Whether it’s a relaxing annual break, a romantic getaway or invigorating adventure; holidays are all about resetting the balance and nourishing the soul.
A convenient four hour flight from Johannesburg, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion offers beautiful spaces for contemplation, the micro-climate and eco-system of a volcanic island, calm lagoons, exotic scents and year-round warm weather. Added up, this amounts to a perfect place to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones and enjoy a reinvigorating wellness experience.
From having a go at making 100% natural cosmetics (using local ingredients from Reunion Island’s agriculture and aquaculture) to the alchemy of exploring the creation of personalised fragrances with a focus on Réunion essential oils; the senses are heightened from beginning to end.
Do what the locals do and join them for a run or beach yoga, then reward yourself with a delectable French patisserie. Swimming and water sports are irresistible in the warm, clear water and has many health benefits.
Reunion Island offers much more than relaxing beach experiences, it is ideal for travellers who want to get out and about in idyllic and diverse natural settings. Hikes and scenic walks take visitors across lunar landscapes, into lava tunnels and across tropical landscapes of endemic plant life (a large portion of Reunion is a UNESCO Heritage site). A two hour horseback ride with one of the horse-riding centres is another ideal way to explore the island’s diversity.
Golf lovers will be pleased by the range of greens; The Bourbon Golf Club is La Reunion’s oldest golfing facility offering a 75-hectare course, whilst Golf du Bassin Bleu offers 18 holes, nine of which face the sea and nine of which are situated in the heart of a eucalyptus forest. The third Golf club in Reunion is the Golf Club du Colorado, the only nine-hole course on the island.
No holiday is complete without a soothing and therapeutic pamper session and the islands top hotels offer the ultimate distress session in a spa environment using premium local and international products.
It’s not for nothing that island holidays are high on travellers’ dream lists but with South Africans needing no visas or vaccines to visit, Reunion is close enough to become a reality and to escape the stress of daily life. We guarantee you that you will return invigorated.
Find out what local South African and international bloggers thought of their adventures in Reunion by visiting http://blog.welcometoreunionisland.com/.