Reunion Island is a gorgeously diverse destination, with volcanic landscapes, a coastline with twenty-two kilometres of exceptionally well-preserved lagoons. With contrasting white, powdery beaches or dark volcanic sand, everywhere you look is a feast for your eyes. But what about a feast for your tastebuds? Here are our top recommendations on where to eat in and around our four and five-star resorts in Reunion Island.
Five Star Hotels
Palm Hotel & Spa - If you’re staying at this gorgeous hotel, you likely won’t have to set foot outside of the resort for an incredible culinary experience. Choose from a number of restaurants which include The Deck, a luxury brasserie with aromatic Creole influences; The Makassar, which is nothing short of an gastronomic delight to those who eat there; Kah Beach, a relaxing beach restaurant that serves up the flavours of summer as effortlessly as it serves up its gorgeous view of Grand Anse Beach; and finally The Kokoa, a chic bar that offers delightful cocktails and views of whales passing through the bay at certain times of the year.
Akoya Hotel & Spa - Akoya Hotel’s main restaurant, Le Dôme, is a modern combination of refinement and contemporary style. The name refers to the gorgeous dome the restaurant is designed around, and the menu caters to just about any palate and cuisine, serving up French, Indian, Asian, oriental, Creole Cuisine, salads, grills, pizzas, themed buffets and more. If you’re eager to explore your surroundings, nearby restaurants that come recommended by tourists and locals include Le Saint Michael, a French and contemporary fine-dining restaurant that has received special praise for the on-site patissier. For authentic Creole cuisine, La Bonne Marmite delivers one of the best Creole buffets and a fuss-free atmosphere for a great night out.
Four Star Hotels
Blue-Margouillat - from sunrise to sunset, the Blue Margouillat aims to treat your tastebuds. Expect exotic jams including flavours such as litchi, papaya, cherry and guava with breakfast, along with delightful pastries and cooked breakfast. Opportunities to indulge are ever-present, with lunch and afternoon tea taking place between 12:00 and 17:00, and the option for à la carte snacks served as you relax by the swimming pool or bar. Dinner is the event of the day, with a gastronomic menu and three wine lists to choose from. If you’d like to step out for a bite, nearby restaurants Auberge du Relais and Sarah Beach are amongst the top restaurants in Saint-Leu and offer simple but delicious food.
Diana Dea Lodge - the traditional and refined menu at Diana Dea Lodge combines the highest-quality products of the region with local spices and flavours, changing seasonally and taking guests on a literal journey of Reunion Island and surrounding islands. In their own words, guests will have the pleasure of discovering a “changing map” of flavours and dishes throughout the year. Other nearby restaurants in Sainte-Anne include the hidden gem, Il Etait Une Fois Dans L’est, which is only open at lunchtime, but offers a gorgeous sea view and classic Creole dishes. For a Moroccan-inspired dinner or lunch, saunter over to La Gazelle de l'Atlas for hearty and aromatic Moroccan cuisine.
Villa Delisle Hotel & Spa - Savour gourmet French cuisine at two chic restaurants, Le Pierre and la Voile Blanche, where you can savour your meal beneath swaying palm trees, or enjoy a unique West Indies-inspired bar at The Planter, all conveniently located on-site. Nearby you can enjoy family-friendly restaurants such as Le Cap Méchant d'Abord and Le Caraco, which both offer buffets and hearty, comfort-style food with a Creole spin, or you can try La Jonque for chic bistro-style food.
Hotel Boucan Canot - home to one of the island’s finest dining destinations, Le Cap, Hotel Boucan Canot expertly prepares a combination of French cuisine and local dishes all with the backdrop of an incredible ocean view. For classic fish and chips, head to Le D.C.P., one of the most highly-recommended seafood spots in the area, and for unforgettable gelato try the colourful Marie B. Glacier for some of the best ice cream in the region. Le Manta offers a comfortable atmosphere and a variety of cuisines to enjoy (including many vegetarian options) and L’Orangine also comes highly recommended for a fine-dining experience.
Saint Alexis - The hotel’s restaurant effortlessly combines classical and exoctic cooking that results in the best dishes inspired by Reunion and France. Choose from two menu options, which include a gourmet menu (L’Etoile Filante) to be enjoyed by all members of the table, or a more casual menu said to be “for a greedy moment”. Head to nearby restaurant Ti Mahi-Mahi for fresh fish and excellent prices, La Plage for breathtaking views and endless cuisines to choose from, or Boulangerie Chez Loulou for treats such as fresh samosas and fluffy cakes and pastries.
We can highly recommend trying out each of the restaurants at the above hotels and resorts. For example, if you’re staying at Akoya Hotel & Spa there is no reason you can’t enjoy the sensational meals on offer at Blue-Margouillat. The local restaurants also offer incredible flavour combinations and culinary experiences you are sure to remember for years to come. Contact us today to organise your culinary adventure to Reunion Island.