Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is set on a secluded beach. It's a place that invites you to slow down and relax, recline in a gently swaying hammock, watch passing fishing boats, listen for the rustle of wildlife in the trees. Life here is easy and uncomplicated. The calm waters of the bay are perfect for swimming and snorkelling, you can watch humpback whales, and explore the secluded mangoves by kayak. Walking with a guide in the forest will expose you to a wealth of wildlife including several types of lemurs and geckos.
Accommodation is in 5 large thatched bungalows set in the forest, all with private decks facing the ocean with loungers and a hammock. Each of the high-ceilinged bedrooms has a king size and single bed both with mosquito nets, 24 hour solar electricity, and an indoor sitting area. The ensuite bathroom has a plentiful supply of hot and cold water, and there is a separate outdoor shower. One of the cottages has 2 bedrooms and is great family accommodation.
The main lodge building houses the bar and dining area, where you san savour fresh fish and seafood including oysters. mussels and lobster. Beverages including soft drinks, mineral water and beer are supplied free of charge with others like wine, spiriits and fruit juices available at extra charge.
Open: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is open from 20 March till 10 January annually.
Location: Manafiafy is on the southeast coast of Madagascar, about a 2 and a half hour drive north of Fort Dauphin where there is a domestic airport.
Rooms: There are 4 bungalows and 1 family villa, all built of wood and thatch. Each of the bungalows has a bedroom with a king-size bed and a single bed both with mosquito nets, a sitting area, wooden furniture, a safe, round-the-clock solar electricity and power points for recharging batteries. The bedroom is a spacious and high-ceilinged. The en-suite bathroom has hot and cold water, a shower and there is a further outdoor shower. There is a big, sea-facing terrace with seating, loungers and a hammock. The family villa has similar facilities and 2 bedrooms.
Activities: There is a combination of water and land-based activities, most of which are complimentary. Go swimming, snorkelling and kayaking, take a motorboat into the mangroves, visit a local village, market and school, go on a day trip along the coast including a picnic lunch, watch whales from the observation tower, take day and night guided walks in the rainforest and visit traditional palm mat weavers. The following are available at extra cost, payable locally: whale watching boat ride and sport fishing.
Facilities: The main area is a large open-sided building with a high thatched roof, and houses the bar and dining room with an open fireplace. It leads out to a terrace by the lawn with views of the beach. The lodge has access to 2 beaches, separated by rocks where a viewpoint has been created. There is a massage tent by the beach. A laundry service is offered, to be paid for locally.
Dining: Meals are eaten communally in the dining room. At breakfast you have a choice of dishes, lunch is a light meal with various salads and fresh bread, and for dinner you have 3 courses. Your stay is on an all-inclusive basis, so all meals and drinks (soft and alcoholic) are included, apart from premium wines and champagnes.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. The family villa can accommodate up to 2 adults and 3 children.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is no internet access.
Notes: Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge is part of the Madagascar Classic Collection.