of these happily. Cakes such as samousas and pates are the more usual fare. And pate is not the meat pate that comes in a can and is spread on crackers but rather a delicious little savoury cake made with pate feuillete and folded like a cute rectangular envelop filled with delicious things such as cheese/corn/onions or chicken curry. Depending on what’s available for the day, feel free to broaden your horizons and give the cute little indian patisserie a go. You might end up loving their spiciness. These savoury cakes are served with a chutney or chilli paste which can be tangy with a lemony flavor or sweet and fruity if tomato base. There are even green chutneys for those who relish a less sugary experience sometimes!

le massale reunion island

Otherwise, if you have more of a sweet tooth, the restaurant can accommodate that as well. With gato banane or as it’s called at the restaurant- galette de banane, you will be a very happy person. This one is a simply batter of mashed overripe bananas, flour, sugar and some spices such as anis seed (the little ones) with all of that fried until dark brown. It is crispy on the outside and the inside melts in your mouth. If you are looking for a snack, you will like the kebab sticks which are heavily spiced with a more middle eastern touch- not to be missed!

Ile de La Réunion est sans aucun doute l’une des îles les plus aventureux dans l’océan Indien. C’est un pays qui présente un vacance complet pour n’importe qui à la recherche d’une véritable poussée d’adrénaline. Bien que, l’un des facteurs le plus impressionnant de l’île est de posséder le seul volcan actif dans la région, il a aussi quelques autres caractéristiques qui le distinguent de ses îles voisines. Les forêts d’émeraude, des cascades, des paysages montagneux et les routes tourbillonnant ainsi que la nature amicale de son peuple et la mer scintillante sont ce qui attire les touristes surtout pour découvrir ce caractère unique de l’île. Bien sûr, vous pourriez déjà vous imaginer sur la plage avec le sable réunionnais or scintillant à travers vos orteils, vous devriez déjà penser comment arriver a ce lagon calme et attirant.

Dina Morgabine

Situé sur la côte ouest aussi connue comme Saint Gilles les Bains, de l’île rocheuse se niche un grand hôtel trois étoiles, Dina Morgabine. La côte ouest est souvent dominé par les éclats du soleil et un climat tropical chaud tout au long de l’année. Les clients sont enchantés par la vue sur la mer turquoise visible du balcon privé. Dans un premier temps ses intérieurs peuvent sembler un peu hippie et un peu trop fort à votre goût, mais vous ne seriez pas déçu d’avoir cet hôtel. À des prix abordables, vous pouvez réserver une chambre size « standard » ou une suite avec sa propre petite cuisine charmante. Un énorme piscine est le centre de l’attention une fois que vous êtes dans cet hotel charmant avec style moderne. De plus, l’hôtel donne un accès sûr et privé à certaines zones de la plage du patrimoine. Ceci est l’endroit où vous pouvez vous imaginer être sous l’ombre fraîche des arbres, le sable blanc et la mer vous entour.

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Accro de sports nautiques? Ne vous inquiéter pas. L’hôtel propose de nombreux sports nautiques de la manière la plus en sécurité. Bien sur, vous ne seriez pas en mesure de résister à cela. L’hôtel fournit à ses clients de nombreux services: Un salon calme, terrains de golf, des cours d’aquagym, des salles de conférence, la gestion des événements, et le soin absolut de votre séjour. Saint Gilles les Bains a aussi quelques caractéristiques les plus étonnantes, comme le jardin Eden, aquarium, et Roches Noir, place de dauphin et le surf. Le personnel amical et souriant personnel vous guide à travers les meilleurs endroits à visiter dans l’île et fait tous les arrangements, même vous réserver un guide personnel. Pas besoin pour vous de vous fatiguer pour profiter d’un séjour mémorable.

Archipel, Résidence Hôtelière

Saint Gilles les Bains accueille un autre hôtel 3 étoiles, l’Archipel. Cet hôtel est ce que vous appelleriez moderne et accueillante. Devant la plage magnifique, l’hôtel se dresse dans toute sa grandeur majestueuse. Les prix peuvent vous surprendre, mais il est tout ce qu’il vaut vraiment la peine pour un séjour joyeux. Les salles de séminaires, cours de fitness, une piscine et un terrain de golf ajouter à l’ensemble d’une chambre studio ou un duplex. Pourtant, la caractéristique la plus attrayante de l’Archipel est son jardin tropical.

L'Archipel Residence
L’Archipel Residence

 

Construit dans les alentours de l’hôtel, le jardin tropical vous emmène à travers une phase d’un moment de détente et de paix. En effet, il est utile pour la planète, mais il est aussi un coin de notre goût. Les touristes qui n’aiment pas les gestes brillants et plus les choses exagérées, mais plutôt simples et modestes qui les déconnecte du monde matériel et qui peut toucher le cœur vont vraiment adorer ce jardin. Inutile de dire que l’hôtel offre de nombreux autres services tels que la réservation de vos voyages à travers l’île et la provision d’une liste de choses à faire, ne pas rater et même à ne pas faire.

 Tropic Appart

La station balnéaire de Saint Gilles les Bains abrite les 3 étoiles de Tropic Appart’Hotel. Son infrastructure moderne donne une touche sophistiquée à l’édifice et se distingue ainsi de autres hôtels autour de lui. Il symbolise aussi le développement des infrastructures de l’île de la Réunion et sa façon d’adopter un mode de vie moderne. Le concept moderne de l’hôtel nous lie en permanence à la réalité du monde extérieur, contrairement à certains dont l’architecture nous fait oublier tout concernant d’où nous venons. C’est un paradis pour nos vacanciers réalistes !

