Hotels and Lodges in Madagascar
The standard of the hotels and lodges in Madagascar are not generally as high as they are in the main African safari destinations. Although you may not get the same levels of service you might elsewhere, you'll find that we have chosen a range of places to stay that add to the charm of a visit to the island. We use rainforest camps and old colonial homesteads, whilst on the coast there is everything from tiny guesthouses to boutique hotels.
Situated conveniently only 3 minutes from Ivato International Airport and 30 to 40 minutes to the centre this is a mid-range small boutique hotel designed for guests looking for comfort in a place not far from the centre and near the airport. A haven of wonderful hospitality, comforts and charm await guests at Gassy Country House, where they are treated as friends rather than guests. The hotel accommodates only 30 guests and rooms are decorated vibrantly and offer a good level of comfort. Bathrooms are ensuite and some rooms have verandas. The hotel has a small swimming pool and terrace area to relax after or before a long flight. The restaurant offers a choice of European and Malagasy cuisine and there is also a small bar. WIFI is available at the hotel and services such as laundry. The staff at the hotel is always happy to make local recommendations as well for eating out. The hotel accepts Visa credit card and also is able to change currency at good rates.
A relatively new property, Relais du Kirindy is just a short drive from the dry deciduous Kirindy Forest, an excellent reserve to spot many endemic species of flora and fauna. The property has 26 spacious bungalows which are raised on desks. The bungalows have mosquito nets and fly screens. Cooling is by way of fan rather than air conditioning. En suite bathrooms are a feature of all bungalows. To the front one can relax on your own decking area. The main part of the lodge is very comfortable with a nice swimming pool to enjoy. The restaurant serves good local and international options and there is a bar and open-plan lounge area to relax with a drink.
This small scale intimate lodge has just 17 bungalows and provides guests with a private and secluded experience. Each bungalow provides en-suite facilities and has its own terrace, allowing guests to relax and admire the outstanding views. Constructed with local, natural materials, the wooden bungalows are appointed with hand-made furnishings and decorations, ensuring the lodge is in keeping with its surroundings. Communal areas include a comfortable lounge, and pool room complete with board games. Outside, a large terrace offers views of the canopy below, with a 15-metre pool in which guests can unwind after a day of exploring the surrounding area. The lodge restaurant offers a nice blend of traditional Malagasy and European cuisines. The lodge location is excellent for exploring the stunning limestone karsts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park.
Located on Nosy Kely beach, this Palissandre Cote Ouest is a small scale but stylish property with 30 thatched bungalows set in well-maintained gardens scattered with coconut palms, each with air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms and a private terrace, perfect for viewing the stunning ocean sunsets over the Indian Ocean. A few family bungalows are also available. The restaurant is renowned for serving excellent food including delicious Malagasy cuisine, themed buffet nights and beach barbecues. The hotel also contains a small spa offering various treatments. Activities such as snorkelling, windsurfing and boat trips into the nearby mangrove lagoons can be arranged at the hotel.
The small and very basic Kanto Hotel represents the only feasible accommodation option in Manja and is really only suitable for a short overnight stay. The small and simple bungalows have an en suite bathroom and mosquito nets over each bed. There is no air conditioning or fan. In this remote part of the country electricity outages can be experienced and it cannot be guaranteed that hot water will always be available. The small restaurant serves a limited menu but sufficient for most tastes. This will be the most basic night on the tour but it is well worth as you continue your adventure through this remote part of Madagascar.
Set on a beautiful stretch of beach on the Mozambique Channel, Laguna Blu is a lovely comfortable property to stay in as you pass through this remote part of Madagascar. The hotel is small with only 14 nicely appointed bungalows in total enjoying small patios with views out to the azure ocean. Beds have mosquito nets and cooling is by way of ceiling fan. The en-suite bathrooms are open air. Deluxe bungalows have easier access to the beach and there are also larger family sized bungalows which can occupy up to 4 guests. The hotel has an open plan bar, lounge and dining area that looks out to the beach. The food is especially good and in particular give the delicious fresh seafood a try. The hotel offers a range of exciting activities such as pirogue trips, fishing and snorkelling. If you are staying between June and September then you may wish to enjoy a special trip to see migrating whales as they pass through the Mozambique Channel.
Positioned on a stunning and isolated stretch of coastline overlooking the azure waters of the Mozambique Channel, the peaceful Mikea Lodge is a simple but unique property in this part of Madagascar. The lodge offers 10 tented rooms raised up on decks with excellent views to the ocean. The tents are spacious and comfortable inside. Enjoy the natural sea breezes by rolling down the flaps on gauze covered windows. Your own private attached shower and toilet area is open to the elements, a wonderful feature of this property. The restaurant offers a simple menu of 3 dishes each day but the food is wonderfully fresh and delicious, focusing on local ingredients. The seafood is especially noteworthy. There are a number of activities on offer from the lodge such as snorkelling, fishing, canoe rides and between June and August you will also have an opportunity to spot migrating whales. Others may wish to venture into the forest and meet the Mikea people who live of the land in the spiny forest.
