Before travelling it is good to set your expectations of a place on the right level. And for the Kirindy Lodge I had set mine to absolute zero, expecting nothing at all. You are staying in the accomodation of a Reserve itself, far away from everything, and in the middle of a forest. That most often indicates very basic accomodations, where ever you are in the world! And I had set my expectations right....
We stayed in a little hut, which was only a short walk away from the main building with the open-air restaurant. It contained of two beds, and a little porch. A positive surprise and to my delight the cabin had a flush-toilet! There is even something like a shower in the hut, but only with cold water though. Admittingly, the beds were terrible! I don't think I have ever seen such uncomfortable beds in my life. The mattress was paper-thin and one could almost just as well lie directly on the wooden boards of the bed. I was fortunate enough to have a rather comfortable inflatable mattress with me, as during this trip we also were staying several nights in a tent. So I opted to use this 'luxury' alternative for the night instead of beds :-) The nights at Kirindy can get very cold during the winter time (I was here in August), but plenty of blankets are provided to keep you warm.
Electricity is only available during part of the day, it turns on late afternoon and if I remember correctly turns off again at 10 o'clock in the evening. The staff were very friendly and accomodating though, and they offered to put on the electricity an hour earlier than usual, so we were able to charge our batteries.
So why stay here when it is so basic? Well, that is for the wildlife experience! You are right in the middle of Kirindy Reserve, a dry deciduous forest, and from the lodge night-walks and morning walks are organized. And night and early morning are the times to be here to see the exceptional wildlife of this Park. The guides here are excellent! Amazing what they are able to spot in the dark! No need to say that the night-walk was really rewarding. We even spotted a Fossa, a cat-like looking animal, which hunts for the lemurs in the park. And of course plenty of nocturnal lemurs and also chameleons. During the morning we saw several Verreux's Sifakas and of course the brown lemur, as these seem to be almost everywhere.
I wouldn't opt to stay any longer though after the morning walk. There is no really comfortable place to relax, and you get a rather good view of the wildlife during the night and morning walk.
Finally dinner, breakfast and lunch are served in the open air-restaurant. Some patience is required, and the food is like the accomodations basic. Although not spectacular is was absolutely ok.
Please do not confuse the Kirindy Reserve with the Kirindy-Mitea National Park, which is located adjacent to Belo-sur-Mer
On the West Coast of Madagascar, right at the beach, you can find the hotel "Chez Maggie". It is located in the city of Morondava, which is for most people the start and/or ending of a trip to the "Tsingy de Bemaraha" and the "Avenue of the Boababs".
For me this was a great place to relax, and a perfect place to stay after roughing it in the primitive lodge in Kirindy Reserve. What better to have a big room, double beds, mosquito nets and a HOT shower! :-) A simple thing you can long efter when travelling around in Madagascar. It even had Internet! Although only in the reception/restaurant area, as is mostly the case when there is internet at your hotel in Madagascar.
I found Chez Maggie to be a little oasis of peace and quiet. A few bungelows, situated in a relaxing garden with only the sanddunes separating it from the beach and the Indian Ocean. The atmosphere of the place is very relaxed and service minded. There is even a pool, although at this time of year (August, which is wintertime in Madagascar) the pool was a bit too cold for a swim. Dipping in my feet for a few minutes to cool off on on this sunny afternoon was enough for me ;-) Instead I enjoyed the lazy chairs around the pool; the perfect place to relax and read a book. On the edge of the property, on top of the sanddunes, there were some more lazy chairs. These turned out to be the perfect spot to sit with an evening drink and enjoy watching the fishing boats coming to shore and see the sun go down in the Indian Ocean.
We stayed in room no.7, which is right at the entrance, overlooking the swimming pool. A room with 2 double beds, sitting area, hot shower and 37 sq m in size. The disadvantage of this room is that it is right at the entrance, beside the parking lot, which proved to be a bit noisy at times. But I guess that was the only small downside about the hotel, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here, and wish I had planned to stay here more than the one night.
