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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Libertalia

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Hotel Libertalia
Ranked #4 of 15 Hotels in Nosy Boraha
Certificate of Excellence
Mold, United Kingdom
1 review
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“You will never want to leave!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

As I'm writing this we are actually sat in front of the most beautiful ocean view waiting for our last meal of our stay at Hotel Libertalia.

When you book half board you expect the typical buffet choice changing every day, however, this is certainly NOT the case here. We have sampled everything from lobster to crab to delicious Zebu steak! The food here is honestly the finest we have ever had and we have travelled and eaten in many different places!
Sainte Marie and Madagascar is a gem of a place to find adventure, relaxation and wonderful weather and this hotel just made the whole trip perfect.
The rooms/bungalows are perfectly sized with a great big hot (or cold if you wish) and powerful shower. The seaview from every bungalow is amazing especially at sunset.
Entertainment is provided on some nights which really captures the traditions and spirit of this wonderful island.
The service is unlike anything else in the world, Even with minimal to no french, the staff were on hand to answer every question we had and helped make our short stay magnifique!

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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cadi2, Gérant at Hotel Libertalia, responded to this review, June 12, 2013
all libertalia's staff is joinning me to thank you about your message. we will always do our best to satisfy every one coming visiting us. see you soon maybe for the whale's watching season?
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

One of the nicest places along the beach. It is the the first hotel south of town (towards airport). Easy 2km walk to town (relaxed 30 min walk). Hotel will arrange taxi pu for 20,000 MGA from airport - about 15 minutes. The road literally runs along the coast/beach which means it is also right behind virtually every hotel & bungalow along the coast. But beware: it is not the road that will keep you awake, it is surf - very calm water but it echos & is amplified night. Wear ear plugs if light sleeper. Libertalia are series of bungalows to serve needs of couples, friends, or families. All are relatively private, smaller units right on the beach. Very clean, plenty of hot water, and nicely sized with nets and fans. We stayed 9 nights. Restaurant offers good service for breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks. Mains are 18,000 MGA with usually 3 offerings available. Very good value, tasty and well portioned and very good variety offered over our stay. We visited several other properties along the coast, and were very happy with our choice - would stay again. Only drawback is beach is not suitable for swimming, however they have built a long dock out to rock island where swimming & snorkeling is possible.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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cadi2, Gérant at Hotel Libertalia, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
thank you from all of us, the staff and the managment; we will continue on this way to make all of our guest happy and to help them in discovering our island;
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Ambilobe, Madagascar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

So, we didn't actually get a chance to stay here. But we came for the restaurant. The food was excellent and well-priced for Sainte Marie and the staff were super friendly. The area for hanging out near the hotel was spectacular! There were loads of comfortable beach chairs, hammocks, swings for kids... a great atmosphere! The little rock island bridge and deck was also fun to visit and would be a great place to relax, for the hotel's visitors. Though we didn't see inside any of the rooms, we could see this would really be an ideal place to stay at Ile Sainte Marie.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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cadi2, Gérant at Hotel Libertalia, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
we were delighted to recieve your message! as you could see, even if you are not sleeping in the hotel, you are welcomed; our motto is "family, smily and helpful"..for us everybody is important and deserved. thanks from all libertalia staff.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Excellent price/quality ratio. Wifi (rare). Every activity can be organised from the hotel and Sophie (very very kind!) will assist as much as possible to organise activities on the island as well as with the rest of your trip in Madagascar. In addition the hotel organises its own whale tour and rents bikes and motorbikes - very convenient. Last but not least.. If electricity goes off in the island (which happens often...), the hotel has its own generator :)

  • Stayed August 2012
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cadi2, Gérant at Hotel Libertalia, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
i want to thank you about all you said because its really apreciable!! i hope that everything was with a "happy end" for you! i want just said it was a real pleasure to take care of you from the beginning until your departure. many thanks for having spending time with us and all the staff is joining me. it would be a pleasure to welcome you another time but as you said, we always think about coming back everywhere it was great but there is so many place to visit in world..so hasta la vista con placer.muchas gracias a vosotros;
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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

