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Visit Reunion Island: Practical Tips

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.

A Fly over Indian Ocean!

Indian Ocean Sunset

The Indian Ocean: nestled in its warm waters are beautiful tropical destinations. The third largest island in the world, Madagascar, with its unique endemic fauna and interesting culture, is located just off the coast of Africa. A little further east are the islands of Mauritius and Reunion with their superb and fantastic beaches offering a variety of activities and water sports. The countless islands in the Maldives and the Seychelles all have a fantastic underwater world ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as some of the best beaches in the world.

Mauritius

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Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical island with as capital Port Louis, which is located in the north west of the island. This city is the business center and main administration of the island. To visit the capital, you can start with the Caudan Waterfront followed by the market where exotic fruits vegetables and souvenir of the island will delight your eyes,.

You will also have the opportunity to discover the Aapravasi Ghat – UNESCO Heritage site- where the many Indian immigrant landed when they first came to the island. Le Morne located southwest of the island was also declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2008. The mountain of Le Morne is a strategic location that was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, thinking that if they were captured again and they would be killed, so they chose to jump from the top of the mountain. They preferred death to save their honor, their dignity and their right to freedom.

The welcome is warm in Mauritius. You can also discover different cultures and exquisite traditional food such as chicken curry and rougaille. Mauritian sega is the musical soul of the island. There is a lot of places of interest to visit on the island. Do not miss the beautiful beaches surrounded by warm lagoons and calm seas. These perfect conditions allow you to go to the discovery of the underwater treasures of the ocean Indian. You will surely want to stay in Mauritius.

More than 200 species of fish live in Mauritian waters. And these waters allow for many different activities such as swimming, windsurfing, diving, snorkeling, big game fishing, or swimming with Dolphins. Savour island hopping trip in Mauritius on the catamaran with sun and sea, beer and guitars in hand while discovering surrounding islands – Ile Aux Cerfs, Ile aux Aigrettes…

Mauritius is a tropical island with lush greens, you can admire the magnificent panorama of the island during a tour to Curepipe, on Trou Aux Cerfs, to beautifully end your sojourn.

Reunion Island

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Located in the Mascarene Islands, the island of Reunion, a French department offers to the traveler the unique charms of a tropical island in the Indian Ocean.

To the north lies Saint Denis. The island has extensive networks of trails pirouetting lush nature. More than 40% of its total area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage. The climate and volcanic soil are very ideal for cultivations such as Arabica, Bourbon vanilla and other species. The cultivation of sugar cane in turn holds the first place in production in Reunion Island

The musical soul of the island of Reunion is Maloya. This moving and meaningful art is the pride of Reunion. Maloya was born to express the pain and rebellion among the slaves of Malagasy and African origin in the sugar plantations of Reunion. This emblematic musical genre contributes to the festive atmosphere which made the reputation of the island. The Reunionese culture, with its various fusions, offers a cuisine with excellent dishes that are very balanced in rice, beans, meat or fish in sauce – rougaille. A menu with appetizer, like vegetable salad, palmist or chayote gratin, accompanied by dessert such as sweet potato or cassava.

The Piton de la Fournaise has an area of ​​2632m and remains the main attraction of the island of Reunion. Being one of the most active volcano in the world in recent years, everyone is curious to see the interior of this majestic volcanic crater.

Reunion is also known for his three circuses named Cilaos, Mafate and Salazie. These volcanic cloverleaf stand proudly in the heart of the island, at the foot of the Piton des Neiges. Cilaos best represents the intense island’s reputation which Reunion forged. While some come only to enjoy the view and to buy the traditional rum others are here to spend a moment of tranquility in a place where you are completely cut from the world. Mafate is the wildest of the three circuses with abundant vegetation and waterfalls. As for Salazie, it has the most visible treasures, The Bridal Veil. It is a waterfall with several sources and is as legendary as Reunion. Geologically speaking, the Iron Hole is the most beautiful place on the island of Reunion. There are majestic waterfalls and some are almost the size of the Eiffel Tower.

