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Le Grand Bleu
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Nosy Be
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 August 2014

I spent two nights in this hotel and I can say that the place is very clean, cozy and has a very nice swimming pool with nice views of the ocean and the coast.
The restaurant serves delicious food and the staff working at the hotel are all very nice, friendly and respectful. They tried their best to speak to me in French so I could practice it!
The owners are very nice and very organized - they definitely know how to run the business!

I stayed in one of the bungalows with garden views, and while these bungalows are very affordable they lack windows and, therefore, sunlight. The bungalows have a nice terrace with a hamac and a chair but they are very small even for one person. I felt a bit claustrophobic inside these bungalows and there were not proper pillows but two cushions. In addition to this, one could hear the noise of some other guests staying in the other close by bungalow. Perhaps the owners could invest a bit more money in making the garden view bungalows a bit more comfortable. The other bungalows seemed to be very nice with balconies, and more space.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the views from there are just astonishing! I recommend the homemade ice cream and the famous flavoured rum from Nosy Be!

This hotel is perfect for those who like to chill out around a swimming pool or like to spend most of the time and money in snorkelling and diving. The owners were always ready to book any activities for me.

Room Tip: I would recommend choosing a bungalow with sea views and close to the reception/swimming pool area.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We went as a family to Madagascar to discover this beautiful island and the last 3 days(22-25 July.2014),we stayed in Le Grand Bleu.Not only we fell in love with the big island,but also with the smaller island Nosy Be and the spectacular location of Le Grand Bleu...It is on the top of a hill overlooking 2 beautiful bays and islands at distance...We were met with the owners Celine and Jacques at the entrance and also their La Fontaine creatures...Le Lapin et la Tortue!They are really professionals which did not loose their amateur soul...They gave all the necessary tips and do's/do not's to have a perfect vacation.Also they organise daily trips to all the outlying islands which you have difficulties how to choose...If possible do all of them,they are all fantastic.We swam with big turtles for almost 15 minutes...That was really one of the best things I did in my entire life...

All the rooms are surrounded by lovely gardens,flowers,trees like mangoes and palms,you have your own hamoc in the terrace,mosquito nets in all beds,very beautifully designed lay-out.Dinners are one of the best in the island,especially the one for my 50th anniversary was an unforgettable one...Breakfasts can be a little bit richer maybe...Lunches are generally taken during the other islands trips and they are also provided by the expert hands of Le Grand Bleu professionals...

No TVs or phones...Go to the big resorts if you can not do without...Very nice choices of music,day and night...Enriching the soul of the atmoshere...

Overall,it was a dream vacation and we still have the beautiful memories...Although I have spent most of my life travelling as a tourism professional,this was a special one for me personally...It ended magnificiently in Nosy Be because of the island's beauty and also efforts of Le Grand Bleu...Thank you...Merci beaucoup...Sao ny fiarahantsika... :)

Until we meet again...Au revoir...Inchallah... :)

Room Tip: All the rooms are fantastic in their own categories...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

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.

Room Tip: Bungalow 3 was great and has a wonderful view across the bay
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

Run by the attentive and charming French owners, Le Grand Bleu has excellent views, nice rooms, well run excursions and very good food.

I stayed in one of the basic rooms which was well decorated and comfortable. Though it feels and sounds like the mosquito net is the only thing separating you from the surrounding forest (I think the other rooms benefited from concrete walls and air conditioning).

It's well set up for couples staying in Nosy-Be for their whole holiday but I stayed there for a couple of nights of luxury during what was otherwise a tough independent travel around Northern Madagascar. It feels a lot more cosy than a large hotel/resort and benefits from the spectacular location and friendly owners.