We stayed at the Libertalia for 5 nights. The manager was great, helpful and welcoming. The bungalows were lovely, the lounge/dining area beautiful and the view pretty. Just for those (like me) that likes to know I'm in the nicest place on an island - I was a little disappointed when I showed up and discovered there was a road right behind this place, making it a little noisy in the bungalows - so I explored and discovered that the road runs behind every hotel on the west side and makes them all a little noisy. We rode our bikes around the island and only if you go on the east side (more remote) or up past the main town, do the hotels get off the road. In the balance of things, the location of this hotel (walkable distance to town, near other hotels/restaurants) and the dock that takes you out to beautiful swimming water (all hotels are located on a beach with water that gets very shallow at low tide) makes it near the best on the island. AND, the managers husband is involved in the local precious stone business, working with local people and using all local products, and will design beautiful jewelry on request. I got an amazing green sapphire ring - stunning! I would recommend this place over all others on Isle Sainte-Marie (except maybe the princess Bora which was closed while we were there, so I can't comment) but if you want quiet I recommend Isle aux Nattes.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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cadi2, Gérant at Hotel Libertalia, responded to this review, January 17, 2013
we want to say thank you for all you said because it's exactly the truth! the road, the place, the beach...we will always do the maximum to make guests holidays as nice as possible with pleasure!
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Soisy (France)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

Excellent from all points of view... special thank you to the management team, very professional, always ready to help with a great smile in bonus !

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2010

We had a bungalow right on the beach and loved it. It was cozy, private, and very picturesque. Bear in mind, these bungalows have thatched leaf roofs and bamboo walls. They are not sound- or bug-proof at all. We had several geckos in the bathroom, and one very large spider (twice). The staff will put down the mosquito net over your bed before dinner, but you should be very prepared with long pants, long sleeves, bug spray, etc. for the evenings. During the daytime, bugs were not a problem at all.

The best part of Libertalia is the restaurant/bar/lounge. It was large, with lots of private nooks and couches for you to hide out with your spouse or travelling companions. Lots of Western music playing, mixed in with the right amount of mellow local music. And you get to relax with the manager's pet dogs (friendly, tame, healthy dogs are a rarity in Madagascar).

We had the half-pension (breakfast + dinner), but it doubled the cost of our stay and was not worth it. My wife and I could have gotten by splitting an appetizer ("entree" in French parlance) and a dessert, and possible even splitting a main course as well, as the portions were generous. The per-item prices were more reasonable than the half-pension.

Was not a great destination for sunbathing and swimming, as Ste. Marie gets a lot of rain, but we swam here off the private jetty and it was enjoyable. I wish we had been here during the whale season.

Primarily French-speaking staff, but we got by OK on their English and our French phrasebook. Bring plenty to read, and if you can leave behind a few English language novels, they need some (only had 3 that I found). If we ever return to Madagascar, we WILL return here!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Libertalia
Address: Bellevue | BP 34, Nosy Boraha, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toamasina Province > Nosy Boraha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nosy Boraha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Libertalia 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Island of Sainte Marie Madagascar or Nosy Boraha is traditionally known as “Island of the pirates” .It is separated from mainland Madagascar by a narrow channel and remains a small green paradise preserved from mass tourism. An oasis of tranquility surrounded by luxurious gardens, our hotel has views of the setting sun with 180° panorama.Well sheltered from the brisk South-eastily winds, Libertalia is easily recognisable by its rock, a place to observe whales , and go for a spot of snorkeling and a swim (rare in the south island)Welcoming and friendly , it has had a reputation of being excellent value for money and high quality service for over 10 years.Ideally located, near the town, it is a starting point for many excursions all around Sainte Marie and is population, adept of “mora mora”, like “gently, gently”In season the hotel organizes whale watching in collaboration with CETAMADA. Martine and Didier, the owners who have a passion for whales, are two founding members of this association. ... more   less 
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