The Seychelles

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The Seychelles consists of 115 coral and granite islands in the Indian Ocean with unparalleled beaches and majestic cliffs. The capital of Seychelles is Victoria and is located on the largest island of the archipelago, Mahé.

The Seychelles are especially known for their beaches, these blocks of smooth rocks washed up on the white sand and wet with a transparent and hot water are definitely an uncommon sight. Among its most beautiful beaches, Anse source D’Argent remains the most popular. It is popular especially for the panoramic view it offers and the beautiful surroundings. Water sports are not left out, especially with a dive center for those wanting to discover the underwater fauna and flora. The excursion in the glass bottom boat will allow you to see fish and marine species if you are not ready to get wet.

Some islands are home to colonies of giant tortoises. Each island reveals its original beauty: from peaks covered with lush forests to the ocean sapphire, through hillside clearings and beautiful granite rocks that surround the beaches considered among the finest in the world.

The Seychelles has two sites listed as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO: the fabulous Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll, the largest coral atoll in the world.

Accommodations in the Seychelless are also varied as the range extends from small boutique establishment with their beachside bungalows to luxury 5 star hotels. English and French are the official languages. The Seychellois Creole also became the semi-official language in 1981, in the press and literature.

We find the Seychelles Creole cuisine the best of the Indian Ocean. Rice and fish, are decorated with succulent fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. The moutia is the traditional Seychellois dance; its rhythms are strongly influenced by African and Malagasy origin. The songs are prayers that the slaves transformed into chants during work, accompanied by throbbing dance.

Have wonderful holidays in the Indian Ocean!

10 choses à éviter pendant vos vacances à la Réunion

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!

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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.

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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

Restaurants ile de la 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Les Meilleurs Hotels de St Gilles

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!

Votre Destination Parfaite: L’Ile de La Réunion

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.

Hiking in Reunion Island

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.

The Best Hotels in Île de la Réunion

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!

The Mighty Indian Ocean

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Sure, the oceanic blue waters and beautiful archipelagos on the Indian Ocean are inviting. One has rightly said: Water has curative powers. All it takes is that one long gaze upon the majestic azure sea. It has the capability to drain out all your sorrows and pain and fill you in with happiness and peace. Needless to say the islands are blessed with an extraordinary beauty, be it the unique flora and fauna, the diverse culture or the warmth of its people. No tourist can feel himself alienated from such an environment that gives a homely feeling even to the strangest.

Feel like going on a trip to one of those islands? Booking your trip can be a tough job especially when you have no inkling of the details.

To help you, we have selected a few islands with a superb climate.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean

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As a lone adventurer, I have travelled to many places and I consider myself lucky that I have been able to visit a few of the islands of the much popular Indian Ocean. The tropical islands offer a great variety of hangouts. It is well known that the islands of this particular ocean have splendid beaches. Another great characteristic of it, though not much talked about, is the climate reigning.

  • Seychelles Islands

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When I first visited the famous Seychellois archipelago, I fell in love with the place. It was like nothing that I had ever seen: Crystal blue sky, white golden sand, and a clear turquoise sea. What a delightful sight! Of course, I might have been very fortunate to be bestowed with the most amazing weather for me to spend a nice time on the island. I am a big sports freak and I worship water sports. Coincidentally, the period during which I went to Seychelles, annually holds several water games. This is because the months from May to September offer the perfect tides for surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, etc. Moreover, this is a relatively dry period where the temperature is moderate, never reaching the extreme peaks of heat and making it just appropriate for a summer vacation in the coolness of the sea.

A guide to helping you find the perfect place to stay while in Seychelles:
5 Best Affordable Hotels in the Seychelles

 

  • The Maldives

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The Maldives is one of the most frequented tourist destination. Formed with a stunning beauty of corallines, beaches, nature and diversity, everyone finds himself attracted towards Maldives. Though, the climate throughout the year is warm, I learnt that even then you plan your trip well. I would recommend everyone to go during the winter monsoon season. Winter is just a word. There is nothing cold or freezing. It was all very dry and wet. I experienced a lot of rainfall, and a lot of then. This was soon replaced by a scintillating sun as though no one had ever snatched his day duty. Despite the versatile weather, I could still give away my time in the waters. As for my exploring-the-island plan, it was occasionally hindered by rain and winds but I still had a nice time. At times, the union of the fiery sun and soothing rain can actually make your day. A trip could not be a success without a few drops of rain.

