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Anjajavy L'Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Longitude 47o Est _ Lattitude 18o Sud, Anjajavy, Madagascar   |  
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Eastbourne and London, England
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“A chilled out paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2008

We stayed at the Anjajavy Hotel for 9 nights in April 08 and we had a wonderful holiday booked with Rainbow Tours in Upper St in Islington (London). The property is very isolated with no connecting roads so we caught a small 'Airhotel' plane and took a 3 hour flight from Antananarivo. Upon arrival, we were struck by the completely unspoilt and natural setting and were very pleased by the welcome committee. The staff work for 2 months in what is in effect complete isolation from the rest of the world and then take a week's leave so they are genuinely please to see you. Nothing was too much bother whether it was your own private table set up in the garden for dinner or tailored boat tours or fishing expeditions. If what you require is a complete rest, then this is the place for you. The chalets are of a surprisingly high standard considering this is the middle of nowhere and the cuisine is of the beautifully presented neither too much nor too little variety and with a strong French influence. They run under a franchise from the French Relais Chateaux chain so expect to eat to a high standard. The lemurs are on full view either in the garden at teatime or near your chalet. An unforgettable experience for us, but definitely not for the shopping in Dubai and drinking cocktails brigade.

  • Liked — The hammocks
  • Disliked — Hard to fault it
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2007

We stayed a week at the Anjajavy hotel and while the experience of flying to the hotel is unique and the location is lovely a few things made it less than perfect; the beach is very average, large rocks made even getting into the ocean at times unpleasant. The food was also very average. Food is on a full board basis and small things like having to pay for water when you can't drink the tap water and having to pay for coffee after dinner was irritating considering how much the holiday cost.

The staff are the best part of a stay at Anjajavy. Pleasant and very professional. And the lemurs are lovely.

With 24 villas and one small pool it can also start to feel crowded around the pool and not very remote at all.

Overall a unique holiday expereince but not worth the cost of the trip at all.

  • Liked — The staff, location and the lemurs
  • Disliked — Poor food quality and value for money. Beach was very poor considering that was the main reason for selecting this hotel.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2006

Anjajavy was paradise. I have always wanted to visit Madagascar, and this is certainly the way to do it if you prefer some pampering and great food and wine at the end of the day. Anjajavy is a Relais & Chateaux, so if you are familiar with them you know their standards. I cannot BELIEVE how wonderful the place is considering that it is in the middle of nowhere.

You fly in on a small plane (it is about one hour from Antananarivo) and you land on a small air strip. Hilton, the manager, picks you up in a truck and then you drive through the forest for about 20 minutes on a rocky road to the resort. Hilton and the main guides at the resort are all from South Africa, so they speak English and can assist you with all of your needs. The rest of the staff is all from the local fishing village. Anjajavy supplies a school, a doctor and other supplies for the villagers in exchange for their service. The people are amazingly kind and professional.

They quickly learn what you are interested in seeing/doing, and they cater to your every wish. For example, I enjoy photographing wildlife, so the servers and workers would run and find me during lunch or walks on the beach, and let me know if there was an interesting animal in the vicinity.

The food and wine list/bar was wonderful. All of the seafood is fresh. The fruits and vegetables are flown in, and still a treat. Every afternoon, they serve tea and cookies in the garden.

Wildlife viewing was effortless for those who want to relax. We also chose to go on guided hikes through the surrounding forest. They have guides at your disposal who really know what they are talking about.

While you walk around the grounds, or swim in the pool or enjoy your morning breakfast, you see brown lemurs, and sifakas jumping through the trees. You can even watch them hop on the ground. You are surrounded by flowering trees that attract love birds and other beautiful birds and chameleons and snakes. Anjajavy hasn't had malaria for the past 3 years, so that is a plus as well. We were already on Malarone because of our trip to Singita, but it was nice to know this about Anjajavy because we did a lot of night hikes.

My favorite hike was looking for mouse lemurs. They are nocturnal so you bring a flashlight and shine them into the trees to look for their eyes. We saw so many and heard many more. At the end of our hike, we were lucky to see one that didn't jump away, so I got a GREAT photograph of it. THEN, we learned that it was a new kind of mouse lemur that hasn't been identified, yet! It was such a thrilling experience to be the first people to see such a beautiful creature.

They also have different boat excursions that are relaxing and exciting. They take you out to see different baobab trees and one that is about 20 feet in width! They also offer fishing excursions, etc.

The rooms were very relaxing and romantic. They have ac and we didn't have a problem with any bugs getting in the room.

It is hard to describe what an awesome place Anjajavy is. We are planning a return trip. It is really worth it!

I hope you enjoy a sampling of my pictures. Please do not use them without my persission (C)2006

  • Liked — Location
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2006

Looking for total relaxation? Look no further - although it is a long way from most of the world.

A true 'fly in' hotel, by Cessna Caravan from Antananarivo onto a red earth landing strip. On a clear day, get amazing views of the north west sector of the island and your first view of the hotel from about 500 metres as the plane swings over the airstrip (to check there are no loose zebu (buffalo) wandering about on it.

The airport shuttle is a Toyota flat back - you can either sit inside in the air conditioned cabin, or do as most guests do, enjoy the fresh air sitting on bench seats on the back. It's that kind of place, sophisticated but slightly off the wall!

The chance is the hotel GM will be one of the meet and greet party. From the airstrip to the hotel is about 7km on earth road through the forest. Look out for the wood carvings done by Jean de Dieu, the wood carver in residence!

All the buildings are constructed in rosewood with palm thatching. The main building houses reception, the restaurant (for the odd day when it is necessary to eat inside rather than on the terrace) and bar, plus a pool table and a TV room. Computers are available behind the front desk if you really need to communicate with the rest of the world! This is by satellite only, and the nearest post office is either in the capital by plane or 26 km on rough tracks!

