We adored Manafiafy! We were quite nervous about booking it for our honeymoon, but Edward was there to meet us as promised at tiny Fort Dauphin airport. We were driven to the camp, passing through unspoilt villages and beautiful scenery. On arrival, we could not believe the beauty of the surroundings, looking out onto an isolated bay. Our room was a huge thatched bungalow with steps onto the private white sand beach. We went on boat trips into the mangrove swamps accompanied by the knowledgeable guides, all included in our room rate. We saw baby crocodiles, lemurs, and beautiful birds. A walk to the nearby fishing village was a highlight. The most amazing thing of all was the quality of the service and food, however. The staff put on an oyster lunch for us, and lobster meals. Everything was freshly cooked, and to an incredible standard. Every meal was delicious. The staff, particularly charming Dino, could not do enough for us. Edward was a wonderful and entertaining host, chatting around the camp fire with us in the evenings over a very nice local beer. We had a wonderful candlelit dinner on the beach on our last night, with more lobster. At the end of our stay, Edward took us to the airport and made sure we got our flight. We felt so thoroughly looked after. Compared to the luxury Constance Tsarabanjina lodge we stayed in for the first week of our trip, we much preferred Manafiafy - it felt more genuine, the food was far superior, and the service better. We were only sorry not to get to Edward's other camp. We cannot recommend Manafiafy highly enough!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Barefoot luxury in a truly breathtaking setting…Sparkling blue seas, verdant rain-forests, abundant wildlife, and distant mountains, this small and intimate lodge offers a taste of serenity to all of our guests. Nestled into a forest fringed cove, our luxury thatched bungalows offer private decked terraces inches from the sea, perfectly reflecting the tranquility of their natural surroundings. ... more less