The only five-star hotel on Reunion Island, blessed with a flawless beach
Located on the western coast of this lush volcanic island, LUX* Saint Gilles faces a shimmering expanse of aqua-blue waters, fringed by a stretch of immaculate sands. Tucked away in acres of beautiful tropical gardens, Creole villas sit in the shade of coconut palms and filao trees, just steps from the coral-sheltered lagoon at L’Hermitage.
The white-sand beach may call for idle lounging by the emerald-blue pool – it’s the largest one in Reunion Island – but there’s plenty here for thrill-seekers, too.
Try a spot of tennis or volleyball in the grounds, or venture further afield to experience the rugged, dramatic beauty of the island’s volcanic peaks and tumbling waterfalls at this World Heritage Site.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, sample the day’s catch at our beachfront bars and restaurants. Float away with a zen yoga session in the gardens or a private in-room spa treatment – a peaceful end to an unforgettable day on this majestic island.
REASONS TO STAY AT LUX…
We have crafted a unique series of dining experiences that will immerse you in the history and bounty of our people and produce. Choices include time-honoured Creole recipes at Le Carry’s Bar Kitchen – a convivial dining experience that’s as popular with the locals as it is with our guests, or perhaps a sensory lunch in our garden using herbs picked by yourself under the expert guidance of your private chef. For those landmark occasions and celebrations we also present Orangine, one of the finest gourmet restaurants on the island offering world-class cooking in a sumptuous setting.
The Ultimate Reunion Honeymoon
We present to you the ultimate honeymoon experience exclusive to LUX* Saint Gilles. With VIP airport transfers, the best suite in the house, an outdoor couples massage, dinner in our signature restaurant Orangine, a private helicopter tour of the island followed by a gourmet lunch, a sunset catamaran cruise, breakfast on your terrace each morning and a whole host of activities such as rum tastings, snorkelling with sea turtles and cooking classes in our tranquil herb garden – no other 5 star resort on the island offers such a perfect start to the rest of your lives together.
No trip to Reunion is complete without a helicopter ride over its volcano, waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes. With the departure heliport just a short drive from the resort, and a whole host of extras included in the experience – this really is a ‘must-do’ during your time with us. Whether you choose the ultimate experience ‘Heli-Resto’ where a private helicopter tour culminates in a spectacular landing for a gourmet meal you will never forget, or a shorter tour of some of the islands signature landmarks – LUX* Saint Gilles ensures you receive VIP treatment and exclusive surprises along the way.
Rum By Me
Starting with a trip to La Saga du Rhum museum, you will be guided on a sensory adventure through the history of the island and manufacture of this complex and wonderful drink. Back at the resort, the journey continues with a private tasting of some of Reunion’s most famous blends including flavoured rums exclusive to LUX* Saint Gilles. You will then have the opportunity to mix your own exclusive blend, presented to you beautifully packaged with a personal label. What’s more, we’ll stay in contact and even send you additional bottles to keep you stocked up throughout the year.
We are privileged to be the only 5 star beach resort on Reunion with direct access to the biggest and best lagoon on the island, providing a spectacular setting to enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Try transparent kayaking or snorkelling and get up close and personal with our resident sea turtles or kick-start your day with a sunrise session of standup paddleboard yoga. Naturally our legendary LUX* service ensures our beach attendants cater to your every whim and with a multitude of places to drink and dine – lagoon living has never been so enticing.
THE VANILLA ISLANDS
ONE TRIP, TWO ISLANDS, LOTS OF FUN
Separated by 165 miles of sparkling Indian Ocean, Mauritius and Réunion are like twin gems. Thanks to LUX*, you can experience the cultures and flavours of both islands in one fantastic holiday! Start with a leisurely Mauritian beach break before switching smoothly into action mode on vibrant Réunion, or vice versa. The choice is yours…
SPONTANEOUS AND FUN
We’re always looking to inspire and delight our guests. If you find a message in a bottle, pick it up – it might be a complimentary spa treatment! If you don’t find a bottle, you could always relax with a flat white at Café LUX*. Made with freshly roasted organic beans, we think it’s the best resort coffee in the world. In the evening, pull up a beanbag at Screen on the Beach, or get tempted by dinner for two at the ocean’s edge with a cheeky number from our house wines collection, Scrucap. We’re here to make sure you get the best out of your island life experience, so when you wander around LUX* Saint Gilles you’ll find plenty of reasons to celebrate life at its lightest and brightest.
