Reunion holidays, tailor made
How Reunion holidays, tailor made makes a difference
Unesco World Heritage Site of Outstanding Beauty:
La Réunion National Park was established as a World Heritage Site of outstanding beauty in 2007, which means that a legal framework exists to ensure that the exceptional features of the natural landscape and natural ecosystems are protected.
Invasive alien species and the maintaining of native species from La Réunion and the other islands in the Mascarene archipelago is a priority. The authorities ensure that the communities that reside within the boundaries of the national park are consulted about conservation concerns in a meaningful manner.
This hotel is one of the more aware of conservation concerns and has a 'tread lightly' policy which is shared across the LUX* group. The hotel already offsets 100% of its carbon emissions and they have set up a fund which will be used to finance new environmental projects at the hotel such as installing solar power, wind turbines, LED lighting and irrigation projects. Fresh bottled water is locally sourced rather than importing it from Europe, which avoids hundreds of thousands of unnecessary 'water miles'. The Lux* uses glass bottles for this water in order to reduce the unnecessary use of plastic containers. All biodegradable waste, including paper, coffee grains, fruit and vegetable peelings, are turned into fertilisers by the resident wormery.
Our holidays in Reunion have a strong focus on the local culture which is a true melting pot of Africa, with additional influences from India, China, Madagascar and of course France. Respect and support of local communities and cultures is core to our company ethos, and we believe that this engagement creates more enjoyable holidays for all. Our representatives in Reunion are a local company.
Most hotels and guesthouses in Reunion are locally owned and tourism plays an important role in the economy by providing employment. Unemployment in Reunion is in fact an issue with more than sixty percent of the population receiving welfare benefits. Reunion is actually part of France; it votes in French elections, has a Member of Parliament, operates under the same labour laws as France and has similar social security benefits.
A self-drive itinerary enables visitors to eat in local restaurants and cafés, which both supports local incomes and encourages visitors to try the many delicious traditional Creole dishes. We can also arrange half-day and day-tours with local guides, who are permanent residents of the local community. This is an interesting way to understand more about the island’s history and people and also to discover some of its many hidden corners.
Some of the bigger hotels support local charities. For example the LUX*Reunion organises a regular Monopoly evening for its guests and at the end of play, the hotel changes the Monopoly money winnings of the players into a real donation for one of the local charities that the hotel supports.
Reunion holidays, tailor made