The best places to stay in Madagascar have taken a bit of criticism over the years, in recent times however, there have been multiple investments in some truly unique properties improving the overall standard. From remote camping in undiscovered parks, to luxury beach hideaways and jungle lodges, Madagascar now has a great selection of truly diverse places to stay.
Anjajavy Lodge is one of the top luxury lodges in Madagascar. Relax in luxury at the end of your holiday with pristine beaches and a great diversity of wildlife in the accompanying nature reserve. Activities include a variety of water sports (run from a separate beach to that of swimming), fishing and numerous excursions in the Anjajavy Reserve. Consisting of 25 air conditioned two storey rosewood villas with private verandas providing ideal comfort areas to sit back and watch the sea views or dancing lemurs in the surrounding trees. Anjajavy Reserve is home to a variety of exciting fauna and flora including Coquerel’s Sifaka, brown lemurs, mouse lemurs, and a variety of chameleons not to mention the vast array of tropical birdlife (love birds, vangas, vasa parrots!), coral reefs and mangrove forests!
Masoala Forest Lodge
Accessible only by foot or by sea, Masoala Forest Lodge provides complete exclusivity in a remote corner of Masoala National Park. Sleeping a maximum of 14 guests, this small and intimate lodge has great access to some of the rare and endemic species of Madagascar as well as beaches stretched for miles down the coast. The seven luxury palm thatched tree-houses are elevated on stilted wooden platforms, providing uninterrupted views of the forest canopy and sea, and allowing visitors to experience the forest from the perspective of the lemurs themselves. The private en-suite bathrooms have hot water, and there are also verandas on each tent with uninterrupted views of the forest and a hammock to lounge in.
Perfectly combining conservation, superb guiding and luxurious villas, Miavana is one of Madagascar’s most unique destinations. An ultra luxurious lodge, designed by the architects of the impeccable North Island in the Seychelles, with one, two and three bedroomed villas spaced out along the western coast, guests can enjoy views of the azure bays of Nosy Ankao, as well as stunning views across to the mountainous landscapes of the mainland. Accessed only by helicopter, Miavana is sure to enthrall before you even set foot on the island. When you do, however, you will continue to be charmed by the resort’s high-end villas, sumptuous cuisine and huge selection of activities available. The strong focus on conservation, that ensures the breath-taking surrounds are preserved, is a real bonus too.
Submerged within thick vegetation, small lodges scatter the banks of the Pangalanes. The Palmarium Lodge is one of these. Accessible only by boat both Palmarium Lodge and the newer Palmarium Beach offer clean and spacious en-suite rooms. Stay either at the main lodge or on the lakeshore at the ‘beach lodge’. Within the nearby forests there are 10 different lemur species and, although wild, some are very confident and it is a great chance to get close to these creatures, endemic to Madagascar, for some fantastic photo opportunities. The traditional thatched bungalows, made from local wood such as bamboo, are all spacious and comfortable. The rooms have hard floors and white walls, with large double or twin beds draped in mosquito netting, a rug and a stand for a bedside lamp. This then leads through to the en-suite bathroom where the toilet is separated by a curtain for a little more privacy. Bungalows all have private wooden decked terraces with bamboo and fabric chairs, a table and a hammock – a great place to relax in the afternoons.
Princesse Bora Lodge
Princesse Bora Lodge is located near the East Coast of Madagascar and provides the perfect location to relax on your Madagascar Wildlife Holiday. Nestled in the palm groves with oceanic views from the refreshing pool the lodge and bungalows are constructed of local materials in custom with Sainte-Marienne tradition. Activities include diving, water sports, fishing, island excursions and also from June – September clients have the opportunity to join the Megaptera whale observation teams! A beautiful Lodge with excellent service. Princess Bora is surrounded by a large palm tree grove and tropical plants and overlooks a beautiful lagoon and extensive white sandy beach. Twenty spacious bungalows comprising of 9 individual Comfort Villas with suspended beds, showers and panoramic views, 6 Luxury Villas with 2 extra beds for children in a mezzanine and 5 Executive glass-fronted Beach Villas.Other facilities include a 25 metre infinity pool, spa & massage pavilion, library, garden and cocktail bar.
Relais Des Plateaux
Located near to Ivato Airport in Antananarivo, Relais des Plateaux is built in a simple, motel style, shaded by avocado trees in a wooded park. Comfortably combining tradition with modern features, the hotel originally opened in 2005 to ease the journey for international travellers. Here you won’t find over the top luxury, but charming accommodations made from local materials and by local craftsmen. From here you are free to explore the old and new streets of Antananarivo, there are some wonderful views around as well as temples, cathedrals and the Prime Ministers tomb. There are also markets and museums and the 12 Sacred Hills. This hotel is a perfect location for those with an early departure from Ivato Airport, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your last days in wonderful Madagascar.