2023 Réunion

Join us for the IPS Mini-Biennial to Réunion
October 29 - November 6, 2023

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Join us in Réunion, located in the western Indian Ocean about 420 miles east of Madagascar! Enjoy 9 days and 8 nights with accommodations at Hôtel Villa Delisle, voted best hotel in Saint-Pierre.

This exclusive trip will include daily tours to habitats and private gardens with English-speaking guides. All meals are included, including a special luncheon at Makassar Restaurant, the gourmet restaurant of the Palm Hotel & Spa.

Space is limited to the first 26 registrants, so don’t wait to register – you won’t want to miss this incredible event!

Pricing

Pricing is based on the tour package plus a required donation toward IPS conservation efforts. The more you donate, the less your total package cost will be. IPS Lifetime and Benefactor levels also come with exclusive benefits, including premium content and exclusive travel offers!

TOUR PACKAGE

$3,300/PERSON
SINGLE ROOM

$2,500/PERSON
DOUBLE (ShARED)

DONATION TO IPS

IPS Member Level

$1,500

LIFETIME MEMBER LEVEL

$1,250

BENEFACTOR LEVEL

$1,000

TOTAL PACKAGE COST (TOUR PACKAGE + DONATION LEVEL)

IPS Member

$4,800 (SINGLE)
$4000 (Double)

LIFETIME MEMBER

$4,550 (SINGLE)
$3,750 (DOUBLE)

BENEFACTOR

$4,300 (SINGLE)
$3,500 (DOUBLE)

I'm really looking forward to La Réunion - it's a gorgeously beautiful island - some indigenous palms, great palm collections and the superb Parc des Palmiers, which we shall be visiting. Add to this, great French and Creole food, and the wildly enthusiastic members of Palmeraie Union, the local palm society, and we should be in for a winner - and don't forget Madagascar, Seychelles and Mauritius are not too far away.

-- John Dransfield, Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom

ITINERARY

Day 1. Sun Oct. 29. Arrival Day for BOARD MEMBERS.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Board members arrive in Réunion. Transfer to Villa Delisle, ideally located in St. Pierre, Réunion.
  • Free time to enjoy and rest at the hotel or discover the beach or the marina.
  • First meeting with CABU members from Palmeraie-Réunion. They will present the biennial program.
  • Meeting for all attendees in the hotel’s meeting room.

Day 2. Mon Oct. 30. Bélouve – Les Plaines – Grand Etang.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:30 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to La Forêt de Bélouve (approximately 2.5 hours)
  • 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Walk around the gite (cottage/shelter) at the end of the road with some Acanthophoenix crinita in the surroundings and a breathtaking view of  Cirque de Salazie
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM: Back to la Plaine des Palmistes
  • 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM: Typical creole lunch at a traditional restaurant
  • 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Take the bus to Grand Etang
  • 2:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Walk around the pond with Hyophorbe indica trees
  • 4:45 PM: Back to the hotel around 6.45 PM

Day 3. Tue Oct  31. Ravine des Cabris – Saint Leu.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:30 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to Ravine des Cabris (approximately 30 minutes)
  • 9:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Visit Thierry Riviere’s property
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Move to Saint-Leu, route des Colimaçons
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch
  • 1:30 PM -1:45 PM: Transfer to Conservatoire Botanique de Mascarin by bus
  • 1:45 PM – 3:15 PM: Visit of Conservatoire Botanique de Mascarin
  • 3:45 PM – 5:45 PM: Max Galbois’s garden
  • 5:45 PM: Back to hotel (by the coastal road) and end the day around 6:45 PM

Day 4. Wed Nov 1. Côte Est et Sud Sauvage.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:30 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to Sainte-Rose
  • 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM: St Philippe with different stops during the day for sightseeing (old lava flows, etc.) and stop at Anse des Cascades
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Anse des Cascades with Acanthophoenix rubra and Dictyosperma 
  • 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Back to Petite-Ile and stop at Cap de l’Abri
  • 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Visit Cap de l’Abri Latania lontaroides 
  • 5:30 PM: Back to hotel for sunset

Day 5. Thu Nov 2. Tampon.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:30 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to Tampon (Approximately ¾ hours)
  • 9:15 AM – 1:30 PM: Parc des Palmiers visit + planting of a palm tree as a symbol of the biennial
  • 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Catered lunch in the park with the mayor and other members of the city hall and park’s employers
  • 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM: Visit the park’s nursery
  • 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Russel property
  • 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Visit with Acanthophoenix rousselii
  • 5:00 PM: Back to hotel and arrive at 6:00 PM

Day 6. Fri Nov 3. Sud Sauvage.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:30 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to Saint Philippe (approximately 1 hour)
  • 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Jardin des Parfums et des Epices’
  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Visit de la palmeraie du site
  • 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM: Lunch at  l’Auberge Paysanne chez Mme FIARDA
  • 1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: Mare Longue Forest
  • 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM: Grand Coude road
  • 3:00 PM – 5:45 PM: Lauricourt GROSSET’s forest
  • 5:45 PM: Back to hotel and arrive at 6:15 PM

Day 7. Sat Nov 4. Saint-Pierre.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:00 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to La Ligne des Bambous (approximately 1/2 hour)
  • 8:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Palmahoutoff at Thierry HUBERT’s property
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Saint Pierre
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Stop at the market and shopping
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM: Serge HOARAU’s property
  • 1:45 PM – 4:45 PM: Visit Serge HOARAU’s property
  • 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM: Domaine du Café Grillé
  • 5:45 PM: Back to hotel and arrive at 6:30 PM
  • 8:30 PM: Dinner at hotel with CABU

Day 8. Sun Nov 5. Tampon.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Breakfast at your leisure before bus departs
  • 8:00 AM: Leave the hotel by bus to Tampon (approximately
  • 9:15 AM – 11:45 AM: Hugues ADENOR’s garden
  • 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM: Le Tampon city center
  • 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch at gourmet restaurant, Palm Hôtel
    Pleasure, discovery, originality, local products are the guiding principles of Le Makassar, the gourmet restaurant of the Palm Hotel & Spa.
    Surrounded by an elegant & warm atmosphere, you are served refined dishes created by our chef with local products.
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Michel BARET’s property
  • 4:00 PM: Back to hotel and arrive at 5:00 PM

Day 9. Mon Nov 6. Departure Day.

Hôtel Villa Delisle, Saint-Pierre

  • Transportation to airport include

Cancellation policy and terms of payment:

All registrants will be required to pay 100% of the Total Package price at time of registration. Cancellations will result in the forfeiture of the donation and Tour fees as follows:

  • 90 to 60 days before the start of Event: 10% fees

  • 59 to days before the start of Event: 30% fees

  • Less than 45 days before the start of Event: 100% fees.

  • Your IPS donation is non-refundable.