Tropic appart

L’hôtel semble mélanger l’intérieur d’un appartement et d’un hôtel dans une chambre simple avec balcon privé et mini cuisine très utile en temps de besoin inattendu ou pour rester connecté même pendant ses vacances a l’art de cuisiner. Dans les locaux, une piscine et des chaises longues sont faites à disposition. L’hôtel ajoute comme si un supplément impressionnant à la ville. Les clients peuvent ainsi aussi visiter les localités, restaurants, casino, faire du shopping et découvrir la vie nocturne réunionnaise. Le lagon est malheureusement peu accessible aux gens car ils n’ont que quelques mètres où ils peuvent nager, bronzer, se détendre, les sports nautiques de la pratique ou même aller pour la vision sous-marine. Tout cela pour assurer la sécurité des vacanciers.

Hôtel Les Créoles

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La côte ouest de l’île basaltique a un encore autre bel hôtel 3 étoiles. Comme son nom le présume, l’hôtel offre un aperçu de la culture créole par son architecture traditionnel en même temps possédant un intérieur et extérieur modernes. La nourriture, les chambres et la célèbre danse sega ajoute un peu d’épices bien nécessaire pour colorer ses vacances a la traditionnel. Il est vraiment un bonheur à l’âme lorsque votre hôtel a visiblement conservé la culture et les valeurs de l’île. Il vous donne l’opportunité d’admirer les environs si vous êtes a l‘intérieur ou a l’extérieur de l’hôtel. L’hôtel est également équipé d’une grande piscine et un coin salon en face. Vous pouvez jouer au billard, tennis de table ou tout simplement lire un roman tout en sirotant votre cocktai. Cela va vous intriguer de savoir que la localité vous permet de magasiner et profiter de toutes les installations dont une ville moderne peut offrir. Les visites de l’île peuvent également être organisées par l’hôtel sur demande.

L’hospitalité des hôtels réunionnais à Saint Gilles est remarquable. Ne perdez pas du temps et réservez votre billet d’avion dès maintenant!

Ile de la Réunion ressemble à un minuscule point dans l’océan Indien, mais vous trouverez que c’est une île spectaculaire avec de hautes montagnes, des canyons à couper le souffle, des lagons turquoises, des villes colorées et villages et cascades. Un département français d’outre-mer, la Réunion est un mélange magnifique d’influences françaises, asiatiques et africains. Il est vraiment une île enchanteresse; un paradis pour les aventuriers et les randonneurs ou pour ceux qui recherchent des vacances actives infusé avec de belles plages, des paysages à couper le souffle et des cultures fascinantes. Si vous êtes en visite pour la première fois, voici dix choses à faire dans l’île de la Réunion que je vous recommande vivement. J’ai essayé tous et chacun d’entre eux et les expériences que j’ai acquises étaient inoubliables!

Le paysage à la Réunion est absolument spectaculaire. Je suggère de louer une voiture et de conduire autour de l’île. Il est une grande île de sorte que vous voudrez peut-être vous-même le rythme. Conduisez la Route du Volcan ou dans le cirque de Cilaos pour certains des paysages les plus étonnants. Les étendues côtières offrent des vues charmantes de villages colorés, des lagunes et des plages tandis que l’intérieur est caractérisé par des montagnes impressionnantes, des canyons, des forêts (de forêts de pins à arbustes épais et fougères arborescentes sub-tropicales!) Et les hauts plateaux herbeux.

Reunion Island waterfalls

Une visite à Piton de la Fournaise, un des volcans les plus actifs du monde, est un must dans mon livre. Le paysage le long du chemin est  belle et sur l’approche du volcan, la route vous mène à travers la Plaine des Sables, une zone qui ressemble beaucoup à Mars!

Si vous êtes vraiment dans les volcans, je peux recommander la randonnée dans une ancienne coulée de lave du Piton de la Fournaise. La visite de tube de lave est un voyage merveilleux qui vous fera passer des formations intrigantes et des systèmes de tunnel. Je ne recommande pas si vous êtes enclin à la claustrophobie.

La Réunion est célèbre pour ses trois cirques (Mafate, Cilaos et Salazie), trois grandes caldeiras formés par l’effondrement d’un volcan bouclier. Parmi les trois, Mafate est inaccessible par la route, ce qui est idéal pour les randonneurs qui souhaitent profiter de la nature impressionnante dans la solitude totale. Il y a plusieurs villages à l’intérieur du Cirque de Mafate, qui ne sont accessibles que par des sentiers (et hélicoptères). Quelle que soit la voie que vous choisissez, vous serez garantis panoramas époustouflants, des rivières jaillissantes et des cascades et des forêts luxuriantes.

Reunion island Beach

Je vous recommande vivement de voir l’île de la Réunion de haut. Alors seulement vous être en mesure de vraiment apprécier sa topographie impressionnante et variée. Du volcan aux cirques incroyables, des forêts verdoyantes et des cascades élégantes, c’est une expérience que vous ne serez pas facilement oublié!

Saint-Denis est la capitale et la plus grande ville. Il est idéal pour se promener autour de cette belle ville – ne pas oublier de vérifier sa belle architecture et visiter ses marchés.

Une autre ville de marché à visiter est de Saint-Pierre sur la côte sud avec son marché animé samedi. Il est un endroit idéal pour déguster des spécialités locales comme Bon Piment et une variété de rhum, acheter haut de vanille de qualité et ramasser quelques souvenirs. Une autre ville, je vraiment aimé était Saint Gilles les Bains, avec ses boutiques colorées et des plages de sable fin.

