Situated in the north west of Madagascar, 40 miles away from Nosy Be, Tsarabanjina is one of the islands of the Mitsio archipelago offering luxury and service at the highest level. The island is filled with the melody of extraordinary birds, lush vegetation, turquoise seas, white beaches and unspoilt reefs.A 1½ hour speedboat transfer from Nosy Be transports you to paradise. The hotel offers 18 comfortable wooden bungalows (9 chalets situated on each side of the island ensuring complete privacy). The double rooms all have air conditioning, bathrooms with separate toilets, private verandas, hammocks, table and chairs and breathtaking sea views.
Situated 120 km north of Mahajanga is the luxurious five star Anjajavy hotel. Anjajavy rests on a peninsula within in a large bay, behind which lies a large natural reserve of 450 acres. Every villa has been designed in authentic Malagasy style using Palissandre wood. Each villa offers a spacious seafacing veranda, a lounge, a breakfast area and a bedroom. Small stairs lead upstairs to a loft which can be used as an office or playroom. The bathrooms have spacious corner baths and a separate toilet. Individual air conditioning systems ensure your room is always fresh and cool. There is a large swimming pool close to the sea surrounded by a small oasis of Palissandre trees offering shade.
NOSY BE HOTELS
Boucaniers Hotel **
A small quaint hotel situated on a hill overlooking Ambataloaka beach with stunning views. 19 rooms (downstairs garden facing, upstairs sea facing). Beautiful lush garden, all rooms with own private patio. No restaurant but breakfasts are served on the terrace. Plunge pool and lovely bar. Suitable for those wanting a social atmosphere (close to restaurants and night clubs), single travellers, couples, divers and honeymooners.
Chanty Beach Guesthouse **
Five air-conditioned rooms/bungalows in the grounds of a privately owned Creole villa. Offering standard rooms and bungalows. Bungalows are situated away from the main house and offer fully equipped kitchens. Standard rooms are situated on the ground floor beneath the main house and offer fridges and kitchenettes. Breakfast and dinners can be served in the private gazebo on the beach. Chanty Beach is remote and private. The hotel offers day excursions across the water to Nosy Sakatia. Chanty Beach is suitable for honeymooners and families. Beautiful beach perfect for swimming.
Chez Gerard et Francine Guesthouse **
A privately owned Creole styled house with four rooms inside and five adjoining rooms in the garden. All rooms have a fan, private veranda, bathroom ensuite, room safe and a mini bar. Situated at the end of the popular Ambataloaka beach. No restaurant, but several excellent restaurants and night clubs just 2 minutes’ walk away. No private beach, however there is a popular public beach in front of the hotel.
Corail Noir ***
Situated mid west on Nosy Be, Corail Noir is a small hotel with eleven standard rooms, nine bungalows and two family suites. The restaurant has an elevated wooden deck overlooking a swimming pool and offering wonderful views of Nosy Sakatia. The rooms/bungalows are very spacious and refreshing. Some rooms have fans and others have air conditioning. All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers. Large pretty garden and a beach area.
Nosy Be Hotel ***
Situated mid west of Nosy Be this lovely family hotel has 13 ventilated and 20 air-conditioned rooms, 7 VIP bungalows and 2 suites in spacious gardens. Large swimming pool and restaurant on the beachfront. No swimming at low tide. The hotel is great for families and groups. Sea view rooms are ventilated and garden view rooms are air-conditioned. Boutique.
Vanila Hotel ***+
A popular hotel with 2 spacious fresh water swimming pools, 4 bars, 1 boutique, massage room, laundry service, and internet access. 1 conference room with equipment seating 45. Baby-sitting service. The hotel is situated in a beautiful garden but does not have a great beach. As an alternative the management offers free pirogue excursions to the nearby island of Sakatia where you may stay on your own private beach as long as you wish.
Ventaclub Andilana Hotel ****
Ventaclub Andilana is located on the beach Andilana in the North of Nosy Be Island 45 km from the airport. Fine white sandy beach equipped with umbrellas and sun beds. Stunning gardens, indoor amphitheatre, huge swimming pool, disco and diving centre. A stunning 250-room hotel with one of the best beaches on Nosy Be. Suitable for families and great for incentive groups. Air-conditioned, TV, spacious rooms with balcony or ground floor. Prices for the Andilana include 3 meals a day and drinks (house wine, local beers, mineral water and soft drinks) - Highly recommended.