  • Mauritius

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Located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by it, Mauritius is a mine of treasures: Amazing beaches, breathtaking landscape, wonders of nature, the sizzling Mauritian cuisine, or the astonishing unity of the citizens. It is difficult to find a place bequeathed with so many rare jewels. While travelling, I found out that the weather majorly influences my trip. Renting a car in Mauritius would have been a good idea but as they say, hindsight is 20/20! Desiring a summer holiday, I went to Mauritius during the hottest time of the year, December. Sure I was sweating like a pig whenever I went out in the brooding sun to visit the local markets or the other places. Yet, one day, as I went to explore the southern forests, I was welcomed by a heavy rain shower. Sure, my so-called exploration was ruined given that I was completely drenched and muddy. Even though, I could not bring myself to complain as I got to experience something rare; the fragrance of nature bathed in rain water. It was a pure bliss. Finding my way back to the starting point, I stopped near a hill. I was way above sea level.

Seychelles visit

 

The reason I stopped there was that panoramic view you could get from there. After a little while, the rain stopped. That gave me even more time to contemplate the scenery and I stood there marveling at the cosmic blend of the multicolored rainbow, the feeble sun, and the blue sea. It was just beautiful and peaceful. I learnt one thing: The weather can change at any moment. Sure, I could swim in the clear waters under the sun rays, until the next set of rain hits the sea. Despite the annoying weather changes, I could see carry on with my plans. The temperature was moderate and sometimes would escalate. Mauritius is a country with a ravishing elegance, however, I should not forget my umbrella and overcoat next time.

The island is enthralling enough that one should definitely consider it as more than just a stop over for a few days of sun. Buying some real estate in Mauritius would be a good way to start!

  • Île de la Réunion

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Another great adventure in the western ocean, the Reunion Island is rather known for its active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and the rocky and soul-stirring roads, than for its beaches. While the tropical sun is available all year round to provide warmth, the Austral Winter is here to top it all. Though, in this season, the island is not much affected by rain, the weather is still humid and cold. At night, the mercury level can drop up to 20°C, dramatic for a tropical island.

moutains reunion

 

Yet, it complements the island. While going on a hike into the majestic mountains, fog and cold winds make the experience more exciting, though risky. This cold climate differs from winter in the States or in European countries as it doesn’t bring snow, but a very unique climatic setting for a tropical island. So it is really worth it to be part of the Reunionais Winter as I have been able to discover this particular from a different perspective…yeah- from the mountains.

Hotel Le Saint Pierre is well located to accommodate you during your adventurous exploration of the wilder side of Reunion Island.

Mauritius

Learn to appreciate the beauty of things from different point of views. Be it summer or winter or threatening temperatures, it is indeed worth taking the risk. After all, You Only Live Once!

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10 Things to do in Réunion island

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.

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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.

Ile de la Réunion: A Visiter!

La Reunion

L’île de La Réunion regorge de richesses touristiques. Si vous ne savez pas quoi faire durant votre séjour sur l’île, voilà quelque conseil pour profiter de vos vacances à la Réunion. Que  vous residiez dans une de ces résidences, ces hôtels ou ces appart’hotel ne manquez pas d’aller à la rencontre de chacune d’elles : Lieux culturel et artistique, patrimoine naturel et plages exotics… L’île de La Réunion a de quoi séduire tout les types de voyageurs du plus petit au plus grand.

 

Saint- Denis et le Nord de l’Ile

Saint Denis

Saint Denis

Commencez votre visite par le bas de la ville et le Barachois.  Le Barachois est une grande place ombragée bordée de quelques façades d’époque. Positionnée sur un espace littoral, Saint-Denis est aujourd’hui la capitale de la région-département de la Réunion, et la principale porte d’entrée de l’île de par la présence de l’aéroport de La Réunion Roland-Garros.

