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Sakatia Lodge
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Very nice resort, good diving (whale shark!), 6 months later still thinking about the great time we had here. Lemurs were visiting us every night. The food was excellent! The staff is very friendly. Location is beautiful!

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Getting there wasn't easy but apparently it is now possible to get there without flying to Tana first.

Two flights, a 45 min car ride and a short boat trip and we were in paradise. The water is clear and warm and host to the best snorkelling sites we have ever experienced. The staff were great and attentive, always checking in with us without being obtrusive with lots of helpful suggestions as to what to do in the area.

The food, mostly grown or caught on the island was delicious. The rooms are simple and adequate. Drainage on the shower wasn't great. The island is unspoilt, magnificent, tranquil.

The main islands are as one would expect: rural, basic.

Madagascar is not for everyone, but we loved it and will returning soon.

Check out Sakatia's Facebook page for some pics of the area.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank TRAVELIONS
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed in the three bedroom villa with our own huge balcony less than 10 metres from the beach. A mini bar, air con during the night and meals to die for. We booked with MadagasCaT Charters & Travel and will not hesitate to do this trip again. Thanks to Jose, Jacques and Isabelle for superb 5 star service for 3 star prices.

Room Tip: The villa is right on the beach and ideal for a group of four or six people; whilst the Oceans and N...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank HatSW
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is a beautifully located lodge tucked away in an sylvan eastern corner of Sakatia island about 2-3kms from Nosy Be's west coast. The setting was pristine, lushious, intimate, nestling among trees with a forest adjacent. We had lemurs come to eat from the mango trees in the evening. The facilities were excellent, the menu was great, and staff very friendly and helpful. We were also treated to a special romantic supper on the water's edge. We enjoyed a 3 hour boat trip around the island, with stops to snorkel- there's is a beautiful sandy beach on the west side of the island. There are incredible places to snorkel with exquisite coral formations within walking distance of the lodge. This is a magical place that will lure you back.

Room Tip: The nature bungalows are cosy but the beach bugalows may be a better bet if you like your space.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Anthony N
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

First and foremost, some useful #Travel Tips# (That’s why you came here right!?)

*Flights to Madagascar are expensive, (even from South Africa); we managed to get a good package deal through a travel agency (Jenman Safaris – highly recommended).

* Flights are via Air Madagascar which is notorious for ridiculously long and erratic delays, so it is extremely risky to organize your own connecting flights (Our travel agency managed to organize alternate flights when we encountered an 8 hour delay at Nosy Be airport going back).

* Learn a few words of the local Malagasy, a simple thank you (Misaotra) or hello (Balatsara) is much appreciated (Note: The Malagasy spoken in Nosy Be differs slightly from that spoken in Antananarivo) Knowing basic French is obviously also a huge plus.

* Sakatia Lodge is not self-catering (i.e. no kitchen appliances in the rooms); so budget accordingly for meals. Meals are fairly pricey (especially if converting from Rand to Euro) but excellent value for money.

* Apparently the risk of malaria is lower in the Nosy Be region than mainland Madagascar; but make sure to a bring citronella-type mosquito repellent/wristbands. We found that during our stay mosquitoes were not plentiful.

* On Nosy Sakatia the beaches are separated by sections of sharp volcanic rocks, if you want to walk between beaches ensure that you take closed shoes with strong grip as the rocks are slippery, especially those close to shore. We noticed that local people moving between beaches walked only over the rocks furthest from the water (along the edge of the bush) where they are less slippery.

* There is a tide timetable in the Lodge diving centre, make sure to consult it and opt for low tide for longer beach walks. The tides are extreme, and exposed broad sand flats can become completely submerged right up to the bushes and rocks on the shore. The lodge has kayaks which can be borrowed for either 4 hours or the entire day. Make use of these to access other beaches on Nosy Sakatia as these are difficult to access on foot. (It’s worth it, they are lovely!)

* The tap water is not drinkable, bottled water can be purchased at the Lodge or on Nosy Be.

* Footpaths do exist on Nosy Sakatia but they are not marked and can often be confusing, if you want to explore Nosy Sakatia, the lodge will organize for a local guide to lead you. Be aware that the island is very hilly so such walks can be tiring for the elderly or young children.

* Do not forget to pack a broad brimmed hat and very strong sunblock, especially if travelling in summer; this may seem obvious but you will regret it if you forget, and many people do!

Sakatia Lodge is an incredible place. We stayed for 11 days in December, and we had perfect weather. From the comfortable and spacious bar area thunderstorms could be seen passing over mainland Madagascar, missing Nosy Sakatia completely! The lodge layout is convenient, the rooms and facilities are spotless, the managers and staff are friendly, hard-working and patient. There are plenty of activities available; taking a kayak around Nosy Sakatia is highly recommended. A tour of Nosy Sakatia as well as excursions to Nosy Komba, Nosy Tanikely and Nosy Iranja can be organized through the lodge. Snorkelling is excellent, the water is so warm and clear on a calm day you can see the corals and fish without using snorkel gear. The beaches are all beautiful and some are quite secluded. The sunsets are exquisite. The locals are very friendly and we bought plenty of fresh spices. We really appreciated the bowl of cool water placed daily in front of our bungalow to rinse off tired sandy feet after a long walk!!

We really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere of the lodge. It is a great place to unwind and meet some interesting people with a love for exploring far flung destinations.

A stay of at least 7 days is highly recommended for families, friends and couples.

In today's world of mass tourism and packed beaches (Mauritius, Zanzibar) it really is special to find a place which is so tranquil and free of the chaos of well-known destinations. Nosy Sakatia is a real unspoilt gem!

We are eternally grateful to the managers and staff at Sakatia Lodge for a superb holiday and we hope to visit again soon!

Room Tip: The Ocean Bungalows are spacious and comfortable, nice view too
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2013

Sakatia Lodge is one of the best lodges I've ever stayed at! We stayed in the nature bungalows, which are gorgeous little huts under the trees and in the lush gardens. The food is amazing - in 12 nights we never had the same thing twice - and the staff and owners very involved, friendly and accessible.
The island doesn't have electricity, so rooms don't have aircon and there isn't a pool - something to take into consideration if you want to travel during the very hot season. Nosy Sakatia is a beautiful little island with wonderful snorkelling and animals practically on your doorstep.
I would highly recommend Sakatia Lodge to anyone wanting to visit an unspoilt piece of what is fast becoming a commercial holiday destination. The only thing I would recommend - and this has nothing to do with the lodge - is to avoid going to Nosy Komba. It's a tourist trap island where animals are kept in small pens for the tourists' enjoyment. It's a horrible petting zoo that shouldn't be supported at all. Instead, conservation and education efforts should be supported.

Room Tip: Nature bungalow 4 has the most shade, then 3, then 1. Nature 2 gets almost no shade so can get hot q...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

As said by most, the facilities are great, the staff is fantastic. Sakatia Lodge is a one-stop solution to Nosy Be tourism willing to arrange any excursion. And... they speak English!
Just don't go wandering around on the island alone without a compass!!

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Nosy Sakatia | Nosy Sakatia, Nosy Be 207, Madagascar
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Location: Madagascar > Antsiranana Province > Nosy Be
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Nosy Be
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sakatia Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Also Known As:
Sakatia Hotel Nosy Be
Sakatia Lodge Madagascar/Nosy Be

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