La plupart des plus beaux lagons de l’île se trouvent sur la côte ouest, entre Saint-Paul et Saint-Leu. Ici, vous trouverez de vastes étendues de plages de sable fin, allant du blanc au noir! Les zones de plage les plus populaires sont autour de La Saline les Baines – ici vous trouverez une variété d’hôtels, chambres d’hôtes, restaurants et bars, comme au Coco Beach. Vous pouvez choisir de lézarder sur la plage, faire de longues promenades, ou offrez-vous dans une variété de sports nautiques comme la plongée, planche à voile et stand-up-pagayer.

Ce fut l’une de mes expériences préférées à La Réunion. Une vieille coulée de lave a été sculpté dans un canyon de la rivière, avec des murs étonnants de chaque côté, piscines tranquilles, suivies par des rapides et des chutes d’eau. Ce fut une expérience incroyable, sauter sur les murs (certains jusqu’à 12 mètres de haut) dans la piscine ci-dessous, la luge d’une piscine à l’autre ou flottant sur la rivière.

La Réunion présente un mélange fascinant de cultures françaises, africaines et asiatiques, résultant en un large éventail de plats délicieux et arts de la scène. Allez sur un «tour alimentaire» à l’un des marchés (comme mon préféré, le marché du samedi à Saint-Pierre) et laissez vous aller dans la cuisine créole. Si vous pouvez, demander autour de places pour assister à des performances étonnantes par une troupe de et les beaux danseurs Mahoya. Et ne pas oublier de goûter quelques-uns des fameux rhum de l’île!

La Réunion est un endroit idéal pour faire l’expérience de la vie marine de près. Il existe différents pour les dauphins et les excursions d’observation des baleines. Ce sera l’occasion d’une vie à se joindre à des scientifiques du projet Dare Win comme ils font des recherches sur les systèmes de communication complexes des dauphins et des baleines. Si vous êtes chanceux, vous pouvez même aller plongée libre avec les dauphins et les baleines avec les chercheurs!

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Après toutes ces activités pleines d’action, vous méritez un peu de repos. Vous pouvez retourner à la plage ou dans les collines ou votre hotel luxurieux.

Today’s mundane life has turned us into working machines. People are possessed by stress. In such a situation, it is best to find means of exorcising it out of them. A simple step could be going on a vacation with family, friends or the distinguished presence of your own self. The Indian Ocean is a mine of treasures that would energise the body, mind and soul. Among the many islands, Reunion Island stands out. Born of a volcanic formation, the island has a rocky and uneven surface with breathtaking panoramic sceneries, be it the blue sea or the misty mountains. One of the most favorite activities of Reunionais and tourists is hiking. The mountains and forests are so alluring that they make hiking the top of the to-do list, even if you are not a risk taking person.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary

Travelling gives birth to new feelings and attitude to the traveller. For the holidays, I went to Reunion Island encumbered by the oceanic blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Going on the trip alone was no less than a challenge. Yet, I challenged myself further by opting to indulge myself in the most adventurous and thrilling activity of the island, hiking. In Reunion Island, even though hiking is made easy by the authorities as they cleanly and diligently maintain the areas of trail, trippers still need a reliable and knowledgeable guide by their side. Among the many exciting places for trek, I chose to go to Piton des Neiges.

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Before going on that trip, I was required to do some bookings and payments which were easily done with a couple of clicks. On the selected day, dressed in comfortable trekking pants, shirt, jacket, shoes, cap and duffle bag-which has to have mosquito repellent cream, mineral water, snacks, towel, spare clothes, map, medicines-I was accompanied by numerous trekkers, who were at that point of time, strangers. Clustered with a group of people and enlightened by a friendly guide, we started our journey at the La Caverne Dufour whose peak houses a mountain hut reserved for hikers. The journey could have been covered in a single day, but as we wanted to sojourn in that special hut, we made it a two-day trip. After walking an hour or so, we reached the peak of La Caverne Dufour in early evening, where the hut welcomed us in the coziness of a home. Giving in to tiredness and cold, we all retreated in the privacy and warmth of our individual cabins and groped on the delicious food. In a minimum amount of spare, strangers became friends. I marveled at the relationship that we human beings share. Closing my eyes, I let sleep take control over my mind and body.

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If anyone wants to witness the enchanting sunrise from the highest mountain of the Indian Ocean, then the perfect way to do so is to reach the peak of Piton des Neiges at the perfect way. This is what we did. We commenced our second part of the journey after a light breakfast. As we marched all the way to the top of the mountain, in the wee hours of the morning, temperature dropped to such an extent that even the stars seemed to be shivering out of cold. Like all adventurers, we carried on with our trip without losing much confidence, with torches and lamps illuminating our path. I was exhausted, not to admit that would be a blatant lie, yet the prospect of being the first one to greet the sun in all its magnificent glory kept me moving.

The rustling of dead branches and leaves, the hooves of nocturne birds fleeing the day and the running of the nearby lake kept us entertained. I imagined myself being cast in a slow motion song. Early mornings like these are appropriate for a meditation session and to discovering oneself, as I did. Taking deep breaths, accepting oxygen in its purest form and feeling it captivating my lungs, vessels and brain, I relished that moment. It was almost as if positivity is replacing negativity. As I was escalating to a higher altitude, my mind began revolving concepts of existentialism and self-contentment that I never acknowledged. It might’ve frightened me. But now that I think of it, I feel I have matured.

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A tiresome ascension. Oh! I see. The final step of our journey. The sun was about to rise. With a final dash, we conquered the peak just in time. Inhaling lungful of air and waiting for the yellow ball seemed to be the most patient thing on Earth for me to do. Eyes fixated towards the horizon, there it was, finally coming out of its cocoon. The sun gradually rose in the sky and bathed us all with its warm rays. Tiredness, soreness, numbness, sweat and cold were all forgotten in a jiffy. The warm feel of light on my face was just indescribable, almost out of the world. I stood there, facing the sun, and realized, that thing really is something powerful as it burns and still continues to shine and inspires all of us to do same. The experience had been an enchanted one…full of magic.

