Hotel Thermal was originally built as a health spa and operated successfully for many years. In the early 21st century the buildings were remodelled and it re-opened as a hotel. There are 21 rooms, a mixture of twins, doubles and singles, simply styled with bright fabrics adding colour. All rooms have TV, minibar, safe, air conditioning, heating and en-suite bathroom. The restaurant can seat up to 60 diners and has a terrace for al fresco meals. The upper floor bar is a good place to unwind and enjoy conversations with other guests.
The hotel is in Ranomafana village near the public thermal swimming pool, a popular recreation and picnic venue for locals and visitors. It is also near Ranomafana National Park, known for its population of golden bamboo lemurs, a critically endangered species, and is also home to 11 other lemur species including Milne-Edwards sifaka and the rare and rarely seen aye aye. There are a great many reptiles and birds, too. You can go on guided walks through the forest, and also visit after dark to search for nocturnal creatures.
Open: Hotel Thermal is open all year. It was formerly a health spa that has been refurbished and re-opened as a hotel in late 2015.
Location: The hotel is in Ranomafana village, near the national park of the same name.
Rooms: There are currently 21 rooms located in 3 separate buildings. Rooms are equipped with television, Wi-Fi, minibar, safe, en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. There are 2 single,12 double and 7 twin rooms, with the option of an extra bed in some rooms.
Activities: You can explore Ranomafana National Park from here, with its varied flora and fauna, on day and night tours.
Facilities: The hotel has a restaurant, bar and small terrace. It is set in attractive grounds. A swimming pool and spa are planned.
Dining: Meals are based on fresh, seasonal produce. There are individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel.
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"Fine but a bit functional and the least helpful staff - not a criticism but just a comparison to the quality to the service at the other hotels."