The road to the hotel is hard work 1-2 hours on a very rutted dusty road, suddenly makes you realise how good the RN7 is! Good bits of the hotel
The rooms and the main area are built like beach huts, so stone walls and then palm/wooden roofs, but the two do not meet, and the windows are wooden slats! Very beech like, though it is always hot so not an issue
The beech is very pretty with few hawkers, tried swimming but ehre were jellf fish in the sea which is a shame as would be nice to swim in
Beech bar which served good pizzas with a view at lunch time
The bad bits
Dinner in particular was poor, this is meant to be the best hotel in Ifaty but I have to say the food was some of the worst we had, some of the cold things were warm and some of the hot things were warm, and it was often over cooked.
You had a TV in your room, not sure if this was needed especially with the beech hut approach but made worse as the walls due to the construction were not very sound proof so if you neighbour had their TV on you could hear it especially latter on in the night
Mosquitos- after 5pm around the rooms in particular it was mozzie heaven make sure you light your coil around 5-6pm and keep the lights off where possible, though in the bar restaurant it was significantly better
Mozzie nets again were not briallint and unfrotunatley one of our group woke up to have a cockroach on his face not great!
Bar staff need to leran how to look after customers not serve one person at a time not do 4 jobs at once
We noticed wandering the hotel complex that one half ( the left hand side as you walk into reception form the cars was much more lush and verdant pretty plants and more animals etc the other side was more barren with fewer plants – though maybe fewer Mozzies
This review may sound quite negative but it was a very nice quiet tranquil place to be and I would go back it is just a shame about the number of mozzies, the nets need to be improved on the bed and for me the standard of cooking and serving food needs to be radically improved
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Les Dunes d'Ifaty is boutique hotel, build from local materials, located 27 kilometres north of the city of Tulear, next to the "Mangily" fishing village and is built over an area of 6 hectares amidst a flora of tropical and other typical indigenous plants from this dry region of the south of Madagascar. The main building is designed following a wide-open-style structure, the roofing being supported by large pillars, with a seven metre high tree in the centre. In the main building are located the reception, the lounge, the main bar, the main restaurant and the kitchen. All the rooms are on both sides of the main building. The villa rooms are facing the sea, while the superior and standard rooms are in a tropical garden. They are not far from the swimming pool which is next to the beach. There is a beach bar where one can find drinks and food which is directly on the beach. The hotel is not far from the spiny forest(UNESCO registered), which is worth a visit and where one can see baobab(Reniala)trees and all the endemic plants of the south of Madagascar. Bird watchers will be able to find quite a few rare birds endemic to this southern part. Many different type of reptiles and animals can also be seen and the guides who speek many foreign languages will be delited to tell you more about them. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Les Dunes d`Ifaty Hotel Ifaty