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Miavana Private Island, Nosy Anko 207 Madagascar
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Located on a secluded private island off the North East point of Madagascar, Miavana is an ultra-luxurious beach resort. Offering the best in luxury - spacious villas, private butler service, exquisite food & wine experiences - against an extraordinary natural setting, Miavana is an earthly paradise. Explore the treasure trove of turquoise bays, white-sand beaches and stunning national parks with a superb array of activities and adventures.
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Miavana Private Island, Nosy Anko 207 Madagascar
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Alvertos Revach wrote a review Oct 2021
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg368 contributions362 helpful votes
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Before I start, I need to state that this stay was unique in more ways than one, but the way in which it was most unique was that for the entire duration of our stay, a full week, we were the only guests on the island. Let me start from the beginning. I initially booked a 7 night stay (to take advantage of the 6+1 free and free helicopter transfer offer) in June 2021 for early September 2021. A few weeks after I booked, and having booked flights with Ethiopian to fly to Nosy Be, the government of Madagascar closed all of the country to tourism. I kept the reservation going, having made a 20% deposit, and monitored a couple of sites weekly to see if the government would announce a re-opening. When a couple of weeks before our trip the government announced no changes to the closures, I decided to contact Time & Tide and ask to cancel. They said they would, of course, honor the request, but would like to propose an alternative. A couple of days later, they asked if we could make our way to Johannesburg, South Africa. From there, they proposed, with an extra cost much lower than a regular charter, basically covering the fuel cost, they could fly us to Antsiranana, the airport closest to Miavana, by a private plane (which, as it turns out, is also owned by Time & Tide), a Cessna Citation Mustang jet. The flight would take about 6 hours, including a 1 hour refueling stop. The resort has special permission to fly in guests by private charter to Antsiranana, who are PCR tested on arrival, and are then directly flown to Miavana by helicopter. Guests have to also provide a 72 hours negative PCR result upon arrival to the local authorities. Not many potential guests want to go through this “trouble”, but I agreed. What really made me agree to travel a total of 26 hours by commercial plane, then another commercial plane, then a private jet with one refueling stop and finally a helicopter, was that they told me that if we did go, we’d have the resort all to ourselves, as they had no other bookings for that period. Exclusive booking of the resort runs at $115,000 per night, so there’s no way on earth we would ever be able to experience this, apart from going at that point in time. So, to make a long story short, we started our journey via Doha, Qatar, and arrived at a little before 4am in Johannesburg, South Africa. There we were greeted by two Menzies (the ground handling company) representatives, who made our transfer as smooth as possible. They took us through transit immigration, where we had to show our PCR tests, and then through security on our way to a gate were we waited for about an hour and a half, as our private jet was flying in from a close by airport to pick us up. At around 7am we were driven to the plane, which was a four-seater jet, very comfortable, and piloted by Charl, who was super professional and a great pilot. We promptly took off, and 3 hours later we landed in Nampula, Mozambique for a short refueling stop. Then on to DIE (Antsiranana), where we arrived around 12:45pm, and greeted by the Miavana GM, Austen, and the helicopter pilot. We had to go through a very formal process, which was strange for only two people, as some many airport, customs and immigration and health professionals were involved, and about 30 minutes later we boarded one of the two private Robinson 66 helicopters that the resort owns, and started the scenic flight to Miavana, which takes about 30 minutes. At this point I have to say that the complicated transfer experience was nearly perfect, and to thank Michelle Leach-Lewis and the Time and Tide team for making the arrangements, and for pushing us to say “yes”. Miavana, the resort, is located in the middle of nowhere. If not for the helicopters, transfer would take up to 7 hours by car and boat. The island it is located on, Nosy Ankao, is shared with locals who live in two villages and make a living by working for the resort or by fishing, and the symbiosis of Miavana and the locals is very healthy. Miavana charges a $300 per person per night Conservation Fee, which they use to build schools, provide healthcare to the locals, help children continue their education on the main island, as well as on many environmental conservation efforts. The island in about 5 square kilometers, and at low tide you could walk around it, but it would take many hours. It’s surrounded by amazing coral reefs and pristine waters, full of life, and is part of an environmentally protected area. The beach all around the island is amazing, with powdery white sand, and very rare debris. 