St Gilles-les-Bains

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St Gilles-les-Bains which includes general coastal views and boating
Tour a mango farm, enjoy watersports, spot marine life and feel the mist from a waterfall on your face at this beach resort on Réunion’s west coast.

St. Gilles-les-Bains is Réunion’s ultimate beach town, a resort complex famous for its beaches, watersports and nightlife. This town also offers the chance to see pretty waterfalls and fruit farms and attend open-air theater performances. St. Gilles-les-Bains fills up on weekends, when local daytrippers join the large numbers of tourists. Throughout the week, the town presents a quieter ambiance with beaches undisturbed by mass tourism.

The town’s major highlight is its two golden-sand beaches, Plage des Roches Noires and Plage des Brisants, which sit either side of a marina. Enjoy swimming in the clear water and try watersports such as kayaking and surfing. The pristine coral reef is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. Just a short drive south is L’Ermitage-les-Bains, a beach community home to the Jardin d’Eden botanical garden.

Back in town, stroll around Port de Saint-Gilles to see colorful fishing trawlers and stylish yachts. Charter a boat for a deep-sea fishing excursion. Go to the port’s Aquarium de la Réunion to see displays of exotic fish native to the waters of Réunion.

In the port’s immediate surroundings you’ll find everything from watersport centers and surf shops to bakeries, bars, cafés and restaurants. Browse the stalls of Le Marché de St. Gilles-les-Bains, a weekly market with handicraft, fresh produce and artisanal food vendors.

Attend a ballet, theater production or jazz concert at the outdoor theater, TEAT Plein Air. An event schedule and tickets are available at St. Gilles-les-Bains’ tourist information center in the heart of town. Learn about Réunion’s mango-growing culture and sample some of the succulent fruit on a guided tour of La Maison de la Mangue. Alternatively, hike along Ravine Saint-Gilles to the waterfalls and swimming holes of Bassin Cormoran.

St. Gilles-les-Bains is a 15-minute drive south from the town of Saint-Paul and accessible via public buses. Stay in boutiques hotels, guesthouses and apartments. Mild year-round temperatures make St. Gilles-less-Bains a destination for all seasons where you can experience a relaxed break from Réunion’s volcanic mountain landscapes.

Where to stay in St Gilles-les-Bains

Hotel Le Recif
Hotel Le Recif
3 out of 5
50 Avenue de Bourbon, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
The price is $185 per night from Feb 23 to Feb 24
$185
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (506 reviews)
"Very good staff wonderful service, beautiful location on the see and near the shopping and rest,, nice breakfast"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hotel Le Recif
LUX* Saint Gilles
LUX* Saint Gilles
5 out of 5
28 Rue du Lagon, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
The price is $304 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
$304
per night
Feb 7 - Feb 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (546 reviews)
"Old property at High price. 3 star rating. Rooms needed serious upgrade"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2022

LUX* Saint Gilles
Le Saint Alexis
Le Saint Alexis
4 out of 5
44 Rue du Boucan Canot, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
The price is $279 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
$279
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (151 reviews)
"Room with access to the pool is a must. Hotel is fairly dated, certainly needs renovations especially in the rooms. More like a 3 star in terms of service & amenities. Staff speak pretty much no English (thankfully I speak little french) and no translation for help/instructions, as well as breakfast ..."

Reviewed on Dec 9, 2021

Le Saint Alexis
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.
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
3 out of 5
102, avenue de Bourbon, L'Ermitage, Saint-Paul, 97434
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in ...
4/5 Very Good! (119 reviews)
"Nice place and silent"

Reviewed on Sep 27, 2022

Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
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! (255 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
L'Archipel
L'Archipel
3 out of 5
9 rue de la Cheminée, Grand Ford, Saint-Gilles les Bains, Saint-Paul, 97434
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly residence in Saint-Paul. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the family amenities ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (160 reviews)
"It's a relative big 3 star hotels. The room is very small an no lift in the building, but it is value for money. The hotel also comes with a pool and has lots of parking spaces. Not much restaurants around. Burger King and a big supermarket is not far from the hotel."

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2019

L'Archipel
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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