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Hotel La Petite Traversee
Ranked #2 of 14 Nosy Boraha B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 28, 2013

My mother and I spent 5 very happy days at La Petite Traversee in June 2013. Thank you so much to Ockie, Vincent, Olivier, Pepe, Georgette and Florio for making us feel so welcome. Not being able to speak French - which is something of a problem as a traveller in Madagascar - it was great arriving at a resort where everyone can speak English. We loved the communal meals, evening entertainment and many interesting discussions and felt so at home. I've read many of the other reviews and most of them are accurate - this is a great little resort! Great value for money. All the meals were superb, as were the pizzas made in the pizza oven which we often had for lunch . Definitely the best pizzas on the island! If you are after luxury this is not for you. The chalets could do with a face lift - walls need a lick of paint, toilet didn't flush that well, and basin tap leaked, as did the roof.,,, not to mention that there was no door to our bathroom, but the many positives made up for any discomfort, which given our overall experience we didn't mind that much. Rustic the chalets certainly are. And now to the highlight of our stay - the beautiful black and white ruffed lemurs. They are wild and live in the trees above and around the resort but are used to people as Ockie feeds them loads of bananas every day! Whether this is right or wrong - but bear in mind that these lemurs were brought to Il Aux Nautte and this is not their natural habitat - it made for an incredible up-close experience and definitely the highlight of our entire holiday in Madagascar. I would definitely recommend this resort to anyone contemplating a holiday in Madagascar. All in all a great and memorable experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Leigh J
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Just a short pirogue trip from ile Saint Marie, La Petite Traversee is the perfect place to relax after travelling Madagascar by taxi-brousse. The bungalows are reasonable value and have hot showers and mosquito nets (very necessary). Breakfast is a bit pricey considering the minuscule piece of sausage you get but there's free tea, coffee and fruit included too. There is no beach at the hotel but it's only a few minutes walk to the nearest one and some great snorkeling. The only annoying thing was some over-zealous piroguers who kept hassling us to hire them for the day.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank owl_428
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

Me and my wife spent our honeymoon at La Petite Traversee, we had a wonderful time. The hotel consists of rustic chalets, which are comfortable and clean. You can relax in comfort by the sea, get a tan, whilst trying the lovely house cocktails. The pace of island life is slow which is perfect if you are subject to the hustle and bustle of City life.
The food at the hotel was delicious all week, I especially recommend trying the fish soup, it’s the best I have ever tasted. The charismatic owner Ockie is warm and friendly, and the staff make you feel very welcome. I enjoyed very much our conversations at dinner and my advice would be take advantage of this unique experience by getting to know the Owner and the other guests.
A family of Lemurs visit the hotel everyday and you can have some fun feeding these beautiful creatures. La Petie Traversee is set in a beautiful location on the Island of Ile Aux Nattes, I would describe the island as ‘paradise’ and thoroughly recommend a trip around the Island on a Pirogue, to discover its delights. We would definitely like to return here.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sean_C391
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We work in Mandritsara, a remote town in Northern Madagascar far from the coast, so coming here was a wonderful change from the heat and dry vegetation. A warm welcome, enjoyable communal meals with excellent food, simple but good accommodation, hot running water, and a great beach within easy walk. The island has no cars and we had to travel by pirogue (wooden canoe) to get there.
It was recommended to us, it exceeded our expectations, and we have recommended it to others already.

Room Tip: All rooms face the beach, though some are set back between others
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Marcus W
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

Myself and my wife, had the pleasure of spending time on the island of ill Aux Nattes at the hotel called Le Petite Traversee, and that was what it was.... A small crossing, from South Africa.
Arranging flights from SA, is limited, and is quite expensive, ( no idea why) and the flight on air madagascar (the one we opted for) leaves on Tuesdays from OR Tambo, and then again on Saturdays (only found out later), so make sure that your agent gives you this option, as a week is not enough time, as you have to spend a night in the capital, Atananarivo before connecting the next morning to St Marie. Other than that, the flights are painless.

