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Hotel La Petite Traversee
Ranked #2 of 13 Nosy Boraha B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 2, 2012

We stayed here Dec 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The staff are super friendly and the resort is rustic, but clean and perfect. Ideal location and just soo relaxing! Food was lovely as well.

Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2011

If you are looking for:

1. Ultimate rest and relaxation
2. Excellent seafood from the earth … or is that ocean and
3. Warm turquoise waters

… then look no further than La Petite Traversee on Nosy Boroha, fondly known as Ile Aux Nattes (pronounced Nuts). Many a patron have mentioned that Madagascar provides for a “real” experience … the way that life is intended to be. This destination is very competitively priced. The owner, Ockie Snyman, is a South African from Joeys who has chosen Madagascar as his place of stay and rest. We booked through Ylang Travels, Ockies daughter!!! You could also book through Mad Experience owned by Ockie’s girlfriend!!! There are other agents that you can book through but who I’d doubt be able to present to you an improved offer.

While Madagascar’s beauty outshines that of The Seychelles or some of the Thai islands, it is plagued with the pesty mosquito, which means you’d be recommended to take some anti-malarial medication as well as a bottle or 2 of Target. I would also recommend your medicine bag be stocked full of more than your usual meds, especially if you have kids, – just in case, cos the nearest doctor is an airplane flight away!!! If you come well prepared you could just manage to escape being bitten. The mossies are only pesty at night – they’re no problem during the day. All beds are four posted with nets and adds to a real romantic experience. The resort is NOT air conditioned and is powered by generator from 17h00 till 22h00. It is therefore very extremely HOT at night. But despite all this, I promise, I used to wake up in the morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling as if I had slept for 16 hours … imagine THAT!! Sometimes I’d wake up and think ANOTHER 7 hours????? Never. Most peeps sleep with all their windows and doors open as it is as safe as can be.

There are about 7 to 10 bungalows on the resort in a very natural setting. The pics on the websites appear more rustic that what they are in reality. The bungalows are clean and sufficient with modern fittings etc. You take Woolies towels with you to the beach and eat out of Ikea crockery.

If I do return for a mad experience for one reason only, then it would be for the food. The 3 courses were out.of.this.world. Crab curry, whole crayfish, langoustines, prawns, calamari salad, whole grilled fish (my favourite), deserts, fresh fruit amongst other things, caught and picked during the day and devoured at night. The dining experience is a unique personal one as all guests eat at the same table. In this way you are able to leave there having formed new friendships. The neighbouring resorts along the shore or at sister islands (5 - 10 minutes pirogue ride away) are mainly French and offer French cuisine, which I have been led to believe, that even with their 5 stars, their food cannot come close. You can also go to the 5 star Princess Bora Lodge for a relaxing spa experience at a bargain price.

Be advised that this is NOT a shopping destination. It is the closest thing to civilized nature. Please do bring back with you vanilla pods and essential oils. It is unlike the very commercialised (and more expensive) Nosy Be on the other side of Madagascar. Have you watched the movie Madagascar? Well, there is a resident Lemur, Eddie, that you may encounter. When / if you do, do not be alarmed, he is like one-of-the-gang.

All in all, my fondest memory was the 10 min pirogue transfer from the one island (St Marie / airport) to the resort island (Ile Aux Nattes) the most. Imagine being transferred in a hollowed out wooden canoe, with suitcases in tow?! Amaaaazing.

The people are friendly.

The staff are accommodating.

The first island murder in June 2010 of another South African couple-owner of a resort that was torched, was an isolated and personal one.

Don’t let that discourage you from a one.of.a.kind experience.

