Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa

Île Sainte-Marie Madagascar

  • Relaxed pace of island life
  • Tender grilled seafood
  • Choice of watersports
  • Explore with a guide or by bike
  • Pampering spa treatments

Open: Princesse Bora Lodge and Spa is open all year.

Location: The hotel is on the southwest coast of Ile Sainte Marie, off the east coast of Madagascar. There is an airport on Ile Sainte Marie which has direct flights from Antananarivo (flight time around an hour), and there are also flights from Tamatave. Transfers from the airport to Princesse Bora Lodge are by zebu cart and take just a few minutes.

Rooms: There are 20 villas in total, in 3 categories. Charm villas are the most cosy, with a double bedroom cooled by a fan, a shower room, separate toilet and a terrace with a hammock. Luxury villas are larger, ideal for families, with 55sqm of space, a bedroom with queen size bed, mezzanine with 2 single beds, shower room, separate toilet, and terrace with a hammock. Interiors are air conditioned. The executive beach villas are nearest to the sea and provide 90sqm of room, with a king size bed and a single bed for a child, a sunken stone bathtub, walk-in double shower and separate toilet. The terrace overlooks the garden and sea. They are air conditioned and have a minibar. All rooms have a safe.

Activities: You can snorkelling, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, take speedboat trips to deserted beaches for a picnic lunch, travel by pirogue to the Ile aux Nattes with it unspoilt beaches and lighthouse. There is a PADI dive centre offering diving and dive courses. Whale watching trips are available from July to September. Bikes are available for exploring on land. Full and half-day excursions can be arranged to different parts of Ile Sainte Marie, taking in the scenery and villages.

Facilities: These include a lounge with board games, books and a piano, a shop, Wi-Fi area, outdoor swimming pool, pontoon with deckchairs and access to a natural pool, and a restaurant and bar (see below). Board games and table tennis are available. The Jungle Spa offers massages, body scrubs, and soothing baths. The hotel offers a laundry service for an extra charge.

Dining: The restaurant specialises in grilled dishes including fish, lobster and zebu. Breakfast is served between 7 and 10, lunch from 12 till 2, and dinner from 7:30 till 9. Wines are available. Meals are eaten at individual tables. The bar offers a wide choice of drinks from fresh fruit juice to colourful cocktails, and is one of the few places on Ile Sainte Marie to serve draught beer. Snacks are available.

Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Baby-sitting can be arranged, payable locally. Cots can be provided, and there are highchairs in the restaurant.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access in public areas.

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Client Rating for Madagascar 5/5 from 9 reviews

A lovely location with superb food. Very comfortable room and our whale trip was great. The quad bike journey was a well worth while adventure!

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