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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Grand Bleu

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Le Grand Bleu
Ranked #5 of 32 Hotels in Nosy Be
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Helsinki, Finland
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“Perfect hotel with a lovely infinity pool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2014

We stayed here for seven nights during our honey moon and had a lovely stay. Our room was private, clean and beautiful with amazing sea view. The owners were very helpful and friendly and the infinity pool was excellent. The food in the restaurant was good and we especially enjoyed the home made ice-cream. Perfect place in a wonderful island.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Celine D, Propriétaire at Le Grand Bleu, responded to this review, January 26, 2014
Hello Kipperi,

Thank you for your message.

It was a pleasure to welcome you one week Grand Bleu ** for your Honeymoon.
Who knows? Certainly again pleased to welcome you to 2 or 3 or 4 next time (lol).

Tropicalement Celine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2013

Celine and Jacques were amazing, there had been some disrupt in Nosy Be only a few days ago, they explained and informed us of the precautions they had taken and we felt very safe. We luckily had Petit Bleu, which was a beautiful little house with two different sea views. The food was brilliant, setting was brilliant, and they were so helpful. We looked at a few p,aces around Nosy Be and I definitely think we got a the best value for money.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

This hotel is situated on a hill and offers a scenic view on the sea. The infinity pool is located in such a way that it offers the best possible view.
The garden is maintained very well and is simply very beautiful. The owners Guillaume and Magalie were always very helpful.
Also the food is very tasty.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

The new owners Celine and Jacques moved from Nantes only a few months ago, and it is definitely Nosy Be's gain! Lovely people, great welcome and they can't do enough for you! The infinity pool is spectacular, the food is excellent and the place really has an almost family atmosphere.. The "beach walk" to the village is perhaps a misnomer, as it is more a scramble over rocks and wade through mud, but anyway worth the effort! Amidst the dodgy sex tourism of Nosy Be, this is definite and guaranteed exception and really worth a visit!

Room Tip: The basic bungalow is very good value at 30 euros
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We flew to Nosy Be from Tana and arranged to be collected from the airport. The bungalows are simple, rustic and clean with wonderful views across the gardens to the sea. What really makes Grand Blu is Celine and Jacque, nothing is too much trouble and they are always keen to advise and help in any way that they can. Our French isn't very good but with our limited French and their limited English we did ok.

On the days that you’re not out exploring there’s a lovely pool to relax by where you can enjoy the view. Evening meal is delicious, there’s usually a choice of 2 starters, 3 mains, 2 accompaniments and 2 desserts. There’s a good selection of cocktails, wines and beer. There’s a small snack menu, consisting of rolls, omelettes etc for lunch times. I think the only thing I would change would be the breakfast which after a short amount of time becomes a bit monotonous especially if you’re not that keen on bread.

Jacque takes you through the list of trips available and you’re left to make up your own mind as to which ones you want to go on, no pressure is put on you at all. We went to Tanikely where the snorkelling was incredible, a full day with a good lunch included. We also went to Loboke, Olivio our guide was great – we saw Lemurs, chameleons, snakes etc etc and again another good lunch. We also went whale watching which was fantastic, we saw 5 whales, 20+ dolphins, swam with whale sharks and sea turtles – if you only do one trip then this is the one to do, we also had a lovely lunch at Sakatia. We hired a motorbike for 2 days to go off and explore on our own – we even found Petite Cascade, which was an adventure in itself and we took the kayak out for a morning.

There’s also a chance to indulge yourself with a wonderful massage, we had several during our stay and it was the perfect end to the day – you just need to make sure you get your name on the chalk board, it was very busy whilst we were there. Massage is €10, well worth it and as good as any I’ve had in London.

Access to the beach is via a tree lined walk and it takes about 4/5 minutes to get there, the only sad thing is you’re advised to not sit on the beach as there’s a problem in Nosy Be with sand flies, which is a real shame. We explored the beach at low tide as you can walk out pretty far.

Grand Blu is a great base to explore Nosey Be and the surrounding islands.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2013

My girlfriend and me were for a week to Nosy Be and stayed in Le Grand Bleu. We didn't speak French we could communicate with Celine (one of the new owners) in English, she was really helpful during our stay in Nosy Be.
The place was quiet, the food was really good (I love fresh fished cooked directly on the fire!) and people in general was friendly and helpful.
One thing it made us to enjoy even more such a nice place were the excursions, for a couple who don't speak french, having the excursions organized by Celine was perfect, they are not the typicall organized trips with many people, they are trips organized by locals, but you can take those excursions directly from the hotel and don't worry about anything else (also the lunch provided on those excursion was amazing).
So what else you can ask? Excursions to beautiful islands, to see the city, to natural parks, etc etc, and when you come back after the day, you can take a swim in the pool in a relax and warmful environment.
Totally recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here from the 29 August to 1 September; the first hotel following our 15 hr journey from the UK. We were greeted at the airport by Jim, the hotel's driver. Within minutes of taking to the road, he pulled over to show us Ylang Ylang trees, and spotted a chameleon strolling across the road! On arrival we were met by Celine (hotelier) and a refreshing drink of fresh juice.

Our room was beautifully decorated, the pool clean and inviting. The hotel was a little quiter than we had expected with only 2 other couples appearing to be staying there. The food was lovely, although slightly limited in choice as the three courses available were repeated at lunch and dinner, and there is nowhere else to eat should you not like the options - in fact we tried to reserve a table at nearby Alexander restaurant to be told that they would only accept bookings of parties 6/8 people.

All in all our stay here was lovely; quiet and friendly (Celine and the waitresses, Jack not so much!) although we did feel that the food was overpriced for what it was. During the remaining 2 weeks of our trip we paid a lot, lot less for food, even on Nosy Be.

Certainly worth a visit, bring your wallet!

Room Tip: Our room was on the left of the main stairs, bungalow number 2. Very quiet, very very dark at night!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Le Grand Bleu
Address: Andilana | BP 407, Nosy Be 207, Madagascar
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Location: Madagascar > Antsiranana Province > Nosy Be
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nosy Be
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Nosy Be
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Le Grand Bleu 2*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elected N° 2 of all hotels in MADAGASCAR with the Travelers' Choice 2017, Le Grand Bleu ** is the best value. The restaurant overlooks the 15 bungalows comfort, family, hikers or villa, which have the panoramic view of the sea; The bungalows hikers with the view on the tropical garden. Each bungalow offers 1 double bed, the family 2 bedrooms with 5 beds; They are ventilated or air conditioned with supp, with mosquito nets, shower hot water, WC and mini bar, mini safe for your safety, terrace with deckchair and hammock, very good comfort, renovated every year, woodwork and a nice decoration. A beautiful infinity pool with a panoramic view over the bay of the peninsula of Andilana awaits you and we can offer you all the excursions to do on the island as well as the archipelago: Nosy Komba, Tanikely, Iranja, Sakatia , Fanihy, Mont Passot, Radama, Mitsio Islands etc. Jacques and Céline also offer various activities: mountain biking, quad biking, kayaking, massage, diving, fishing ... Price of a hiker bungalow: from 30 euros per night for 2 people. A restaurant that serves traditional and European cuisine, fish, seafood ... What a pleasant stay and retain many happy memories ... ... The only thing you will regret leaving this little paradise! They succumbed to the charm of this tropical paradise Nosy Be, so ... Why not you? ... more   less 
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