Sainte Marie Island & Ile Aux Nattes Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha),
a 57 km-long island off Madagascar’s east coast, is an authentic tropical island with lush vegetation interspersed with many small villages. This island is beautiful, offering the ultimate escape from civilisation. The hotels along its coast range from basic to classy establishments with all necessary modern facilities. The lush surroundings bring to mind images of an enormous tropical garden. It’s ideal for honeymoon couples or anybody with a romantic bent. Sainte Marie boasts numerous stunningly beautiful beaches and secluded coves, fringed with coconut palms. The coral reefs offshore offer excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. In August and September, hump-backed whales migrate here and are a huge attraction. The roads beckon mountain bikers and most hotels hire bicycles and snorkelling gear.
La Crique **
Take a stunning 2-hour drive through forest and villages from the airport to reach La Crique, which offers 10 comfortable bungalows, beautifully situated on a secluded beach. The remote location and basic accommodation in a stunning setting contributes to a fantastic sense of being back to nature. No fan and no air-conditioning. Bungalows with and without ensuite bathrooms. Family bungalows available. Set menus are offered which need to be ordered in the morning for the rest of the day’s meals. Book well in advance.
Masoandro Lodge ***
Masoandro Lodge is situated in the centre of the island on the west coast, about 35 km from the airport. (40 minute drive). Accommodation consists of 12 comfortable eco bungalows with ensuite bathrooms and two bungalow-suites deluxe. Facilities include: restaurant and bar, beach bar offering BBQ, safe & telephone at reception, boutique and theme evenings. All bungalows are private and have their own verandas facing the sea. Star attractions are the pretty secluded private beach with a jetty, outside bar and entertainment area. The charming lodge is situated on a hill with incredible views and the whale watching is excellent. A new addition is the beautiful rim flow swimming pool.
Princesse Bora ***+
A short transfer from the airport by traditional oxcart (cars are available for the less adventurous!) The hotel offers an excellent restaurant specialising in seafood and French cuisine. The bungalows are tastefully decorated and spacious with private bathrooms. 6 deluxe bungalows, which accommodate up to 4 people and 9 comfort bungalows for one couple. All rooms have a safe, fan and private veranda. Facilities include a bar and own diving centre. Whale safaris are offered by boat. Scientists studying whales stay at Princesse Bora during the whale season and offer guests a chance to participate in their research, which can be a thrilling highlight contrasting a relaxing holiday. Swimming in the sea only possible at high tide. Ile Aux Nattes is a small island south of Sainte Marie. Off its idyllic beaches are some of the best reefs in the Malagasy region. This is a wonderful option for budget travellers. Boat transport to the nearby Sainte Marie Island is easy to arrange.
Chez Napoleon **
This small, charming beach hotel situated on the beautiful lagoon separating Sainte Marie Island from Ile Aux Nattes. (About 2 km south from the Sainte Marie airport and the transfer takes 15 minutes by pirogue). Accommodation is basic but the surrounding is absolutely stunning with its turquoise lagoon and the lush gardens. All bungalows are situated on the beach with comfortable beds, mosquito nets, private terraces with incredible views, ceiling fans and bathrooms ensuite. Facilities include: safe and telephone at reception, restaurant with lounge and beach bar.
Chez Baboo ** / Baboo Village
A taste of local life greets you as you are transferred to the hotel by pirogue from Sainte Marie Island. (10 minutes). Chez Baboo is a small quaint hotel offering 14 reed/thatch chalets, some with ensuite facilities and others with shared ablutions. A popular restaurant entices you to enjoy local Malagasy fare. A long jetty offers you the chance to sit and have cocktails whilst the sun sets. The chalets all have mosquito nets, fans and twin/double beds with small verandas. This cute hotel is set in pretty gardens and is a must for anyone wanting to just relax, eat great food and snorkel/dive.
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