Hotel Swalibo Hotel 3 star
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9 rue des salines. 97434. LA SALINE LES BAINS. REUNION Saint-Gilles, Réunion
Amy Adejokun Section editor

A small hotel with undeniable charm, the Swalibo is well situated to relax or discover the island. Located a few steps from the Hermitage beach, the hotel will please those seeking an address with original character, attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere.

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

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    Location 7.0 /10

    The hotel is located on the Hermitage beach, 4 miles south of Saint-Gilles and 25 miles from the airport at Saint-Denis. For the transfer, you should plan about 45 to 90 minutes, depending on the traffic.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    All 30 rooms of the Swalibo overlook either the swimming pool (10 rooms) or the gardens (the rest). Medium-sized (215 ft²), each room is bright and neat, thanks to its immaculate tiles, colourful and vibrant decor and rattan furniture. The new decor offers a choice of walls, bedspreads and matching curtains in shades of green, orange, turquoise or fushia pink. It's up to you... Each room is decorated with a hand painted mural representing a typical Creole scene. In the bathrooms, spacious enough to contain a bathtub, a small basket with shampoo, soap, shower gel and body milk welcomes you (separate toilet). As for the amenities, a balcony with teak garden furniture reminds you it is time to relax. Individually controlled air conditioning, direct dial telephone for international calls, an electronic safe (free), satellite television and a mini refrigerator are installed in all rooms.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    A one-storey building offering the allure of a traditional Creole mansion, the hotel consists of a main body housing the reception, the restaurant, and two wings forming a courtyard where the rooms are arranged. In the first court, there is the swimming pool. With an area of 540 ft², it is more appropriate for quick dips than for swimming lengths. All around, the sun lounge, small but very fancy, provided with deckchairs of teak and mattresses of plastic. Refreshing shade is provided by the palm trees or sunshades, if necessary. In the second courtyard, adorned with a very pleasant garden, you can take a nap at leisure, comfortably stretched out in a hammock hung between vacoas, frangipani and flame trees. But what you will definitely remember about the Swalibo is the hospitality and tranquility of its exotic setting.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The restaurant of the Swalibo is open for all three meals during the day. Breakfast is served on trays during the week, and in buffet style during the weekend. The continental breakfast buffet features a variety of delicacies: cereals, pastries, fruits and fresh fruit juices, ham, cheese and yoghurts. For lunch and dinner, the a la carte restaurant serves from a menu. Placed in the loggia along the swimming pool, the tables provide a pleasant intimacy, especially at night, when candle lights and softened shadows fall on the tablecloths. You will be enchanted by the charm of the place, and the meal comes just in time to enhance the atmosphere of exotic flavours. The menu offers you a chance to enjoy, among others, seafood specialities such as mille-feuilles of fish or the excellent rossini tuna, the specialty of the house. In addition to Creole dishes, you can sample salads or kangaroo meat with mango sauce. For those who wish, it is possible to obtain a picnic basket by booking on the previous day.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    You can access the beach by walking some 820 ft on a gravel road and crossing a road. The beach, named the Hermitage, offers a pleasant setting for idleness. Bordered by filao trees, it is a broad band of white sand that sinks gently into the lagoon. You will bathe in turquoise water, deliciously warm, with the coral reef nearby to break the waves of the Indian Ocean. On the beach, the hotel offers mattresses and sunshades. Masks and snorkels are also leased on the beach. As for water sports, it is possible to do kayaking and windsurfing.

    To know

    Nestled amid lush tropical vegetation, the Swalibo was built in 1991 and renovated in 2000 and then overhauled again in 2005, when its new owner took over the premises. The partition separating the bar from the restaurant was demolished, and a small lounge located below the restaurant, is now housed in the attic, with cushions scattered on the floor in a typically oriental manner. The rooms were all re-equipped and redecorated in 2006.

    Equipment

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

      massage, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      kayak

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The service and the hospitality.
    • The intimate ambiance.
    • The delicate decoration.

    disadvantages

    • The beach is located just 655 ft away.
    • The rather modest size of the swimming pool.

    Traveller Reviews

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    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      8 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2014-04-27 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Hotel très correct et calme ,à l'infrastructure petite mais agréable ,une route à traverser pour aller à la plage qui est magnifique et permet de voir en "snorkeling" beaucoup de poissons tropicaux. Peu d'animation mais une nourriture excellente avec un très bon rapport qualité/prix pour les "menus du jour"

      • Advantages

        calme,tranquilité,petite structure et bonne proximité pour faire des découvertes de la cote NO de La Réunion

      • Disavantages

        pour les inconditionnels(ce n'est pas notre cas)peu d'animation et ne donne pas sur la plage

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      • Overall Score 7.67/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2014 Posted on 2014-03-06 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        très bel hôtel nous avons passé un agréable séjours et l accueil et le personnelle très agréable

      • Advantages

        le bon acceuil et le bien etre

      • Disavantages

        pas inconvenients a donné

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in février 2012 Posted on 2013-12-13 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Trés bon acceuil, cadre idéal

      • Advantages

        Réceptionniste super !

      • Disavantages

        Jacuzzi en panne pendant notre séjour

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2013 Posted on 2013-11-26 Seul - 1 nuitée (Chambre avec vue)

        tres beau week end passé dans cette hotel accueil chaleureux

      • Advantages

        jakuzi exterieur avec lumiere d'ambiance le soir tres agreable , le calme toute la journée , le partenaria avec le club en bord de plage pour pedalo etc

      • Disavantages

        piscine tres petite et pas assez ensoleillé

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2011 Posted on 2013-11-25 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Excellent hôtel. Cadre magnifique et reposant.

      • Advantages

        Son confort ET la qualité de son restaurant. L'accueil.

      • Disavantages

        Je n'ai pas relevé de points faibles.

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      • Overall Score 9.50/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2013-09-12 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Une petite structure cosy et intimiste dans un écrin de verdure. Nous avons adoré le lieu. La chambre au rez de chaussée joliment colorée et spacieuse prolongée par une belle terrasse à l'abris des regards. Les petits déjeuners ou s'invitent les oiseaux. Le personnel à l?écoute. Un havre de paix !

      • Advantages

        La tranquillité la situation géographique Une restauration à la hauteur Un lit grand largeur équipé d'une literie de qualité un lieu plein de charme

      • Disavantages

        piscine froide en août, impossible d'y plonger un orteil Manque des jus de fruits frais aux petits déjeuners

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      • Overall Score 9.00/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2013 Posted on 2013-09-04 En couple - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Super hôtel cadre au top personnel accueillant et à l écoute

      • Advantages

        Jacuzzy jardin tropical salle de transit

      • Disavantages

        Tarif un peu trop eleve

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      • Overall Score 6.75/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in novembre 2010 Posted on 2011-02-27 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        J,étais venu fin d'année dans cet hôtel. Je suis en chaise roulante et impossible de me garer et de sortir de ma voiture sur pk adaptée

      • Advantages

        Vraiment pas commode quand on a une chaise roulante. Pas de parking a l'hotel

      • Disavantages

        Obligée de laisser sa voiture a 250m de l'hôtel, dans un quartier noir

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      • Overall Score 2.43/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
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      • Package deals in octobre 2002 Posted on 2011-01-31 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        un véritable havre de paix et de silence à proximité d'une magnifique plage, protégée par une barrière de corail

      • Advantages

        son calme ,sa propreté, sa convivialité,son accueil

      • Disavantages

        aucun

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      • Overall Score 8.57/10
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