Best hotels and hostels in Réunion

  • Lodging in Cirque de Cilaos

    Îlet Chicot

    You can get a better understanding of the environment and traditional life of the Cirque de Cilaos by visiting Îlet Chicot, which can be reached by foot only. It features an organic garden with fruit-bearing trees, medicinal herbs and aromatic plants. Wanna go bush? Stay in one of the three Spartan ti cases (huts), which are constructed using vetiver straw.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Le Baril

    Le Four à Pain

    Simplicity, character and a great welcome make Le Four à Pain special. Rooms, in two adorable Creole-style cottages, are light and fresh with contemporary decor, and have their own entrance. You're in a superb setting, with fine mature trees that shade a wonderfully quiet tropical garden. The coup de grâce is the lovely pool – pure bliss after a bout of sightseeing.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Basse-Vallée & Cap Méchant

    Gîte de Yoleine et Théophane

    One of southern Réunion's best-kept secrets, this rural paradise surrounded by forest and sugar-cane fields is a great place to come down a few gears. Way up in the hills, it shelters several six-bed dorms, each with its own bathroom. At dinner the super friendly owners will treat you with the freshest island ingredients.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ste-Rose

    Matilona

    You wouldn't guess from outside, but this B&B housed in a converted supermarket (yes!) is a great find. Push the door open and you're in another reality: five simple yet inviting rooms and two studios with modern bathrooms, generously sized communal areas and a seductive garden overflowing with colourful plants. And a killer pool. Dinner (€30) is available several days a week.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ste-Anne

    Diana Dea Lodge & Spa

    What a surprise it is to come upon a boutique hotel in such a remote location – Diana Dea Lodge is set high in the hills above Ste-Anne (it's signposted) and is reached after 12km of numerous twists and turns amid cane fields. It's also set apart by its design, which combines wood and stone.

  • Lodging in St-Joseph to Grand Coude

    La Plantation

    This upmarket B&B nestled amid sugar-cane fields has a small pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi and lush tropical garden with staggering views of the coast. There are three individually decorated rooms and two larger suites, all featuring handsomely designed bathrooms. Note that only one room comes with sea views. It's on the road to Grand Coude, about 5km from St-Joseph. Cash only.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Pierre

    Villa Belle

    Occupying a converted Creole mansion, this oh-so-chic maison d'hôte is the epitome of a refined cocoon, revelling quietly in minimalist lines, soothing colour accents and nice decorative touches. Our favourites are the two stand-alone Coloniale units, with their own little pond around the terrace. After a day of turf pounding, relax in the stress-melting pool. It's gay friendly.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Gilles-les-Bains

    Senteur Vanille

    A true find for peace seekers, Senteur Vanille makes you feel like you've stepped into a Garden of Eden, with mango, lychee and papaya trees all over the grounds. Curl up in a vast, well-equipped villa (ideal for families) or in a cute-as-can-be Creole bungalow. No swimming pool, but Boucan Canot beach is a 20-minute walk down a path.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Denis

    La Maison d'Edith

    The owners are passionate about Creole culture and have renovated this mansion with a happy respect for the spirit of the place. Curl up with your sweetie in one of the three rooms complete with period furniture, Creole ceilings and rich fabrics. Best is the vast garden, with ocean views and a superb swimming pool. A great place to decompress.

  • Lodging in St-Pierre

    Côté Lagon

    Its sensational position across the road from the small beach in the Terre Sainte neighbourhood is the main drawcard here. The six rooms, which are done out in grey, taupe and chocolate shades, have a fresh, modern feel, but they are small and don't have sea views, and the property feels a tad compact. An added bonus is the postage-stamp-sized pool.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Pierre to St-Joseph

    La Cour Mont Vert

    Your heart will lift at the dreamy views over the coast; your body will rejuvenate with the Valatchy family's healthy meals (€27, certain evenings); your soul will find peace in the four button-cute Creole bungalows set in rural grounds awash with mangoes and lychees. Simply arrive, absorb and enjoy. Rates drop to €59 if you stay at least five nights.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Philippe

    Dan'n Tan Lontan

    Swap stress for bliss at this enticing venue in a splendid property five-minutes' walk from the centre. Handsome, well-thought-out and practical, the three Creole-style, fully equipped cottages are engaging places to stay. Relax in the lush garden, doze by the pool or enjoy a glass of something on your shady terrace. One of the area's best-kept secrets.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Leu

    Le Blue Margouillat

    This delightful hotel on the southern outskirts of St-Leu adds a welcoming touch of glam to the local hotel scene, with just 12 artfully designed rooms and two suites, an award-winning restaurant, an inviting pool and smashing views. That said, the odd layout of the bathrooms – no doors and no walls, only a thick curtain – may not be to everybody’s taste.

  • Lodging in St-Gilles-les-Bains

    La Villa Chriss

    Run by Christine (hence the name), this boutique-style maison d'hôte (guesthouse), perched on the side of a hill, rejuvenates the weariest of travellers. It shelters two superb rooms that are decorated with a contemporary twist. A delicious gourmet breakfast is served by the pool, with mind-boggling views of the coast. Not suitable for children. Gay friendly.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Les Hauts de St-Leu

    Les Lataniers

    An excellent surprise, with tasteful decor, a fantastic tropical garden and a stunning pool looking straight out to the sea. The nine apartments, three of which have ocean views, are huge, well appointed and sun-filled. There's a two-night minimum stay, and one-week stays are preferred. On the southern fringes of Piton St-Leu, toward Les Avirons.

  • Lodging in Forêt de Bébour-Bélouve

    Gîte de Bélouve

    At the end of the forest road that crosses the majestic Forêt de Bébour-Bélouve, about 25km away from Plaine-des-Palmistes, this gîte (walkers' lodge) is scenically wedged onto a bluff lording over the Cirque de Salazie. Digs are in six- to 12-bed dorms, and there are also two snug doubles. Hearty meals are served in the charmingly rustic dining area.

  • Lodging in Piton de la Fournaise (The Volcano)

    Gîte du Volcan

    If you wish to stop overnight to soak up this grand scenery, the 65-bed Gîte du Volcan has a stunning location, a 15-minute walk from Pas de Bellecombe. Digs are in four- to 12-bed dorms, some of which have been thoughtfully renovated. Hot water is limited (it's solar heated), and there are no sockets in the dorms (only at the restaurant).

  • Lodging in St-Pierre to St-Joseph

    Gandalf Safari Camp

    The German owners have long lived in Africa – hence the name. Their B&B features six rooms that are individually designed, with such themes as Kreol, Malagasy, Arab, Chinese and Indian, but feel a tad compact due to the cubicle shower plonked in the corner. Good English is spoken. Air-con is extra (€5). Rates drop by €5 if you stay two nights.

  • Lodging in Le Baril

    Le Pinpin d'Amour

    Spending a night at this original chambre d'hôte makes a good story to tell the folks back home. Your hosts have a passion for vacoa and pinpin (the palm's edible artichoke-like fruit), meaning you'll be guaranteed to taste them at dinner (€27 to €30). Accommodation-wise, the five appealing, if a bit itty-bitty and sombre, rooms sport pastel-coloured walls and honey-boarded floors.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Vincendo & Les Hauts

    Rougail Mangue

    You'd never guess it from the road but this guesthouse is a great find. The ground floor is occupied by a smart lounge area, one six-bed room, two squeaky-clean quads and a cheery double that opens onto a well-tended garden. For more privacy, book the smallish yet cosy bungalow, with stupendous sea views. On the main road, between Langevin and Vincendo.