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“The most beautiful hotel I have ever been to!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Relais de la Reine

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Le Relais de la Reine
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ranohira
Certificate of Excellence
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The most beautiful hotel I have ever been to!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2013

Le Relais de la Reine is amazing, it is heaven on earth. The most expensive rooms are 98 euro's per night, and well worth it. They are beautifulI, the bathroom was the size of my living room. If this hotel would be in Europe, it would cost you at least 700 a night. The people are very sweet (like all Malagasy) and the three course dinner is fantastic! I felt like a celebrity while staying here, and we will definitely come back to this gorgeous place.

Room Tip: I would take the more expansive rooms, there is only a ten euro difference, but extremely luxurious.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

After having ploughed through the sand and the mud along the west coast of Madagascar, it was more than a pleasure to stay in Le Relais de la Reine. We received a warm welcome, and all staff was utmost friendly and helpful. The bungalows are beautiful, food is good, and the gardens are splendid. A top location in a country to which we wish a better economical future for the people's sake. The fact that Le Relais de la Reine engages in ecological tourism and invests in local development adds to the very positive impression we have about the owners and their staff. Thumbs up for them !

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Wenatchee, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

We spent two amaizing nights here and I can only say everything was perfect: the room was incredibly clean, the pool and the garden were perfectly kept, the cusine very well done, the service like a five stars hotel. My advice: in the night wait until the electricity goes off to see the shining stars above the sky in the garden!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Birmingham
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

We were told by our guide that this is the oldest hotel around the reserve, you can tell this as the hotel does seem to be gentley merging in to its surroundings, this is a good thing! It is built in a gentle valley and is very sheltered. Theer is the main building which has the bar and restaurnty in then a number of little clumps of rooms in a horse shoe each has its own outside setaing area, the whole hotel including the bedrooms are modern and clean, though are 3 rooms were all twins? Can not comment on any others. The food was very good as well both for breakfast and dinner, and the picnic sandwiches were good as well. The grounds surrounding the hotel are very nice and you can easily walk to the sister hotel and around there as well if you want we saw a lots of birds walking around and small herd of goats which belong to the hotel? Plus the pet tortoises!

The only downsides was that the mozzie nets again were more show than functional as they did not quite reach the floor and unfortunately I think we all had a cockroach in our room, this is not due to the hotels hygiene which was very good ( we wandered around the whole of the hotel including to areas we should not have done) but due to the fact that they are just part of life, much the same as a mosquito.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alex205
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012

We made a pit stop at this hotel before our flight from Ranohira and just had enough time to pack in a quick breakfast before making a dash for the private airstrip ( which is located in the backyard of this wonderful hotel!). The hotel is simply spectacular with all the creature comforts conceivable - swimming pool, spa, gymnasium, private airstrip and even a riding center!). The food experience here was by far the best that we had in Madagascar. We settled for the American breakfast and the quality was comparable to the best restaurants in the world. The staff was non-intrusive and yet supremely attentive, which was superb. We also took a tour of the hotel and saw some of the rooms - they were nothing short of amazing. Definitely coming back and staying here!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

Excellent service, friendly staff, fabulous location, good food and sympathetically furnished in keeping with the local environment. What more can one ask for in a hotel? It was the perfect place to stay whilst experiencing the Isalo National Park - we just wished we could have stayed longer than the 3 nights we were there. Highly recommended - both the park and the hotel

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Luv2holiday77
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San Francisco, California
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194 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for 3 nights, and it was one of our most comfortable stops in Madagascar. It was arranged by our travel agent, Natural World Safaris, who I highly recommend.

The food was creative, delicious and fresh, plus they did a great job accommodating my vegetarian diet. I especially recommend the Malagasy breakfast - it's tasty and you won't need lunch!

The rooms are large and lovely, and they blend in perfectly with the rocky landscape. The staff is friendly, and the high speed wifi in the lounge was the fastest we experienced in the country, and we enjoyed playing the local board games available there. Drinks cost a little more than at other hotels, but were still reasonably priced given the quality of the service and the tasty snacks at accompanied them.

The horseback riding is a great way to see the landscape, which can be challenging for hiking given the hot temperatures in the area. The pool is lovely & refreshing.

2 complaints: the bed, though gorgeous-looking, was horribly uncomfortable. I think it was a piece of hard foam and not a actual mattress. And while I can't really fault the hotel for the giant cockroaches we encountered in the bathroom (it's Madagascar, after all), I was certainly wary of going in there at night.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Relais de la Reine
Address: BP 01, Ranohira 313, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Fianarantsoa Province > Ranohira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Ranohira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Le Relais de la Reine 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel of character, perfectly integrated into an oasis of over 40 hectares, opened on a fantastic panorama, it is the starting point for excursions in the massif of Isalo. Le Relais de la Reine is located in the South West of Madagascar, in border of the Massif de l'Isalo. It is the country of Bara, semi-nomadic people, traveling with their herds of Zébus in a fabulous Western decor. Despite its geographic isolation, access to the Relais de la Reine is easy, using the National 7, linking Antananarivo to Toliara, via Antsirabe and Fianarantsoa. This road, the most touristic of Madagascar, provides a permanent scenery.The hotel is located near the village of Ranohira, 700 km from Antananarivo by road. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Le Relais De La Reine Hotel Ranohira
Le Relais De La Reine Madagascar/Ranohira

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