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“an out-of-this-world beach/forest experience”
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Anjajavy L'Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anjajavy
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“an out-of-this-world beach/forest experience”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

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...

Some advice:
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!)...

Room Tip: Try for a chalet on the beach. We enjoyed number 10
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

Our visit to Anjajavy came at the end of a three week visit to Madagascar. We'd built our hopes up that this would be a perfect place for some R&R as well as seeing unique Madagascan flora & fauna. From the moment we arrived to the time we left, it exceeded our expectations.
The hotel is professionally managed but remains friendly - the staff were all first class and tried constantly to make our stay enjoyable.
The rooms (chalets) are quite luxurious, very well located and have a/c and very nice bathrooms. It was very hot while we were at Anjajavy so we spent quite a lot of time in our room during the heat of the day - or on the little private terrace.
The restaurant was excellent and they made great efforts to cater for dietary requirements - their wine list was also quite impressive (for Madagascar). Breakfast was a real delight - sitting on the veranda looking out across the square with its fringe of palm trees with much bird life - particularly a little flock of love-birds.
We did several walks during our 5 day stay - excellent guides and interesting things to see including mangroves, several snakes, crabs, many flowers, baobabs etc.
One highlight was a "sundowner cruise" which gave us chance to sip a local cocktail while gliding round the nearby bay watching the sun set.
Another highlight was a boat trip up the coast to a very interesting bay where several different birds were seen as well as some very beautiful coves / crags with baobabs and other amazing flora.
We will have to return as we didn't have time to take advantage of the special "private" romantic lunch on one of the many beaches as well as other delights Anjajavy has to offer.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This was by far one of the best places we have visited - Cedric promised us paradise and yes it was- from the location to the rooms to the wonderful staff all of whom were exceptional. We have already booked to return in September 2014.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here for four nights at the end of a two week Madagascar trip - it was a truly magical experience and even better than Vamizi or Kaya Mawa (which is saying a lot). We wish it had been for one or two nights longer. It's a glittering jewel on the Indian Ocean...it really has it all from excellent service, cozy pretty villas with gorgeous views, delicious food, great cocktails, beautiful lemurs and a charming host who is very passionate about Anjajvy and the surrounding community. When we arrived a lemur was sitting on our patio and proceeded to inch his way over to me, it was such a once in a lifetime experience! There are some very interesting walks with guides, and even just strolling on our own along the coastal path we came across many lemurs and got some wonderful photos. We hope one day to be able to return - it was a very long trip to get there, but totally worth it.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

Anjajavy was a surprise from my husband for our honeymoon in October 2013 and he couldn't have chosen anything that would have suited us better. The natural beauty and isolated feel were such as I have never before experienced and the attention to detail at the resort was just the best. I particularly enjoyed the romantic picnic on the beach and the deep sea fishing.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Spent four nights at gorgeous Anjajavy. This hideaway is truly the garden of eden and definitely the best in Mada, I was glad that this was at the end of my 2 wk stay in Mada as of the four hotels on this trip, while this hotel was definitely the most decadent, the most spectacular, with the best service under Cedric's capable & passionate leadership, it was also the most sedate one.

The bungalows had aircon and all the creature comforts of a top hotel, swinging hammocks etc (including much appreciated strong insect repellent). To be able to experience these comforts in the middle of nowhere in Madagascar was truly a triumph against the odds.

Food was top notch, the new year's eve dinner was excellent and the dance performance by the staff & local village was fantastic and entertaining. The entire place is very pretty, manicured and beautifully designed, a great place to come and just be holed up.

A small minor issue for me was that I had higher expectations for their guided walks and studied their "activities book". As I came to Madagascar to see the wildlife (as we have incredible beaches back at home). The guided walks (did 3 of them) by comparison to the other 3 hotels in Mada (Vakona, Mandrare & Manafiafy) were super tame, ie the l'enclos des tsingy (supposedly 7km & a 3 hr) took less than an hour.

Otherwise, this is a stunning place to visit for a few days at the end of a trip as it is a socially responsible hotel that employs over 110 staff from the local villages and is impressively helping the local community/environment (ie reforestation via 250,000 trees planted), it is a tempting place to laze all day on 1 of the picture perfect beaches or by the pool, hang out with dancing Sifakas (bungalow 12 was a great location, seaview and right next to the Sifakas' "oasis"), but for more adventure /wildlife, other places in Mada are better.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 4 January 2014 via mobile

Just returned from one of the most memorable vacations ever. Anjajavy has it all, white sandy beaches, a crystal pool, hammocks on your patio, excellent food and without a doubt some of the best service we have ever had at a hotel. As if all of this is not enough you have lemurs visiting in the garden during afternoon tea! Cedric has a fantastic team and we can not praise the entire team enough! If you are going to Madagascar- stay here. It is absolutely Brilliant!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Property: Anjajavy L'Hotel
Address: Longitude 47o Est _ Lattitude 18o Sud, Anjajavy, Madagascar
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Region: Madagascar > Mahajanga Province > Anjajavy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Anjajavy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Anjajavy L'Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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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