Set on a hill top on the island’s south coast, close to many of La Réunion’s natural attractions.
Beautifully designed with respect paid to the local environment and lots of Creole charm, this is a beautiful hotel that makes the most of its elevated position. The first thing you’ll notice on arrival is the hotel’s outlook. Views of the ocean are common in this part of the world; however the panoramic, birds-eye vista from the Palm Hotel & Spa is quite spectacular. On clear days, the blues of the sea and sky meet at the horizon, while on other days dramatic cloudscapes fill the sky. And then there are the sunsets… pure bliss.
As the nearest beach, Grand Anse, is a hilly 15-minute walk away, they have brought the ‘beach’ up to the hotel itself at the unique KAH Beach. This sand-floored, al fresco spot not only has uninterrupted views of the ocean, it features day beds, bean bags, a hot tub and steamroom. Between June and October, this is a great place to watch whales and hear about their habitats and behaviours from the hotel’s eco-volunteers. Nearby are the hotel’s two pools, including one heated pool, and there’s a beautifully secluded spa, AKÉA, with a tropical garden, seven treatment rooms (two for couples), Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. As well as the restaurant at KAH Beach, there’s Le MAKASSAR, the main restaurant that is open at breakfast and dinner, and a centrally-located bar and lounge known as KOKOA where refreshing cocktails are served alongside tapas dishes.
Scattered around the hotel’s tropical gardens are the villas which house the tastefully decorated rooms and suites with modern amenities such as smart televisions and a Nespresso machine. Superior Rooms are on the ground and first floors of the two-storey villas as are the more spacious Deluxe Rooms. We particularly recommend the beautiful Suites which are situated in one-storey villas that are shared with just one other suite, and feature a veranda with a sun deck and whirlpool. If you're travelling with your kids, opt for the Family Suites which have a second children's bedroom in the place of the Suite's dressing room.
On a hilltop above Grand Anse beach between the south-coast towns of Saint Pierre and Saint Joseph, just a short drive from Piton de La Fournaise
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights 22 Dec-05 Jan. Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.
65 rooms, suites and lodges
• Spot whales from KAH Beach and Kokoa Bar between June and October.
2 restaurants (1 seasonal), bar
Breakfast at Le MAKASSAR.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £61 • Breakfast and dinner at Le MAKASSAR.
*Denotes local charge