Cilaos

Travel Guide
Cilaos showing mountains and a lake or waterhole
In the heart of the island of Réunion is a town where you will find artisan workshops, thermal springs and spectacular hiking trails.

Set in a valley encompassed by forest-clad hills and volcanoes is the picturesque town of Cilaos. Here you can visit artist workshops, relax in thermal baths and experience the wine-making history of Réunion. Explore canyons, discover waterfalls and hike along scenic trails. The town’s beginnings date back to the 19th century, when it was a spa resort. Today Cilaos is a popular ecotourism destination located in the dramatic landscapes of Cirque de Cilaos.

Stroll around the compact town center, which has streets lined with boutiques and handicraft stores. Visit Maison de la Broderie to learn about Cilaos’ embroidery heritage and watch women expertly embroider clothing and tablecloths. Admire the fairytale-like illustrations of Réunion at Philippe Turpin’s Studio. Enjoy the town’s scenic surroundings at Mare à Joncs lake, where you can rent paddle boats.

The 10,072-feet (3,070-meter) tall shield volcano Piton des Neiges looms over the town. It forms part of Réunion National Park, a paradise for adventure sports. Join treks to mountain peaks, go climbing, visit majestic waterfalls and try canyoning. Short walks abound in Cilaos’ immediate surroundings, too. These include the walk to La Roche Merveilleuse lookout. After a busy day of activities, rejuvenate the body in the thermal waters of Thermes de Cilaos.

Delve into the town’s culinary scene at lakeside restaurants and rustic bars. Sample dishes based on locally grown lentils and inspired by French-Creole traditions. Learn about the island’s wine culture and enjoy a wine-tasting session at Maison des Vins du Chai de Cilaos.

Spread around the town’s outskirts are a handful of charming hamlets. Just a 20-minute drive away is postcard-perfect Îlet à Cordes, framed by rolling vineyards and lentil fields. Hike or drive to Bras Sec to feel a million miles from tourism.

Getting to Cilaos is an adventure in itself, via a meandering mountain road with over 400 chicanes and hairpin turns. Travel by bus from Saint-Louis, situated about 22 miles (36kilometers) south, or rent a car and stop off at viewpoints. Come and see why legend says that the name Cilaos means The Place One Never Leaves.

Résidence Hôtelière Otroiza
Résidence Hôtelière Otroiza
3 Rue du Pere Boiteau, Cilaos, 97413
The price is $90 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$90
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this business-friendly guesthouse in Cilaos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"Super friendly staff and really close to all the hikes in the area. The hotel was also really clean and comfortable, highly recommended!"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Résidence Hôtelière Otroiza
Le Tsilaosa Hotel & Spa
Le Tsilaosa Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
21, Rue du Pere Boiteau, Cilaos, 97413
The price is $160 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$160
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Cilaos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Réunion National Park and Piton des ...
3.7/5 Good! (19 reviews)
Bel hôtel pour une étape !
"Séjour d’une nuit pour faire étape dans le cirque. Très bel hôtel avec un excellent petit déjeuner ! Malheureusement ma chambre était située près d’un groupe électrogène et nous l’avons entendu s’allumer et s’éteindre toute la nuit…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2022

Le Tsilaosa Hotel & Spa
Les Aigrettes
Les Aigrettes
2 out of 5
30 Chemin Bottard, St Gilles Les Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
Fully refundable
The price is $90 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$90
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Aquarium ...
3.6/5 Good! (342 reviews)
2 star hotel with 4 star staff and food.
"Staff were nice, the hotel is basically at the top of a very steep hill and my room was even higher, parking is close if you're lucky. The food is good and the pool is good, the room was very spacious, good air con but I had to hunt for a power outlet. The bathroom was cleanish but rough, shower ..."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018

Les Aigrettes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Résidence Santa Apolonia
Résidence Santa Apolonia
2 Boulevard Bonnier, Saint-Leu, 97436
Stay at this beach apartment in Saint-Leu. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Kélonia and Conservatoire Botanique National de ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (29 reviews)
"Very nice property, the staff are very nice and friendly. The only issue was they don't assign the room according to the booking. I booked standard Seaview 1 BR apartment, they assigned handicap unit. The apartment layouts are not the same, so beware what you are booking and will be assigned."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2021

Résidence Santa Apolonia
Studio Platane
Studio Platane
51 A Chemin Des Trois Mares, Cilaos, 97413
Stay at this aparthotel in Cilaos. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Réunion National Park and Piton des Neiges are located ...
3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
"Saubere und bequeme Ferienwohnung. Netter Vermieter. Idealer Ausgangspunkt für Wanderungen, Canyoning Touren oder relaxen in ruhiger Atmosphäre"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2017

Studio Platane
Dina Morgabine
Dina Morgabine
3 out of 5
80 Bis rue des Engagés, Bruniquel, La Saline Les Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (248 reviews)
Good experience
"It was a great experience! The staff was very welcoming and nice. The room was perfect for a couple. Only inconvenient : not enough parking space."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2021

Dina Morgabine
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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