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St Gilles-les-BainsReunion

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.

Top hotels in St Gilles-les-Bains

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
3 out of 5
102, avenue de Bourbon, L'Ermitage, Saint-Paul
The price is NZ$166 per night

Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Plage de L'Hermitage and Coco Beach. Garden of Eden and Plage de la Saline les Bains ...

3.9/5Very Good! (90 reviews)
Rude morning staff!

"Great check in. Lady was very nice. good parking. Room sink was broken. It leaked water all over the floor! we tried to tell the reception in the morning. He was rude and swore at us. He did not understand a word of english, spoke only french and was very rude and arrogant about listening to the ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec. 2018

Residence Tropic Appart'hotel
LUX* Saint Gilles Resort
LUX* Saint Gilles Resort
5 out of 5
28 Rue du Lagon, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul

Nestled on the beach, this Saint-Paul hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coco Beach and Plage de la Saline les Bains. Plage de L'Hermitage and Garden of Eden ...

4.3/5Excellent! (405 reviews)

"The breakfast was amazing, many great options, everything delicious and fresh. It's right on the beach, there's plenty of space on the sun beds, the pool is really good as well.The beach is superb, warm water, and can you go snorkelling right from the beggining of the beach."…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb. 2020

LUX* Saint Gilles Resort
Hotel le Recif-Saint Gilles
Hotel le Recif-Saint Gilles
3 out of 5
50 Avenue de Bourbon, St Gilles-les-Bains, Saint-Paul
The price is NZ$211 per night

Located in Saint-Paul, this beachfront hotel is in the entertainment district and within a 10-minute walk of Plage de L'Hermitage and Coco Beach. Plage de la ...

3.9/5Good! (387 reviews)

"Nice hotel right on the beach. Two pools, food was good, a lot of sport possibilities available - table tennis, beach tennis and beach volleyball, small but well equipped gym. Rooms and main building are little worn, but it´s nothing serious and everything was working fine."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun. 2019

Hotel le Recif-Saint Gilles

Popular places to visit in St Gilles-les-Bains

Le Voile de la Mariee
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Le Voile de la Mariee

Go for a short hike and have a picnic with a view of a waterfall that tumbles through the lush tropical greenery in cascades as fine as lace.

Top activities in St Gilles-les-Bains

Segway Green Tour Étang-Salé, ENTRE TERRE & MER
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Segway Green Tour Étang-Salé, ENTRE TERRE & MER

NZ$155
Per adult
Reunion Island - Creole Villages - Day Tour
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Reunion Island - Creole Villages - Day Tour

NZ$268
Per adult
Reunion Island - The Cirque of Salazie - Day Tour
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Reunion Island - The Cirque of Salazie - Day Tour

NZ$268
Per adult

Cities near St Gilles-les-Bains

La Saline Les Bains which includes a sandy beach

La Saline Les Bains

Saint-Paul

Saint-Paul

St Gilles-les-Bains which includes marine life

L'Ermitage-les-Bains