Located at the entrance to Isalo National Park, Satrana Lodge has been designed to blend with its unique landscape of rolling savannahs and deep canyons. Each tented suite has the romantic charm of a traditional safari experience and features many modern comforts. The private wooden decks have lovely views across the Horombe Plain and the private gardens feature an outdoor shower. Located at the top of a hill, the bar and restaurant have wonderful views across the landscape. The swimming pool is perfectly integrated into the granite rock and is a lovely place to relax after a day exploring one of Madagascar's great parks.
Stunningly situated at the entrance of the dramatic Tsaranoro Valley, Tsara Camp is the most comfortable accommodation serving Andringitra National Park. Accommodation is provided in 15 tents arranged around a central communal area. Each tent has two simple beds or a double one, bedside-table and possibility to hang up clothes. Hot water is provided every morning in a wash-basin next to your tent. Behind each tent is a small private bathroom with an outside shower and toilet. Lighting is provided by atmospheric storm lanterns and candles. The food served here is of a good standard and a mixture of Malagasy and western food is offered. The views from this property are outstanding especially in the low late afternoon sunlight. A variety of excellent walks start from the camp.
Built entirely of eucalyptus wood and local tradition, Sous-Soleil de Mada is the only Eco lodge located in the heart of the Zafimaniry region. Surrounded by farmland and charming villages typical of the Highlands, this is a simple but comfortable base to discover the Zafimaniry and its traditions or simply to relax away from it all. The simply furnished bungalows have private bathroom and hot water available. The homely service and welcoming hospitality is a key feature of the property.
Vakona Forest Lodge is situated on a picturesque hillside that slopes down to a lake. Surrounded by lush vegetation and filled with fresh mountain air, only the sounds of frogs and other wildlife can disturb you here. Accommodation is in bungalows scattered throughout the hillside gardens, while the main building has an octagonal reception area and large dining room with huge windows overlooking the lake. The large outdoor dining terrace and small lounge area offer peaceful spaces in which to relax as you sip a pre- or post-dinner drink from the bar. Dotted around the hillside, the bungalows have been built and decorated in a Madagascan style. Each of them has its own terrace, so guests can feel immersed in the natural surroundings without leaving their accommodation. Inside, the bungalows are fairly basic but very comfortable, featuring a safe and a minibar. The beds are equipped with mosquito nets, while the en suite bathrooms have hot showers. Family bungalows can accommodate up to four guests. WI-FI is available at this property but connection can be slow/intermittent.
Reached only by a boat ride along the historic Pangalanes Canal, Le Palmarium is set on the banks of Lake Ampitabe. The lodge is set on a small private reserve set up to preserve some of the area's unique flora and fauna. Palm trees, orchids and even carnivorous plants can be found growing in the gardens, and lemurs are easily spotted all year round. The lodge has eleven bungalows with shared or private verandas and en suite bathrooms. The bungalows are simple inside, but with all of the essentials. They have a very natural feel, with thatched roofs, polished stone floors and white washed walls. The main lodge area has a bar and sitting room with a few board games and comfortable chairs. Next door, the restaurant serves good food in very generous portions, and the menu changes from day to day depending on what is fresh in the market. There is plenty to do at the lodge for a stay of a couple of days, from visiting the private reserve to exploring the lake system, and the lodge will be more than happy to organise these for you. This reserve is great for photographers and nature enthusiasts with 10 different lemur species resident, including sifakas and the odd Indri. It is now possible to see the curious looking Aye Aye during your stay. Take a 15 minute boat ride to a small island which is currently home to 6 individuals. This is an hour long set departure available for clients of the Palmarium Hotel only, departing at 17.30. WIFI is only available in the restaurant at Palmarium and this more remote part of Madagascar the connection is sometimes unreliable.
The Jungle Lodge is an excellent option for families with a sense of adventure and a love for the outdoors. There is an abundance of activities on offer to cater for most tastes from birdwatching to bush golf! The accommodation itself is very unique in style and is in keeping with the natural surroundings. Families can stay in comfortable jungle houses in amongst the trees. The Jungle Park and lodge have also developed lots of local partnerships to promote sustainable development such as reforestation and environmental education. The lodge does not have WIFI and also does not accept credit cards. The treehouse accommodation has shared bathroom facilities but a private toilet. The property is not air conditioned.
This simple and small but comfortable hotel is the most convenient location from which to visit Ankarana Special Reserve, and offers lovely views of the surrounding dry deciduous forest. It has a handful of well-furnished air-conditioned bungalows made of stone and wood, all with en-suite bathrooms, and a lovely swimming pool which offers a welcome respite from the heat in the afternoons. In the evening lemurs and chameleons can often be seen around the Lodge so take a head torch! The cuisine is European / French-inspired. WIFI is available in the restaurant area only and credit cards are not accepted.
Much more than a hotel, Home the Residence Madagascar offers you exotic and comfortable air conditioned villas having, each, a large tropical garden, a swimming pool and / or Jacuzzi. The immediate proximity to the sea and all the recreational facilities will ensure for families a great experience on Nosy Be. The restaurant faces the sea and a large infinity pool. The hotel has a bar, a pool table, a beach volleyball court and pétanque. Guests also have access to spa treatments at the Banyan Nosy Be Spa. WIFI is available at this property and visa credit card is accepted.