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.
- 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