If you are staying in Nosy Be and want lovely bungalows and wonderful food in a beautiful setting, this is the place for you. We stayed for a week during our honeymoon and every night we ate in the restaurant, which has an incredible combination of Malagasy/French cuisine - crabs, prawns, local fish, zebu steaks - everything is delicious and brilliantly cooked. We also ate lunch there most days as the view is very hard to tear yourself away from - looking out over the infinity pool across the bay with only a small stretch of forest between you and the beach. (There's a path through the forest from which you can access the beach, and from there walk round to other bays at low tide). The rooms are lovely - we stayed in number 3 which had a lovely view and private hammock on the balcony - although we spent very little time in the room as the main terrace is the place to be during the day and in the evening.
The owners Celine and Jacques are both wonderful and help in every way possible. French is definitely the main language here, but Celine's English is excellent and Jacques' is better than he thinks (and his pantomimes are brilliant as well). They also have a lovely cat called Gnafron (I think that's right!) whose tiny kittens Jacques was happy for us to play with, and a wonderful dog, Icar, both of whom are very friendly with guests.
We went on one of the recommended excursions, to Nosy Sakatia, which was a wonderful day including swimming with giant turtles in a bay where they all gather to feed, hiking across the island with a French speaking guide (putting our language skills to the test!) and enjoying a wonderful barbecue lunch cooked on the beach for us. Definitely recommended!
All in all, Le Grand Bleu was a fantastic start to our honeymoon in Nosy Be, made all the more perfect because of the wonderful staff, the fabulous food, and the unbeatable views. Stunning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elected N° 2 of all hotels in MADAGASCAR with the Travelers' Choice 2017, Le Grand Bleu ** is the best value. The restaurant "The Turquoise" overlooks the 15 bungalows comfort, family, hikers and villa, which have the panoramic view of the sea; The bungalows hikers with the view on the tropical garden. Each bungalow offers 1 double bed, the family 2 bedrooms with 5 beds; They are ventilated or air conditioned with supp, with mosquito nets, shower hot water, WC and mini bar, mini safe for your safety, terrace with deckchair and hammock, very good comfort, renovated every year, woodwork and a nice decoration. A beautiful infinity pool with a panoramic view over the bay of the peninsula of Andilana awaits you and we can offer you all the excursions to do on the island as well as the archipelago: Nosy Komba, Tanikely, Iranja, Sakatia , Fanihy, Mont Passot, Radama, Mitsio Islands etc. Jacques and Céline also offer various activities: mountain biking, quad biking, kayaking, massage, diving, fishing ... Price of a hiker bungalow: from 30 euros per night for 2 people by booking directly. A restaurant that serves traditional and European cuisine, fish, seafood ... What a pleasant stay and retain many happy memories ... ... The only thing you will regret leaving this little paradise! They succumbed to the charm of this tropical paradise Nosy Be, so ... Why not you? ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Grand Bleu Madagascar/Nosy Be