Monique's place (and Monique) is charming and was a magical spot from which to start the real "en brousse" part of my Madagascar trip far from Tana. Monique and Denise warmly welcomed our small group with comfortable accommodations, good meals, suggestions on when to go out and see the local people fishing in the mornings, and interesting insights about the area and country. Le Relais du Masoala is a good base from which to visit Nosy Mangabe and the entire area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the top of Antongil Bay on the north-east coast of Madagascar, in the heart of the clove and vanilla growing region of the island, the Relais is a collection of 15 well-appointed Malagasy-style bungalows (with American comfort levels) scattered in an expansive lush coconut grove. A narrow causeway separates the Relais from the natural wild sandy beach along the Bay overlooking the island reserve of Mangabe. Gently bathed by the trade winds, the graceful and peaceful property lies a few minutes west of the center of Maroantsetra, the gateway to Masoala, Makira, Farankaraina and Nosy Mangabe. The Relais now has a satellite eco-lodge at the very edge of Masoala National Park. Indeed, the Petit Relais is a collection of just 6 bungalows nestled into the hillock known locally as "Lohatrozona" (literally, the "head of the whale"), where twenty pristine hectares of primary coastal tropical forest await you. The Petit Relais is discreetly set just behind a mile-long private beach of golden sand extending along Tampolo Marine Park from the village of Ambodiforaha to the South up to the very entrance to Masoala National Park to the North. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Relais Du Masoala Madagascar/Maroantsetra