Farmers by passion, we acquired our property in the 1980s. Our orchard produces mangoes from October to May, but our activity is dependent on cyclones which don’t always allow us to work fulltime. To complete our business, we opted for agritourism, starting with a few small accommodations before officially starting up in the year 2000. In our small Creole garden, we grow spices and vanilla for our cooking. A few sprigs of vanilla that we hadn’t harvested scented the residence, and from that came naturally the name “Senteur Vanille” (Vanilla Scent).
Agrotourism made in Réunion island
Agrotourism is becoming increasingly popular with farmers looking to diversify their business in a sustainable way. The aim is to offer travelers an alternative experience to mass tourism, and to pass on the love of our agricultural and cultural heritage in a more human and responsible way.
In addition to preserving the plantation’s current trees, the Law-Yat family has planted other endemic species in reserve, as part of the APN association working to protect them. In the event of a fire, for example, all you have to do is pick up a few stumps at Senteur Vanille and everything can be replanted.
The horizon as far as the eye can see
Nestled on a hillside with breathtaking ocean views, our amphitheatrical property benefits from the mild climate of the west of the island and the pleasant freshness of the sea air. In this calm and serene environment, from most of our accommodations you can enjoy views of the horizon stretching as far as the eye can see, while the studios and the Corail villa are immersed in the serenity of the orchard.
Immersion in nature
As an alternative to crowded hotels, Senteur Vanille offers accommodations halfway between rental houses and unusual lodgings for travelers in search of a peaceful retreat. Built right in the heart of the farm and respecting the orchard that surrounds them, our accommodations are the ideal place to recharge your batteries among the trees without compromising your comfort and independence, while still being close to the city.
Tasting the fruits of our garden
During the harvest season, you can sample the orchard’s 17 different varieties of mangos, as well as other tropical fruits, spices and botanical curiosities endemic to the island. Marie-Claude will be delighted to share her passion for fruit trees and the richness of the vegetation that surrounds you.
While nestled in the calm of the orchard, our property is close to all amenities. The beaches and town center of Saint-Gilles-les-Bains are a 5-minute drive away, and 45 minutes to Rolland Garros airport. The island’s main attractions are within easy reach.
We’ll be sure to give you all our recommendations for the shops and restaurants we’ve tested.