Set in the heart of the fascinating town of Cilaos (which literally means “the place you will never leave”, or want to, we hope), Le Vieux Cep is the perfect base from which to explore the picturesque town and to indulge in some serious trekking.

This is the place to be for all manner of activities, and along with location, is one of the reasons for why Le Vieux Cep is the obvious choice over the more luxurious hotels on the coast. Located at the foot of the Piton des Neiges, the highest peak in the Indian Ocean, serious trekking is on the doorstep (although not for the faint hearted). Other activities on offer from the hotel (all of which we can arrange) include abseiling, canyoning, and visits to thermal baths.

It's important to note that Le Vieux Cep is not a luxury hotel. It is simply a very comfortable, 2-star hotel that, above all, boasts an unbeatable location. It has 45 rooms all of which are equipped with TV, central heating (it can get nippy up in the caldera), phone and private balcony.

There is a heated swimming pool, a small spa, an informal restaurant serving local specialities and a few games on offer such as boules, billiards and table tennis. Mountain bikes are also available for hire, and babysitters can be arranged.

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Isabel is our 'Le Vieux Cep' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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