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“At the ends of the Earth”
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Peter Pan Anakao
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

You reach the end of the road at Peter Pan: you could, perhaps, travel farther, beyond, but it would be "adventure" rather than "vacation". Madagascar itself is far from anyplace you care to name -- mysterious and exotic. And then, twenty four hours away from Tana by taxi brousse, an hour's speed-boat jaunt away from Toliara's languid port, lies a village of fishing pirogues and small off-shore islands under a cloudless azure sky. That's Anakao. And at the edge of the village, beyond which the empty beach stretches forever, sits the most amazing oasis of tranquility: that's Peter Pan. The best places you'll always find at the edge of the world and Peter Pan is no exception.

This isn't some five-star whatchawannacallit. It ain't your typical tropical hideaway under swaying palm trees (hint: there's no palm trees in southwestern Madagascar). It's not a backpacker hangout -- not exactly anyway. I wouldn't call it a dive resort, though guests apparently rave about the diving. I don't know what to call it, but people come for a couple days and stay a week... some stay even longer. Most vow to return and not a few do. It's the atmosphere, the mood of the place, the food they serve there straight from the sea, the late-night conversations, the music, the feeling like time has stopped or lost any significance.

If you go to Madagascar, wherever you end-up, you'll no doubt hear about Peter Pan. Make time to go there. Jump on that speed boat, even though you might have doubts about whether it might be worth the hassle. Check it out. Nobody I've met has been disappointed by Anakao. There's other places to stay there, obviously, but Peter Pan has soul and vibrancy. The other places, frankly, don't. Go for a couple days and expect to change your plans, linger longer.

Hire a boat for a day to take you to the offshore islets. Try the snorkeling there -- when the tides are right, it can be like an aquarium. Have a picnic. Never in your life will you enjoy fresher seafood. If you dive, go diving. Explore the village. Swing in a hammock all afternoon. Get a massage. Stroll the beach at sunset: walk south and continue walking, cold beer in-hand. It's all low-key, non-adrenaline inducing, and perfectly blissful. After you go home, this will be the Madagascar you remember.

Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

I've been @peter pan in august 2013, it is managed by 2 Italian guys that created from scratch this place. Wonderful mix of Italian and local cuisine, super friendly crew and special atmosphere, you can enjoy all the day and nigh. Super recommended, unique..

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 14, 2013

I am in Madagascar for business and during the end of the year period I had a couple of week of nothing to spend. I decided for Anakao because of mosquitos' abscence but I soon realized that I had done the right choice. I stopped at the Peter Pan Lodge by chance due to the second obliged step of the fast boat from Tuelar the morning I arrived on site.. I saw the italian flag and I wondered why... I entered their lobby/restaurant and a couple of italian guys gave me a warm welcome. They did their best to assign the best available bungalow and just that day I felt as at home. The atmosphere is the one of your corner street pub, with your best and unformal friends inside..the food is a delightful combination between local raw material and the italian way to cook that... a real dream of taste. In the end I spent 9 days there and I was quite upset when I left them. I rarely laughed and got fun as those days all over my life... and I paid the right money in perfect proportion to the quality level.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We arrived here with the idea of spending just two or three days but immediately decided to stay as long as possible. This hotel is very simple but the atmosphere is great. The bungalows are just in front of the sea and it is possible to be cuddled by the breeze on the hammocks in front of the auberge. The restaurant is simply great. The menu changes every day depending on the fresh food brought by the fishermen. The Italian guys who manage the bungalows are nice, friendly and very helpful. The restaurant is the meeting point where everyone become friends, we spent very long nights chatting and laughing with the other guests, beautiful memories! The village has no great attraction but we never got bored. You can choose among vary different excursion by pirogue (to Nosy Ve, whale watching, mango rives, Nosy Satrana) and have very long walls on the beach.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Alessandra P
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

I Travelled for some weeks around Madagascar, but when I arrived to Anakao by boat (1 hour from tulear) I found the best place of my vacation.

It's a really cool place, but the "plus" of this village is for sure the Hotel / Auberge Peter Pan.
Very cheap comparing with the others (rooms from 5 to 18 € per boungalow), in a wonderful position, with bungaolows in bricks in front of the sea very clean and with electricity and water (not so easy to find in the south of Madagascar)
But this is not the only special thing... the resturant and the atmosphere you can beathe in it is something that it really hard to describe,
The 2 italians guys which manage this place, have made a really particular place with good music and always the good mood!
The resturant is so good, here I had my best meals of all the trip: you can eat good fresh fish, but also Zebu filet and many other dishes in a mix between italian and malgasy cousine.

I planned to spend here only 3-4 days, but finally I had 10... I have to admit that it was a kind of Neverland for me... and Peter Pan philosphy bewitched me! :)

I really advice to go to Anakao and spent at leas some days other there!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

There are not many budget hotels in Anakao. Unlike the more expensive ones Peter Pan has excellent food and the menu changes daily. The rustic thatched bungalows are charming and the restaurant is fun and encourages conversation between travellors. Its a laid back place and a travellors must. Local boats can be arranged for diving ,whale watching and snorkling.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank kay G
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Anakao | Anakao Tulear, Toliara 0031, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toliara Province > Toliara
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Toliara
Price Range: $12 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
hotel with bungalows of white stone to two plans equipped with bathroom and private shower, terrace, sofa, read comfortable. the restaurant proposes French malagasy Italian cuisine. ... more   less 

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