It's not often something new, exciting and unique comes along in Madagascar, but Miavana, on the exclusive island of Nosy Ankao promises to be just that. The resort opened in 2017 and is open all year round.
Nosy Ankao, off the north east coast of Madagascar is a private island offering idyllic turquoise Indian Ocean waters, together with untouched wilderness. This is where you will find Miavana. There are just 14 villas here, offering one, two and three bedrooms. Space is not issue as these palatial villas are gererous in size, what's more they are located right on the white sandy beach with each private veranda overlooking the vibrant ocean with mainland Madagascar in the distance.
The designers have an excellent pedigree (North Island in the Seychelles and Chinzombo in Zambia) and an attention to detail and comfort in both design and decor will be carried through at Miavana. The main area has both indoor and outdoor dining areas, a well-stocked wine cellar and a rooftop bar. A crystal clear pool and a bar are located amongst tropical green vegetation. A charming French garden compliments the main area and is a delightful place to relax and lose yourself in thought.
Whether you're here to relax or discover you won't be disappointed. There are opportunities to snorkel or dive the surrounding reef or venture out deep-sea fishing beyond it. The water activities here are comprehensive with fly-fishing, kite surfing and guided boat tours around the bays, lagoons and beaches giving you a valuable insight into this stunning and diverse ecosystem. You don't even have to venture far from your villa to enjoy the beauty of the island by taking a gentle walk along the beach, see turtles nesting or even hatching up close and maybe spy a chameleon among the trees. If you fancy a little pampering then book in at the lodge's own luxurious spa. If you feel the need to 'get off' the island then helicopter trips to the rainforest on the mainland can be arranged, you can then take a lemur safari, or a guided hike.
With conservation of the island and its vulnerable natural resources in mind, Miavana fits perfectly into Tribes' accommodation with heart and provides the discerning traveller with an upmarket escape, quite unlike any other in Madagascar.
Open: Miavana opened in early 2017 and is open all year round.
Location: Miavana is on Nosy Ankao, the largest of the 4 islands in the Ankao archipelago. It is 3.5kms off the northeast coast of Madagascar. It can be reached by a 20 minute flight by helicopter from Diego Suarez International Airport, which is about a 2 hour flight from Antananarivo. It can also be reached by a 40 minute helicopter flight from Nosy Be.
Rooms: There are 14 villas in total, made up of 8 1-bedeoom villas (450sqm), 4 2-bedroom villas (700sqm) and 2 3-bedroom villas (865sqm). All are set 25 metres apart and about the same distance back from the beach and have private decks facing the ocean. The 1-bedroom villas can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children, the 2-bedroom villas up to 4 adults and 2 children, and the 3-bedroom villas up to 6 adults and 2 children.
Activities: Land-based activities include guided walks and forest treks on Nosy Ankao and on the mainland where you may see the rare golden-crowned lemur. Water-based activities include swimming, scuba diving (reef and wrecks), snorkelling, kite surfing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and deep sea and fly fishing. Watersports are co-ordinated by the Activities Manager. PADI diving courses are available. Dolphin watching is possible from October to May, whale watching between July and October, and turtles laying eggs most of the year and hatching from October to May. Picnics and sleep outs can be arranged on the neighbouring island of Manampaho.
Facilities: Communal areas are arranged around the piazza. They include a rooftop bar, wine cellar dining room, and a display room, the 'Cabinet of Curiosities', filled with items found on the island such as dinosaur bones, an elephant bird egg and cannon balls. To the front of the main building is the open plan lounge-bar leading to an outdoor dining area and a beach pizzeria. Additional facilities include an outdoor infinity pool and a luxury spa offering a range of treatments. Yoga classes are available.
Dining: Meals are served at individual tables. There are 3 different dining areas.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access in guest villas.
The aim is to protect and conserve the island's vulnerable natural resources, provide employment for people from the local communities and provide world class land and marine activities for guests.