We were in Reunion for a week and decided to split our time between the cirques and the beach. We chose Cilaos as it’s the closest to Piton des Neiges and we were well happy with our choice! A quaint little town with one of the most dramatic sceneries we’ve ever seen, what made our stay there even more awesome was Case Nyala.
We arrived in Reunion 3 hours later than expected due to delays and although we were initially reluctant to make the car journey up into Cilaos late at night in the rain, but after checking a few hotels in St Leu en-route and found no availability, we bit the bullet and pushed on. After more than 400 twists and turns, we arrived at Case Nyala in the rain. The warm host Patrick stayed up waiting to let us in, and even came out with umbrellas to help with our luggage.
We were immediately taken by the quaint little cottage that was to be our base for the next 3 days. Immaculate and well-maintained with a lot of love and attention, our little annex was of a decent size, and to top it off, it has a lovely little front patio right next to the garden where we spent every evening having sundowners.
Patrick prepared breakfast for us every morning, and breakfast consists of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bread and croissants with a selection of homemade jams. If you’re lucky, Patrick may have an extra something special for breakfast each morning – we had crepes one morning and homemade fruity bread the next.
Breakfast was served in main house separate from our annex, and the kitchen, living room and bar is also here. They have a fridge full of beer where they operate a self-serve pay as you go system. The best kept secret is the jars of home-flavoured rum on the top shelves of the kitchen, where you can help yourself to flavoured rums ranging from lemon to prunes and aniseed.
Patrick was extremely warm and eager to help, and is more than happy to dispense advice. On his recommendation, we took a hike to La Chapelle, a picturesque river where you can have a picnic and soak up the rays.
We really enjoyed our stay at Case Nyala, and appreciated Patrick’s hospitality. One tip for you – for an awesome view with your sundowners, head up to the flat roof just next to the annex above the garden with your bottle of wine!
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