Personne ne peut prétendre connaître Saint-Denis sans s’être aventurée dans un petit restaurant chinois du centre pour y dévorer un plat de “mines” ou de riz cantonnais. Vous-y trouverez aussi, bien sûr, des restaurants chics, des bars à la mode et des boîtes de nuit super-branchées, comme dans toutes les grandes villes.

Cette magnifique ville a la chance d’être entourée de montagnes sur trois côtés. Il faut au moins en escalader une. Nous vous conseillons la route de la Montagne qui franchit une haute langue de lave plongeant dans la mer qui vous offrira une vue exceptionnel que vous contemplerez nulle part ailleurs.

Les Plages De l’Ouest

Plage de l'Ouest

Plage de l’Ouest

27 kilomètres de plage et une eau dont la température oscille entre 20° et 26° et sont essentiellement basées sur la côte sous le vent. Vous serez conquis par le sable noir de l’Etang-Salé ou de Saint-Paul sans oublier les lagons accueillant de Saint-Gilles. La plus proche de Saint-Denis est celle de Saint-Paul avec ses 3 kilomètres de plage de sable noir. Partiellement abritées par des cordons coralliens, Boucan-Canot et les Roches-Noires offrent un sable doré et sont excellents pour pratiquer le surf. Au sud du Port de Saint-Gilles, commence un lagon de 15 km de long : Très accessible, vous y trouverez beaucoup d’équipements : loueurs de planche à voile, pédalos. Plus loin, se trouve la plage de Saint-Leu, elle aussi protégée par un lagon et la plage de sable noir de l’Etang-Salé, la plus grande de l’île.

 

Village Créole  Dans l’Est: Sainte-Rose Réunion

 

Sainte Rose

Sainte Rose

Le charmant village de Sainte-Rose à la Réunion se situe sur la côte verdoyante de l’Est de l’île. Au milieu d’une mer sauvage et du Piton de la Fournaise, ce village réunionnais pittoresque trouvera de quoi subjuguer les visiteurs touristiques notamment le Pont suspendu, l’Anse des Cascades, notre Dame des Laves ou encore la Vierge au Parasol, l’un des lieux culte des réunionnais qui accueille la célébration d’une messe tous les ans par l’Évêque de la Réunion.

Sainte Rose, un village unique, vous souhaite la bienvenue sur un canot de pêcheurs car cette ville marine est réputée pour sa pêche. Puis les découvertes s’enchainent l’une après l’autre.

Notre Dame des Laves

Eglise Notre Dame des Laves

Eglise Notre Dame des Laves

À Sainte-Rose, vus remarquerez que les éléments s’affrontent. Avec une mer d’un bleu intense où la lave tente de prendre le dessus sur les terres ou l’océan. La petite église de Sainte-Rose, Notre Dame des Laves, devenue mythique, en a fait les frais. Le village de Sainte-Rose a une histoire particulière avec le Piton de la Fournaise.

Une partie de ce village a été créé  par le flan nord du volcan. Vous aurez la chance de tomber nez à nez avec de magnifiques plaines noires et vierges, engendrées par les différentes coulées volcaniques. La petite église s’est trouvée miraculée suite à la coulée de 1977 qui a tout dévasté sur son passage, sauf l’église, qu’elle a contourné.

Pont suspendu de Sainte-Rose

Pont Suspendu

Pont Suspendu

Un lieu incontournable dans l’histoire du village est l’immense pont suspendu de Sainte-Rose est aussi appelé le Pont des Anglais ou encore le pont de la Rivière de l’Est. Même si un nouveau pont l’a remplacé depuis plusieurs années, il reste un monument touristique du patrimoine réunionnais remplis d’histoire et à visiter absolument.

Port de La Marine Sainte-Rose

Sainte Rose La Marine

Sainte Rose La Marine

Si vous aimez la mer, un autre endroit à visiter est le petit Port de la Marine de Sainte-Rose. Coloré, bien entretenu et aux eaux turquoises, ce port est aussi chargé d’histoire. En 1810, Sainte-Rose fut le théâtre de la lutte entre les français et les troupes anglaises menées par le Capitaine Corbett qui y laissa sa vie, dans leur volonté de prendre possession de l’île comme en témoignent les canons que l’on peut voir sur le site : l’un a une fleur de lys et est français, l’autre a une couronne et est anglais.

