Reunion

A unique fusion of Creole energy and colonial elegance.

Reunion is a small island of volcanic origin located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and about 200km from Mauritius.

 

With a total area of 2,500 km2, it’s a true island of contrasts, with the active volcano of Piton de la Fournaise on its south coast, 27km of pristine beaches to the west and lush mountain terrain in between.  The capital of the island is the city of Saint-Denis Reunion – the perfect destination for travelers seeking both a relaxing island holiday and an action-packed adventure trip.

 

Hike the islands unique cirques and the active Piton de la Fournaise volcano.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage status natural park to see the island’s native flora and fauna up close.  Go canyoning over Reunion’s many waterfalls or take to the ocean with a scuba diving or surfing expedition.

 

The island also features almost 1000km of hiking trails over incredibly contrasting landscapes.  Once you’ve satisfied your adventurous side, kick back under a shady palm tree on the white beach and work on that tan.

 

Air Access

Air Austral operates direct flights to Saint Denis, Roland Garros International Airport.

 

The approximate flying time from Johannesburg to Reunion is 4 hours.

 

We also offer combination packages to include a visit to Mauritius and Reunion.

Time zone:

Four hours from Johannesburg by airplane, Reunion is 4 hours ahead of GMT and 2 hours ahead of SA time.

 

Passports & visas:

SA passport-holders do not require visas for short stays of up to 90 days.  Confirm your entry requirements and ensure that your passport is valid.

 

Climate:

Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Reunion has a tropical climate, softened by the proximity to the Indian Ocean.  The temperature on the coast varies between 18’C and 32’C.  Each area has its own microclimate however is sunny all year round.

 

Summer, from November to April is hot and humid with temperatures averaging 30’C.  At higher altitudes the temperature varies between 15’C and 24’C.

 

Winter from May to October is cooler with temperatures averaging 20’C.  At higher altitudes the temperature may fall as low as 4’C and rarely rises above 25’C.

 

Electricity:

The standard voltage is 220/240 volts with a square-pin plug.  SA 2-pin plugs are found in all hotels.

 

Currency:

Reunion is a French Department and the currency used is the EURO.  The South Africa Rand can be exchanged at banks or hotels.  Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 08h00 – 16h00.

 

Cash points allow the holders of foreign bank cards to withdraw EUROS.

 

Driving

Driving in Reunion is on the right hand side of the road.  An International Driver’s License is required when renting a vehicle.

 

Geography

Reunion Island is located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and about 200 kilometres south west of Mauritius, the nearest island.  The island is 63 kilometres long, 43 kilometres wide and covers an area of 2,512 square kilometres.  Piton des Neiges volcano is the highest point on the island at 3,070 meters above sea level.

 

Gratuities

Where a service charge is not included on and restaurant bills, a 10% gratuity is adequate.

 

Language

French is the official language in Reunion and English is spoken.  Reunion Creole is also spoken, although not an official language.

 

Safety & Security

All The Lux Collective resorts have safety deposit boxes in the rooms.

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