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“Beautiful but too luxurious for me” 4 of 5 stars
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Massif de l'Isalo | BP 01, Isalo 313, Madagascar   |  
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Rutland
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“Beautiful but too luxurious for me”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Huge room with mezzanine floor, bed was also huge I lay there looking up at a deep pink canopy which supported the mosquito netting around the bed, it was like a four poster Malagasy style. Bathroom also large and with the best shower we had in Madagascar. Didn't like the loo in a seperate room across from the bathroom, no sink which meant had to open door to go across to the sink, not very hygenic. The fact that there was no electricity at night meant the aircon went off just when it is need, it was airless in the room. I kept waking up lathered in sweat.
Food was O.K. felt that as this was an expensive place anyway to charge extra for eggs was not really on, even the simple places we stayed in offered eggs as part of the breakfast. We also had two early morning starts i.e. 6am to visit the National Parks, we were given a tray in the evening with bread and jams and a piece of fruit and a flask of coffee or hot water as our breakfast. The bread was inedible by morning even though it had been wrapped in tin foil.
Went for an excellent massage at their sister hotel which was excellent.
Reason for title? I like luxury but it just didn't feel right in a country that is so poor to build such a luxurious place. I felt it stuck out like a sore thumb.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

Travelling around Madagascar island and we had both a great and not so great stay in this hotel. The hotel is beautifully situated with stunning surroundings. Nice stone villas with spacious rooms, and bathroom with a big walk in shower. Especially appreciated the private terrace.

The food was very good. Although the small breakfast does not reflect the standard of the hotel. Only toast, fruit and a small glass of juice (not fresh). Eggs, yoghurt etc is not included, But as always on Madagascar, in our experience, a kind and attentive service.

Every night between midnight and 06.00 the hotel shuts down the power. This means no ac/fan during the night. Since the dark stone houses turns the rooms into a sauna during the sunny days prepare for very hot nights.. In an expensive top end hotel like this one I expect better.

But the biggest downside of our stay, and why I would not return here, was the French owners and guests (who dominates Madagascar) arrogant attitude and behavior towards the Malagasy people. You get the feeling that they still consider the island as their colony. Very sad.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kuranda, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

I love this hotel, the muted orangey-red sandstone stonework is absolutely outstanding, get there in the soft light of late afternoon and it just glows, and it's so beautifully built by real craftsmen, a refreshing change from jerrybuilt or mass produced buildings. Large rooms, many with an upstairs loft style design as well as the main bed, comfortable beds, a decent restaurant and bar and helpful staff, and even wi-fi in the main building, all in a stunning setting. And they have Benson's Rock-thrush roosting around the buildings! Well worth a stop, a lovely place, I really enjoy coming here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The location and design of Jardin du Roy (and it's neighbour Le Relais de la Reine) are both incredible. It all really fits in well with the landscape and you'd never know it was there from the highway. Huge rooms with mosquito nets, veranda or balcony.
Food and staff both excellent.
Pool is large and very good.
Great base for exploring Isalo.
Massages were excellent.
And they put on a special show for us in Relais del la Reine for our honeymoon!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nottingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

This really is a hotel not to be missed. Situated close to the Isola National Park, the rooms are large, clean, and comfortable and blend well into the local surroundings. Staff are friendly and helpful, food is good, and nothing is too much trouble - they even searched online for an egg-free cake recipe for my birthday!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

The contrast between the comfort and luxury of this hotel and the living conditions of the local people is vast, but this is a feature of travel in the third world I suppose you have to accept. You just hope some of the wealth of our world passes down to the people there. Arriving at the hotel after travelling for hours across a huge fairly desolate plateau is a considerable 'wow' experience! How the hotel developers found this place and had the imagination to create it is a matter of some wonderment! Entering the lobby you are immediately struck by the high-ceilinged open space with magnificently crafted stone work, with views down to the lounge/bar area one way, and the dining room the other way. The accommodation is dispersed aound a green 'oasis' in a number of multi-roomed villas, again each beautifully constructed in coloured stone. Our room (35) was on the upper level of a villa, and had a high ceiling allowing for a mezzanine level with a further single bed. The bathroom was very spacious with corner bath, but strangely no hair dryer. As others have remarked, electricity is not available for air-con between about 23.00 and 06.00, but I think the lights still worked. Wi-fi was available in the lobby area, but was a bit unreliable. Dinner and breakfast in were very good (we had Table d'Hote menu) with sufficient choice, and service was generally quite good. A very memorable stay!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The bad news: no TV in the room, no broadband, electricity goes off at 21:00.

BUT....this place is absolutely fantastic. It's as though an alien spacecraft has landed in the desert, deposited an absolutely stunning set of designer cottages, and disappeared. The rooms are fabulous, the cuisine [sic] extraordinary, the environment gorgeous. Staying here was an extraordinary experience that shouldn't be judged against standards of normal "international" hotels, each indistinguishable from the next; remember you're in one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world, and marvel at the concept of a hotel that's sympathetic to its environment. Judge it in its magnificent context, and it can hardly be bettered.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Massif de l'Isalo | BP 01, Isalo 313, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toliara Province > Isalo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isalo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 40
Also Known As:
Le Jardin Du Roy Hotel Isalo

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