About the hotel

The Relais de l’Hermitage St Gilles, a true natural paradise for families



Ideally located on the Ermitage Lagoon, one of the most beautiful seaside resorts on the island classified as a nature reserve, The Relais de l’Hermitage St Gilles (formerly Novotel St Gilles)combines many qualities allowing guests to experience the magic of the Reunion Island.
Its prime location on the west coast, “downwind”, makes it the perfect base from which to explore the island.
The Reunion Island is a volcanic island with a highly diverse landscape, both along its coast and inland, and affords unique views of rare beauty.
Among the most breathtaking views are in the areas classified as Unesco world heritage sites: the Salazie falls at the cirque de Cilaos, the peaks of the Piton des Neiges and the craggy Piton de la Fournaise. An island rich in colours and delights awaits you.


Nestled in a sumptuous tropical garden covering three hectares, the Relais de l’Hermitage St Gilles (formerly Novotel St Gilles) has 161 rooms with terrace or balcony in a two-storey semi-circular building where you are guaranteed a stay in complete peace and quiet. The rooms overlook the lush parkland or the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.


The convivial family hotel, the Relais de l’Hermitage St Gilles (formerly Novotel St Gilles) offers a range of activities to meet all your needs for relaxation and entertainment. You can take advantage of our many sports facilities and two large swimming pools.
You can also enjoy a variety of delicious specialities at the Hotel’s restaurants and bar while listening to wonderful live music.


As soon as you arrive at le Relais de l’Hermitage St Gilles (formerly Novotel St Gilles), you will discover the joy of living in the warm and tropical environment for which the island and the hotel have been known for many years. For over 35 years now we have happily welcomed many different guests who have contributed to the charm and soul of the hotel. Our attentive staff will not fail to ensure that you appreciate the sweet smile of The Reunion Island.


The exceptional natural heritage of The Reunion Island also makes for many exciting adventures.  During your stay on the island, you can enjoy your favourite pursuits or discover nature from the land, sea or air. There are many activities with an easy access from the hotel : hiking, mountain climbing, paragliding, flying in ultra-light aircraft and helicopters, mountain biking and free-riding, as well as rafting, canyoning and airboating for the most audacious!

The family spirit


Our prerogative: to make your holiday a truly special one with the family. the Relais de l’Hermitage St Gilles offers your children a welcome gift and activities made to measure.

The restaurant


You can dine with pleasure at our restaurant “Le Papayer”. And for light refreshments, there is the bar “Le Tamarin” and the restaurant “Case Vanille” by the swimming pool.

The rooms


The rooms are generous and comfortable, and designed to make you feel right at home.