French island Ile de La Réunion in the Indian Ocean is an original destination for honeymooners combining romantic atmosphere, a pristine environment and French style.
Only 200 km away from Mauritius, La Réunion offers a very different experience to other islands in the area. La Réunion has “only” 25 km of beaches but it is known for its majestic landscapes shaped by the Piton de la Fournaise volcano. Honeymooners will be able to enjoy unique experiences.
Tour operators can for example organize a night under the stars observing the Milky Way at Les Hauts de l’île, a location where billions of stars shine under an intense clear sky. There is even a possibility to visit the Observatoire des Makes, the astronomical observatory of La Réunion Island, perched in the Southern mountains.
Another highlight is the discovery of the volcano heart of the island with the unmissable Piton de la Fournaise. Exploring the volcano’s coastline makes travellers aware of the unique landscapes of this mineral territory where black basalt stones contrast with the deep blue of the ocean. Although they are hiking routes, honeymooners might better enjoy to fly over the volcano with an helicopter and embrace the landscapes.
A true piece of France in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are plenty of romantic places blending a tropical atmosphere with French art de vivre. St Denis, the regional capital, is lined with parks, beautiful creole mansions and charming shops while many boutique hotels or domains provide a romantic atmosphere for young couples.
And finally, there is Saint-Gilles on the west coast, where La Réunion turns again into a tropical island with its beaches lined with resorts. It includes the island’s only five-star, LUX* Ile de La Réunion, ideal to organise a lavish dinner prepared by LUX* Chef with creole specialties using local ingredients such as pineapple, vanilla, cheese or duck foie gras marinated in local rum.
Photo: Historical centre of Saint-Denis de La Réunion with city hall