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Friday, July 19, 2013

The cottage Tamareo is spearheading quality in Mafate on Reunion Island

Located in La Nouvelle, an islet in the heart of Mafate, Tamareo, the house is the first hiking labeled Rando Accueil. This cottage was awarded the label “Rando Accueil” on March 8 and is already part of the Quality Tourism Reunion approach. On Friday, July 19, the new labeling of the house has been an opening presence of the Reunion Island Tourism Board (IRT) and the Regional Council.

Today Mafate alone constitutes the heart of the national park whose landscapes are among the World Heritage sites (UNESCO). With its 140 km of trails that wind through forests and ramparts, Mafate is a paradise for hikers.

La Nouvelle offers hikers several options in terms of accommodation: camping, cottages, bungalows. The islet is a real pioneer in this diverse range of quality.

The Tamareo is the brainchild of Jean-Yves Begue working in the tourism sector. Formed in hotels and restaurants in France, he opened his business in 2010. The Tamareo is a period house facing a central courtyard. Each of the four bedrooms is nominative and has its own unique atmosphere to the decor. Beyond these rooms, the structure has two dormitories of three seats each.

In the kitchen, visitors to Tamareo taste the local produce cooked in the traditional way over a wood fire. The supply of these products is authentic, for the moment, courtesy of a craftsman in the neighbor cirque, Salazie. The goal for Jean-Yves Begue is to develop agriculture and animal husbandry to supply the house with products of "the court."

A bike tour is being sought with the national park, to offer an ancillary activity to the house. The owner is also considering building a restaurant in parallel with Tamareo, enabling it to accommodate other visitors passing through. Finally, the return to service of a still would create vials geranium, stamped “The Tamareo.”


The Tamareo is a real success story in terms of performance, structure, activities, and environment. On Friday, July 19, the Tamareo formalized its labeling Rando Accueil. As of 2014, the house will be part of the Quality Tourism Reunion approach.