Rooms & Suites
Every LUX* guest room and suite has been carefully designed to combine the best of colonial elegance with genuine island charm. Stroll through fragrant gardens of bougainvillea and hibiscus to find idyllic white-washed Creole villas. Step inside onto the cool slate floor and take in the subtle lighting with thoughtful touches of finely crafted fabrics and furnishings. Then sink into your comfortable bed and fall asleep to idle thoughts of what new island wonders tomorrow might bring.
Relax on the patio of your ground-floor Superior Room amongst the delicate scent of frangipani blossoms. Or take in the incredible sunset from your private balcony on the upper level. Soak in the comfort of deep ceramic sinks, white wooden vanity chests and oversized tubs in your luxurious bathroom. Whether you’re looking for a double or twin bedroom, or if you’d prefer to have connecting rooms so you can keep an eye on the kids, we’ll arrange the rooms to suit your specific needs.
Relax on the patio of your ground-floor Deluxe Room amongst the delicate scent of frangipani blossoms. Or take in the incredible sunset from your private balcony on the upper level. Soak in the comfort of deep ceramic sinks, white wooden vanity chests and oversized tubs in your luxurious bathroom. Whether you’re looking for a double or twin bedroom, or if you’d prefer to have connecting rooms so you can keep an eye on the kids, we’ll arrange the rooms to suit your specific needs
Ensconced within two villas, our eight elegant Junior Suites provide a perfect haven of style and comfort in a vibrant island setting. Light tones create a soothing ambience, while sophisticated furniture and landscape paintings add intrigue and colour. Enjoy the spacious comfort of your bedroom and separate lounge area, as well as a patio or balcony that overlooks the lush tropical gardens. Then unwind in the luxurious bathroom with its spacious shower and oversized bathtub that’s just perfect for two..
RESTAURANTS & BARS:
Light, fresh and ever so irresistible, LUX* restaurants offer everything that’s exceptional about luxury island dining, with none of the heavy, overly indulgent extras. Enjoy the very best dishes, flavours and textures that the island’s many cultures and Creole influences have to offer at any one of our authentic dining environments. Bon appetit!
6am to 10am / 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Open for breakfast and dinner, La Cuisine is the resort’s signature restaurant, offering a delectable array of international and island-inspired cuisine. Savour fresh seafood buffets and regional Chinese, Creole and Indian dishes as our talented local musicians and performers delight you with a genuine taste of island entertainment.
7:30pm to 9:30pm – closed Wednesdays and Thursdays
Nestled between the beach and glittering swimming pool, La Plage celebrates the traditional Creole cuisine of the island. Dine on the wooden deck overlooking a magnificent view of the lagoon. Try island specialties such as spicy sausage rougail or red tuna tartar, followed by a delightful vanilla-flavoured rum or fresh papaya juice. Discover the exotic flavours of Latin and oriental themed dishes like savoury king prawns, duck magret or lobster. And of course, don’t forget to leave some room for a delectable chocolate tart or cardamom-flavoured banana cake for dessert.
7:30pm to 9:30pm – closed Wednesdays and Thursdays
With seating for up to 40 guests, Orangine offers an enchanting setting with classically modern touches of sparkling glass and polished wood in a vibrant island ambience. Tuck into sumptuous lobster carpaccio on sugarcane, indulge in delicately crafted papaya spring rolls or be tempted by homemade cinnamon and honey ice cream complemented by an exceptional selection of French and New World wines.
Noon to 5:30pm, Bar 10am to 11pm
If you’re in the mood for a light, fresh lunch or a laid-back afternoon snack, swing by Le Bar for a tasty pizza, marlin sandwich or fresh seasonal salad. Overlooking the crystal clear swimming pool, this lively venue offers appetising snacks and refreshing cocktails throughout the afternoon and evening as the perfect way to unwind after another adventure-filled day on the island.
Nothing beats a really great cup of coffee. That’s why at LUX* Saint Gilles we only serve our very own delicious “Island Blend” of certified green organic beans. Roasted by our experts and prepared for you with passion by our trained baristas, every cup of coffee served at our stylish Café LUX* is one to savour.
Spoil yourself around the clock – with our 24-hour room service.
PLAY – KIDS CLUB
Island resort holidays aren’t just for grownups anymore.
At LUX* Saint Gilles, we’ve made sure there’s always something for the whole family to enjoy.
PLAY offers children between the ages of 3 and 12 an opportunity to explore the many wonders and delights of island living. Supervised by a highly trained and enthusiastic team, kids are exposed to the nature and culture of the island’s incredible surrounds, as well as a range of high-energy sports and outdoor activities. From art classes to treasure hunts, PLAY is everything your kids could hope for on an island vacation.
PLAY is open every day from 10am to 5pm.