Mother Nature does wonders and I might just have witnessed that.

We hope your next hiking trip would be as enchanted as our traveller’s.

Reunion Island is undoubtedly one of the most adventurous islands in the Indian Ocean. It is a total package for anyone in search for a real adrenaline rush. Though, the island’s most prominent feature is having the only active volcano in the region, it also has some other characteristics that set it apart from its neighbouring islands. The emerald forests, waterfalls, the mountainous landscapes, soul-twisting and swirling roads, the friendly nature of its people and the scintillating crystal clear sea are all what attract a tourist mostly to discover the uniqueness of the island.  Sure, you could already fantasize yourself on the Reunionais beach with the golden sand glistening through your toes and on your way to lurch yourself in the lap of the calm lagoon.

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A good hotel makes your stay pleasurable, but the best hotel makes it memorable. We are here to guide  you through the best hotels in Reunion Island so as you would depart with no regrets.

1. Hotel Le Saint Pierre

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Le Saint Pierre Hotel is a luxurious three-star hotel located in the heart of the constantly busy city of Saint Pierre. Adorned with the elegant touch of modern architecture, the hotel is a perfect destination for those who worship materialism. Here, you will not find any old relics, but rather freshly conceptualized and up-to date decorations. Despite being in the commercial city of the island, the hotel offers quite a peaceful atmosphere. It caters for all class of people. You may book a standard room or a room suite, both with a private balcony overlooking the city, for affordable prices(depends in which season you go). For the corporate people, a conference room equipped with the latest technologies is made available. It is a real delight to have breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack or even a drink in the outdoor restaurant. Not only are you illuminated by the bright sunlight of the sun during the day, but also the green garden brings in an air of freshness and the continuous gushing of mini waterfall in the pool feels your ears with the soft sound. It is a real relaxation moment when you can sit by the moonlight and twinkling stars sipping wine in a cool environment. The hotel offers a gamut of services to its guests. Trips to different parts of the island via rental cars and helicopter rides and activities such as snorkeling, big game fishing, diving, paragliding, trekking and catamaran tours are all organized by the hotel staff.  The interiors and services of the hotel are not its only best features. The only active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and the marine port are situated within few kilometers from the hotel. If you are looking for something sophisticated and modern, then Hotel Le Saint Pierre is your place

2. Dina Morgabine

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The west coast, Saint Gilles les Bains, of the rocky island nestles another great three-star hotel, Dina Morgabine. The west coast is often dominated by the glares of the sun and a warm tropical climate throughout 300 days. The guests are enchanted by the view of the turquoise sea facing their private balcony. However, at first its interiors may look somewhat hipster and a little too loud for your taste, yet you would not be dejected in choosing this hotel. At affordable prices, you can book a standard room or a suite with kitchenette. A huge 75-feet swimming pool is the centre of all attention once you are on the grounds. Moreover, the hotel gives a safe and private access to some areas of the Heritage beach. This is where you can imagine yourself being..under the cool shade of trees, the white sand, and the sea awaiting you. Water sports freak? Not to worry. The hotel offers many water sports in the most secure way. Surely, you wouldn’t be able to resist that. The hotel supplies its guests with many services: A calm lounge, golf courses, aqua gym classes, conferencing arrangements, event management, and taking care of your séjour. Saint Gilles les Bains also has some most amazing features, like the Eden Garden, aquarium, and Roches Noir, the dolphin and surfing spot. The staff friendly and smiling staff guides you through the best places to visit in the island and makes all the arrangements, even booking you a personal guide. No need for you to tire yourself to enjoy a memorable stay.

3. Archipel, Résidence Hôtelière

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Saint Gilles les Bains accommodates another 3-star hotel, the Archipel. This hotel is what you would call modern and homey. Proudly overlooking the beach, the hotel stands in all its majestic grandeur. The prices may surprise you but it is all totally worth it for a gleeful stay. The seminar rooms, fitness classes, swimming pool and golf course add to the package of a studio room or a duplex one. Yet, the most attractive feature of the Archipel is its tropical garden. Built in the hotel premises, the tropical garden takes you through a phase of a moment of relaxation and peace. Indeed, it is helpful for the planet but it is also a corner of our liking. Tourists do not like shiny and over the top things, but rather simple and modest gestures that disconnects them from the material world and that can touch the heart and that garden is just another example. Needless to say, the hotel offers many other services like booking your trips to the island and giving you a list of do’s and don’ts.

4. Tropic Appart

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The seaside resort of Saint Gilles les Bains in the west coast shelters the 3-star Tropic Appart’Hotel.  Its modern infrastructure gives a sophisticated touch to the building. It also symbolizes Reunion Island’s infrastructural development and its way of adopting a modernized lifestyle. The modern concept of the hotel continuously binds us with the reality of the outer world, unlike some whose architecture makes us forget all about where we came from. The hotel seems to blend the interiors of an apartment and a hotel into one single room with private balcony and kitchenette. In the premises, swimming pool and sun beds are made at disposal. The hotel is an additional feature in the city. Guests may as well as visit the localities, restaurants, casino, shopping and discover the Reunionais nightlife. The lagoon too is very accessible to the guests with mere metres to walk where they can swim, sunbathe, relax, practice water sports or even going for underwater vision. It all happens in a safe environment.

