Madagascar is located in the Indian Ocean, just off the east coast of Africa. This is the 4th largest island in the world and 80 percent of its animal and plant species cannot be found anywhere else. If you’re planning to visit this beautiful island soon, here are some of the best places to stay.
Anjajavy L’hotel in the north west
This luxury villa consists of 25 air-conditioned rooms which are fully furnished with double beds. The villa is set on private grounds and has uninterrupted views of the sea. All the rooms come with large balconies and luxury bathrooms. If your budget can stretch further, try booking the main lodge which houses a large dining room, a bar, an open-plan games room, and Jacuzzi bath.
Mandrare River Camp in the south east
There are in total 6 comfortable tents, each with four-poster beds and en-suite bathrooms. The quality of the meals is excellent and the restaurant offers South African and French wines. You can even enjoy your dinner in your own tent, however, bear in mind that a minimum stay of 4 nights is required.
This hotel attracts visitors at all points on the budget scale. The friendly atmosphere and characterful rooms feature intriguing layouts. There is also a garden, a library, and a mini-museum with many artefacts. If you fancy trying some authentic French cuisine, the upstairs restaurant serves the finest local cooking.
Nestled on the tropical island of Nosy-Be, L’heure Bleue bungalows offer swimming pools, large terraces with outdoor seating, and sea views. There is free Wi-Fi at reception as well as a restaurant and bar. The town of Madirokely is only a 5-minute drive away, and the Fascene Airport is located approximately 10 miles away.
Best time to travel to Madagascar
The island of Madagascar is typically warm all year round. If you want to avoid heavy rainfalls, don’t go between November and March. In fact, the best month is June as the weather is mild and comfortable. But before packing your bags, make sure you have travel insurance policy to cover medical problems, theft, or baggage loss. Some policies also cover activities such as scuba diving, trekking, and cycling. Make sure you check your policy to see if it covers an emergency flight home as this is important given the cost of plane tickets to Madagascar.
Southern region of Madagascar
Perhaps the most rewarding experience for those seeking charming and rustic beach hotels lies in the Southern region of Madagascar. Here you will come across many villages that are a stone’s throw away from white sands and warm waters. These resorts are generally less populated than Nosy-Be, and there are a number of luxury lodges in the area. To have an up close and personal experience of the wildlife, why not stay at one of the seasonal camps where you can catch a glimpse of the rarest species in Madagascar.
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