8 lemurs live on the island, who were once brought here from the main island, and are tracked and studied while they live free in the wild. A visit to Miavana must include a walk through the forest to find and watch the lemurs, as well as other nature walks. We saw the world’s smallest chameleon, smaller than two centimeters in length. Johnson, the resident activities manager, is an expert at showing and explaining the flora and fauna of the island, I highly recommend tagging along one of his adventures. The resort has taken great care to preserve the natural beauty of this island, and to integrate itself as naturally as possible, and is making progress in various sustainability fronts, including increasing its solar power generation and decreasing its reliance on fossil fuel. The one-bedroom villa we stayed in, number 8, was by far the best villa I have ever stayed in (and I’m comparing to Fregate in the Seychelles, Four Seasons in Desroches and even the Brando in Tahiti). It was huge, and very tasteful. One aspect that one might have an issue with is that the villa has natural air conditioning, which means that when it’s windy at night there a lot of natural sounds, and that there is no way to blackout the room, so at around 6:30am (the island runs at its own time +1 hour vs. Madagascar) the villa is bright. I’d recommend bringing ear plugs and an eye cover, which the resort can also provide if requested. Please see my photos (which speak a thousand words) for details on the villa. The common areas of the resort are the bar / restaurant / lounge area, which is beautifully designed, and also includes the resort’s main pool (which we never used), and the activities center and gym (well appointed), where you can arrange for snorkeling, scuba diving and motorized and non-motorized water sports - the kite surfing is particularly great here. I also visited the local village for a beer and a bite with the GM, and that was a humbling experience which I greatly enjoyed. The resort provides an electric golf buggy for each villa, two bicycles, and, since we were the only guests, we were also provided with a Polaris ATV to explore the island as we wished. Food was another unique aspect of Miavana. The resident chef, Anton, believes in locally sourcing as much as he can, and if you leave things up to him, which we did, and were super glad, he will serve only locally sourced food. We don’t eat meat or poultry, but for guests that do, he sources local zebu meat and poultry. Eggs come from the local chickens, and all seafood is local. They grow a number of vegetables on the island, and there’s a project to increase this production and include more vegetables and fruits, and the rest all comes from local, main island farmers. Everything we ate was delicious. Breakfast was a highlight. And Chef Anton got extra creative when we asked him to make something special: tuna “gyros” served with home made pita bread and tzatziki sauce; smoked mackerel burgers; smocked mackerel carbonara; and many other delightful dishes, expertly prepared and beautifully presented. The included wines and beers are great. Desserts were also delicious. I would say that the food here is a highlight, and I must commend the Chef and his team. The service was impeccable. As friendly as it should be, and very professional. Every request was addressed. At some point I had a stomach issue, and the local nurse took care of me, and provided the right medicine to get me up and running again in no time. He also took care of our departure PCR tests (required to transit through South Africa), whose samples had to be flown by helicopter to Nosy Be to be tested! Our butler, whom we did not bother too much, a lovely man from Zimbabwe, made sure we got everything we needed and kept the villa impeccable. And Austen, the GM, was a great host, we felt like we were his guests. He showed us around, explained whatever we wanted to learn, and took amazing care of us. Overall, service here is excellent. At $3,300 per person per night, Miavana is not accessible to many people. But, having been to similarly priced resorts before, I have to say it’s worth it. The villa, the nature, the sea, corals, beach and waters, the service, the activities, and the food, all combine to make Miavana a truly unique place.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Austen Johnston, General Manager at Time + Tide Miavana
Responded Oct 25, 2021
Dear Alvertos, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Miavana. I have shared your feedback with my team and we are all sincerely delighted that you had a memorable stay with us - this is why we do what we do. It is an honour to share such a unique part of the world with you, from its beautiful beaches and rare wildlife from forest to reef, from its food and local produce, to its warm culture and hospitality, Madagascar is truly magical. Thank you for travelling and for your flexibility in reaching us in these unusual times, each and every stay makes a significant contribution to the sustainability of this remote region. We are so pleased Miavana left you with fond memories and hope that we will meet again on our sandy shores where we can share another THB in time. Warm regards, Austen Johnston General Manager, Miavana by Time + Tide
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Cealybabe wrote a review Oct 2020
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Extraordinary staff, very relaxing with beautiful scenery. We wanted to get as far as possible from our current situation ...being bombarded with political issues. Well after a few hours a wave of peace floated in and for the next few days we were in heaven. Thank you I was a bit scared coming in but I would go again.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Sarah Purchase, Marketing at Time + Tide Miavana
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Thank you @cealybabe1 and we are delighted that you have a wonderful stay with us on the island, and that you had a wonderful escape. We look forward to you returning to the turquoise blue seas of Miavana! Best regards the Time + Tide family
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Ashley wrote a review May 2019
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Miavana will exceed your expectations. We traveled to Miavana for a week in early December 2018 and had an incredible experience. The weather was perfect, the staff was attentive and there was enough activities on offer to keep us busy (honestly we could have stayed an extra week). The island is also home to a group of crowned lemurs which were amazing to see. I got my PADI open water scuba certification during our stay and the coral at the dive sites was incredible! Additionally because there is no other tourism in the area, you have the whole place to yourself to explore. As far as accommodation, the villas are huge and luxurious and have en-suite pools. You get your own golf cart and bikes for exploring the island / getting to and from the main area. Each villa comes with its own butler who is there to attend to your needs - we felt like royalty. Even though staying at Miavana costs a pretty penny, when you consider that ALL motorized and unmotorized activities (scuba, fishing, waterskiing, paddle boarding, quad biking, etc) are included along with your meals and drinks - it actually is an amazing value. Additionally, we were told that by visiting Miavana we were supporting their conservation efforts which was a nice bonus.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms are on the beach with a view