They also have a restaurant on site, with quite an extensive menu list. We got a tip however regarding another little restaurant, Chez Alain, just down the street serving excellent seafood. Something we couldn't resist, so we ate here instead.
I stayed here for a couple months, and enjoyed it. The service was very good, with a good breakfast, fresh juice every morning and such.
Although when I stayed, power outages were very common, every night, so alot of tasks in room were done by candlelight.
Laundry service was prompt, but expect a different level of cleansliness as the clothes are washed by hand.
The room was made up every day, the front desk was very helpful, and although there are a few nicer motels in town, I would say here again.
The motel is close to the ocean, you can fall asleep to the sounds of the waves against the shore, and the cool ocean breezes. Its a very simple layout, with a courtyard in the middle, making it a nice place to " come home to". Its location is great for walking to the ocean, it is alittle far from the town center, but if you like to walk, its not bad.
For the price, Sakamanga is the best hotel in Antananarivo. It has a lovely shaded courtyard and all the rooms look into it. The beds are comfortable, the ceiling fans work wonders in the heat and the bathrooms are both decorative and very useful. I loved this place. It also has a great looking restaurant and room service. Every room and corridor is decorated with all sorts of artefacts from the history of Madagascar. This place is amazingly charming. A must stay.
They offer a price range of rooms and I would highly advise reservations before you arrive. I tried to book a second stay 4 days ahead and found they were fully booked. Also, because they have a price range, the cheaper rooms go quickly
The best decorated hotel in the city. Also it has a great location, comfortable beds and individual themed rooms. All rooms look out into the beautiful gardens. They also have a well recommended restaurant.
Have been traveling for the past 12 years, all over Africa, Asia, Latin and South America. This is by far the worse hotel I have ever been in. Mold in the shower, rooms that are the size of a small box...and a staff that does not Care...! not to say expensive...
Stay away if you can, or like me, you will be sorry!!!
Le Paradisier is a lovely hotel on a beautiful stretch of beach in Ifaty. It is a real challenge to reach the hotel, so you may want to spend at least 3 nights here to make it worth the trip.
The hotel consists of a main reception and restaurant area, and a number of 2 story bungalows spread out along the beach. It is quite a walk if you are in one of those furthest from the main building, but the compensation is wonderful peace and quiet.
Each bungalow is 'semi-detached' and has a bedroom upstairs with windows on all 4 aspects. They provide wonderful views of the sea and are very private and romantic. The downstairs room has a sitting area, and an open plan bathroom with shower. This area is rather dark in comparison, but still very pleasant. Each bungalow also has direct access to the beach down a small slope and a pair of sunbeds on which to soak up the rays!
The only negative point in this hotel was the food in the restaurant which wasn't of great quality in comparison to everything else the hotel had to offer.
We were really looking forward to our stay at this hotel, and the rooms certainly didn't disappoint. Unfortunately when we arrived (mid August 2007) we were dismayed to find that the hotel's main reception area and restaurant had burnt down! The hotel was still open for business however, as all the rooms are in separate blocks and some distance from the main building. We were able to eat our meals in the sister hotel next door, Jardin du Roy, which was newer and probably even more luxurious than the Relais de la Reine. It was a 5-10 minute walk from our room to the other hotel restaurant, through beautiful grounds; so no hardship at all really.
The management informed us that the hotel would be rebuilt within 3 months, and had already started to work on the building. At the speed they were progressing, I would be suprised if it is finished within 3 years!
All the buildings are made of stone, and are furnished in a natural style with very attractive decor and finishing touches. The rooms were quite cold at night due to the climate in this area during the Winter months. The change in temperature caused the metal roof to expand and contract which caused some alarming noises in the middle of the night, making us feel a bit anxious until we worked out what was happening!
This hotel is of a reasonable standard, but one of the best in Fianarantsoa. The rooms are quite well appointed, although I would describe the decor as 'plasticy'. Our room was on the corner of the first floor overlooking the street and hotel entrance; which was a bit noisey but did provide an opportunity to watch the world go by. There was no plug in the bath, but that was easily remedied by a visit to reception.
The hotel restaurant served very nice food, with local specialities. The local wine is also very good.
