HOTELS IN CIRQUE OF CILAOS ****

 

Le Cilaos Hotel****

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Le Cilaos is a four-star hotel, restaurant, and spa.  During your stay, the team is at your disposition to provide 
information and anything else you may need.  The hotel, whose design was inspired by traditional Creole 
architecture, opened its doors in 1998 under the name «Les Chenets». It was expanded in 2000. In 2013, 
they decided to further acknowledge their roots and strengthen their ties to the cirque by renaming the hotel 
«Le Cilaos». From the heart of the cirque, this hotel offers you an exceptional view of the mountains, easy 
access to the town of Cilaos, and a variety of walking trails.  So, from all of us, enjoy your experience!

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Spa treatments in the heart of a resort town

Our balneotherapy area, including 2 sauna cabins, a Turkish bath, and 3 jacuzzis, is open from 8.30 to 20.00 hrs.   
See the front desk to reserve your resort experience.Métissea Beauté, in partnership with the four-star Aroma 
Spa du Cilaos, offers a range of different treatments and massages in our facilities dedicated to well-being and 
relaxation.

Relaxing «hydro-thermo-phyto» bath pods are the last word in high-tech bathing, with their built-in touchscreens 
that let you choose steam, massaging jets, light stimulation, phytotherapy, and music settings… all of this in a 
setting of soft felt and mirrors, where exotic wood flooring and LED lighting come together in harmony.
 
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Experience a moment of happiness in the embrace of the massage Shiatsu.
 

Restaurant «La Lentille des Gourmets», a celebration of Creole flavours

You will discover new Creole flavours in the restaurant, «La Lentille des Gourmets», which opens from 
12.00 to 14.00 for lunch and from 19.30 to 21.00 for dinner.  The local products, including the famous lentils 
and wine from Cilaos and many other delicacies are served with respect for Creole tradition.  We also propose 
tailor-made banquets for special events, so that birthday celebrations, weddings and other occasions will be 
absolutely unforgettable.  You can also order picnic baskets, carefully put together by the chef, to take on your 
outings.  Let the front desk have your order before 19.00 hrs the day before, and your basket will be ready when 
you are, starting at 7.00am.

Conferences and seminars : the mountain as your work setting

The facilities include two conference rooms for special events, with a capacity for up to 80 people in the 
outdoor pavillion and 35 people indoors.  Each conference room is provided with comfortable furniture, a television, 
a DVD player, a flip chart and a panoramic view of the mountains.  «Le Zembrocal», on the garden side, provides 
a beautiful panoramic view of the high country for your work meetings and conferences.  You can also try our 
traditional curries, slowly simmered over a wood fire (groups of 15 and up).

Geology, the birth of a cirque

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Some 300 000 years ago, the Cilaos cirque was formed by cave-ins around Piton des Neiges, the island’s highest 
point at 3071 m.  Erosion also contributed to the rugged terrain of this exceptional location.  Cilaos is not a crater, 
despite being the only one of the three cirques to have a circular shape.  It is also the southernmost and driest of 
the island’s cirques.  Cilaos is the newest town on the island; it was officially incorporated in 1965 by Prefect 
Alfred Diefenbacher, and today it is home to 7000 inhabitants.  In addition to being a Creole village, Cilaos is also 
a mountain resort, and in fact, its sister city is Chamonix.  Some 80 km of trails depart from this town, and Cilaos 
also offers an excellent selection of mountain sports, including canyoning and mountain climbing.

 
Authentic tastes : savouring Cilaos

Cilaos lentils are both an agricultural treasure and a tourist attraction. The rocky volcanic soil on the steep slopes 
of Ilet à Cordes is what gives them their distinctive nutritional properties. Production of this «queen of beans», the 
best side dish for a traditional curry, amounts to some 70 tonnes a year.  These light-brown to blond lentils, 
endemic to the cirque, are smaller and finer than either Puy or Madagascar lentils.  Wine from Cilaos was once 
said to provoke madness.  Today, it is produced on some twentyacres of cultivated vineyards, grape varieties 
include Malbec, Chenin, and Pinot.  The wines selected by the warehouse are red, rosé and white, and as of 2004, 
they have vin de pays status as an indication of their quality.  The vineyards of Cilaos, interestingly enough, are 
the highest in France,  located at altitudes ranging from 600 to 1300 m, they also host the first harvests of the year, 
in January and February.  Pruning is done during the austral winter, and the humid, sunny days of the austral summer 
make the grapes swell to maturity.  Another peculiarity of this wine is that the grapes from each plot of land are 
fermented separately to preserve the different flavours of every microclimate in the cirque. Another famous and 
well-loved drink, fizzy Cilaos mineral water, flows from the spring known as Véronique.  This water, drawn at a 
depth of 13 m, is the only naturally fizzy mineral water from the island.

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Land of artisans : «jour de Cilaos» The tradition of embroidery and teaching needlework dates back to 
Angèle Mac Auliffe, daughter of Dr Jean-Marie Mac Auliffe, who introduced these techniques to Cilaos.  
She taught needlework to the other women in the village before succumbing to measles at the age of 26. 
The famous jour de Cilaos, the name given to this style of embroidery, is well-known even in England for 
having been chosen to decorate the royal table.  Cilaos has a local lace-making association that promotes 
its products and teaches embroidery to the younger generations to keep this original art form alive.  Since 
1984, some 60 to 70 artisans work their magic at Maison de la Broderie, or the Embroidery House.
 

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