I had always wanted to honeymoon in Madagascar, and luckily my husband was also keen on the idea. We really did our homework as we wanted to stay somewhere luxurious, but not pretentious, and experience the country and wildlife, but not at the expense of the local people or wildlife. We searched for 'eco resorts' and found Anjajavy. We are so glad we did. Getting there from London wasn't particularly quick or easy, with Air France flights to the capital via Paris only every few days, and then internal flights to Anjajavy also only on selected days, but it was absolutely worth it. With the help of Derek from Rainbow Tours in Islington, we left London a couple of days after our wedding and spent almost two glorious weeks having the time of our life. From the moment the little aircraft arrived on the sandy landing strip, we knew we'd landed in paradise. We were greeted with cold drinks and, after a short drive through the Madagascan rainforest, arrived at Anjajavy. We sipped on delicious juice cocktails while our bags were taken to our very own gorgeous beachside villa leading straight onto the beach. The villa was immaculate and comfortable, with an extraordinary attention to detail. The restaurant was superb, with every single meal an event to look forward to. As foodies, we were delighted! The beaches were pristine, with a variety to choose from, so more often than not we were able to enjoy a whole beach to ourselves - very important on a romantic holiday. In fact, there's even a beach you can book for a private picnic, like no picnic you'll ever have had before: A private waiter, incredible food, hammocks, a hot shower, a wonderful beach tent complete with comfy cushions, drinks on tap and deckchairs. Absolutely incredible. The local walks are amazing too. Because Anjajavy is situated on the border of a national park, you're surrounded by gorgeous, unspoilt scenery and animals. Having breakfast while watching lemurs leaping around you is surreal and amazing. There's even a landscaped garden that offers you afternoon tea, while watching these incredible animals from the comfort of your chair, with a cuppa in hand. All terribly civilised! What else is there to say? The snorkelling is wonderful, the pool is perfectly positioned, the staff are, without fail, wonderful, the day trips on offer are a must. I could go on and on. Leaving was heartbreaking, and we have resolved to go back at some point. Although it's not a budget holiday, I can't tell you how pleased we are that we went for it. Nowhere else would have compared. Words, and even pictures, can't give a true sense of this heavenly place. If you can, do it! You won't be disappointed!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on a peninsula in Northwest Madagascar, Anjajavy is only accessible by light aircraft or by boat, the lodge includes 24 villas, a nautical centre and a designed garden. The property is tucked in a forest reserve of 550 hectares and opens to a number of deserted coves. The forest is host of a variety of lemurs and one of the most endangered bird of the world (Madagascan fish eagle). ... more less
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- l Hotel Anjajavy
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