Since the earth offers so many opportunities, my policy tends to be that, no matter how good a destination/experience, one shouldn't visit more than once - however, Anjajavy L'Hotel may just be the exception to that rule...
This place is really superb, and worth a repeat visit! It ticks the essential boxes:
1) Accommodation, facilities and setting - set on a glorious beach, on the fringe of a natural forest, the chalets are luxurious (with effective aircon and the most comfortable beds). And there's lots to do, including sea swims, lounging at the pool and a wide variety of activities, including forest walks, boat trips, billiards/pool, TV lounge, wi-fi in the main area, etc.
Something to note: Unfortunately we (my new wife and I) never actually met the chef - this was a great pity since the food was consistently perfect.
The Oasis garden area is a special place.
Around the hotel and forest Cockerel (dancing) Sifaka lemurs abound. Brown lemurs, mouse lemurs/golden, brown mouse lemurs can be seen but are less prolific than the Sifakas which carry on their lives seemingly without a care/concern in the world.
Bird watching is an activity in and of itself - I really enjoyed the Harrier Hawks and Sickle Billed Vangas noisily roosting at sunset, and the special Madagascan Fish Eagle sightings...
2) Staff and management - the hotel manager (Cedric) and team (especially Niki, Max, Rado, Feno and the unmet chef/kitchen staff) were exceptional. Their flexible, can-do, accommodating attitude cannot be overstated...
Set aside at least 8 days to really appreciate all the hotel and its surroundings have to offer. Try all the boat cruises and forest walks (day and night), with and without a guide. The full day Sahamalaza national reserve expedition to (hopefully) see the critically endangered black/blue-eyed Sclater's lemur is an experience of a lifetime - it's a tough walk that one needs to be well equipped/prepared for. Definitely go for the massage on the veranda of your chalet.
So, it seems, we'll have to go back to Anjajavy L'Hotel at some stage - even if it's just to visit our infant baobab, number 207 (thanks for that, Cedric!)...
- 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
- Also Known As:
- l Hotel Anjajavy
- Anjajavy l Hotel