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Gites, Guesthouses and B&B in Reunion island

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Gite Cuvelier Cirque of Mafate

The term "gite" in French covers several concepts.

Regulars at hiking shall immediately think of mountain buildings nearby hiking trails, what we call « gîtes d'étape » (lodges). Offering dormitories with a various capacity (12 to 50 people) and some double rooms, they provide their guests with simple blankets, a shared bathroom and sometimes a kitchen area in "free management". Walkers will find this rustic accommodation along hiking trails in Reunion, particularly in the cirque of Mafate (see our lists). The guardians of these lodges may offer some evening meals, which you should book in advance for an encounter with the local kindness in Reunion island.

Guest houses in Reunion island

For travelers wishing to experience the notorious hospitality of the people of Reunion, there's nothing like a stay in a guest room. This form of home-stay accommodation (in the owner's house or in a nearby outhouse) is the best way to communicate with authentic locals. If you decide to eat at their table d'hote (upon reservation only), over dinner you will share customs and local specialties with them. Apart from the bedroom and bathroom (often private), other parts are common. Owners, often passionate about their island, will be pleased to welcome you for one or more nights, and to serve you in the morning a rich breakfast with local flavour (homemade jams, fruit from the garden ...) , included in the price per night, a sort of French "bed and breakfast" in fact! This type of accommodation, often labeled from one to five « épis » (ears of corn) by Gites de France, offers various levels of comfort; "Maison d'hôtes de charme » (charming guest houses), for their part, offer more luxury services, with a particular care and discretion worthy a luxury hotel.

Holiday rentals in the heights of Reunion island

Guest house reunion
Nowadays, people in cirques or from the heights of the island offer superior accommodation with small four-person dormitories or double bedrooms with sometimes even a private bathroom. A verandah is often made available to renters, as well as a common room, sometimes with a fireplace, ideal for playing cards and telling travel stories before a good night's sleep.


Gites Plaine des Cafres
Another meaning of the word "gite" relates to a detached house with one or more bedrooms, a kitchen, a main room and toilets. One can rent it by the weekend, week or month, hence it is more like a holiday house; you'll find such accommodation if you select the criterion « Furnished apartments » in our lists. If located in Nature or in the countryside, it shall be referred to as "gîte rural" (country cottage), possibly labeled Gites de France.


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