5. Hotel Les Créoles

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The western coast of the basaltic island has another beautiful 3-star hotel. As it name goes, the hotel offers an insight of the creole culture through its traditional yet modern interior and exterior design, the food, the rooms and the famous sega dance. It is truly a bliss to the soul when your hotel too has preserved the culture and values of the island. It gives you the awe moment to admire the surroundings whether you are in or out of the hotel. The hotel is also equipped with a large swimming pool and lounge area facing it. You may play billiard, table tennis or simply read a novel while sipping your cocktail in that area. It may interest you to know that the locality allows you to shop and enjoy all the facilities that a modern city can provide. The tours of the island can also be arranged by the hotel upon request.

The hospitality of the Reunionais Hotels is remarkable. Don’t waste your time and book your trip now!

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean (Part 2)

Make your way back to Part 1, The Mighty Indian Ocean
  • Sri Lanka

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My expedition of the Indian Ocean consisted visiting all the islands. I remember booking my ticket for Sri Lanka halfheartedly for the island had not the same splendor as the other ones. However my prejudiced perception of the island changed when I started touring the island. In April, the Sri Lankan weather is undeniably hot and dry. The glowing medallion stands proud and bright in the spotless blue sky the whole day. Clouds were not that visible. With the temperature at 30°C and above, I just could not resist splashing into the coolness of the mighty sea. Really relaxing! The outer hotness is nothing compared to the freshness of the water that covers your body. Needless to say, the sea is just perfected according to climatic changes and I think that’s the best part of the weather influencing the Sea-Goddess, as believed in Sri Lanka. The weather changes in April also provided me with some unforgettable memories. I could witness the epic gathering of more than a hundred elephants. I was graced by the presence of majestic whales and was privileged enough to swim in the company of friendly dolphins. Now, I really look forward to unlock more of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems under a different weather.

  • Comoros Islands

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Comoros Islands! What can I say about it? Being an adventurer takes me places where I never imagined myself going. I’m not to be entirely blamed. Comoros Islands is a group of small islands located in the most secluded point in the Indian Ocean. Sure, it is sandwiched between Madagascar and the African continent, but it still is not that popular. Yet, one visit can alter our opinion. Under the fiery sun in the hot and dry month of July, tourists have many choices: Going sightseeing (after applying sun cream) is a great thing to do. The beauty of the nature and of the people can be appreciated under the protection of the sun. However, the best thing to do is swimming in the crystal clear and cool waters of the sea. In the waters, you feel as though the outer high temperature drops instantaneously. A pleasurable and enjoyable swim can be enjoyed.

  • Pulau Weh

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Set as a tiny tropical rock near Sumatra, Pulau Weh or Weh Island, is an exotic place for independent adventures or bonding couples. This remote and beautiful island welcomed me in September, the summer season of the Indonesian tropical climate. Unlike other islands, Weh Island’s escalating temperatures are not unbearable. The humid atmosphere has me anticipating my visits across the island. Diving being a remarkable feature of this island, converted me into a pro. The coolness of the sea had me exploring the depths of the sea again and again and its lush coral gardens. Rainfall could be considered as an ominous hindrance to your tours across this paradise island. So without the heavy drops of rain and strong wind, I could spend time discovering the marvelous marine life, the various species of sharks(from a distant), and its unique wildlife.

  • Pemba Island

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Much people have not yet discovered the wonders of this island located in the Zanzibar archipelago. Green Island, or as called Pemba Island in Arabic, holds true to its name. It is covered in lush green forests that attract people to admire its beauty. Heavily influenced by rain in July, the island is not what you can call the prefect bling bling place for illusionary enjoyment and party. The island disconnects you from every other disturbance. It is as though I’ve entered a new world with no pollution, no advance technology, no noise and no hypocrisy. The clove producing island is a myth to many as because of its remote location and unpublicized beauty, it has rarely a place in our ‘bucket list’. Despite the rain drops and cool temperature, the island still allows you to explore the rich cultural history and landscape. Who says swimming is not pleasurable in rainfall? For me, it had been a whole new experience where I let Mother Nature take things in control and guide me…sometimes I just get carried away by my emotions.. I mean when Mother Nature is not menacing and frightening.

  • Havelock Island

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Travelling offers you a spectrum of gifts and memories. One such is allowing you to discover the undiscovered virtues of Havelock Island. Being the largest island in the Ritchie’s Archipelago and situated in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar, the Havelock Island is a distinguished and glorious island welcoming many tourists, be it honeymoon couples, friends, families or me. While water sports, marine life, the flora and fauna, and the mysterious tribes, people and cultures have conquered the hearts of many people, including mine, the exceptional climate still remains my favorite. It seems to me, like most of the islands of the Indian Ocean, the Havelock Island too has its climate molded into perfection. As I have visited the island in January, in my opinion it is the only best time to book your trip. Though winter, it is not that cold not to go out uncover the enigmas of the island. Actually, the cool temperature makes it all incredible great. Going out in the day, walking alongside elephants on the beach, swimming in an unusual condition, trekking in the fog, scuba diving, snorkeling, and plunging into the deep beautiful natural structures of the marine parks and marveling the exquisites of them, are all a total winter package. My coat was just an extra precaution. But I am glad that my winter trip was a real success, where I would have freezed to death in the European winter climate.

Sometimes, it is best to go with the flow and not be worried with small technicalities like the climate. The best of the things are demystified when we are not in control. What’s the use of going into an adventure when afraid of taking risks! It is better to be surprised by Nature, rather than planning it all out. Believe me, it is euphoric.

 

 

Snow in the Tropics

piton des neiges

One small piece of land in a vast ocean is the domicile of snow and lava. Piton des Neiges is the highest peak in Reunion Island. At the top, you can see a light dusting of snow, white against the blue sky, contrasting with the surroundings. It is a flourishing area, with a marvelous view of trees and other types of flora.

