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“Great rooms, shame about the food”
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Les Dunes d'Ifaty
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Ifaty
Reviewed 18 August 2013

As a family of four, we stayed at The Dunes Ifaty as a relaxing end to our Madagascar tour, spending 5 nights here. The rooms are bungalows, and per the other reviews are spacious and very comfortable, with a lovely verandah. Note that a double room here, is a room with a double bed and two single beds, and a twin room has a double bed and one single bed. Our tour operator overbooked for us, reserving both a double and a twin room for the four of us. Temperatures in August mean that you don't need the a/c, and there are thankfully good blankets on the beds. It also meant that although daytime temperatures were warm high 20s, the pool was too cold to swim in. There is no electricity between midnight and 6am, so make sure you take a torch, as it is pitch black.

The real disappointment for us was the food. Breakfast was simply a plate of prepared fruit and a basket with toast and either firm loaf cake or burnt croissant. You could have eggs at an additional cost, but this is not offered, so you have to ask. You need to select from the three course dinner menu in the afternoon, and book a time from 7-9pm to eat. The timing was rather haphazard, which would have been forgiven if the food had been of better quality. As elsewhere in Madagascar, the food was more of a French style, but here the flavour was lacking, and the quality disappointing, especially given this is an expensive resort. The snack bar overlooking the sea offers better food at lunch time, although order ahead and expect your food about 15 mins later than the time you requested it - not a problem once you know!

Whale watching from here was great, in a small boat (seats 8), with the French volunteer guide. We saw about 17 humpback whales, flying fish and two types of dolphin. Other trips are available at reception, like the zebu cart to Reniala and the baobabs, although it is sometimes difficult to get any more information from the hotel staff, other than that contained in the folder.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

Stunning room (well a whole lodge) with great sea view - difficult journey to get to the place, but hardly their fault.... Wifi available at reception area and in the evening the staff came and put an anti mosquito burner in the room

Food was good - staff were lovely and very welcoming

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

We had the same experience as others have reported with the "road" to Ifaty from Toliara. We were told that the hoteliers on this part of the coast have offered to assist with metalling of the road, but this seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
The hotel is comfortable, friendly and welcoming, with the added benefit of WiFi - all too rare in rural areas in Madagascar.
Bungalows are nicely furnished, with good bathrooms, hot water and a pleasant verandah with views over the sea. The mosquito precautions are excellent, including spray and coils as well as good mosquito nets which are draped by staff each evening.
We spent the last two days of our holiday at The Dunes, and it was a pleasant relaxing way to complete an unforgettable journey.

Room Tip: Help us campaign for a better road, or hire a helicopter!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We wondered rather uneasily, what sort of hotel would await us North of Toliara if it could only be reached by four-wheel drive or helicopter. The journey, parallel with the beach, proved to be a lot of fun as our driver jockeyed with others to find the smoothest part of the track. After about half an hour we arrived at the Dunes Hotel.

Service on arrival was prompt, friendly and efficient. The baggage was delivered to our room which was located along a cobbled pathway running parallel with the beach. Like all the others in that part of the property, the rooms are individually constructed from local stone and have a thatched roof, and although they resemble some of the local cottages, that's where the image ends. Inside, the walls are lined, the floors are polished timber, and the spacious accommodation is more like a suite.

The airconditioning is effective but unobtrusiive, the hot water actually works - promptly, the shower and bathroom all function as they should. The kingsize bed was firm yet comfortable and occupants are protected by a well-designed drop-down mosquito net. There was plenty of shelving for baggage, and a separate sitting area or an additional bed. .

When we returned after sightseeing the bed had been turned down, and the next morning the room cleaning service was prompt.

The building is shaded by a wide verandah and has comfortable seating outside so we were able to relax and take in the ocean view before heading for dinner.

Restaurant service is relaxed but efficient, and the meals are prepared more along French or international lines than typically Malagasy. Which means, we really enjoyed them!

The hotel has free WiFi in the reception area and adjacent lounge, which has a nice tropical feel to it.

This was one of the nicest properties we stayed at during a three-week tour of the south. We swam off the beach, and later used the poolside shower and swam a few laps in the hotel's freshwater pool. The relaxed ambience definitely fits the vacation mode.

Friendly staff, supervised by the owners.

We would certainly choose to stay there again if we ever return to that part of the world. It's very convenient to see the local attractions - baobabs, fishermen, et al.

Room Tip: The rooms are linked by cobbled walkways. If you don't like walking, ask for a room close to rec...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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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.
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  • 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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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
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Ifaty
Price Range: £55 - £170 (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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