We arrived by light aircraft, a very pleasant flight with stunning views of the Madagascar landscape. As soon as we arrived we were made to feel special and this theme continued throughout our stay. We were met by Aina, a lovely girl who couldn't do enough for us and who's English puts us to shame. After a short 20 - 30 minute trip by 4X4 we arrived in possibly one of the most beautiful places on earth. We were truly stunned by the surroundings and the cleanliness of the main hotel foyer and after receiving a refreshing mango juice drink we were shown to our villa. Being honeymooners we were almost the last villa, number 2 which is approx a five minute walk from the main building, we were told this was because they believe honeymooners should have more intimacy which we liked. The villa was right on the beach with our own wooden steps down to the beach. The villa has two floors with a twin bedroom upstairs, fully air conditioned (welcome in the 35 degree heat!) and it was absolutely spotlessly clean and tidy. There is a mini bar containing various soft and hard drinks and two free 1.5 litre bottles of water per day, one per person. The bathroom was spacious with a nice tub and powerful shower.
The views of the ocean and the slight breeze make you feel immediately relaxed.
there are several activities to choose from and you can book these with a guide or do them yourself it is entirely up to you what you do or not. Some of the activities state that a guide is mandatory but mountain biking, water sports and most walks can be done on your own. I fully recommend the night walk and cave visit, these are a must. We tended to do the walks early in the morning as by mid day the best place to be is under an umbrella by the pool as it is very hot. The infinity pool is excellent and very clean. As part of our honeymoon package we had a boat trip around the mangroves with cocktails and we also had free massages (unfortunately we didn't get to use these as we were too excited with walks and lemurs).
The food is excellent and if there is nothing on the menu that fits with your taste we found that the staff were more than helpful and provided alternative options.
I unfortunately fell ill on the third day, no fault of the hotel I have to add. I made the mistake of eating undercooked zebu steak in Tana (Don't do this!!!). Cedric the manager who is a really nice friendly, helpful guy sent a doctor to my villa who supplied we with various pills that cleared me up in less than two days :). Cedric is passionate about Anjajavy and has many projects under his belt and he helps out the local schools and villages, I highly commend his commitment.
The sifaka lemurs are around every day and you can get very close to them without disturbing them. The hotel operates a strict no touch or feed policy for all of the animals that I fully agree with. This is a very special place that has the perfect formula for being close to nature without disturbing it. You will see some amazing creatures around especially on the walks and Radu the guide is amazing at finding them and pointing them out, he is extremely knowledgeable and he gets very excited every time he sees well anything really. He really makes the walks special and interesting.
All of the staff were excellent always smiling and they won't let you do anything yourself.
The bar is well stocked with everything you could want and I highly recommend the hotel vanilla rum of which I had quite a few and also the local THB beer is very refreshing. There is an extensive wine list also.
I really don't have any complaints whatsoever which is rare in any location, if we had one complaint its that we had to leave eventually. We were both very sad to leave and we hope to return one day (tomorrow if we win the lottery).
Please just go here you won't regret it.
Just one more note - As we were honeymooners we got to choose and plant a tree from the hotels own nursery which we really though was special. We chose a baobab, what other choice would there be in Madagascar. Its a good excuse to return to check on growth ;) (as if you would need an excuse)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a peninsula in Northwest Madagascar, Anjajavy is only accessible by light aircraft or by boat, the lodge includes 24 villas, a nautical centre and a designed garden. The property is tucked in a forest reserve of 550 hectares and opens to a number of deserted coves. The forest is host of a variety of lemurs and one of the most endangered bird of the world (Madagascan fish eagle). ... more less
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