Hotel Le Récif Hotel 4 star
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50 Avenue de Bourbon, Saint-Gilles les Bains 97434, Réunion Saint-Gilles, Réunion
Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Recif is a very decent 3 star family-oriented establishment owned by the Naïade group. In addition to being spacious and having a beach right in front of the hotel, it has two swimming pools, a mini-club, and activities on offer for all. The setting is full of greenery and the staff are absolutely charming! Furthermore, the design is friendly and the hotel is very clean! We found it hard to find something to complain about. The cuisine maybe? Definitely not, even the food is beyond reproach!

This hotel review is a translation from the French published on our French site, Easyvoyage.com.

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    Location 7.0 /10

    Located in Ermitage, 2 mi south of Saint-Gilles and 30 mi from Saint-Denis airport, with a transfer time of 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic. A selection of bars and nightclubs can be found just a few minutes' walk from the hotel.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The hotel's 146 guest rooms are housed in a series of one-storied buildings, all built facing the sea (though you can't always see it through the vegetation!), and all have a rather spacious covered balcony or terrace complete with wooden table and chairs - the perfect place for enjoying an evening aperitif. The rooms are spacious inside, too, with minimal furniture (perhaps a little too minimal in the double rooms), and everything kept spotlessly clean.
    For amenities you will find a small flat screen television, a mini bar, a comfortable bed, and pleasant decor including a red wall and dark wood for a touch of warmth... Basically, you have everything you need to feel right at home and get a well-deserved good night's sleep. There is a large wardrobe opposite the small bathroom, which consists of a bathtub and a wash basin, though the tap on this has been installed far too close to the basin, meaning that it is easier to wash your hands under the shower! The good news for ladies is the large selection of hospitality products provided.

    Overview 7.05 /10

    The hotel opened in 2005 and is still looking good, both in terms of its style and cleanliness and the quality of its facilities, which are also in good condition despite the proximity of the sea. The brightly-coloured reception also houses a shop, which is perfect if you fancy treating yourself to a new beachwear wardrobe, as well as a lounge area where you can sit and have a chat or a good game of cards if it gets too windy outside, which is ultimately where you'll want to spend as much of your time as you can.
    The guest rooms are housed in a series of pretty buildings spread throughout the hotel's sprawling 7 acre gardens, on either side of the central part of the hotel where you will find the activities, entertainment, swimming pool, bar, and restaurant. The estate is split into a northern part and a southern part. In the northern part you'll find a second swimming pool, which is particularly well suited for families as it also has a children's pool and, unlike the main pool, nothing in the way of organised entertainment. Guests will have to choose between the activities organised by the hotel and entertaining the kids themselves. For more peaceful surroundings, head for the beach, just on the other side of the wire fence. Children are also well taken care of at the children's club, which is open during the Reunion and mainland France school holidays, and on weekends and bank holidays, giving parents the ideal opportunity to visit the gym or have a game of beach volleyball, tennis, badminton or even ping-pong - you'll find it all at this hotel, or rather, in its garden!

    Food and drink 6.80 /10

    Breakfast and lunch are served as a buffet in the main restaurant, which leads out to the gardens, its yellow walls and wooden furniture making for very pleasant and welcoming surroundings, whilst lunch consists of a quick bite from the hotel's snack bar. The food is perfectly decent, and even the dishes on the breakfast and dinner buffets are far from the canteen-style offerings found in many 3 star hotels. A selection of 3 main courses are served up in trays for you to help yourself, whilst others are cooked fresh in front of you then placed on the hot plate to keep warm. There is also a wide variety of starters, including seafood such as smoked salmon, shrimp with pineapple, and even marinated octopus. The desserts were a little disappointing though - the 3 cakes to choose from are not that great - but you can't go wrong with the fresh fruit, particularly Réunion's famous Victoria pineapple. Breakfast consists of a selection of pastries, scrambled eggs, and all the great classics, with the major bonus of fresh oranges and a citrus squeezer, because you can't beat waking up to freshly squeezed fruit juice! A variety of sweet and savoury snacks are served throughout the day at the pool bar, which is also where guests come for an aperitif before dinner or to sample one of the delicious flavoured rums served here in the evening.
    Open only on certain nights, the final mention goes to the restaurant on the beach that serves a range of very tasty local specialities at reasonable prices. The decor here consists of dressed tables and all the frills you could wish for, only this time, right on the sand.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    L'Ermitage beach, accessed via a coded door leading out from the hotel gardens, provides a very pleasant setting for a lazy day. Bordered by filao trees, it is a broad band of white sand that sinks gently into the lagoon. When swimming, be careful of the coral debris that can hurt your feet. It is best to avoid wearing sandals, though, as these can damage the fragile ecosystem of the lagoon. In terms of amenities, you'll find no parasols or deckchairs here, but towels are available from the hotel, along with flippers, masks and snorkels.

