This lovely hotel is tucked away on the Anjajavy Peninsula in the remote northwest of Madagascar. Only accessible by private plane, it is both exclusive and unspoilt. Accommodation is in beautiful rosewood villas set well apart and there are gorgeous oasis gardens where you can stroll among the tropical flowers, ferns and pools. The quality of the accommodation, service and setting is reflected in its gaining prestigious Relais & Chateaux status, the only such property in Madagascar.
There are 24 villas, arranged to provide seclusion, all facing the beach and Mozambique Channel. The decor is kept deliberately simple, so as not to detract from the beauty of the natural surroundings. Villas are spacious, with a bedroom, bathroom and living room. Though cooled by sea breezes you'll also have air conditioning to modulate the temperature. At the front of each villa there's a secluded terrace.
The restaurant serves a la carte meals made with the freshest ingredients. You can dine in the cool rosewood interior or out on the sunny terrace. Beach dinners are popular, with tables and chairs set up by the shore and meals eaten by lamplight. Special private meals can be arranged in the gardens.
You can explore the reserve on foot, following trails with a guide from the hotel or self-guided using a map. The forest is a haven for wildlife and you may see lemurs, iguanas and chameleons. There are deserted creeks to be explored and miles of beaches. Waterlovers are spoilt for choice with snorkelling, canoeing, waterskiing and catamaran cruises and there's a superb infinity pool. A short walk away, Anjajavy village offers a fascinating glimpse into local life. Back at the hotel you can relax with a massage or beauty treatment at the spa villa.
Open: Anjajavy lHotel is open all year.
Location: The hotel is on Anjajavy Peninsula on the northwest coast, off the road network and can only be reached by private plane. It is set in a private reserve of 750 hectares. The nearest airports are at Majunga (40 minute drive) and Nosy Be (1 hour drive).
Rooms: There are 24 villas. Accommodation is arranged over 2 floors. Ground floor: bedroom-cum-lounge with a queen bed and a seating area and table, kettle and fridge, bathroom with bathtub, separate toilet, sea-facing terrace with a hammock, deckchairs, table and foot spa. First floor/mezzanine: loft bedroom with twin beds, table and chair. There is electricity for lighting and villas are air conditioned.
Activities: Water-based activities include snorkelling, catamaran cruises, kayaking in the sea and mangroves, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing and fishing. Land-based activities include mountain biking, village visits, guided and non-guided walks, bird watching and private picnics. Some activities incur an extra charge, to be paid locally.
Facilities: The restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining areas. There is an infinity pool and sunbathing deck with loungers and parasols. The hotel features L’Oasis, a specially designed garden retreat open to all guests. It is kept at constant humidity by water sprays, and filled with aquatic plants, ferns and palm trees, as well as hummingbirds, malachite kingfishers and lemurs.
Dining: Dine on French-inspired meals made with seasonal produce. Breakfast is a choice of a light continental or a full cooked meal, there is a choice of dishes for lunch and dinner consists of 3 courses. Beach barbecues are often arranged, and private meals and picnics can be organised.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The mezzanine floor of each villa can sleep up to 2 children. Special children’s meals can be arranged, as can babysitting. The swimming pool is not supervised by a lifeguard and children must be kept under close supervision at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in the main hotel.
Notes: Anjajavy is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group.
One of the villas is suitable for people with limited mobility.
Escape to the remote northwest coast where you'll stay at a gorgeous Relais & Chateaux hotel on the beach.
"Out of this world. Everything about it was just fabulous and well organised. The villas are lovely. The food is fantastic. The staff are great - nothing is too much trouble. Afternoon tea in 'the oasis' from 5-6pm each day is generally accompanied by sifakas leaping through the trees and a number of birds carrying on as if people are not there. Its a great place to see sifaka bounding - from tree to tree and also across the lawn in front of the dining room. There are excellent facilities - fab swimming pool and a good programme of wildlife and other activities. The lodge manager has local people and nature at the heart of everything he does. He has plans to introduce 2 tagged aye-aye in the next 12 months as part of a research program. There are aye-aye there already but too difficult to find to feature them. They have also had a fosa visit in November for the last 2 years and are hoping to gently habituate them. I am not sure if the have or are about to receive national reserve status. We were very lucky on our stay as including us there were between 4 and 7 people in the lodge. I guess this made it feel even more special. There were 20 people arriving the day we left! We were utterly spoiled there on all counts. Anyone visiting Anjajavy, we would recommend you do it at the end of your trip rather than early on unless you are prepared to accept nowhere else will live up to it."