For curious South African travellers, Reunion offers much more than a beach holiday, although beaches, water sports and endless lazy days are definitely on the menu, if you choose – with no need for visas and regular direct flights. The lifting of a visa requirement for South African passport holders makes it possible for South Africans to freely stay in Reunion Island for short stays of up to 90 days.
Just 200km west of Mauritius, Reunion is one of the very few island destinations that allows you to experience total relaxation and extraordinary adventure in a single journey. In a very short space of time, you will be able to travel from a volcanic desert to a dreamlike lagoon at l’Ermitage, and then move on to green tropical Forest at the heart of the island, in the cirques.
In order to experience Reunion to its fullest, we suggest that you stay in a number of resorts, on different sides of the island in order to seek adventure best suited to that area. On the west coast, nestled in the heart of beautiful La Saline Les Bains, Akoya Hotel & Spa is a jewel in the crown of Reunion Island.
The west coast is home to the preserved Marine Nature Reserve, and perfect for underwater adventures to experience a world-rich in colour. The South Coast, fringed by swaying coconut palms, glistening beaches and dramatic volcanic peaks, the luxurious Palm Hotel & Spa is as spectacular as its tropical surrounds.
The island’s active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise is majestic, fascinating and surreal. Lastly, the enchanting Hotel Le Juliette Dodu is located on the northern coast of Reunion in the historic city of Saint-Denis. The north is the perfect area for experiential travelers wanting to submerge themselves in the history and culture of the island with guided tours and Creole museums the setting of your appointment with history.
Reunion Island is a beach holiday for the active traveler. The island is entirely unique, with a French flair and villages accessible only by foot. Technically, you can tick France off your travel bucket list once you’ve visited Reunion, since it’s a governmental department of France.
For the South African travelers who have done it all, Reunion Island promises new adventures, with the option of beach days when you need a break.