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“Best Beach-front Hotel Ever”
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Manga Soa Lodge
Ranked #14 of 32 Hotels in Nosy Be
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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74 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“Best Beach-front Hotel Ever”
Reviewed 27 June 2014

I have to say that this is probably one of the nicest beach-front accommodations I've ever stayed in. The owner of the Manga Soa greeted us every morning at breakfast and then again at dinner, asking if we enjoyed our stay. You might think it would get annoying, but he genuinely cared about our well-being during our time there. The other staff at the Manga Soa were very helpful and courteous.

The property only has about 7 lodges so there is naturally a more "intimate" feeling when you walk around at the beach or pool. The lodges are very spacious and all face the water. They even have these big doors and windows that open up facing the beach.

The restaurant has a "menu du jour" which was always prepared using local and fresh ingredients. Fruit is grown on the property and picked fresh daily. Literally, someone picks the papaya, pineapple, or banana straight from the tree every morning for breakfast. There are also private little tables and shelters scattered around the property where you can have a private meal.

I could go on and on about the Manga Soa, but you just have to experience it yourself. It is on the expensive end, but well worth the month for sure! You certainly will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: All of the rooms, from what we could tell, had views of the water. None of the rooms have A/C but th...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We stayed here by accident as our flight was delayed but what a great accident, the rooms are spacious and nicely decorated and they cling to the side with a ingenious shutter system so you can open it all up to the sea breeze or close it all off for privacy (or both if needed), the food was delicious and the service personal. It is 20 min from the airport (but the right side so you dont here the plans!) and perfect little spot to chill (the bar is really well stocked!)

Room Tip: if you have difficulties walking this is not the place for you as there are a lot of uneven steps to...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights during our honeymoon. It is the best hotel we have ever stayed in and the best during our honeymoon. The eco-lodges are beautiful, amazing views out to sea, beautiful pool and the most delicious food. Every night was like eating in a Michelin stared restaurant, but with better service! The staff are so kind and thoughtful, they can't do enough to help. I would recommend this to everyone. It is off the beaten track, this makes it even more special, and easy to organise day trips from here. Go, but don't tell anyone to keep this a closely guarded secret.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

An unexpected night at this delightful lodge was well worth it. We loved the French style and classy finishes, the cuisine was excellant and our room (the suite) was wonderful. We are sorry we only had the one night here. Absolutely ideally suited to anyone arriving in Nosy Be late in the afternoon or departing early in the morning. We had spent four nights at Tsarabanjina Lodge with MadagasCaT Charters & Travel and to just get off the transfer boat and walk the short distance to Manga Soa was a bonus; unlike others who still had a long way to travel.
The swimming pool is an unusual luxury for Nosy Be lodges and a superb massage in their open air salon overlooking the ocean with the waves lulling me into a dreamy state ended the day on a perfect note. Highly recommended. We took a peek at the standard rooms and frankly there is nothing inferior about them.

Room Tip: All the rooms are wonderful with open windows overlooking the sea below. But the suite is just a no...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2013

The Lodge is absolutely fantastic ! Rooms, the view on the Mozambique channel, the swimming pool, the beach, the staff and of course the restaurant. Absolutely no surprise between the reality and the pictures of the website. The quality of the product you eat and the way its cooked (mix up of local flavors and french cuisine) is divine. If you like fruit cocktails (with or without alcohol), they are amazing. The price is really fare compare to all the luxury services you have access to.
That eco-lodge is simply the image of Jean and Elisabeth (the owners), refined, lowly and charming.
Thanks to all the staff for that lovely journey

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manga Soa Lodge
Address: Befefika, Nosy Be 207, Madagascar
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Region: Madagascar > Antsiranana Province > Nosy Be
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nosy Be
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Nosy Be
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Manga Soa Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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