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“Nice looking place, Resort Style”
Review of Palmarium Hotel

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Palmarium Hotel
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Palmarium looks great, nice big, clean, comfortable rooms. Well maintained gardens and beach area. There is everything you need for a comfortable relaxing stay. But for me it's a bit sterile, very much a resort style place.
Once you are here, you are here, and there's not much you can do about it, you have only one option for eating and that's the hotel restaurant, which does some good food and some not so good food, all of which is overpriced because you have no other option! Count on around 40,000 per person per day extra for lunch/dinner/drinks if you are on a bed and breakfast package and this going very easy, you could spend more quickly. For me this money is better spent in local establishments and will certainly go a lot further.
Palmarium however does allow you to get very close to the lemurs in their private reserve so is still worth a visit. There is an option of a day visit to the park 15,000 for an adult, if I did it again I would chose that and then stay elsewhere.
If you like the resort style accommodation then this place will probably suit, if you prefer something more independent look around.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We had two nights at the Palmarium and were fascinated by being so close to the lemurs and being able to feed them. The trip down the canals and through the lakes was interesting particularly after coming through a decimated landscape from Antananarivo.

The room, meals and service were fine remembering that the location is difficult to get to. The reserve has a range of lemurs including sifakas but the highlight was the indri indris. Having their soft hands grasping yours was amazing and hearing them sing was a real highlight of our trip. You can easily walk around the paths of the reserve and early the next morning we had a whole family of tenrecs (mother and over 20 babies) snuffle across our feet as they searched in the leaf litter for breakfast.

A visit to the fishing village and the wild Indian Ocean was very enjoyable.

If you are into lemurs, this is the place to go.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Contrary to the other reviews, I didn't enjoy the Palmarium that much, for a couple of reasons:

The food actually was quite poor. The breakfast had virtually nothing to offer and was infested with flies due to the staff just not paying attention to keeping the place clean. Evening dinner: the zebu is excellent, but everything else you can forget. When going for lunch my meat sandwich was baked in the same pan which had just been used to bake an omelet, which made me leave most of it.

The owner is friendly and caring, but the rest of the staff is not really making a genuine effort. When requesting peanuts with my beer the lady told me to "get them myself". The other day one of the guest's breakfast was left, causing a limur to move in and indulging on it. Shockinly, we saw another guest being served the same jam 3 minutes later!

The grounds actually have no facilities. Its the restaurant and the bungalows, thats all. That leaves very little else to do then the limur park and to visit the nearby fishermen's village (which was quite nice)

The bungalows are nice and its great to hear the sound of the ocean in the background. Beach is non-existent and the small patch of coast there is, is dirty. Shower does not have any pressure and only gives lukewarm water after 10 minutes, not the way you want to start your day.

A lot of people will say, hey, this is Africa, what do you expect? I don't agree with that. Keeping a place clean and free of flies has nothing to do with being in Africa, but everything with staff being lazy. Also to be unable to get hot water is just not acceptable in 2013, and is mostly around making a genuine effort to cater for your guests.

Oh yeah, the coolest thing are the limurs, all around and truly the biggest selling point of this place.

Concluding though, in all honesty, I wouldn't come back.


Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

(June 2007)We stayed at the Bush House, but would walk over to Palmarium to enjoy the wildlife at Palmarium. Beautiful park, great people, but most of all: the legendary Lemurs and Indri. We had visited Vakona Forest hotel before, which had a nice little zoo. But the Palmarium is why you came to Madagascar!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Good food, lovely room, friendly staff, close contact with lemurs, but not the feeling of a zoo (as in the vakona lodge). We stayed here for 2 nights. Fantastic place. One of our highlights in Madagascar !

Room Tip: There are 3 new bungalows.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The boat arrives and takes you down the waterways until you come to a big wooden dock. You walk up to the reserve and the next thing you know, lemurs of all kinds come to greet you!! Sure, they're cute and fun, but, being so close to them, you feel like you entered their world! The bungalows are perfect, and I thought every meal was great! The host was magnanimous and a real sweet guy. The nightly dance performances were charming. I only got to stay one night, but after meeting the Indris and all the lemurs, I didn't ever want to leave! The gardens are beautiful!!! Do yourself a favor and stay here 2 nights if you can. True, you are "stuck here", but, did I mention the lemurs???? This place was one of the highlights of my monthlong adventure to Madagascar!!! It's a must!

Room Tip: All the bungalows seemed great.....don't leave anything out for the lemurs to drag off, like you...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We chose this hotel as a base to explore Madagascar in the hope it would give us a decent place to go back to.
It meet our needs, when you see it's location you will appreciate its quality, yes the powers only on 6am to 11am then 6 pm to 11pm, we were in a lodge furthest away from the main building so the water took 4/5 minutes to run hot in the shower. But if you want 5 star luxury then perhaps the country is not ready for you
Views were stunning, staff there to help, beds comfortable, really well cleaned
Food was great, locally sourced so do not expect a huge variety on the menu, but it will taste good.
Staff arranged a visit to a local fishing village, well worth it.

Room Tip: Take a torch
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Lake Ampitabe sur le canal des Pangalanes | Bp 257, Toamasina (Tamatave), Madagascar
Location: Madagascar > Toamasina Province > Toamasina (Tamatave)
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Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Toamasina (Tamatave)
Number of rooms: 17
Also Known As:
Palmarium Hotel Madagascar/Toamasina (Tamatave)

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