What does a Reunion island holiday have to offer?

Did you know that we also book Reunion island holidays?

Just east of Madagascar, Reunion is a magical place with an array of landscapes: from jagged mountains and tumbling waterfalls to seaside beaches and cute coastal towns. Of course, a Reunion island holiday is not without a visit to the world’s most accessible and still active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise!

Activities in Reunion

While the island isn’t just for adrenaline junkies, it’s perfect for those who love to be active. Reunion island holidays offer everything from paragliding, canyoning, mountain biking, rafting, diving, whale watching and to horse riding.

Reunion island holidays

But don’t despair – if you want to relax, there’s plenty of sedate towns, beaches, markets and cafés to explore.

Top experiences

Seychelles and Mozambique are for diving; Zanzibar is for the culture. But we always say to our clients that Reunion is for seeing its natural wonders! Here are our recommended top experiences (chat to your consultant about which to include on your itinerary) for Reunion island holidays:

  • The French island is famous for its amazing wine
  • Hike up the caldera of the Piton de la Fournaise
  • See the waterfalls of the Cirque de Cilaos
  • Hiking and exploring mountains &  waterfalls
  • Relax on the Saline les Bains beach
  • Fishing, yachting, canyoning and mountain biking
Reunion island holidays
Saline les Bains beach


With a maritime climate that is tropical and humid every day in the Reunion Island is a beach day! The island is a destination you can visit any month of the year but the best time to go is between May and July.

July is peak holiday season on the island, with many visitors travelling from mainland France. July to October is whale season, the humidity picks up from November to March, with January and February being the wettest months on the island. Even so, rains are warm and short-lived.


Here are two examples of resorts that we love in Reunion but there are many more:

LUX Saint-Gilles

Nestled on the edge of the coral-sheltered lagoon at L’Hermitage, LUX Saint-Gilles is a stylish hotel, which boasts the only direct access to the most beautiful beach on the island. The 5-star hotel has a relaxed ambiance perfect for spending days around the white sandy beaches or pool.

LUX Saint Gilles has 3 restaurants and several sports facilities, including volleyball, kayaking, tennis, and snorkeling. There’s are lots of activities surrounding the hotel such as: hiking to the remote Cirque of Mafate, visiting the island’s volcanic peaks and canyoning at Rivière Langevin.

LUX* Saint Gilles pool area
Diana Dea Lodge

Diana Dea Lodge sits 650 meters above sea level, overlooking the East Coast of Reunion. The hotel, set on 150 hectares of former hunting land, allows guests to explore, spot deer and enjoy the endless expanse of green land.

This 4-star luxury lodge has 29 rooms; each with an impressive ocean view and its interior design creates a tranquil hideaway where comfort and authentic island culture meet. Diana Dea Lodge offers a variety of activities and services at the lodge such as hiking trails in the estate, spa facilities, a restaurant on-site with fine cuisine rich in local products.

Diana Dea Lodge

At Giltedge Ocean Islands, we create life-changing experiences. Contact us for queries or to create your tailor-made Reunion tours & holidays.