Trip reference number: ITN-REU005
Trip Operator: Rainbow Tours
The 12-day Rainbow Réunion Honeymoon offers a relaxed experience of this romantic Indian Ocean island. Staying three nights each at two charming guesthouses, both ideally located for exploring the Reunion's highlights. The focus is on taking in the breathtaking scenery, picturesque mountains, quaint villages and coastal towns.
End with four nights on the beach at the LUX* Ile de la Réunion where you can dive, surf, play golf, windsurf and paraglide or simply relax poolside with a classic cocktail and sea views. Honeymooners travelling to Réunion with Rainbow Tours receive a complimentary room upgrade to a luxury room at the LUX* Ile de la Réunion.
Day 1 Depart from the UK on the Air France flight to Réunion via Paris.
Day 2 Arrive in Réunion and collect your hire car. Drive east, through lush fields of sugar cane and past Tamil temples built by plantation workers, to Hell-Bourg, voted one of the most beautiful villages in France. Hell-Bourg is the main settlement in the lovely Cirque de Salazie and has many delightful Creole buildings here. Day ends at the delightful Diana Dea Lodge & Spa for a 3 night stay in a prestige room with breakfast included. Honeymooners will love the outdoor sitting alcove and breathtaking 180° views of the Indian Ocean from the terrace or balcony. Run a bubble bath and enjoy stunning sea views through the carefully positioned bathroom windows.
Day 3 Salazie is the lushest of the three amphitheatres. Its 100 waterfalls plummet down spectacular gorges and cliffs like giant, silver ribbons. Walk to the hot springs, Les Sources Pétrifiantes.
Day 4 Drive to the outstanding viewpoint at Le Point du Jour and the nearby cascade. Go canyonning, mountain-biking or climbing or explore the Forest of Bélouve, with its endemic silvery tamarind trees.
Day 5 Drive south and cross the high plains, the area that separates the three cirques from the volcano. Nature enthusiasts should explore Bébour Forest, with its carpet of white lilies and dominated by enormous, prehistoric-looking tree-ferns. It is possible to see all the locally endemic birds and a variety of rare plants during one walk in Bébour Forest. Pause in Bourg Murat to visit the volcano centre. Then drive to the village of St Philippe on the verdant, tropical southeast coast. Stay 3 nights at Villa Belle near St Pierre in the Colonial Room with sea-view with breakfast included. Honeymooners at Villa Belle can look forward to a warm welcome and a glorious 83m2 suite with bath, open air shower in private garden and a private terrace with sea views.
Day 6 From Villa Belle you could visit St Pierre, with its charming fishing port, 19th-century dry dock, and craft market. Walk to La Rivière Langevin with its amazing waterfalls. Do the botanical ramble at Mare-Longue and the Garden of Perfume & Spices (1½ hour-walk in the middle of tropical trees, flowers and spices) near St Philippe.
Day 7 For and adventurous day take an early morning drive to Piton de la Fournaise & the lava flows Explore the awesome volcano, Piton de la Fournaise (‘peak of the furnace’), which has erupted several times in recent years (most recently in September 2008). Or to discover why St Philippe is one of Réunion’s easternmost settlements, drive a short distance towards Tremblet to see the recent flows of lava. In this part of the island, the rugged coast is one of black pebble beaches or black volcanic cliffs.
Day 8 Drive west along the coastal highway and drive to Hermitage-les-Bains to spend 4 nights at the 5-star LUX* Ile de la Réunion (formally Grand Hotel du Lagon) in a luxury room with breakfast included. Honeymooners travelling on the Rainbow Réunion Honeymoon staying at LUX* Ile de la Réunion receive a complimentary upgrade from a superior to a luxury room and a honeymoon welcome basket with a rum based Elixir of Love and a locally produced Reunion Island chocolate treat as well as a fruit platter, a bottle of sparkling wine in room on arrival, one t-shirt for the groom and a colourful parero sarong for the bride.
Day 9 The hotel has tennis courts, bikes, the largest pool on the island and a choice of four restaurants. The beach is protected by a coral reef and the snorkelling is very good. Diving, and surfing, golf and paragliding are available nearby. Drive up to Le Maido, on the rim of the Cirque de Mafate for breathtaking views of the peaks and into the cirque itself. You could make a day hike along the rim to the summit of Le Grand Benard or descend to the village of Roche Plate – or from St Gilles, take a helicopter trip into the cirque.
Day 12 Drive to the airport, return your hire car, and check in for the Air France flight to the UK via Paris.
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