Snow on a tropical island?

Who would have thought of such a thing?

In fact, the Mascareignes are well-known for the perpetually warm temperature. Reunion Island affords the timely visitor a one of a kind experience. The climb is not hard for a healthy individual, so have fun climbing!

Lava gushes every once in a while in Reunion Island

volcano reunion island

A fiery red carpet stretching a little less than 3 miles away from the actual volcano is one beautiful sight- undeniably nature at its most magnificent.

Piton de la Fournaise is one of the most active volcanoes worldwide at present. It is not the only crater on the island, Piton des Neiges has been dormant since an estimated 20,000 years. As the area is uninhabited, the eruptions cause little to no damage. Even in its period of relative inactivity, it is a sight to behold- a majestic structure which changes every few years when the volcano spits some more lava.

The Towering Mountains of the Tiny Island

maido reunion island

Reunion Island, as many volcanic islands, is densely mountainous. Given the mild climate in the higher altitude regions, it gives a sharp contrast with the sunny and cheery sea. For the contemplative traveler, this is the place to be. There are mountains to climb, maidos to admire, forests to explore, so many new discoveries to be made nestled between rocky ranges.

Reunion Island has mountains that are fantasies come true, it’s comparable to walking into another realm of peace and solitude among nature.

Bourbon Vanilla

bourbon vanilla reunion island

There is an exquisite magic about bourbon vanilla that makes everybody swoon. From patisserie, scented candles to perfume, vanilla finds itself an important ingredient. The slightly heavy sweet smell of vanilla can be one of the most pleasing aroma in existence. So loved it is that the most renowned perfume makers make it practically a must to have at least one vanilla eau de parfum in their range.

For the aficionado, Reunion Island is Heaven 2.0. The island is home to some of the truly impressive bourbon vanilla fields around. It’s worth a visit and you may drive among the fields, enjoy the wafting smell for hours at one end.

 Cirques- no, not the circus kind!

cirques reunion island

Unlike the usual image of colorful and cheery clowns, this isn’t that kind of cirque. In Reunion Island, there are three imposing calderas, also known as a cirque in French. These structures are home to countless plants and animals, big and small- the calderas are shelters to them all.

Places left untainted by heavy modernization, the large volcano-like formations are among the World Heritage of UNESCO. They easily take up 40 % of the island itself. Cirque de Salazie, Mafate and Cilaos are definitely among your must sees in La Reunion.

Signature of the Indian Ocean- Perfect Seas

reunion island beach

Like the many sister islands of Reunion Island, the latter has been blessed with blue seas, white sands and a warm sun shining most of the year. There are areas specifically designated to be safe to swim in.

The waters hide sharp-teethed sharks and it is important to keep within boundaries to prevent mishaps.

On the other hand, this makes Reunion Island perfect for diving with sharks! Are you an adrenaline junkie who has also has an intense love for the sea and its creatures? Then this is the place for you to go next. Not only does it promise to be a mind-blowing experience but it is also a preemptive strike off that future bucket list!

Feel like being pampered yet? Nope? You will, soon.

hotel resort reunion island

From the moment you set foot in the lavish hotel to the very last second, it is highly probable that you will have the time of your lives. Some hotels are older but still very well-maintained with excellent service.

Accompanied with pools, bars, gyms and dance rooms among others, amenities vary from hotel to hotel in Reunion Island. Some are closer to the beaches while others near to the city center. It’s all a guarantee of luxury which will have you wanting more.

Imagine waking up to the view of the turquoise sea or the green cirque with a scrumptious breakfast as well as an impeccable massage as the cherry on top.

 

Time to make a move, L’île de la Réunion awaits you!

 

Voisine de l’île Maurice, L’île de La Réunion est un département d’outre-mer de la République française. L’île d’origine volcanique couvre une superficie de plus de 2500km² et est la plus grande île de l’archipel des Mascareignes. Que visiter pendant votre séjour sur cette île paradisiaque? 10 choix que nous avons faits avec le plus de méticulosité.

L’île bénéficie d’un climat tropical équitable, résultant en une végétation luxuriante, d’une verdure abondante et près de la moitié de la superficie totale de l’île de la Réunion est classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Avec ses nombreux sommets, volcans et “remparts”, l’île est un musée en plein air où la nature est intense.

La Réunion offre plus de 900 km de sentiers balisés que vous pouvez découvrir en randonnée. Un des sentiers les plus prisés est celui du Piton des Neiges qui s’élève à plus de 3070 mètres au-dessus du niveau de la mer  (point culminant de l’île).

La Réunion est un lieu de découverte, de paysages divers, d’une culture vivante et d’activités palpitantes. En effet, la majorité des hôtels à la Réunion sont vides pendant la journée, tellement il y a de choses à découvrir tout autour. Tellement que c’était une tâche à rétrécir notre liste des 10 lieux incontournables à La Réunion. Que faire à la reunion?

1. Le Piton de La Fournaise

Le Piton de La Fournaise est l’un des volcans les plus actifs de la planète. Le volcan est l’endroit le plus visité de l’île de la Réunion et probablement l’attraction la plus palpitante de tout l’océan Indien. Ce volcan mythique peut être visité en avion, en hélicoptère ou en ULM. La meilleure façon de découvrir le volcan reste la plus dure, le trekking!

Le Piton de la Fournaise
Le Piton de la Fournaise

Le massif du Piton de la Fournaise est notre choix numéro un pour de nombreuses raisons. Parmi les raisons, la vue panoramique du haut du sommet. Ceux qui ont fait le trajet jusqu’au sommet peuvent sans doute vous parler de la vue exceptionnelle sur le reste de l’île! Commencez par la visite du piton de la fournaise si vous ne savez point que faire à la réunion.

