This is the one place on the island that takes credit cards and that is why we ended up staying here when we were stranded in paradise for an extra day. No regrets for a one night stop; at the end of a pretty adventurous holiday I actually appreciated all the modern conveniences of aircon, very clean and spacious rooms, porters carrying my bags, wifi, a pool. NB: they do charge mightily (compare prices with the other properties on the island) for these differentiating factors.
More significantly for us, however, this is not at all the atmosphere we came to Sainte-Marie/Nosy Boraha seeking. It’s a series of modern, two-level blocks along the shore rather than thatched bungalows of local construction, it has a dramatic “design” entrance, and a restaurant with polished service - as a result, the vibe is very much like a package vacation hotel pretty much anywhere. Dare I say it’s like a Holiday Inn in Puerto Rico? It’s a fine and comfortable choice if you find the other options on the island too rustic, but be aware that you will be sacrificing a lot of the charm, authenticity and atmosphere of the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Soanambo is a 4 stars hotel, with prestige rooms and family suite. Each room has a TV Sat., air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, front of lagoon. We have 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 1 swimming pool, 1 tennis courts, motorbikes, motorboats, 4WD, whale watching (July to September every year, diving and many excursions surrounding Sainte Marie Island. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Soanambo Hotel Madagascar/Nosy Boraha