Luxury Madagascar Holidays: An Overview

There's no denying that Madagascar is unique. An astonishing 80% of the country's flora and fauna is endemic to the island. A fascinating mélange of African, Asian, Arabic and European cultures is evident wherever you are, from the rice paddy fields in the valleys to the Arab style pirogues on the river and the clapped out Renaults which rule the streets of Tana. Even the name of the capital, Antananarivo (hence Tana, to those in the know), is exotic and the rest of the country certainly lives up to that reputation. Quite the heady mix when it comes to a luxury holiday, in our humble opinion.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Lemurs, lemurs and more lemurs! Every variety of this dancing, jumping, singing, furry beast can be found here, and only here​
  • About 80% of the animals found in Madagascar do not exist anywhere else on earth

Madagascar Luxury Holidays: The Detail

Everything starts and ends in Tana, which is conveniently located bang in the middle of the island. From this central hub, you can head off exploring the country, but it is well worth spending a few days in the city at the beginning or the end of your holiday to sample some of the fabulous local cuisine, which the colonial French thankfully left behind, and to stock up on some excellent textiles for which the country is famed.

Did you know

  • The island has two official languages: Malagasy and French
  • Only 11% of the country's roads are paved
  • Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world

Heading out from the city, the south of Madagascar is best explored on an epic road trip from Tana to Tuleur through National Parks with some of the most extraordinary landscapes imaginable. Travel through desert canyons in Isalo National Park, tropical forests in Ranomafana, and the mountainous Tsaranoro Valley region, seeing the ubiquitous lemur on route.

The east coast of the country is home to a distinctly Caribbean vibe of spectacular beaches and islands that were the favourite haunts of buccaneers plying the spice routes in days of old. Fortunately the latter day visitor is more likely to see whales cruising offshore than pirate ships.

A Madagascar luxury holiday will certainly be unlike any other you've ever been on. This is, after all, a country quite unlike any you'll ever have been to.


Top picks for Madagascar

The North

The North

Madagascar

The north combines dramatic landscapes and beautiful beaches in one manageable region.

Where to go

Lemurs in Madagascar

The South

Madagascar

The southern half of Madagascar is ripe for a road trip.

Where to go

The East

The East

Madagascar

Once a haunt of pirates, now that of in the know travellers.

Where to go

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.

Where to stay

Anjajavy L'Hotel

Anjajavy L'Hotel

The North

Anjajavy offers many of the highlights and attractions of Madagascar, making it an ideal one-stop shop experience. It is also one of the smartest hotels to stay in on in Madagascar, making it ideal for the more demanding eco-tourist.

Where to stay

Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa

Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa

The East

Sainte Marie Island was used by 17th century pirates such as Captain Kid as a hideaway on the spice route.

Where to stay

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