LUX* Saint Gilles 

Five-star beachside bliss

Beachfront luxury, combining Creole influences with an elegant colonial design in verdant gardens.

This is the only luxury resort to have direct access to the beautiful L’Hermitage beach with its calm coral-sheltered lagoon that’s perfectly safe for swimming. Little extra features include the retro-style ice cream hut with fresh local flavours and homemade waffle cones baked as you wait. And if you’re willing to explore, this is a resort full of fun surprises – you could even spot a message in a bottle on the path to your room that might contain a gift. LUX* is also one of the best resorts for whale watching (June to October).

Why we love LUX* Saint Gilles

  • It’s La Réunion’s only five-star resort, with an enviable setting among the filao trees on a stunning sheltered beach and lagoon

  • There are those LUX* extra touches, from the tiny stall that serves homemade ice cream to gifts on the path to your room

  • The superb food in the three restaurants and the pool bar covers every base from haute gastronomie to fish curry on the beach

  • There’s plenty to do, including yoga sessions and rum tastings for the grown-ups

5 stars
Apr - May, Sep - Oct
La Réunion
12 to 13 hours (indirect flight; not including stopover times)
On the west coast, 10 minutes’ drive from Saint-Gilles-Les-Bains
Approx. 45 minutes from Roland Garros airport
Suitable for children



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Diving & Watersports
  • Sustainability
  • Children
  • Good to Know

With three different but equally inviting restaurants, a bar with an appealing snack menu and 24-hour room service, the dining scene is an authentic delight.

La Cuisine
The main buffet restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner, offers international cuisine alongside Creole dishes, accompanied by local musicians in the evening.

This intimate evening venue serves up gourmet dishes with a local twist accompanied by the finest of South African and French wines.

La Plage
With a large deck overlooking the lagoon, La Plage offers traditional Creole cuisine and local drinks such as vanilla-flavoured rum at lunch and dinner.

Le Bar
Open for drinks from early until late, the lively poolside bar is also a laidback venue for a light lunch or afternoon snack.

If you’re one for life’s simpler pleasures, a freshly made marlin sandwich beside the pool at Le Bar is hard to beat.

What's included

Breakfast at La Cuisine.

Upgrade options

Half Board Breakfast and dinner at La Cuisine, special half board set menu dinner at La Plage, discount on dinner at L’Orangine.

Facials and body treatments are on offer as well as massages in garden kiosks. Group yoga sessions take place in the garden. Private lessons can also be arranged.

Along with a fully equipped fitness room, there are fitness classes and power plates (for an extra fee). The resort also offers a floodlit tennis court, beach volleyball and table tennis; or you could hire a mountain bike to explore the island’s hilly terrain by yourself or in a guided group.

Trips for experienced and learner divers can be arranged.

With a coral reef just offshore, this is perfect territory for snorkelling. For an additional charge, you can also go jet-skiing or big game fishing.

The huge freeform pool is near Le Bar and the ice-cream stand, just behind the beach.

LUX* Saint Gilles was awarded Green Globe certification in 2018 for its wide-ranging sustainability policies.

The honey served at breakfast comes from the resort’s own hives, tucked away in a sleepy corner of the gardens. Many of the ingredients used in the kitchens are sourced locally and even get a name check on the menu at Orangine.

Everything possible is recycled, from wastewater which is used to irrigate the grounds to kitchen oil which is turned into biofuel.

Working with the Natural Marine Reserve they are raising awareness on how to protect the coral reefs and through their partnership with GLOBICE, they are assisting in the protection and study of cetaceans including humpback whales which migrate to La Reunion to give birth.

With a shallow and safe place to swim, babysitters, child-pleasing food including homemade ice cream and lots of activities, families will feel welcome.

PLAY caters to children between the ages of 3 and 12 with supervised daily activities (10am-5pm) that showcase the island’s nature and culture, along with high-energy sports and outdoor activities such as treasure hunts.

Minimum stay: 3 nights for stays over the night of 31 Dec.

Compulsory Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve gala dinners, supplements apply.

A local tax is payable at the hotel.

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