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Les Dunes d'Ifaty
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Ifaty
Reviewed 19 May 2013

We came here as part of an escorted tour. The road to the hotel is the worse part, a good 2 hours, and that was in a 4*4. The rooms are a chalet type, ours overlooked the sea, beds were comfy and the turn down service included a mozzy repellant burning stick? Although the beds are fitted with nets. I found the food to be very good. Breakfast was quite minimal, although they did find some eggs, I didn't ask where from! At first I thought it was going to be cold showers, although a quick look round the back of the chalet confirmed that the immersion heater hadn't been plugged in, soon remedied, I feel sure the hotel will do it for you if you're not too sure. We ate overlooking the sea which added to the experience. Beer, THB, was about £2 a pint bottle.

Room Tip: Try to get one looking over the sea, ideally West facing, then you get the shade and the sunsets.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

This is a lovely, hotel which benefits from not being too posh, so is very relaxing & friendly. The verrandahed bungalows scattered round the pretty grounds are quite delightful. It has its own beach so you are not pestered by local vendors - but please make an effort to buy something - their products are ridiculously cheap & these lovely but oppressed people are desperately poor.

Stephanie is a lovely person who gives personal & friendly attention to the guests & also cares about & assists the local community. I had no complaints about the food - variety & plenty of it.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank M0g1
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Reviewed 3 May 2013

Nice hotel, nice rooms, nice view of the ocean. The downside was the food, I wouldn't say it was anything amazing and the breakfast was minimal. We had lunch in the separate dining area on the seafront which was nice, had the lobster which was very nice and they had a local band playing local music which was great. The evening meal was more disappointing and feel as there was a big tour group they were more attentive to their needs than ours. However I still enjoyed our stay

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

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
Nice pool
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

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

The bungalows with terrace are nice and should be standard. Rooms are OK. Service in restaurant can be improved. Great barman. Food not always perfect. Hard to reach(two hours by bus, one hour by a quick 4x4. No water in the room as promised and even after asking had to repeat the question. Olivia is a nice person serving people well.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

We stayed in Les Dunes for 2 nights. There was initally a mix up with our booking through the tour operator who thought we were booked into Paradiser which we initally went to see and looking back, despite it being cheaper than Les Dunes I think the views, the pool and the bungalows in Paradiser had a nicer setting. Les Dunes is still a lovely place to stay and the owner was very friendly however I felt some of the other staff were not quite as friendly and the food note quite as good as some of the other places we stayed in while in madagascar.

Room Tip: I think we were in room 5 which was set closer to the ocean than some bungalows but the bungalow was...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Les Dunes is situated on the each at Ifaty. The rooms are clean, but a little cramped. I believe the hotel had new staff while we were there, and there were a few problems with food not being cooked thoroughly. The manager (owner?) did seem to be trying to sort things out and if she manages to do this, the hotel has the potential to receive higher ratings.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Les Dunes d'Ifaty

Address: Village de Mangily - Baie d'Ifaty, Ifaty 601, Madagascar
Region: Madagascar > Toliara Province > Ifaty
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Ifaty
Price Range: £55 - £168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Les Dunes d'Ifaty 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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 
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