Located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Mauritius and east of Madagascar. Reunion is one of France's 5 overseas regions with representation in the French National Assembly. it is also one of 7 island clusters in the Indian Ocean forming the Vanilla Islands destination alliance (Mauritius, Maldives, Madagascar, Mayotte, Reunion, Comoros and Seychelles).
This 2,500 square-kilomaeter island of stark contrasts has a tropical climate and terrain ranging from arid savannahs to rocky coastlines with towering cliffs to humid rainforests to vast organic coffee estates.
The highest point is Piton des Neiges, a dormant volcano. Other pitons include Piton d'Anchaing and Piton de la Fournaise, an active volcano. There are lakes, rivers, waterfalls, lagoons formed by coral barriers and 35 sandy beaches. As a result, corporate groups can enjoy paragliding, catamaran tours, sea kayaking, dolphin watching, rafting, canyoning, fishing and unique adventures like 4 x 4 tours to Piton de la Fournaise and exploring lava tunnels.
Reunion's rich cultural tapestry has been woven by African, French, British, Dutch, Portuguese, and Middle Eastern influences reflected in music, dancing and cuisine.
Attractions include Stella Matutina Museum, tracing the agricultural history of Reunion, and Villele Museum, once the residence of a wealthy local family, reflecting the charm of bygone eras from the 18th to the 19th centuries.
Historical attractions include guided tours of cultural villages such as Le Circuit des Cases Creoles and Plantation Vanilla Bourbon. In Saint-Denis, the capital, groups can tour the Old Town Hall, Jardin de l'Etat and la Rue de Paris.
Places to stay include Hotel Le Recif, Village Nature Lodge Roche Tamarin Reunion is a 16-room lodge in a lush green zone. LUX* Ile de La Reunion, the only 5 Star resort, has 185 lagoon facing rooms and suites in a lush garden. There are 7 meeting rooms of various sizes with capacities ranging from 12 to 180.
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