    To know

    Guests are invited to take part in a free introductory scuba diving session on the beach every Saturday.
    Evening entertainment is organised at the hotel 3 times a week.
    Bicycles can be hired from the hotel.
    Rooms 501 to 508 are located in front of the swimming pool, facing the sea.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, beach volley, badminton, sports

    • Safe
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The setting and various spaces are very enjoyable
    • Spacious rooms
    • The numerous activities
    • The location, in front of the beach

    disadvantages

    • The buffet is not very copious
    • The rooms are not well furnished

    Traveller Reviews

    21
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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2014 Posted on 2015-07-02 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Pavillon/Paillote/Maison)

        Hotel familial, très bien placé. Grand choix pour le petit dejeuner

      • Advantages

        Proche de Saint-Gilles les bains à pied

      • Disavantages

        rien de spécial à noter

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      • Overall Score 8.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in juin 2014 Posted on 2014-11-20 Entre amis - 2 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Petit hôtel confortable et accueillant à Saint Gilles Les Bains avec un accès direct à la plage, bon point de départ pour la découverte de l'Ile.

      • Advantages

        Cadre agréable : de beaux jardins et une plage en accès direct. Chambre propre et confortable, les repas sont simples mais très bons.

      • Disavantages

        Ma chambre était proche parking/route, un peu bruyant.

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      • Overall Score 7.57/10
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      • Package deals in septembre 2014 Posted on 2014-10-07 En couple - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        superbe hôtel, personnel très accueillant et chaleureux

      • Advantages

        a proximité d'une jolie plage et de plusieurs discothèques

      • Disavantages

        je ne trouve pas vraiment d'inconvénient a cette hôtel

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      • Overall Score 8.20/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in novembre 2012 Posted on 2014-10-03 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Très bon hôtel, à proximité à pied de la ville (15 min), cuisine diversifiée, chambre spacieuse et bien équipée ainsi que l'hôtel

      • Advantages

        proche de la ville à pied, chambre spacieuse

      • Disavantages

        rien en particulier à signaler

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      • Overall Score 7.80/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2014 Posted on 2014-09-15 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Hôtel agréable, bon accueil, nous avons passé un magnifique voyage de noces à La Réunion.

      • Advantages

        Accueil, piscine, cadre.

      • Disavantages

        Pas de réel inconvénient.

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      • Overall Score 7.43/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in mai 2014 Posted on 2014-09-10 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Mauvaise 1ère impression. Malgré un hôtel désert, accueil décevant. Arrivée dans une chambre au rez de chaussée avec vue sur parking clim qui fuit, clic clac inondé. Heureusement nous avons été relogés dans une chambre "supérieure", à l'étage avec vue dégagée sur le jardin, sans supplément. Nous n'avons mangé qu'une fois à l'hôtel, trop cher pour nous. (Plats complets à emporter à 5? dans les petits restaurants des alentours) L'emplacement reste top, face à la plage et au lagon souvent déserts.

      • Advantages

        Plage juste en face Lagon parfait pour le palmes masque tuba Activités Rhum arrangé et rougail avec personnel très sympa Petit déjeuner très complet et buffet à volonté 2 Grandes piscines avec nombreux transats Terrasse des chambres supérieures

      • Disavantages

        Pas de restaurant/bar à proximité immédiate Pas d'activité plongée Prix des repas midi/soir Emplacement de certaines chambres, tarif excessif des "chambres supérieures" pour le même équipement.

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      • Overall Score 6.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      5 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2014 Posted on 2014-09-03 Affaire - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        super accueil la piscine magnifique seul petit bémol la plage, d'ailleurs pas loin, est toute petite la bouffe moyenne

      • Advantages

        accueil et gentillesse du personnel logement piscine

      • Disavantages

        la plage un peu petite et envahie dès le matin la bouffe très moyenne

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      • Overall Score 7.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2014 Posted on 2014-05-16 En famille - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Bon hotel avec un bon accueil des chambres spacieuses dotées d'un grand balcon pour les chambres à l'étage , personnel très sympathique à recommander

      • Advantages

        Proximité de la plage très propre

      • Disavantages

        Choix assez restreint au niveau des repas

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      • Overall Score 6.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2014-03-04 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Voyage de noce réalisé dans cet hôtel!!! Bonne ambiance, perso sympa; demi pension excellente!!!!!!!

      • Advantages

        Personnel Propreté Piscine A 2 pas de la plage!

      • Disavantages

        pas d'inconvénients!

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      • Overall Score 8.20/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      5 Opinions
      • Package deals in décembre 2013 Posted on 2014-01-19 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        cadre sympa, personnel accueillant

      • Advantages

        accueil, cadre sympa chambre confortable

      • Disavantages

        restauration en vrac tout est mélangé les oiseaux qui piquent dans l'assiette des que vous vous déplacez pour chercher autres choses

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
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