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La Vanilleraie

Sainte-Suzanne, Reunion Island
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Monica M wrote a review Mar 2020
Sola Municipality, Norway46 contributions41 helpful votes
We were pleasantly surprised by this tour! While the tour itself was in French, our guide made a concerted effort to translate the essentials into English and was open to all our questions. There is a video with subtitles in the beginning that explains the majority of information. It was a concise tour (which we appreciated due to the heat) and we learned a lot about a special commodity for Reunion. Very nice gift shop with plenty to choose from!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Vanessa wrote a review Nov 2019
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We learned a lot about vanilla there. The movie was with English subtitles which was very useful for us. The guided tour was only in French which we did not understand. The sales room is very proper and clearly. We enjoyed it.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Line_from_Dublin wrote a review Mar 2019
Dublin, Ireland80 contributions42 helpful votes
We went there with my husband as part of our last place to visit in our honeymoon trip. We went for a guided tour in the factory itself. The tour took a touch of "erotism" as you will learn in the history of vanilla, that it was used as an "exciting" drink for lovers, unfortunately we were not given the recipe! The shop includes some vanilla ice cream which was delicious. I will recommend if you want to know more about the Reunion Island culture.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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KY T wrote a review Jun 2018
Singapore, Singapore215 contributions94 helpful votes
I had read that La Vanilleraie conducts tours in English. Unfortunately, on the day I went, they did not have any tours in English. It could be because we went in June, which was likely low tourist season. The guide was very nice though, and urged us to join the French tour free of charge. We got to first watch a video with English subtitles, and then followed the guide to see the vanilla plants. Sadly, we couldn't understand a thing on the tour. We also wanted to buy some vanilla products, but the shop was actually just a small-ish section with products placed on tables. There were no details given on how you could use the vanilla products on sale there. There wasn't anything else going on here either, such as a restaurant for lunch. In fact, we arrived at lunch time to find the whole place closed because the staff were on their break. So it felt rather un-buzzy. It felt like a wasted trip.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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TobiF88 wrote a review May 2018
Nuertingen, Germany48 contributions14 helpful votes
Sadly the tour was only offered in french this day, but we decided to take the tour nevertheless. First you get to watch a movie that shows you the production of vanilla step by step (good thing it had english sub-titels). After the movie the tour of the facilities starts and everything that was shown in the movie gets explained in even more detail and we learned a great deal. It's worth taking the tour and afterwards one knows why vanilla is that expensive.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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