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Response from TimeandTideAfrica, Guest Relations Manager at Time + Tide Miavana
Responded Jan 14, 2020
Thank you @travelingbays we are delighted that you had a wonderful tri and look forward to you returning in the near future. Best regards from the time + Tide family
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Gavin C wrote a review Apr 2019
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa7 contributions3 helpful votes
My family and I have just returned from a weeks stay at the breathtakingly beautiful Miavana Island Sanctuary . Words and photo's dont do the property or the island any justice , this needs to be seen first hand . From the time we arrived by helicopter transfer , the GM Ross and his team were at our beck and call . We stayed in Villa 1 , 500 square meters of opulance all to ouselves , my teenage children each having thier own suite attached to the main villa . The villas are so nice it actually is very difficult to leave , your meals are offered to you either in your villa or at the central dinning / bar area . The island ( Nosy Ankao ) is teeming with fascinating flora , fauna and wildlife which you wont find anywhere else on earth . Our excellent guide Simon was full of knowledge and we certainly left with a far better understanding of Madagascar , its history and its flora and fauna . From Lemur trekking to snorkelling trips to neighbouring island picnic lunches , the Miavana team ensured every day had an interesting activity planned , no one was every bored . The rest of the time was spent relaxing at the villa or on the beach . This region of Madagascar will certainly be the next hot spot to be discovered as the destination of choice for luxury Indian Ocean Island travel , go and enjoy this region before the rest of the world discovers it
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: if travelling with family , villa 1 or 15 are stunning
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Response from TimeandTideAfrica, General Manager at Time + Tide Miavana
Responded Apr 26, 2019
Dear Gavin, We are delighted to hear that you and your family had such an enjoyable stay at our resort, one of the world's best kept secrets. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your incredible feedback. We love our little slice of paradise and would love for more people to understand the magic of our island, Nosy Ankao. I have shared your feedback with my brilliant team and this really helps to motivate us to provide the best in genuine hospitality. We look forward to welcoming you back to Time + Tide Miavana and in the meantime wish your family all the best. Warm regards, Rosco Wendover General Manager
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Tessa wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
I have never written a trip advisor review before, having only come close when experiences have been somewhat bad, I have considered it several times....however as the feeling of discontent generally always passes, I have never actually sat down to officially complaining. I certainly never imagined that my first review would be because of an experience so overwhelmingly positive that I simply had to share my opinion and experience... Well here I am. I know this already seems long, as I may not be a seasoned reviewer, so I will keep it short from here; My week long stay at Miavana was unparalleled in almost every aspect of luxury. Defining luxury not only in terms of great quality and exclusivity, but in terms of craftsmanship, consciousness and a unique enriching experience. The richness of the culture set the context for such unique environment, and is the pillar of every impressive distinguishing feature of the resort. From the moment I landed on the island I began to realise and absorb the extent to which each element of my stay was considered to the nth degree, and executed with perfection. The more the staff revealed to me the intricate offerings of the resort the more I understood how important the implications of Miavana were to it's creators; Working to sustain and protect such a delicate and unique environment and it's local cultures, whilst simultaneously prevailing in the highest level of luxury and elegance; From the poetic architectural design and craftsmanship in execution, to the devoted service in hospitality, to the culinary mastery in the kitchen...I was simply blown away.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Room Tip: any room is heaven
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Response from TimeandTideAfrica, Guest Relations Manager at Time + Tide Miavana
Responded Jan 14, 2020
Thank you @tessatravelling we are delighted that you had a wonderful trip and got to experience such an exceptional piece of the world as Madagascar. Bets regards the Time + Tide family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Time + Tide Miavana
What are some of the property amenities at Time + Tide Miavana?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Time + Tide Miavana?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Time + Tide Miavana?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Time + Tide Miavana?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Time + Tide Miavana have airport transportation?
Yes, Time + Tide Miavana offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Time + Tide Miavana located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Nosy Anko.
Does Time + Tide Miavana offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and meeting rooms during their stay.
Is Time + Tide Miavana accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.