The hotel is also doing more than it's fair share in terms of contributing to the local community - with a large number of locals helping out in various roles.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Celine D, Propriétaire at Le Grand Bleu, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2014
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Bonjour Brendan,
Merci beaucoup pour votre petit mot laissé sur TRIPADVISOR. Mais il est vrai que nous n'avons qu'un seul objectif lequel étant de satisfaire au mieux nos clients, tant au niveau de l'accueil, de la convivialité tout en respect de l'intimité, de la qualité de la restauration et du service, de l'entretien des bungalows et du parc, de l'écoute des demandes de nos clients etc...
Ainsi, nous sommes ravis que vous ayez pu apprécier cet ensemble ainsi qu'avoir pu admirer, il est vrai, nos 2 superbes vues panoramiques du restaurant ; j'ai cité les îles de SAKATIA et NOSY FANIHY !
Vous pouvez revenir quand vous voulez ! Au grand plaisir !
Très bonne continuation et bien cordialement,
CELINE

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

my partner and I spent 4 nights at "Le grand Bleu" in May 2014. After a nice tour in Western Madagascar, it was a very nice and relaxing ending of our vacation. The room was really cute with private hammock and an awesome view of the sea.
We had dinner there twice and both times the food was nicely served and very good. The owner Celine and Jacques are extremely nice, friendly and would do everything to make you enjoy your stay at their Big Blue !

Room Tip: we were there at low season .. we just called and then went there to check out the rooms .. we felt...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Celine D, Propriétaire at Le Grand Bleu, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014
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Bonjour Michela et Günther ! Bonjour l'Italie et L'Autriche !

Nous sommes ravis que le GRAND BLEU vous ait apporté ce bonheur de détente et ait pu vous offrir son magnifique paysage !
Il nous a été très agréable de vous recevoir car vous êtes vraiment charmants !
Autrement, tout se passe bien ici et les petits chatons grandissent peu à peu !!

Bien cordialement et très bonne continuation
CELINE

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Reviewed 3 June 2014

For my partner and I, our experience staying at Le Grand Bleu was amazing! The owners Celine and Jack were very accommodating and friendly. As nosy be is generally French speaking we were appreciative of the efforts made to help us communicate, really made a difference to our stay.

As for the resort itself, the bungalows are beautiful, lovely pool with stunning views, an amazing restaurant (really really tasty!), and fantastic very attentive staff. So good that we extended our stay. Highly recommended!

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Celine D, Propriétaire at Le Grand Bleu, responded to this reviewResponded 11 June 2014
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Bonjour,

Quel bonheur d'apprendre que nos clients aient pu partir avec des belles images du GRAND BLEU ! En effet, vous avez pu apprécier notre petit paradis : les 2 magnifiques et imprenables vues, les bungalows entièrement rénovés, l'excellente cuisine de MARTIN et CHEFFY, notre piscine à débordement etc...;
Revenez quand vous voulez ! Ce sera toujours avec un immense plaisir de vous accueillir !

Avec notre meilleur souvenir
CELINE

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

My partner and I stayed at Le Grand Bleu for 12 days in April 2014. From the onset, Celine and Jacques provided us with all of the support that we required in order to avoid logistical problems. They were patient, friendly and always available for us, both before and during our stay. The couple are truly warm, friendly and honest people. It was a pleasure getting to know them. As for the property, our bungalow was extremely clean, safe and had a wonderful view of the ocean. The pool and lounge area are also very well kept. The food was also excellent. We did venture out to eat in a number of other places, but felt equally excited to stay at the Grand Bleu for dinner. I would highly recommend this property and will certainly be back with my family in the future.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Celine D, Propriétaire at Le Grand Bleu, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014
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Bonjour La Croatie et Bonjour L'Italie !

Nous gardons un excellent souvenir de votre passage ! Nous gardons en tête, entre autres, votre très agréable compagnie mais également les recettes de cuisine croates ; ainsi, si vous revenez un jour, nous demanderons à MARTIN et à CHEFFY de vous les préparer ! (après les ravioles en entrée !!)
Revenez quand vous voulez ! Ce sera toujours avec le même plaisir que nous vous accueillerons.
Et à cette occasion, vous pourrez voir la nouvelle boutique terminée !
Avec toutes nos amitiés

CELINE

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Address: Andilana | Bp 407, Nosy Be 207, Madagascar
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Region: Madagascar > Antsiranana Province > Nosy Be
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Nosy Be
#3 Spa Hotel in Nosy Be
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Nosy Be
Price Range: £32 - £82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Le Grand Bleu 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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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