Luxury Holidays in North Madagascar

Madagascar is massive, and unless you're looking at a sabbatical then it's unlikely you'll have time to take in the entire island. That's where we come in, because we know the island well and can suggest an itinerary to fit your brief exactly. One quick win? Should you want the perfect combo of adventure and beach action, head north, because this region is home to some of the country's most dramatic landscapes (which is really saying something) and also the best luxury beach hotels in Madagascar.

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  • While Madagascar might still tick that sought after 'unique holiday' box, it won't be long before more people start cottoning on to what a fantastic place it is, and particularly now Attenborough and the BBC have bigged it up.

Our guide to holidays in The North

First, the adventurous stuff. Heading south from Antsiranana (formerly Diego Suarez) there is the Amber Mountain National Park, teeming with beautiful Jurassic ferns and, for wildlife nuts and photographers, the place for superb lemur and chameleon sightings. Next stop, the frankly bizarre red tsingy limestone pinnacles, and finally Ankarana National Park where the tsingy pinnacles are grey in colour and on a far larger scale, with rope bridges for access. Speaking of scale, there is also a bat cave big enough to make Bruce Wayne green with envy, and home to a vast number of bats - not for everyone, we appreciate, but a proper Indiana Jones moment for others.

After all that adventure, you are going to need some rest and relaxation, and it doesn't get much more relaxing than on the islands of the Nosy Be and Mitsio archipelagos. This is where to snorkel, dive, explore mangrove forests and sail. Or just enjoy a well-earned rest in a charming beachfront hotel.

Of particular note is the tiny island of Tsarabanjina, made famous by Joanna Lumley when she was marooned there for nine days for a TV show and resorted to making a pair of shoes out of her bra. Fortunately you can now experience this little slice of paradise in the comfort of the recently built Tsarabanjina Lodge, where footwear will be the least of your worries.

A little further south, Anjajavy is a secluded peninsula on the northwest coast and home to another of the country's most luxurious hotels, and the only Relais & Chateaux property on the island.


Original Highlight

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There’s so much to see in Madagascar that no-one really comes just for the beaches, but don’t rule out the immaculate beach retreats of the North West coast for standalone fly and flop. This is also honeymoon heaven.

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Top picks for The North

The Litchi Tree

The Litchi Tree

The North

A little corner of France in Joffreville, the Litchi Tree is a charming guesthouse near the entrance to Amber Mountain National Park.

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Nature Lodge

Nature Lodge

The North

Nature Lodge is the perfect place to stay for anyone wanting to explore the Amber Mountain National Park, or who loves a good view, because the panorama of lush hills and the Bay of Diego in the distance is something else.

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Iharana Bush Camp

The North

Set on a peaceful lake edge, Iharana Bush Camp offers guests a welcome retreat in Madagascar’s beautiful surroundings. The camp is comprised of sixteen cob-built cabanas, lying just a few miles from the Mahavavy River and offering striking views of the towering Tsingy massif.

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Aerial View of Nosy Ankao - Madagascar


The North

A fabulous ultra-luxury lodge created by Time + Tide, Miavana is set to wow guests on the private island of Nosy Ankao from early April 2017.

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Tsara Komba Lodge

Tsara Komba Lodge

The North

Located on the secluded island of Nosy Komba off the northwest coast among one of the world’s richest ecosystems, Tsara Komba is the ultimate getaway.

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Constance Tsarabanjina

Constance Tsarabanjina

The North

Just off Madagascar’s north coast, this ultra relaxed hideaway in the Mitsio Archipelago is the definition of a Robinson Crusoe island.

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