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All reviewsbeautiful hoteldirect access to the poolrooms are bigsafe swimmingoverlooking the beachground floormoatjacuzzinetseaislandreunion
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

I absolutely loved my stay here at Le Saint Alexis, staying on a half board basis. Breakfast was enjoyed up high on the warm breezy terrace looking out onto the beach trough swaying palm trees, just as in the online brochure. Dinner was excellent (huge quantities!), and I particularly liked the cafe gourmand to finish the meal off. Staff are superb. The swimming pool is a star feature in forming almost a moat around the centre building. Layout of hotel is architecturally interesting and it took me 3 days to get to know where I was going, even though its a small campus! I found two little annoyances. First simply resolved: a nespresso coffee machine was in the room, but with an advisory that i would have to order from reception and pay for 9 capsules. Now I had just made a 26 hour journey overall from north-west Europe and all I wanted was to have a nice refreshing cup there and then without jumping through hoops to get it. Why don't they factor into the price of perhaps a supply of one capsule per person per day for the duration of stay? And a teabag for the kettle beside it! I've been in plenty of hotels with these machines, never came across this extra charge yet. The second bit of annoyance is the geography of the room: The toilet is in a separate room around the corner from the bathroom and it's quite annoying having to go about 20 steps to gain access to a washbasin for hygiene. Installing a tiny washbasin in the toilet cubicle would help. Also guests may expect to pay a refundable deposit of €50 for a beach towel. Hotel clientele, when I was there, were lovely quiet families with polite friendly children. It is a haven of peace and quiet in spite of quiet a few children present.
The beach is a lovely wild breezy place, great for beachcombing and finding all kinds of treasure from coral pieces, to sea animal bones, sharks teeth, coconuts, lava stones. Very educational for children. Sea swimming is forbidden due to the great danger of sharks, the wild sea and currents, but a lovely sea pool formed by a wall of lava and enclosed by some concrete provides excellent safe swimming for children and adults, and gets very popular as the day progresses. It is life-guarded too.
Reunion Island is absolutely full of adventures to be had from helicopter trips, microlight flights, paragliding for wheelchair users, canyoning,exciting boat trips, small bus trips through incredibly windy roads into the cirques of the volcanic island. There's segwaying with cows, an aquarium to visit, a couple of towns to see with galleries, parks etc.
The Le Saint Alexis can be reached from the airport at St. Denis on Car Jaune (bus) Line T. Keep an eye for the stop and press the bell. It can get crowded with luggage and people on the bus, which only costs €5 for the trip and well worth saving on an expensive transfer. They only come about once an hour, so a look at the website will give times. Reunion is a relaxed, safe, friendly place, nice and laid back and great for a holiday with a bit of adventure and variety.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

A lovely hotel, beautifully situated right on the beach in Saint Gilles Les Baines main beach, which is one of the best on the island.

DO NOT GO TO REUNION WITHOUT DOING THE HELICOPTER TRIP INTO THE CRATER. IT IS MIND-BLOWING.

Reunion is not a typical tropical island & to get the best of the island you must do some exploring by driving around the island & doing ADVENTURE excursions.

The hotel is very pretty with a FANTASTIC swimming pool & good spa.

Food was very good & the restaurant is on the beach.

Rooms are big & overlook pool / beach.

Management & Staff 10 / 10 .

I loved this hotel & the staff & I would happily stay again & recommend.

Extra shark nets + patrols have been installed on this beach as the island has been ravaged by shark attacks over the last 5 years. This has been brought under control by the Government but you still need to exercise care about where & when you swim. Don't swim at dawn or dusk & follow lifeguards SWIMMING NOTICES.

There are wonderful restaurants right on the beach village 2 mins walk from Hotel.

An excellent area to stay on Reunion.

Room Tip: Most Rooms face sea & over pool which is in front of all rooms but noise not a problem. Higher = better views & quieter.
  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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saint-alexis, resident Manager at Le Saint Alexis Hotel & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2017

Dear Guests,

All the Staff thank you very very Much. It was really nice to offer you a nice Stay.

We hope see you soon !

kind regards

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

I spent 3 days there. Beautiful hotel with an amazing pool. Breakfast was ok. The hotel is well situated. There is a bus stop next to the hotel. Cafes and bars are near the hotel. I would like to thank Marie at the front desk who has been very helpful and welcoming. You are a star Marie! Rooms on ground floor give direct access to the swimming pool from your room. Breakfast can be delivered in the room with no charge but not so much choice on the tray. We has drink at the bar on Friday there were like 10 people at the bar and only 1 girl working which made service very slow. Otherwise a beautiful hotel with nice staff.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with friends
Thank Christelle N
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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The hotel is really gorgeous, the staff is always polite, very nice and always prepared with a joke or two
The food is good, excellent service and the location is also very good.
U have a short ride to Le Maido as well as the aquarium, beaches and others.

Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Ishka J
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Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Several times i ve stayed at this hôtel and several times i was satisfied by the excellent service by all the staff . For m'y son s birthday they ve done à very Nice surprise for the donner What a gastronomic menu ! The birthday cake was superbe wth Mango strawberry cheesecake , macarons. A great moment ......

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with friends
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