Reunion Island, otherwise known as l’ile intense, is not your average honeymoon destination. A land of the unexpected, head to this exquisite gem for dramatic volcanoes, spectacular topography and off-the-radar adventures.
Once a French Colony, Reunion
Island lies between Madagascar and Mauritius. While it is most
commonly associated with tropical beach relaxation, Reunion is so
much more than just a beach holiday. The wild, Jurassic-like
landscapes are ripe for exploration, whether trekking across
staggering mountain ranges or horse riding around mysterious lakes
fringed by verdant forest.
Towering at 3,000m, the gargantuan Piton des Neiges is an
inactive volcano that has left behind spectacular rocky calderas
and craggy peaks wrinkled by erosion. From the pretty mountain
village of Cilaos you can explore the volcano's jungle-clad
'cirques' (natural amphitheatres) and towering peaks. Reunion is
perfect for adrenaline-addicted honeymooners who can get their fix
by way of helicopter rides dipping into deep ravines, paragliding
off cliff edges and canyoning through fantastical settings. Don't
miss Piton de las Fornaise on the eastern side of the island
either; this active volcano is an extraordinary sight to behold
with hardened lava flows and lunar-like terrain. After learning
exactly what you want from your Reunion honeymoon, we can arrange
specialist guides to help you get beyond the traditional tourist
attractions and activities, to the heart of this Indian Ocean
Looking for romance? There are plenty of spots for champagne
picnics al fresco and secluded waterfalls for a private dip. For a
spot of island culture, the sleepy town of St-Denis in the north
offers fine examples of Creole houses and some of the best
restaurants serving classic French dishes. Head west and you can
indulge in private seafood dinners on the beaches of
Saint-Gilles-les-Bain and rejuvenate with couple's massages after
days of adventure. Its magnificent coral reef lagoon is perfect for
snorkelling and diving amongst the rich sea life.
Reunion's hotels may not be traditionally 'swanky' like those of
Mauritius, but they assume a quiet, tasteful elegance. Boutique
lodges set in the hills have the most privileged mountain views
while there are a handful of chic retreats by the coast. Foodies
will find themselves in seventh heaven from freshly baked
croissants in the morning to delicious Creole dishes for dinner-
all with French savoir faire.
If you still want to add glitz to your honeymoon, combine
Reunion Island with Mauritius
for the perfect balance of adventure and pampering.