As you exit the airport from St Marie, you are met by very friendly staff, and they start your adventure by whisking you across the channel to Le Petite Traversee!
On arrival you are met by the legend himself..... Ockie! And he was responsible for making our stay top class.
The rooms are clean and comfy, but don't expect any luxuries, and yes, if you are going there on a honeymoon, the walls are super thin. The island obviously has no permanent power source, and the hotel supplies power via a generator, twice a day, from 8 in the morning for a couple hours, and in the evening from 5 pm till around 10pm or until the poker game is over, and we found this not to I interfere with our stay in any way.
The food..... Well, Oliver..... You rock!! Oliver is the chef amongst other things, and will blow your socks off for quality in the middle of the ocean, and Le Petite Traversee is the only place on the island to serve good pizza. Breakfasts are also right up us South Africans alleys, as Ockie serves up a proper breakfast with eggs, and bacon, sausage etc. the rest of the hotels only offer continental pastries and maybe some fruit if you are lucky.
If you are looking for an action packed holiday, this is not gonna be the place for you, as the island has limited activities, however, there is amazing snorkeling, awesome beach walks which you can organize with a guy called Florian. This chap knows a lot about the island and more, and will guide you on a walk around the island, or just offer some support while you snorkel the reef. You go to this unique location to do some serious relaxing, and this was not difficult, as the beers were always icy cold!!

To summarize....
Easy location
Awesome food
Attentive staff
Comfy beds and pillows
Entertainment supplied by the legend Ockie!!
And REAL island feel

I will be back, but for longer this time.....
Thank you Ockie, Oliver, Pepe, Gorgette, and all the other staff for an amazing time.
Regards, Gavin & Heidi.

Room Tip: All the rooms are excellent, and placed just meters from the sea....
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank GiantGT
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

My wife and I traveled here for our honeymoon, if you are considering this as your honeymoon destination consider first that electricity is limited between 5:30 pm and 10:00 pm, you'll dine with other guests at one long table, the walls of your bungalow, interior and exterior, are super thin(made of palm fronds), the toilette and shower have also only half doors ie you can see in on who ever is showering or sitting on the toilet, not much privacy so you cant be shy or squeamish about bathroom time. It is definitely no 5 star hotel and if your wife is looking for all out luxury then this is not the place for you.

That all said, this is one of those post card beautiful islands and offers such an amazing experience.

Arriving from Madagascar main land you'll land on a little runway on a small island called Saint Maria and cross a lagoon in a dug out canoe to an even smaller island called ill aux nuttes and rowed up to the front door of the hotel.

The waters are crystal clear, the reef is full of life and colour such that I've never seen before. The island in October is quiet and not that touristy. Temperatures are warm and comfortable.

The hotel owner Occie is warm natured and helpful and will keep you entertained with many a story at dinners. The resident Limurs will come to be feed during the mornings and evenings and are incredibly comfortable with being hand feed.

The food very good, breakfast is limited to a bacon and egg option, lunch is strictly between 12-2 and a set menu of fresh seafood(catch of the day) is served most nights done in tradition Madagascan style with some South African influence.

We felt a million miles away from civilization and in many ways you literally are. it was so relaxing and we were sad to have to leave this incredible place.

Would recommend it to anyone.

Shout if you have any queries, would be glad to go into more detail.

Room Tip: The rooms are all one type really but maybe ask for the ones with the most recent improvements, clos...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank mattyD123
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

I've stayed at  La Petite Traversee for  8 days and I would like to stay longer if I could. It's a wonderful place! Hotel situated just across channel from Ile Saint Marie on tiny Ile aux Nattes. Ile aux Nattes is really small - you can walk around in 3 hours, and this walk is really beautiful - white sand beaches and palmtrees. You can walk up the hill and have a great panoramic view -  Ile aux Nattes, surrounding reef and Indian Ocean! Its easy to imagine pirates ships on a horizon! It's really beautiful, and  you  really feel that you are on an Island.

There are good bungalows in the Hotel, bed is very comfortable and there is a hot water in a shower.  Bungalows are in green garden of pandanus and palms that cast a some shadow so its isn't hot indoors during a day, if you  want more sun - a seaside is just in 5 meters - with umbrellas and chairs. Sandy beach is close by either.  There are a lot of options to relax, to enjoy and to have a real island experience! 

Food in the hotels's restaurant was fresh and very tasty. 
Olivier, hotels chef, is really great cook. Crabs in coconut juice, grilled fish, samosas - everything was really good!

Owner of the hotel - Ockie is really nice person!  Thank you, Ockie, for your hospitality and friendly attitude! I feel very comfortable, safe and relaxed at La Petite Traversee! 

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Andrey S
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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 14 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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