Arriving at 293 on Komba is like stepping foot on a little slice of heaven, or that's how we felt as we pulled up on the beach.
Hopping out of the boat from Hellville, well skippered by Josario, you step into warm tropical clear water and splash your way onto a sparkling white sandy beach (more on that later).
We had chosen to spend part of our honeymoon on the island retreat and our hope for relaxation, good food and the perfect place to chill was realised.
Marcine is an amazing host, and we were welcomed with open arms to 293 and breakfasted on fresh fruit. It's fair to say the fruit here romps all over the stuff from your supermarket back home. It's bursting with flavour and colour, so your mouth spends the majority of the time at 293 tingling with excitement.
During our stay with Marcine we managed to get through a lot of great activities including snorkelling, whale watching and trekking in the Lokobe nature reserve.
The first activity you have to do on Nosy Komba is take the short walk down the beach to the village and visit the Lemur Park.
Wild lemurs sit in the trees and come on down to greet you if you offer them a banana. Also in the nature park are tortoises, snakes and chameleons. The chameleons are amazing, and the guides speak English and French so you can easily grasp some info about the animals too.
Having a Caiprinha is a Komba institution, and knocking back a few rums while enjoying Marcine's cooking is all part of the experience. Fresh fish, caught a few hours before, spicy sauces and the best coconut rice you will ever eat were all on the delicious menu.
Our whale watching trip and trek in Lokobe are definitely worth doing, as is just grabbing your flippers and heading out to the small reefs just on 293's doorstep. We saw starfish, turtles and more fish than I can name - just a five minute swim from the beach.
The rooms at 293 are great, open, spacious and kept very clean and tidy by the staff. There's a lovely feel in the evenings in the gardens and sitting on the terrace, while unwinding with a beer or cocktail.
Glimpsing one of the sunsets is also a most, you can take a picnic rug down to the beach and kick back and see the sun melt into the ocean. Or clamber your way round to the other side from 293 and see the sun flame its last for the day as it drizzles the landscape a soft orange and purple.
Our trip to 293 was fantastic, just make sure you leave enough time to explore Komba and the surrounding islands. And be careful of the rum! Thank you Marcine for helping to make our honeymoon the trip of a life time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 293 on Komba Guest House is located on the small island of Nosy Komba +- 20 minutes from Nosy Be off the mainland of Madagascar. Nosy Komba is a volcanic island southeast of the port, almost equidistant between Hell-Ville and Ankify on the mainland. The ideal getaway for couples looking for a much needed “Rejuvenation Vacation”! 293 on Komba Guest House offers' a private setting not far from the Village of Ampangorina, it is ideally situated only a few steps from the beach- a perfect beach holiday, where you only need your costume, sarong, hat, sunscreen and slops.293 on Komba Guest House offers a beautiful spacious home with four very comfortable en-suite bedrooms set on a beautiful bay, where you wake up to the sea lapping only a few steps away. Lemur bedroom- offers a double bed with bathroom en-suite and a separate entrance. This bedroom has a lovely sea view with its own private little patio.Tortoise bedroom - offers a double bed with a bathroom en-suite and a separate entrance, which over looks the small stream & garden.Chameleon bedroom - is upstairs in the main section of the house, has twin beds and a separate bathroom, this room has a lovely view of the stream and of the sea.Ylang -Ylang room – offer a double bed with bathroom en-suite. This room is private and separate from the house, with its own little terrace and the most stunning beach view. All the bedrooms are designed for comfort and relaxation, they are furnished with bedding and bath towels. The bathrooms offer showers only, but all do have hot water available.The home is serviced by SOLAR POWER for electricity and hot water. Therefore: NO ITEMS such as hair dryers or electrical items that are not "solar power" friendly! Please check with Management before plugging in any electrical equipment such as phones, computers, shavers and etc. Breakfast consists of local fresh fruits and other home produce is served daily. Dinner would include either fresh fish, prawns, Zebu (local cattle) Chicken or Duck, accompanied by the delicious Malagasy rice or fresh veggies / salads. Fruits of Madagascar or the delicious Madagascar chocolate will cater for the sweet tooth at the end of the meal. Room rates include breakfast & dinner. Lunch can be provided on request at a cost of +_ 10Euros per person. The menu options change daily depending on the availability of local produce and fresh seafood. What to do: - Besides spending your days lazing in the sun, catching up on all those books that you never get around too - The nearby village offers meals on the beach, with a variety of locally sourced Malagasy cuisine, including freshly prepared seafood, chicken, duck and Zebu, complemented with delicious Caiprihina's and the local Three Horses beer. In the village there are "restaurants" that offer meals and local drinks: Bar la plague, Chez Yolande, Chez Madam Madio, Le Cabagne & Sling bar. But, as is normal in small villages such as this - new bars / restaurants open and some close down all just depending on tourism. ... more less