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Le Prince Anakao: Not bad, not great - rather like Anakao itself
It's difficult to think what to write about this hotel because it is so very average, with nothing very good and nothing particularly bad to distinguish it. The biggest problem with the hotel is that it's in Anakao, which is a very underwhelming destination. To be fair, we did visit at the beginning of December, which is right at the end of the tourist season, and maybe it's a more exciting location when there are other people around.
To its advantage, the hotel and its bungalows are right on the beach and provide the amenities of a mid range hotel. The food is fine and the service is OK.
During our stay in Anakao, we were poleaxed by a stomach bug (which every visitor to Madagascar seems to succumb to at some point on their trip) - which, in Anakao's defence, we must have picked up elsewhere. It was a comfortable enough place to be laid low and recuperate for a few days, and would probably be a good - if unspectacular - place to recharge batteries after haring around the rest of the island like a mad thing.
Most tourists get to Anakao by boat from Tulear (Toliara) because the road is in such a lamentable state (see my tip on chariots). This sounds glamorous, but it's a long journey (over an hour) and being bumped around in a motor boat when you have a stomach bug and dubious control over your bowels is a penance rather than a pleasure! The wind in this area picks up in the afternoons, and for this reason, it is advisable to ensure that your transfer is as early in the morning as possible.
It seems that Anakao used to offer reasonable snorkelling, but this is sadly a thing of the past, and a combination of coral bleaching, overfishing and human pollution have killed off virtually everything within snorkelling distance of the beach. Frankly, the beach and water are none too clean, so unless you go out to one of the islands offshore (such as Nosy Ve), I would recommend giving the snorkelling a miss. The hotel does offer diving activities, which now seem to be their major emphasis, but as we didn't do this, I can't comment on how good or bad it is.
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