Room Tip: There is only 1 family bungalow, so book early if you're travelling with a family!
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 4, 2011

The other reviews for La Petite Traversee cover most of its many outstanding qualities. Still at the risk of being redundant I would have to mention how we were completely charmed by the lemurs whose cheeky personalities were right in character with the place. Conversations at dinner were lively and provocative and covered many topics – evolution, physics, rugby, marriage - whatever. These were usually initiated by the owner, Ockie, who loves a good debate. One of us had a birthday and a cake was secretly delivered by dugout and later presented at dinner. The little bamboo lemur shared in the eating. The snorkeling hasn't been mentioned previously - we found that quite exciting. Someone suggested that La Petite Traversee was mainly for 20-30 year olds. I am 67, and I think my mother would have had fun too. Although our main purpose for visiting Madagascar was to experience its unique flora and fauna, La Petite Traversee was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of our trip.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

We have stayed at Ockie's place at the end of September 2011. We have really enjoyed staying at the island and in this very nice hotel. It has not the posh luxury of a five star resort, but the bungalows are comfortable and nice and beautifully located. The food is excellent and the joint dinners enable you to meet nice people from all over the world. Staying at La Petite Traversee was the perfect final of our honeymoon.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Esther W
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

We stayed at La Petite Traversee for the first part of our honeymoon, and it was perfect. We loved the sociable meal times, great chat with lovely people. The "honeymoon suite" was postcard romantic, tucked away under palm trees with a sight of the sea. Ockie, the owner, built the rooms and furniture himself...........and if honeymooners break his bed there maybe free nights on offer!!! Ha. The chef, Oliver, knocks up a mean breakfast and his dinners are equally as impressive. After dinner, relax the evening away with some games of dice or cards with a beer or 4.

The island itself is wonderful and as close to a perfect tropical island as you will get. There are no cars or roads, but vibrant and colourful villages where the locals are happy to see you and return your greetings with a smile. Spend a day strolling around and just enjoy the island and the people.

After La Petite Traversee we went to the luxury of the Princess Bora on Ille Saint-Marie. It was very nice, and perhaps some would consider it more suitable for a honeymoon. However for us, given the choice, La Petite Traversee wins every time.

James & Vicki, still smiling.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 30, 2011

We stayed at La Peite Traversee during our honeymoon in August and really enjoyed our stay on this truly beautiful island.

They hotel had only a few bungalows and all the guests ate breakfast and lunch together in the restaurant/ bar along with the hotels South African owner. We really enjoyed this as it was great to meet new people (there was a real mix) and the atmosphere was very friendly. The food was wonderful especailly considering the limited ingredients that the chef had access to and we had some of the best fresh fish we have ever eaten.

The room itself was a traditional style cabin which could be a little dark at times (limited electric) and the toliet and hot water were a little tempremental. However this is all to be expected on a remote island. The beds were the comfiest I stayed in in madagascar!

The island itself is stunning, a proper paradisde island. There is not loads to do althought he lighthouse is worth a visit as is the village and the whale watching was just fantastic. The beaches are great with shallow water. The island is small enough to walk around (about 7km) which we did a few times timing it to watch the sunset.

This is a truly relaxing place away from cars, computers and modern life. We will certainly not forget our stay here in a hurry!.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Nicola K
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Reviewed August 12, 2011

We came to Isle Aux Nattes and just turned up to la petite traversee on the day to see if they had any room. We had been working in madagascar for 3 weeks and were looking for a relaxing beach holiday somewhere quiet and not too touristy - I can't put how beautiful the island is into words - i would definitely recommend staying on isle aux nattes over sainte marie, in spite of how small it is. Splitting your time between the two would be a perfect way to have access to the towns of sainte marie and the tranquility of isle aux nattes. As an athiest, i did not in any way find saying grace before meals uncomfortable or off putting - whether christian or not i think it's nice to be thankful for the food/surroundings and i never felt pushed by this. The food is amazing and they catered for my vegetarianism really well. The owner, ockie, is a great guy and a lot of fun as are the staff - they go out of their way to make you feel like this is a second home. i can't recommend it enough. The bungalow we stayed in had a lovely bathroom with hot shower and the electricity which is only available early morning and from 5ish at night was never a problem - i think it is good to get into the habit of arranging yourself around conserving electricity anyway. The array of animals Ockie has (lemurs and lovely dogs) just made it that much better!

Absolutely perfect.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Address: Ile Aux Nattes | St Marie Island, Nosy Boraha, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toamasina Province > Nosy Boraha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Nosy Boraha
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Petite Traversee is a small boutique island lodge on Ile aux Nattes,the most beautiful little island off Madagascar. Winner of the prestigious Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence award in 2013 and 2014 ... more   less 
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