Lux St Gilles ReunionLux St Gilles Reunion

Last week I jetted off to the the wild Island of Reunion with a few of South Africa’s Instagram legends and discovered a place that is so much more than tropical sandy beaches. An active volcano, canyons, mountain peaks and dense forrest are what you can expect to find, and then so much more. Its part of France so the local language is French, the currency is Euro, and in almost every way you feel like you could be in Europe. The scenery is spectacular and varies from part to part. One minute you are driving through Alpine like mountains and the next you are in a semi desert with flat rock and red sand. Sugar cane field in abundance, coral reefs keeping back a wild Indian Ocean and super friendly people everywhere to make you feel so welcome.

Lux St Gilles Reunion

We stayed at the only 5 star resort on the island – Lux* St Gilles and then day tripped from there to see the sights. This hotel group is about surprising and delighting its guests. They do outdoor movie nights with pop corn, they have retro ICI ice cream bars on the beach, they roast their own coffee and have red phone booths where you can phone home anytime for free. How cool is that?

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Our trip was a whirlwind of activity and I have a few stories and recipes to share coming up soon, but for now here are a few of my picture of my trip to Reunion. To see the images of my fellow Instagrammers, check their profiles and see my profile for more: @GarethPon @unclescrooch @lorraineloots

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles ReunionLux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Lux St Gilles Reunion

Ile de la Reunion

Reunion Island

 

Reunion Island

Reunion Island

Reunion Island

vanilla drying

the making of vanilla

vanilla rom Reunion

vanilla being hand sorted

vanilla liqueur

vanilla pods

Reunion Island

Reunion Island

Lux St Gilles Reunion

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9 Comments

  1. Michelle Dunn

    Beautiful images, Sam. What a privilege to have gone there.

    Warm regards,
    Michelle

  2. Sam

    Hi Michelle – yes fried over an open flame. I tried 2 versions. The one in these pictures is cooked with local herbs and rum, but Im keen to do the recipe with vanilla, cinnamon and star anise. too yummy. Defs a recipe coming soon.

  3. Sam

    Thanks Michelle – it certainly was.

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