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Madagascar’s most idyllic and luxurious lodges

Madagascar’s tourism industry may well be the smallest of the Indian Ocean islands, but in this we find exclusiveness like no where else in the Indian Ocean. With is location off the southeast coast of Africa, there is a distinct ocean and Africa mix that speaks of a magical place. The good news is that, because Madagascar has not yet been branded as a mass tourism destination, an authentic experience awaits. Madagascar is appreciated for its unique biodiversity, and this is one of the key driving forces in the country’s eco-tourism development. Lemurs aside, Madagascar offers splendid beaches, delicious food and an intriguing and rich culture. And the best news? The country’s tourism may be considered underdeveloped for the mass market, but this has not kept luxury away. Madagascar is home to some of Africa’s top luxury lodges.

Here’s where to find the best of idyllic and luxury in this Indian Ocean gem:

5. Masoala Forest Lodge

The prestigious Masoala Forest Lodge is an ecolodge of luxurious standard. Located on the wild north-east coast of Madagascar, Masoala is only accessible via boat. This is a true adventure experience with accommodation offered in luxury safari tents with wooden decks. An authentic experience in every way, Masoala Forest Lodge reminds us of the simpler things in life: open space, nature, wholesome cuisine and a hammock on your deck. Its idyllic location is the greatest luxury, with staff and guides always ready to serve.

Masoala Forest Lodge

4. Anjajavy L’Hotel

Near the secluded fishing village of Anjajavy, we find the Anjajavy L’Hotel. And to give you an idea of its exclusiveness, Anjajavy L’Hotel can only be reached by air. But this secures a stay that is not burdened by crowds of tourists, or locals. What is, however, quite crowded, is the natural life, so expect to see tropical gardens brimming with the wildlife for which Madagascar is so famously known. The resort offers 25 villas, each spaced for maximum privacy and comfort on this beachfront environment. In this tropical wonderland you can enjoy accommodation that meets high international standards, while friendly staff will see to your every need.

Anjajavy L’Hotel

3. Isalo Rock Lodge

Found within Madagascar’s famous Isalo National Park or Jurassic Park as it is more commonly known, Isalo Rock Lodge offers an entirely different environment compared to the typical ocean and forest environment which Madagascar is predominantly known for. Etched against the dramatic rocks mountains and cliffs, Isalo Rock Lodge offers a chance to leave just about everything behind, enjoying nothing but the best luxurious in a tranquil environment. Pamper yourself with Italian linen and other extravagant indulgence—from entertainment to cuisine—in at this exclusive retreat. Each room has its own private balcony, and you will surely see ring-tailed lemurs during your stay.

Isalo Rock Lodge

2. Tsara Komba Luxury Ecolodge

Head over to the Nosy Be Archipelago, or Lemur Island, to discover this ecolodge treasure. Stone throw’s from the Indian Ocean to the one side and touching on natural forest on the opposite side, Tsara Komba is situated in a unique environment. In this natural environment, Tsara Komba has developed an ecolodge which has been named as one of the best eco luxury retreats of the world. Separate lodges looking out over the beach and ocean offer privacy and ultimate luxury. Each lodge is equipped with Madagascan antiquities while the main restaurant offers exquisite local cuisine to enjoy during your stay.

Tsara Komba Luxury Ecolodge

1. Eden Lodge

Eden Lodge has an utterly impressive list of luxury and ecolodge acknowledgements, including the Top 10 Ecolodges in the World, International Hotel Award: World’s Best Sustainable Hotel (2013/2014) and Madagascar’s first certified Green Globe Hotel, the hotel indeed bears a label of excellence. But eco-responsibility and sustainability aside, Eden Lodge has been designed with luxury and comfort playing a key role. Eden Lodge consists of eight separate and private lodges, each having a distinct tented design. The décor of each lodge has designed by an internationally acclaimed stylist, speaking of luxury and contentment. Eden Lodge is Madagascar’s top luxury lodge, so expect the very best of luxury and service in this secluded Madagascan treasure.

Eden Lodge

Madagascar is a magical place bringing you the best of island holidays with an authentic African twist. Now be sure to grab your next luxury holiday in Madagascar, before it grabs the attention of the mass market tourism industry—adventure and luxury are waiting for you!

Javier Luque is a Co-Founder and Director of Your African Safari.

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  1. So great to see Madagascar getting some coverage for the special, authentic and certainly not MASS travel experiences the industry there has worked hard to cultivate. Tsara Komba looks magical!

  2. Going to Anjajavy L’Hotel over New Year’s Eve for 6 nights. This list is intriguing, but air con limited us to Anjajavy–since the other lodge rooms/suites do not have air con as far as I can tell. I’m surprised Anjajavy is listed as No. 4, considering the number of reviews on both flyertalk and tripadvisor who have stayed at many of these which suggest that Anjajavy is the most luxe of the lodges in Madagascar.

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