Lux Saint Gilles, La Saline les Bains

Large Resort style hotel with comfortable rooms, a great pool and an almost private beach

This hotel is where  French Presidents are known to have stayed on their annual holidays! It is a large, by Reunion standards, resort style hotel similar to those found on Mauritius. The rooms (aside from the Presidential suite!) are of a reasonable size and simply decorated emphasising cool colours and tiles. Each has a balcony overlooking the tropical gardens. There are two restaurants. One is a tropical buffet style and mainly open air by the huge pool. The other is a more formal a la carte restaurant and whilst not especially cheap the food quality is among the best that you will find on the island. The restaurant is partly outdoors next to a water feature reminiscent of a babbling brook! You can hear the ocean quietly in the background.

About the Location

The hotel offers numerous activities including tennis, volleyball, petanque and archery. The semi private beach is beautifully kept and you will be able to swim in the calm, warm waters of the lagoon. From the hotel, you can drive into the mountain regions around Cilaos. This is a 3-hour drive along tortuous roads providing some of the most spectacular views on the island. You may want to use the hotel as a stylish base and combine it with a couple of nights in Cilaos. We also recommend taking an organised day tour to the volcanic southeastern side of the mountain where you will be able to walk out on lava flows by the sea that are still steaming! For the volcano, La Fournaise, we suggest a helicopter tour unless you are very fit and enjoy hiking at high altitudes. The beaches at St Giles are a 30 minute drive away although there is a black, volcanic sand beach within walking distance of the hotel.