My wife and I, along with our 2 friends, stayed at Relais du Masoala either side of a visit to the Masoala Peninsula. We wish we could have stayed longer. We were met at the airport and driven to this beautiful hotel, where on arrival we were met by Monique, the most charming hostess and owner. After a welcome drink we were escorted to our respective bungalows. These are lovely with a veranda all round (perfect for sitting), inside it got even better. Great room with the best 2 double beds in Madagascar. The pillows and linen were fantastic. Monique, her friend Denise and all the staff looked after us so well. My wife is a gluten-free vegetarian and the kitchen catered for her very well.
They helped us organise a night walk, where we managed to see several different species of lemur and a tenrec.
If you are planning a trip to Madagascar you really must stay here, and by the time I write this, Monique will have opened her new sister resort on the peninsular. I have a feeling we may be returning!
- 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