There are 26 villas, well spaced - 20 set in gardens along a path parallel to the sandy beach in one direction, and the other 6 on a bluff overlooking the sea. Each is identical - verandah with hammock and deck chairs, bedroom with sitting area and table if you choose to take breakfast in your room, fridge (topped up with bottled water daily), and en suite bathroom with huge corner bath and all the expected facilties. Upstairs there's an area with 2 single beds and a writing/work area overlooking the sea.

Do as little as you want - three walks a day to the restaurant! - or join the guided walks, boat trips, hobby cat or surfing. Watch the brown lemurs and the coquerelle sifakas swing through the trees and entertain on the lawn, and the amazing birdlife in the gardens and the surrounding forest. There are plenty of marked trails.

The food is top quality within the raw ingredients that are available - apart from the fish and sea food (superb, fresh caught), everything else has to come in on the Cessna, or by sea from the nearest main town, which is 15 hours saliing time away. So it's not wise for the chef to forget something on his order.

How does all this work so smoothly? By super management by a young team. By the hotel having its own generators, water treatment plant and waste water plant. And by their ability to recruit a superb group of employees. Most come from the two local villages. They are exceptionally friendly, well trained and in most cases at least to some extent tri-lingual, and keen to develop their linguistic skills. It's not right to appear condescending, but these are local villagers who 7 or 8 years ago did not have such job opportunities, and who only in recent years have had access to general school education and health care facilities, provided ny a French charity.

On our stay, we enjoyed a beach barbeque one evening, when the whole restaurant was transported onto the sand, tables, chairs, glassware, even the standard lamps. And the food was excellent - the mangrove crab quite memorable. There was also a 'spectacle' of local song and dance by the employees another evening as we ate, and on our last night we ate alone in the 'oasis', designed by a top French landscape architect, served by our personal waiter.

So, if you want to chill out and have the spare cash and the willingness to set yourself on a remote sea shore for a few days, choose Anjajavy. You will be pampered by sarong-wearing staff.

  • Liked — The spectacular sea view and the murmuring of the sea
  • Disliked — I'm picky about where I stay, and I really can't think of anything
  • Tips/Secrets — You will never have more than about 50 fellow guests and you may be almost alone. Certainly not for people who are seeking crowds, noise, shopping!
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2006

Went here on honeymoon as part of a two week trip to Madagascar. We stayed here 8 days and, as others have written, it's truly a fantastic place.

The setting is great - hundreds of miles of coastline with just this hotel, some local villages and nothing much else, but the hotel combines its remote setting with a wealth of things to do. Whether you like walking through the countryside or waterskiing the staff are fantastic - they do everything to make sure visitors are happy.

The evening atmosphere is also lovely, with the hotel management acting more like hosts with their guests.

There's nothing really bad to say about the place - the only negative for us was that the underwater visibility wasn't very good for snorkelling, but this probably changes throughout the year. And if you don't like small planes you may not enjoy the flight here, but if you do you may well get to sit next to the pilot!

The accomodation is extremely comfortable. Villas are over two floors with one bathroom. Though they are made entirely from wood the quality of the finish is very good - more like a luxury hotel feel inside. Breakfast on your villa terrace while lemurs hop around the trees next to you is great.

All the boat trips are great - we went to deserted beaches for private lunches, snorkelling at small reefs and off around the mangroves at sunset.

Great place, great honeymoon.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buckinghamshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2006

Wonderful setting, accommodation and food. Lovely pool overlooking the sea. Lots to do and see or just chill out.

Two kinds of lemurs visit the gardens during the day - Common Brown and Sifaka lemurs.

My husband likes to relax by doing things. So he went water-skiing, kayacking through the mangroves on the river, walking on the well marked trails to see what was round the next headland, and the one after that! He then went on the late afternoon guided wildlife walks through the dry forest.

I stayed by the pool and relaxed or walked round the beautiful hotel grounds looking for the lemurs and watching the amazing variety of birdlife.

We both went on a wonderful morning boat trip out to Marimba Bay to see a different type of landscape - this one dominated by Baobab trees.

We stayed on a full board package. Two big bottle of water were provided in your fridge every day. Other drinks were very reasonable priced and they do your laundry for free - brilliant in such a hot climate.

Last but not least the hotel is working with the local community on education and conservation projects. So staying at Anjajavy really benefits the local people too and helps to protect that wonderful wildlife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2005

This place was pure paradise. Definitely one of the best, if not THE best hotel I've ever been to. It was the perfect combination of pure Madagascar nature and unbelievable service up to exacting international standards. I was there four nights, and wish I'd had more time. While at the hotel, you can experience almost the entire range of what the island of Madagascar has to offer - beautiful beaches, amazing lemurs, baobab trees, sparkling coves, limestone cliffs called Tsingy, and much much more. All with superb service and amazing bungalows made from rosewood. I can't recommend it highly enough, especially for those on a honeymoon or other special vacation. And considering that all activities we enjoyed at the small resort and all meals (excellent french cooking) were included, it was quite affordable by US or Euripean standards.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Longitude 47o Est _ Lattitude 18o Sud, Anjajavy, Madagascar
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Location: Madagascar > Mahajanga Province > Anjajavy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Anjajavy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Anjajavy L'Hotel 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a peninsula in Northwest Madagascar, Anjajavy is only accessible by light aircraft or by boat, the lodge includes 24 villas, a nautical centre and a designed garden. The property is tucked in a forest reserve of 550 hectares and opens to a number of deserted coves. The forest is host of a variety of lemurs and one of the most endangered bird of the world (Madagascan fish eagle). ... more   less 
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