2. Le cirque de Mafate

Le cercle de Mafate est l’un des trois célèbres cirques se trouvant au cœur de l’île de la Réunion. La caldeira de Mafate entoure un petit village du même nom. Un village très surprenant car il est situé à près de 2000 mètres au-dessus du niveau de la mer.

Cercle de Mafate
Cirque de Mafate

Si vous cherchez à passer une journée dans un endroit insolite, Mafate vaut vraiment la peine. Aucune route ne conduit à Mafate, aucune de chance de tomber sur une voiture ou un bus, la seule façon de visiter Mafate est à pied.

3. Le Cirque du Cilaos

Cilaos est une cirque situé à côté de Mafate, mais contrairement à son voisin, Cilaos est accessible par la route mais vous pouvez toujours  faire du trekking pour atteindre son sommet. Cilaos est célèbre pour ses canyons et des cascades impressionnantes où de nombreuses activités de sports extrêmes comme le canyoning et l’escalade peuvent être pratiqués.

Cercle du cilaos
Cirque de Cilaos

Cilaos est considéré comme un emplacement de pointe pour le canyoning, un site de renommée international. Bon nombres de gorges cachés à découvrir. Outre ces activités électrisantes, vous pourrez également découvrir le petit village de Cilaos, bien connu pour les produits traditionnels comme les lentilles ou son rhum de canne à sucre vieux-style!

4. La Voile de la Mariée

La Voile de la Mariée est l’un des nombreux trésors naturels de l’île de la Réunion. Cette cascade est célèbre pour l’illusion d’optique qu’il produit. Les chutes d’eau ressemblent à des voiles de mariée! Plusieurs chutes forment cette chute d’eau qui finit dans une piscine naturelle entourée par la flore somptueuse.

Cascade Voile de la Mariee
Voile de la Mariee

Lors de la visite des cirques, s’arrêter au Voile de la Mariée est un must. La meilleure façon d’y arriver est en traversant le petit village de Hell-Bourg sur votre chemin vers Salazie.

5. Le Marché de Saint-Paul

Le Marché de Saint-Paul qui s’ouvre le vendredi et le samedi a la réputation d’être le plus beau marché de l’île de la Réunion. Ce marché ouvert est situé sur le front de mer de la ville et est sans aucun doute le marché le plus touristique de l’île.

Marché de Saint Paul à l'île de la Réunion
Marché de Saint Paul à l’île de la Réunion

Le marché est le meilleur endroit pour découvrir la culture et les traditions culinaires de l’île de la Réunion. Plus de 300 exposants proposent des produits locaux, épices, fruits et légumes. Le Marché de Saint-Paul est également le meilleur endroit pour trouver des cadeaux-souvenirs de la Réunion.

6. Saint-Denis

Aussi connu comme la vieille ville, Saint-Denis est la capitale de l’île de la Réunion. Situé dans le nord, la capitale accueille les principaux centres administratifs de l’île. Dans un point de vue historique Saint-Denis est très important pour la Réunion avec ses musées et monuments culturels.

Saint Denis
Saint Denis

7. La plage de l’Ermitage

La Réunion ne se résume pas seulement qu’aux montagnes, les caldeiras et des pics vertigineux. La côte ouest de l’île est bénie avec des magnifiques plages. L’Ermitage est la plage la plus longue plage de l’île de la Réunion. Près de deux kilomètres de sable blanc pour placer votre serviette et profiter d’un bain de soleil.

La Plage de l'Ermitage
La Plage de l’Ermitage

La plage de l’Ermitage est l’endroit idéal pour passer un peu de temps et profiter du côté tropicale de l’île. La plage est bordée de filaos fournissant un peu d’ombre et est protégé par un récif de corail. Les hôtels, Les Créoles ou Archipel Résidence sont des choix de logement aux environs la plage.

8. La plage du Boucan Canot

Boucan Canot est une autre célèbre plage de la côte ouest de l’île de la Réunion. Cette plage touristique de Saint-Gilles-les-Bains est idéale pour le bronzage, la baignade, la plongée, le surf et autres activités de loisirs sensationnels.

Boucan Canot

Contrairement à la plage de l’Ermitage, Boucan Canot peut être bondé surtout pendant le week-end. Cependant, durant la semaine, la plage est très calme.

9. Le jardin D’éden

Le jardin d’éden est un magnifique jardin botanique de 2,5 hectares qui comprend plus de 700 espèces de plantes. Vous découvrirez à travers une promenade de deux heures une grande variété de la faune et de la flore tropicale dont certaines espèces endémiques de l’île de la Réunion.

Le Jardin d'Eden- La Réunion
Le Jardin d’Eden- La Réunion

Même si elle est située au cœur de Saint-Gilles, Le jardin d’éden est l’un des endroits les plus calmes de la ville. Si vous aimez les plantes et le calme, nous recommandons vivement ce jardin botanique.

10. L’Aquarium de la Réunion

Découvrez la vie marine abondante de l’océan Indien dans cet aquarium situé à Saint-Gilles-les-Bains. L’aquarium comprend plus de 500 espèces de poissons et des récifs coralliens naturels nichés dans plus de 600 000 litres d’eau.

L'Aquarium de la Réunion
L’Aquarium de la Réunion

L’aquarium est une excellente alternative pour découvrir la vie aquatique comme un remplacement pour la plongée et offre aussi oppurtunité de découverte en jours de pluie!

Link to the English article

If you are planning to visit Mauritius’ neighbor, you got to know the Top 10 things to do in Réunion island before you arrive over there.