La Vierge au Parasol

Vierge au Parasol

Vierge au Parasol

La vierge au Parasol à Sainte Rose Réunion est aussi un passage obligé à Sainte-Rose. Selon la légende, il y a longtemps un propriétaire de Bois-Blanc avait placé cette statue de Vierge au parasol dans ses champs, afin que ses récoltes soient protégées. A sa surprise, il découvrit que suite à une coulée de lave, ses champs avaient été traversés, mais la statue complètement épargnée par la lave. Aujourd’hui encore, le 15 août, une célébration se tient à Sainte-Rose.

L’Anse des Cascades

Anse des Cascades

Anse des Cascades

Anse des Cascades à Ste Rose est une aire de pique-nique. L’Anse des cascades est un lieu céleste entre terre et mer. Dotée d’une nature luxuriante et gorgée d’eau, face à la mer, il reste un lieu de calme et de beauté où il fait bon s’arrêter boire un café, faire un pique-nique ou juste se reposer en famille ou entre amis. L’Anse des Cascades est une grande palmeraie, entourée de falaises abruptes d’où s’écoulent de superbes cascades. Du côté de la mer, vous pourrez admirer sous d’immenses badamiers de charmantes barques de pêcheur multicolores très typiques.

Connue pour une nature prédominante, à Ste Rose vous pourrez visiter la forêt primaire de Bois Blanc. Classée Espace Naturel Sensible vous aurez la chance d’y découvrir d’incroyables espèces endémiques de la Réunion. Non loin de cette forêt, vous pourrez aussi visiter l’arborétum : 5 clairières, 5 types d’espèces végétales, des bois de couleur en passant par les palmiers et autres beautés exotiques.

Les Plaines et le Volcan

La Fournaise

La Fournaise

Les hauts de cette région sont de toute beauté; des pentes fleuries du Tampon, la Plaine-des-Cafres, les paysages désertiques du volcan, les décors verdoyants de la Plaine-des-Palmistes, que du bonheur pour les yeux… Le Tampon offre tous les paysages et tous les climats. Bourg-Murat est le point de départ de la route du volcan et de sentiers de randonnée vers le Piton-des-Neiges et Cilaos. Le point de vue le plus étonnant est offert par la Plaine-des-Sables. Avec un paysage quasi-lunaire, la Réunion montre qu’elle n’est pas une île tropicale comme les autres. Si vous êtes l’un de ces chanceux et que vous passez actuellement vos vacances à la Réunion, ne manquez pas d’aller admirez l’éruption de la Fournaise qui à débuter le 21 Juin 2014.

Les Cirques

Cirques

Cirques

Les Cirques de La Réunion sont une curiosité géologique. Trois grandes excavations d’une dizaine de kilomètres de diamètre, bordées de murailles immenses et infranchissables. Cilaos est une jolie ville, calme et fleurie, agrémentée d’un étang et point de départ de nombreuses promenades en voiture ou à pied, et de sentiers de grandes randonnées.

Salazie est le cirque le plus accessible depuis Saint-Denis. Il est aussi le plus survolé : ses gorges et pitons impressionnent fortement les touristes héliportés,  Salazie reste le plus grand et le plus vert des trois cirques.

Mafate

Mafate

Mafate se mérite plus que les autres sites de La Réunion. On ne peut y accéder qu’à pied ou en hélicoptère. Le monde que l’on y découvre est hors du temps et la nature se fait entendre.

Passer de merveilleuses vacances à l’ile de la Réunion et profiter pleinement de ces lieux magiques qu’elle vous offre.

Vacances à la Réunion

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Dans l’hémisphère sud, La Réunion, souvent décrite comme « l’île intense », flotte sous le tropique du Capricorne. L’île de La Réunion est vivante, ahurissante et reste perpétuellement en mouvement. Les entrailles de La Fournaise font jaillir des flots de lave si puissants parfois qu’ils arrivent à gagner la mer pour élargir le territoire.

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