This petite French island remains unknown to many travellers as most are drawn to the wildlife of neighbouring Madagascar or the famed golden beaches of Mauritius sitting just above. However, Reunion has so much to offer the discerning traveller savvy enough to visit this speck of an island. Enjoy a true feeling of discovery and idyllic isolation surrounded by the warm tropical Indian Ocean as you experience an island paradise filled with so much more than a pretty coastline.
The ideal destination for those who to want to use their annual leave for adrenaline rushes rather than sun burn, Reunion is the perfect destination for intrepid adventurers. With over 1,000 km of trails taking you through the island’s geographical diversity, the looming mountains and dramatic landscape is the perfect venue for walking and hiking fans.
The blend of Chinese, Indian and African cultures with a rich French Creole heritage creates for a unique atmosphere and a delicious array of cuisine. Throw in the gorgeous beaches of the west coast surrounded by tropical coral reefs and cascading waterfalls into pristine natural rock pools and you have the perfect alternative island hideaway. We advise you visit before the masses catch on to Reunion’s magic.
A rumbling volcano
Reunion is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the Piton de la Fournaise which has erupted 180 times since records began in 1640. The 700,000 natives have learnt to live their life around the flow of lava that erupts from this bubbling magma chamber, sometimes rebuilding highways two or three times a year. The Piton de la Fournaise is a truly phenomenal demonstration of the power of nature. Trek the 13km to the volcano rim to view the dramatic lunar landscape, devoid of vegetation but filled with the striking colours of burnt umber, smoky topaz and jet black.
A relatively easy walk but one you need to be prepared for, the views of the volcano and the panoramic scenes of the island is definitely worth the legwork. No trip to Reunion would be complete without a close up look of Furnace Peak.
Due to the island’s small number of visitors compared to Mauritius and Seychelles, the beaches aren’t overshadowed with colossal skyscraper resorts. Instead the accommodation offering is beautiful and charming with most of our carefully selected collection of hotels and lodges only housing an intimate 15 suites.
Follow the twisting turning roads up to the Diana Dea Lodge and Spa which blends perfectly into the hillside, overlooking the village of Sainte Anne Village and out over the east coast. The interiors, a mix of precious wood, mineral stone and tropical flowers, work harmoniously with the surrounding nature. Enjoy a dinner of local, fresh ingredients in the restaurant while admiring the sweeping views of the Indian Ocean.
If you have the urge to get back to nature and want to immerse yourself in Reunion’s beautiful offering, choose the Ferme Auberge du Pommeau. Simple and comfortable, this lodge is a haven of peace located amongst the verdant high plains of the island, a place for you to enjoy the pleasures of outdoor life and get back to nature.
Get in touch for firsthand advice on holidays to Reunion by dropping our Africa team an email or ringing them on 020 7666 1250.