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Le relais de l'ankarana
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Reviewed November 3, 2011

Located close to the park entrance of l'Ankarana (about 300m), this is a simple place that is more like a guesthouse or a home stay than a true hotel. The rooms are nicely decorated and spotlessly clean. The beds were very comfortable with decent sheets/pillows. Though there are limited meal options, the dinner at the on site restaurant was very good. Breakfast was also excellent, with fresh baguettes and a very hot chocolate chaud. Beverages were nice and cold after a long day hiking in the park. Power is provided by generator only, so it is a little intermittent. The owner is very attentive and really works hard to make it a pleasant stay. He even cut up a Jack Fruit that I had purchased and put it in as part of my packed lunch for the next day. I highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

This was a surprisingly relaxed and comfortable place to stay.  It has very  simple, large airy rooms, with good exposure to cooling breezes.  It is a family
 run business, that opened in 2008.  They are really really nice people and this is just the sort of business that should be encouraged in Madagascar.
The Food simple but very good.
The Power is only on 6pm til 10 pm but that is really all you need.
Cell phone reception is very patchy and  not enough for 2G Internet.

Would highly recommend both the Relais and the Ankarana NP.  The Latter has lots of lemurs. Both the crowned and Ankarana sportif lemurs can be seen during the day.  The Tsingy area is very hot but spectacular.  The contrast in forest types between the limestone and basalt areas is extraordinary.  The deciduous forest contains some of the weirdest vegetation you will ever see.  There is prolific bird life, lots of green geckos etc etc

Room Tip: Try to get a room that catches the breeze
  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank BeachSwaggie
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

I stayed there for two nights at the end of my Madagascar trip.
This is supposed to be the best option near the park and there are new built "bungalows" that are big and clean (and very simple - no frills style).
We arrived under a heavy rain and the roof of our room leaked (not a big problem, but better repair it).
The staff was the nicest you can have (and it seems that he can speak almost all languages!).
The food was a good surprise: fresh and very good.
Ankarana is an amazing place!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank mmwildlife
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

We stayed for 2 nights but would have preferred longer. This is simple at its best. I agree with all below about the standard of personal care provided. I would add that my wife rated the vegetarian meal specially prepared for her as amongst the best she has eaten ever! Praise indeed for Madagascar and from a well traveled person used to some fairly varied cuisine across the world.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank alpacasrus
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at Relais L' Ankarana. It is the most comfortable establishment in the vacinity,situated just 5 minutes walk from the entrance to the Special Reserve Ankarana.

The rooms are spacious and clean, with mosquito netting on the windows and mosquito nets over the beds as well. The bathrooms are en suite with hot water. There is a generator which supplies electricity between 6pm and 10pm.

It is a family run business and they cannot do enough for their guests. Elias helped us with our travel plans and has a wealth of knowledge about the fauna and flora and about Madagascar in general and Mom produced some of the best meals that we had in Madagascar, including an amazing packed lunch for our day in the park.

For us the park was a highlight and extremely diverse. It is worth staying over to get an early start rather than doing it as a day trip from Diego Suarez

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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