We had high expectations of this hotel having been moved by our agent to 'the best hotel in the area' - sadly we were disappointed in several ways. Having been shown our room and unpacked we were told we were in the wrong room and should have had an upgrade. Nothing wrong with the room we had been given though the upgrade was bigger and did have a sort of view of the sea. The location was excellent, right on the shore with some rock pools in front of the hotel - the local salesmen however wanted to sell trips and trinkets whenever you set foot on the beach - never aggressively however. The adjacent lodge was being refurbished during the day with an electric sander - sadly ruined the peace and quiet so had to locate by the pool to get away from the noise. Food was ok however we both suffered as a result. Most peculiarly the staff were so untypical of Madagscar and failed to smile. Service at the table was often rushed. Lots of positives about the hotel, nice rooms, great location though shame about our experience - isolated we hope. Spent a lot of time bird watching - even around the hotel. Saw lovebirds, bee-eaters and hoopoe all around our room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Les Dunes d'Ifaty is boutique hotel, build from local materials, located 27 kilometres north of the city of Tulear, next to the "Mangily" fishing village and is built over an area of 6 hectares amidst a flora of tropical and other typical indigenous plants from this dry region of the south of Madagascar. The main building is designed following a wide-open-style structure, the roofing being supported by large pillars, with a seven metre high tree in the centre. In the main building are located the reception, the lounge, the main bar, the main restaurant and the kitchen. All the rooms are on both sides of the main building. The villa rooms are facing the sea, while the superior and standard rooms are in a tropical garden. They are not far from the swimming pool which is next to the beach. There is a beach bar where one can find drinks and food which is directly on the beach. The hotel is not far from the spiny forest(UNESCO registered), which is worth a visit and where one can see baobab(Reniala)trees and all the endemic plants of the south of Madagascar. Bird watchers will be able to find quite a few rare birds endemic to this southern part. Many different type of reptiles and animals can also be seen and the guides who speek many foreign languages will be delited to tell you more about them. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Les Dunes d`Ifaty Hotel Ifaty