For those who want to do more than simply lie on the beach, look no further than Reunion. Widely recognised for its sense of adventure, the authentic and captivating Reunion Island is a dramatic landscape of volcanic terrain, lush green forests, tropical gardens, white, black and green beaches and warm Indian Ocean. It is also home to the world’s most active volcano, and although this is tucked safely away from civilisation, does this not get the heart pumping?
Whether hiking through the natural UNESCO heritage regions, which cover 42% of the island, canyoning down waterfalls, gliding along in a glass-bottom boat or having a go at SUP (stand-up paddle), there are non-stop activities to keep couples entertained. Add to that a mix of the culture and the plethora of restaurants offering local and international cuisine, you are in for a treat.
Of course, it’s not all about action. No island retreat is complete without some time spent lazing on the beach, or visits to the spa for pampering treats. And after dark, the island’s nightlife comes alive as a blend of local bars and beach restaurants peppered with regular music and cultural festivals offer a great night out. But by day there are temples to explore as well as visits to vanilla farms, perfumeries and historic buildings which unfold 351 years of diverse civilisatin on this 3 million year old island.
Although South Africans are not able to legally marry in Reunion, the fascinating island is an unforgettable place to enjoy a special ceremony with close family and friends. Couples who choose to celebrate their marriage in Reunion can hire a large home for a group of friends and family or can mark their special occasion with a reception at one of the islands hotels. The Reunion Island Tourism Board can assist in finding the perfect venue for this special holiday just four hours from Johannesburg and with no visas required for South Africans, this may be the most ideal wedding venue.
For honeymoons, Reunion Island has more intimate resorts and hotels and many offer honeymoon packages. Guesthouses also have honeymoon suites and romantic views from French colonial rooms which add to the appeal of this island.