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Eco Chic | Anjajavy l’Hôtel, Madagascar

September 25, 2011

Arrive at this Indian Ocean retreat on the hotel’s private plane. Once settled into one of 25 rosewood villas, guests can take guided hikes through the tropical forest, snorkel, mountain bike, or even water-ski.

Anjajavy l’Hôtel is at the end of a peninsula in a 450 hectare conservation area in the northwest, only accessible by light aircraft from ‘Tana or Nosy Be. Unbelievably glamorous for Madagascar, it has 25 individual rosewood villas, all with a superb beachside setting, air-conditioning and private decks. A loft room can be used for 1 or 2 kids. The bathroom on the ground level has a large bath and a shower.

Madagascar’s only Relais & Chateaux beach resort and is the perfect blend of simple but appealing accommodation with plenty of wildlife and beach activity.

Anjajavy l’Hôtel has brought economic development and health programs to a remote and poor corner of the island. The property is next to an 1,100-acre nature preserve.

Activities abound, weather and season permitting, including sightings of humpbacked whales, pilot whales, dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays, leatherback turtles and green turtles while deep-sea fishing is on offer all year round. Night walks afford you the possibility of seeing the tiny mouse lemur, grey mouse lemur, fat-tailed dwarf lemur, Milne Edwards sportive lemur, greater hedgehog tenrec, Madagascar flying fox and Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat.

A well-trained chef tempts guests with a French inspired Malagasy menu using the freshest produce.

Anjajavy l’Hôtel has a good swimming beach and a wide variety of free activities include water skiing, catamaran sailing, wind surfing, snorkelling, canoeing in the sea or mangroves and the highly recommended village boat trips. Fishing and sunset cruises are an optional extra. There is a range of guided and self-guided walks and mountains bikes are freely available for exploration of the forest and surrounding bays.

Inspiration: Coastal Living

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