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“Pleasant enough” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vakona Forest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Andasibe
Certificate of Excellence
Chicago, Illinois
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31 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Pleasant enough”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

Set in a beautiful natural forest, with it's own Lemur island and a little zoo where you can see the "Fosa". The menu needs some work, the food was good, but we just about ran out of things to order after 2 days. 2 days stay is enough to see and do everything in the area. The Hammam was a nice touch, but a bit pricey.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nicci P
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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421 reviews
153 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2014

I would give this hotel 3.5 stars if this was an option. The rooms are ok and the beds quite comfortable but our room was quite smelly I guess due largely to the humidity. The restaurant menu is good but we had to send both our meals back first time around. Second time they came back very good. Portions not big though and service a bit hit and miss. Wifi is poor. Nice small pool. Best thing, however, is location and grounds are very attractive. Also the activities available and the lemur island

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jasmine101Surrey
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

This was our first stop in Madagascar after Tana. I'd researched pretty carefully so knew what to expect regarding the hotel. Its a lovely drive in and the location is excellent. Staff were pleasant and cabin was fine.

However it all feels a bit functional and impersonal considering where it is and the type of holiday its catering to. Like an easy choice for mid to upper-range tour groups and does enough to keep then reasonably satisfied, but not that extra mile and going through the motions somewhat. Food in particular was a let down.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dave W
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Cocoa Beach
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73 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

I wished my tour company had selected Vakona for my hotel while I was in Andasibe. I was only fortunate enough to eat lunch here.
The selections were plentiful and I elected to have a vegetarian meal, which was rice, chick peas, carrots, zucchini and a curry sauce. Good portions & fantastic it wasn't hot-spicy like most curries.
I enjoyed dining over the lake & seeing a variety of birds. Again, wish my tour company had selected Vakona as my hotel, not just my restaurant, while in Andasibe.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Birder1CocoaBeach_FL
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2014

The lodge is pretty, and the bangalows are comfortable. It is conveniently located near the national park, where lots of indry lemurs live. The best part of the experience by far is the lemur islands. Defintely take the time to go visit the island in the morning, and have a canoe ride around the sanctuary. The draw back was the food -- it was servicable, but a bit of a disappointment by Madagascar standards. The dining area is beautifully done, but had screaming children running around all over the place during dinner hours, which made the meals an ordeal. It's good to be family friendly, but it would also be nice to enjoy meals in peace, and not be worried about small children knocking over your drink. If we go again, we will plan to dine somewhere else.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank blanquetteseguin
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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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54 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2014

While visiting our son last summer, he took us to Vakona Forest Lodge. AMAZING!! Our accomodations were clean, showers were hot and had plenty of pressure, and we enjoyed having a cup of tea on our bungalow terrace. The meals in the lodge were not only delicious, but the atmosphere near the central fireplace was never-to-be-forgotten. We hiked in Andasibe with an excellent guide (John Claude) and saw 5 different types of lemurs along with several birds. We took the night hike (guide Dule) and also went to lemur island where abandoned pet lemurs live without cages, but in safety. It was incredible to not only see these animals up close, but to have some of them jump onto our shoulders so we could feel their soft, leathery hands! One of the highlights of our trip to Madagascar!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Connie S
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Old basing
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120 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2014

The room for our 3-night stay was a bungalow set in the interesting grounds of the hotel. The bedroom was a bit on the small side, but it was the only place we stayed in Madagascar that had a kettle to allow you to make the occasional cup of tea - a real bonus. Breakfast was reasonably good with some variety & choice. Lunch / dinner was slightly variable. Our first dinner was really very good with no problems catering for dietary requirements. Very pleasant service - even the local Madagascan wine was quaffable. Subsequent meals never quite achieved the same level - there seemed to be some difficulties when large parties were being catered for along with the other small groups of guests.
The wi-fi, when it was available (limited mainly because the power was off for much of the time) was a bit limited with slow download speeds and near non-existent upload capacity.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Michael D
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Additional Information about Vakona Forest Lodge

Property: Vakona Forest Lodge
Address: BP 750, Andasibe, Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toamasina Province > Andasibe
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Andasibe
Hotel Class:3 star — Vakona Forest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Also Known As:
Vakona Forest Hotel Andasibe
Vakona Forest Lodge Madagascar/Andasibe

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