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Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge

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Manafiafy Street St Luce, Mahatalaky 101 Madagascar
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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4.9
Value
4.7
Barefoot luxury in a truly breathtaking setting…Sparkling blue seas, verdant rain-forests, abundant wildlife, and distant mountains, this small and intimate lodge offers a taste of serenity to all of our guests. Nestled into a forest fringed cove, our luxury thatched bungalows offer private decked terraces inches from the sea, perfectly reflecting the tranquility of their natural surroundings.
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Free parking
Free breakfast
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Beach
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Non-smoking rooms
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Manafiafy Street St Luce, Mahatalaky 101 Madagascar
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Suzanne O wrote a review Oct 2019
Siem Reap, Cambodia17 contributions20 helpful votes
The drive from Fort Dauphin on National Route 12 is an experience in and of itself but my word it is well worth it. The lodge is absolutely gorgeous, the private beach front is pristine, the service is impeccable, and our guide, Nama, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We went to Madagascar to see lemurs and see them we did. Boat trip through mangroves was also pretty spectacular AND the food was great. A special birthday trip with my daughter, we were very happy campers!
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Date of stay: October 2019
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chapyBristol wrote a review Oct 2019
Winford, United Kingdom383 contributions183 helpful votes
This must be one of the most beautiful and most remote places we have stayed (measured by time if not distance - the roads are terrible!). It is well worth the effort of getting there; the bungalows are amazing, spacious and well equipped with private access to the beach and sea views. The whole site is set up to fit into the surroundings, so it is well hidden from the sea. The food was amazing, we especially loved the local fish and lobster. The guide was very knowledgeable, and we saw some amazing wildlife, by boat and by jeep. It is very close to the local village, and it was fascinating to see villagers carrying on their traditional way of life. The staff were all lovely, we were so well looked after by everyone. We loved the wood carvings dotted around the site, and the use of wood in the rooms. In short: great for relaxing, great for food, great for wildlife and great for local interest.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jan wrote a review Oct 2019
Melbourne, Australia29 contributions29 helpful votes
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this lodge, the food, the activity, the friendly staff, and the beachfront room. Whilst it is a bit of a journey to get there it is totally worth every minute as on the way you pass through numerous villages, getting to see the way people live, what I thought of as the real Madagascar. There is a range of activity on offer which you can do each day accompanied by your guide. Our guide, Nama, was great, he had amazing knowledge about the wildlife, the vegetation the history and the culture, which he shared with passion and enthusiasm, he also had amazing eyesight, spotting lemur and other wildlife with ease. The food was great, fresh crayfish and fish cooked to perfection with all staff helpful and generous with their time. We loved every minute of our stay and would certainly recommend it for a few days of escape from the rat race.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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mei700 wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom340 contributions56 helpful votes
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This was our first trip to Madagascar, but will certainly not be our last. We have absolutely fallen in love with the country, the wildlife, the people and the culture - so beautiful and unspoilt, and using the lodge as a base was great. Everyone at the lodge is amazing, friendly and helpful, and our guide was funny, knowledgeable and helped us spot so many endemic species during our short stay. Food was incredible and the kitchen made huge efforts to cater for our vegan diet. We didn’t manage to snorkel in the waters in the end, but that will be for another trip! Thank you to everyone at the lodge and see you again soon!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Martin Fearnley wrote a review Jul 2019
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom59 contributions63 helpful votes
Fantastic beachside retreat. Right next to the mangroves ti see some endemic birdlife. Around the cove you get to see the 29km beach cove, we didn't see anybody on it. The place is great, the food is amazing. The freshest lobster and oysters I have ever eaten, all inclusive to boot. The staff were great. Only downsides are... 3 hour drive from gort Dauphin to get here and no wifi .
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
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CJHill wrote a review Apr 2019
Buntingford, United Kingdom17 contributions6 helpful votes
Everything in the glowing reviews is quite correct. Staff, guide and James the manager all extremely efficient. You have to remember this is Madagascar and an adventure not a cruise. The review criticising the difficult road to the camp doesn't get that. It's part of the character of the island, with lots of interest on the journey. There was a great, refreshing welcome with a cocktail and cool towel and all the bumps thus forgotten.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: All the bungalows of equal quality
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AndrewEatsFood wrote a review Feb 2019
Manchester, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed in early October 2018 and had an incredible stay. Our room was wonderful, very private and secluded. Staff were excellent, our guide Nama was fantastic. We saw lemurs, chameleons, boas, flying foxes and a wide selection of bird life. We saw whales from the shore but unfortunately the weather was too choppy to head out for sea. Food was delicious and we even enjoyed a wet day day by the fire when the weather turned against us. Highlight was probably our jungle walk that brought us out onto the most incredible beach. As other reviewers have noted the road journey is not for the faint of heart, but we cannot recommend the lodge enough to those who want seclusion and adventure.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Some lodges are a reasonable walk from the main hotel.
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Lis L wrote a review Dec 2018
Wigan, United Kingdom22 contributions4 helpful votes
This was the best of the lodges we stayed in Madagascar. A beautiful setting, comfortable accommodation, very good food, well presented. Excellent service from all the staff who are very welcoming, friendly with nothing too much trouble. Activities very good and guides knowledgeable and good company.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Bungalows are spread out with access to beach and short walk from central areas
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light42 wrote a review Nov 2018
Staunton, Virginia82 contributions90 helpful votes
WHAT WAS GREAT: guides Ali and Francis, all of the guided activities, baked bread, village character, local fish market WHAT WAS BAD: the 50 km ride from Fort Dauphin to Manifiafy took 3 HOURS! I do not EVER recall being on a worse road, anywhere! If being in the presence of economic deprivation bothers this destination may not be a good fit.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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GillH007_12 wrote a review Nov 2018
Leominster, United Kingdom332 contributions141 helpful votes
Gorgeous roundels built of local wood, private decking with a walkway leading to the sea in the lagoon. Excellent. All 5 bungalows are private from each other, and the staff do all they can to make your stay special. The managers and guides and staff are all very helpful and friendly. We were the only ones staying there at the end of September, but previously and after they were full. However, with only 5 bungalows this is special.The drawback is the terrible road to get there. Don't attempt if you have any issues with a bad back. The other problem is the flights from Fort Dauphin back to 'Tana'. Air Madagascar is notorious at cancelling flights, or delaying them. Provided you are prepared for this, the aircraft themselves were fine and staff on board very pleasant.
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms face the beach, but are hidden in the jungle
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PRICE RANGE
$823 - $976 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
MadagascarToliara ProvinceMahatalaky
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Sainte Luce Reserve (2.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Manafiafy Beach & Rainforest Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.