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Reunion Island

An island of true contrasts, in the middle of the Indian Ocean is simply one of the most intriguing spots on earth.

With an active volcano on its south coast, 17 miles of warm, welcoming beaches in the west, and lots of mountains and forests in between, Reunion Island offers vacation opportunities ranging from relaxing to truly insane. If you're looking for a place to "chill out", you'll find it here. But if you're the kind of vacationer who prefers an adrenaline rush over a sunburn, the possibilities are endless. From hiking Reunion's unique "cirques" or canyoning the island's many waterfalls to scuba diving or surfing in the clear waters that surround this tiny 30-mile-wide island, adventure activities abound for vacationers hoping to do something a little daring while on their Reunion holiday.

Often referred to as an "intense" island, Reunion can be as different as night and day, depending on where you travel within the island. From the flat coastal areas where watersports are king to the mountainous interior where adrenaline sports offer nail-biting excitement, Reunion Island greets travellers with the most amazing holiday experiences. The fun is doubled by the island's friendly residents, representing a variety of cultures yet all living together in true island harmony.

Reunion Island can best be described as a combination of French, African, Indian, and Chinese cultures. The 700,000 inhabitants of the island speak mostly French or Creole, and about three-quarters of the island's residents are Roman Catholic, though both the Buddhist and Muslim religions are represented as well. This is largely a society respectful of each other's diverse cultures and the island has suffered no political or social unrest in almost two centuries.

Thanks to this delightful blending of cultures, you can walk down the streets of the cities and hear traditional ecclesiastic choral music emanating from one of the island's magnificent churches and listen to the chants of the Muslim's ringing from the mosque on the opposite corner. Folk music is lively and diverse, often heard during street fairs or performed in cafes or bistros.

The cuisine is special, too. You'll find French, Creole, Indian, Chinese, even Italian foods, all prepared with a bit of an island twist, making excellent use of the abundant seafood available here as well as locally grown and often unique fruits, vegetables, and spices that are a traditional part of Reunion Island cuisine.

 

Hotel Boucan Canot   

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The 4 Star Boucan Canot Hotel & Restaurant, combines the authenticity of a ‘Creole’ residence with modern comforts This is a beautiful charming hotel where intimacy and discrete luxury are offered. Here you will find an ideal beachfront location, typical local architecture, top service and a refined gastronomy.

There are 4 room categories

Standard: all with sea view except for 2, all en-suite with balcony, air-con, tea/coffee station, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe and free WiFi.

Superior: own lounge area, all with sea view, all en-suite with balcony, air-con, tea/coffee station, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe and free WiFi. Good for small families.

Junior Suite: spacious with their own lounge area, all with sea view, all en-suite with balcony, air-con, tea/coffee station, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe and free WiFi. Good for small families.

Senior Suite: spacious with their own lounge area and Jacuzzi on the balcony/terrace, all with sea view, all en-suite, air-con, tea/coffee station, satellite TV, hair dryer, safe and free WiFi. Good for small families.

Standard packages include a lovely continental breakfast. Upgrades to include dinner is very possible, although there are many varied local restaurants all nearby.

 

Le Saint-Alexis Hotel & Spa

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Situated on the beautiful Boucan Canot beach, the 4 Star Hotel Le Saint Alexis stands like an oasis of peace and serenity. A perfect blend of charm, originality, warm hospitality and refinement, a large beachfront swimming pool entices you to cool off and sample a Creole cocktail. Designed around a nautical theme, it took its name from the ship of early French navigators exploring the spice route.

There are 6 rooms categories to choose from.

Standard: Lovely en-suite rooms with whirlpool bathtubs, offering air-con, satellite TV, hair dryer, mini bar, safe and free WiFi.

Superior: Slightly larger than the Standard rooms with the same facilities.

Deluxe: Comfortable sitting area, en-suite with whirlpool bathtubs, offering air-con, satellite TV, hair dryer, mini bar, safe and free WiFi.

Junior Suites: Spacious with a comfortable sitting area, en-suite with whirlpool bathtubs, offering air-con, satellite TV, hair dryer, mini bar, safe and free WiFi.

Suites: Spacious with an entrance area, a comfortable sitting area, en-suite with whirlpool bathtubs, offering air-con, satellite TV, hair dryer, mini bar, safe and free WiFi.

Breakfast is served on the inside or outside deck of the second floor, whilst additional meals can be enjoyed here, or in the shady gardens that border the beach. Sundowners are a speciality of the hotel, whilst you sit in the pool or on the beachfront terrace.

The onsite Spa will relax you whilst you are “scrubbed” or “steamed” for a rejuvenating holiday treatment.