This hotes setting on the North West coast of Nosy Be, facing the lagoon of Ambohidahy, the Amarina Hotel has been naturally designed and preserve the gentle way of life of Nosy Be. 900 m long beach, Amarina hotel is the only four stars international standard on the perfumed island . I like the traditional combine with modern facility on the hotel it's was very comfortable place to spend your day.
The unique things about this hotes was the Swimming Pool & the Jacuzzi Facing the Sea
the swimming pool has been created for kids and for adults : two separated pools : a deep one and one for the kids. The large pool is 1.50m. depth. it very nice to swimming at the evening and at the mid day.
The Amarina also offers accommodation in two duplex senior suites, with separate sitting room; eight vast junior suites occupying the entire top floor of the bungalow; a family suite; and a superior room with wheelchair access
Great bungalows that were clean, quaint, and right on the ocean front. The only issue to be aware of was power in the hotel is only generated from 6PM to 9PM each night. No warm water any other time and no power for lights or room fan.
Nice bungalow seafront, relaxed life, nice fisherman village very close, simple food but good, france owner. Living a pre-industrial dream. Need sport (or just beach) attitude!
One hr boat from TOULEAR
Wiew+ nobody would break yours b.....
A few kilometers from the entrance of the Ranomafana NP you will find the village Ranomafana. The name means warm water because of the well that is located here.
Located along the main road there is Ihary Hotel. A hotel with several bungalows, one or two beds, along the river. The bungalows are not noiseprove, we did hear the people in the restaurant and the alarmclocks of several neighbours.
Each bungalow has its own private bathroom, with a hot shower.
The restaurant serves good meals, the waiters were a not really interested though. Breakfast was enough, they served a home made yoghurt along with a croissant that weighed almost equal to a whole bread.
Nice bungalows along the stream where children cross every morning to go to school. Not really close to the National Park, but a would book again for us.
On the borders of the Andasibe NP, also known by its colnial name Perinet, you find the bungalows of Feon'ny ala. They are different on the inside, considering type and number of beds. But they all have their private bathroom, with a hot shower. There is no heater in the bungalow though, and that is something we missed. The weather was like we expected in a rainforest, damp and not very warm. This caused the beds to be damp as well, not to mention our lugguage. With no heater and rain outisde there was no possibility to get things dry in there. But the damp cold bed made us cold and this lasted for days to get over.
The restaurant served a three course menu for only 13000 Ariary, with a choice of 4 different menus. The food was good and the calls of the Indri Indri early in the morning really made our day.
Nice location, nice bungalows but better take your own (dry) sleeping bag.
We stayed in this hotel between a flight from Tulear and flying north from to Diego the next day. As we arrived in the afternoon we wanted to visit Tana. For that purpose the location of the hotel is not good. It took us over 40 minutes to get there with a taxi. The taxi costed us 10.000 Ariary, which was quit cheap, most of our fellow travellers payed around 15.000.
The hotel itself was looking new, it was built in 2005. The beds were great, not only large enough, but also good matrasses. The shower had warm water, although it took several minutes for the hot water to get to our room.
There is a restaurant in the hotel, and from what we heard from fellow travellers, they served good food. The breakfast was special with several kinds of bread, even chocolat breadrolls.
A good hotel if you are looking for place close to the airport this is it. We would book again for our first night stay.
The hotel Cheval Blanc is less than 10 minutes from the international airport of Antananarivo (Ivato). We arrived with an international flight from Paris at eleven in the evening, after a long day in airplanes and airports it was good not have a long drive to the hotel.
The hotelroom was very basic. There was a double bed and a small private bathroom with toilet and shower. The showerhead was not hanging on a hook and you had to hold it in one hand while washing yourself with your other hand. For Madagascar standards the room was clean. We had breakfast in the morning, it was like everywhere else: a french baguette with confiture and some coffee and/or tea. The cups for the coffee or tea varied in size from a normal coffeecup to a large soupbowl. They clearly didn't have 18 normal cups (Our group counted 18)
Its location is good, but we stayed in better hotels.
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