Frankly speaking, Réunion Island(French: La Réunion) is not the perfect beach destination for your holidays compared to other islands like Mauritius. Compared to its neighbors, Réunion has got major assets which well defines the type of tourism people do over there. Being a volcanic island helped La Reunion to shape its paysages over millions of years of weathering.

Sarcastically, it was just the landscape applying some makeup. The results are more than fantastic. No words in the world can describe the beauty of the landscapes in La Reunion Island.  Even the photos do not speak of the actual cliché you can see with your eyes while visiting the island.

#1 Climb the Piton des Neiges

One of the best places to be in La Réunion is Piton des Neiges, the highest peak of the Mascarene Islands. This mountain stands at 3070 m. Hiking lovers will surely love this place. Climbing is worth it once in a lifetime. You will discover wonderful paysages as you evolve along your track. For slow climbers, the ascension may take two days and one night. It is highly advised to travel light or you may well be discouraged. There is a camp base at the top where you can spend the night and enjoy the view.

Piton-des-neiges-Réunion Island
Piton des neiges Réunion Island

The difference between piton des neiges and other mountains is that there is no risk of avalanche. La Reunion being a small islands, rescue services will not take long before arriving. Till day, there has been no recorded hiking accident. Do not forget some warm clothing as it might get very cold up there in winter as well as in summer. Our advice to you: Just go ahead, hire a guide and do it!

#2 Take a helicopter tour over the island

The best scenery of Réunion Island resides in its wild interior, which features kilometres deep canyons and calderas, waterfalls, and an active volcano. There are many roads that you can follow to take you visit some great paysages in the island’s interior. On the other hand, some places are reachable only by hiking. Hiking may be very tiresome for elderly people and those who don’t have enough time. The perfect alternative is to helicopter tour the island.

 Réunion-Island-Helicopter-Tour
Réunion Island Helicopter Tour

It may be the perfect first time experience for those who have never done helicopter tours before. You will feel the adrenaline rise and will feel like a bird. Just enjoy the view.

#3 Visit Piton de la Fournaise volcano

The Piton de la Fournais is one of the most beautiful paysages that the south of the indian ocean can offer. The Reunions islands only active volcano looms over the island and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world with more than 150 eruptions recorded since the 17th century! It stands at some 2632 m high.

When you first arrive to the site, you will have to climb down a very long stairway where your hiking adventures will begin. There are several craters which you can visit along your way. There is a road which will take you to the caldera which you can hike down then up the volcano’s cone.

Piton-De-La-Fournaise
Piton De La Fournaise

The last eruption was recorded in 2007. The Piton de la Fournaise offers a great show and the pictures are simply wonderful.

#4 Visit the Le Maido

Réunion island is host to many impressive canyons. One of them is the “Cirque de Mafate” nearly a kilometer deep. Le Maido is a scenic overview of the “Cirque de Mafate”. The Cirque has no roads down into it. The best way to discover it is by doing a long hike, driving up to the viewpoint or helicopter touring which is the perfect choice. Driving up to the top is nearly half the fun. You ascend over about 3000 vertical meters in less than 24km, with dozens of twists, bends and zig zags. Event the road is paved, you have to pay attention to your driving since there a ditches with steep drop-offs on the sides.

Le-Maido
Le Maido

The sights from Le Maido are astonishing. You can see for miles into and across the Cirque de Mafate, which is full of rocky valleys that were formed by million of years of erosion. You need to get to the site by 9 AM to avoid watching into nothing but clouds. After this time, clouds start invading the Cirque. The sun is intense at the Maido. You will need to bring some sunscreen and inevitably warm clothing due to the low temperatures.

#5 Visit bassin des Aigrettes

The clear water from this natural pool at the foot of a breathtaking waterfalls will amaze you. Worth the visit during your stay in the island.

Bassin-des-Aigrettes
Bassin des Aigrettes

#6 Visit the Rivière des Remparts Canyon

The Rivière des Remparts is a creek that from the volcanic plateaus in the south-central portion of the island. All along its paths, the river sculpted a superb deep canyon, whose vertical green walls rise up to one kilometer from the river valley below. There is a viewpoint where you can admire the canyon along the road to the volcano. As for the Maido, the best time to visit the site is during the morning for the same reasons.

#7 Visit the St-Gilles Aquarium

600,000 liters of seawater dedicated to wildlife and underwater flora of Reunion Island.

The St-Gilles Aquarium is home to some 500 fish species, jack fish, sharks, seahorses, lobsters, corals. A journey at the aquarium can be fun and educational. You will find souvenir shops and restaurants where you can taste the local delicacies.

#8 Visit the beaches across the west coast

Being an island, Réunion is circled by beaches. The best beaches are found between St-Gilles and Hermitage les bains. The beaches in this zone are sand beaches which are sheltered from large waves by coral reefs just offshore.

#9 Drive to Cilaos

Driving to Cilaos is the worth the place out of the ten best things to do in the island. The road follows a canyon and rises thousands of metres in about 40 kilometers before finally arriving at Cilaos in the Cirque de Cilaos valley. To achieve this elevation change, the road twists and turns via a few hundred switchbacks many of which have completely blind turns. The street contracts in numerous spots to a single lane, so you need to be giving careful attention to your driving.

You will find spectacular views during your journey and will probably stop many times to take photos.

It is best to do the drive to Cilaos in the morning in order to get the best views as clouds tend to roll in the center part of the island during the morning.

#10 Visit the island’s incredible waterfalls

Go visit the waterfalls around the island. You have an extraordinary palette of choice. You can even go swimming at some spots.

The best ones are basin des Aigrettes and Takamaka.