Called “the land in the forgotten sea”, Madagascar is a land of adventure and perfect for active travellers. This relatively unexplored island is home to amazing accommodation, and we’ve picked the 8 best resorts in Madagascar. Experience an island with a unique culture, endemic plants and animals; explore its endless white beaches, jungles and mangroves.
Having opened its doors in 2017, this new resort is high-end and gets our 5-star stamp of approval. Each of the 14 villas has ocean views and direct access to the beach. Guests can snorkel and scuba dive, explore coral beds and reefs, and traverse Nosy Ankao – the archipelagos’ largest of five islands. Apparently, it used to be home to seasonal fishermen and even pirates. Time + Tide’s Miavana echoes the natural surroundings of beach, wood and sky. Read more about it in our blog.
Just a minute’s walk from the beach, sitting on an uninhabited island, Constance Tsarabanjina is great for honeymooners and couples (read more about it here). Just a 20-minute helicopter transfer from Nosy Be, the luxury bungalows are newly refurbished and have direct access to the small island’s beaches and tropical jungle. Encompassing barefoot luxury, guests can choose to stay in villas on the South or North Beach.
Tsara Komba Luxury Beach & Forest Lodge
One of the best resorts in north-western Madagascar is the beautiful 4-star eco lodge, Tsara Komba. It sits on the archipelago’s second biggest island, Nosy Komba, and is also called “Lemur Island”. It’s just 25 minutes from Nosy Be by boat and home to fishing villages, coffee, vanilla and cacao plantations. The rest of the island is wild and exotic, filled with black macaco lemurs, baobabs and parrots.
Manga Soa Lodge
Madagascar has notoriously bad roads that affects travel time – however, Manga Soa Lodge is close to the international airport Nosy Be. But don’t worry, it’s still remote enough so that you can enjoy its tropical gardens and one of the best resorts in Madagascar. Thatched and authentically Malagasy, Manga Soa is situated on a long stretch of beach with a spa, large pool and lounge area.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge
There aren’t many lodges located on the southeast side of Madagascar – but Manafiafy is one of them! Showcasing the best of both coast and rainforest, this luxurious lodge creates special moments and experiences for its guests like romantic dinners in the bush or on the beach. Go on lemur walks at night with an experienced guide or kayak through the mangroves by day – here, activities rule the itinerary!
Mandrare River Camp
Mandrare River Camp is also located in Madagascar’s southeast like its sister camp (see above). It’s usually combined with Manafiafy and is about 100 kilometers from Fort Dauphin. The highlight of Mandrare is that you have access to the spiny forest and riverine forest ecosystem. Wildlife includes endemic lemurs and sifaka – and you get to meet the local Antadroy tribe.
The capital city of Madagascar is Antananarivo or ‘Tana’ in short. Maison Gallieni is a real gem in this third-world town, and overlooks the town from its hilltop location. Step inside the cosy lounge with a dramatic staircase and enjoy first world amenities like air-conditioning, a heated swimming pool, library, garden and fireplace. This hotel only has 4 ensuite bedrooms – so just make sure to book early (chat to us to enquire).
Anjajavy Le Lodge (Anjajavy l’Hôtel)
Sitting on the northwest coast, Anjajavy Le Lodge is built on a peninsula and has amazing ocean views from each room. Lemurs enjoy visiting the lodge and can often be seen right from your deck or while you’re having tea in the garden. This luxury lodge provides guests with excellent service and delicious cuisine – including freshly made pastries and crepes. At sundowners, walk down to the beach and take in the sunset with a cocktail.
To book one of the 8 best resorts in Madagascar, chat to us.