Best hotels and hostels in Eastern Madagascar

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

    Masoala Forest Lodge

    Staying here is akin to a high-end safari, including luxury tents (with hot water). Located on a 100,000-sq-metre forest reserve, there are just seven palm-thatched tents up in the trees. The owners, Pierre and Maria Bessler, have been here for more than 15 years and poured their heart into this little haven: service is truly stellar and the experience unique.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Andasibe

    Mantadia Lodge

    Spectacular new lodge high on a hill above Andasibe village, the 28 sharply decorated bungalows are the last word in Malagasy plush. Each has gnarled wooden floors and bed frames, dark slate tiling, cutting-edge art and weathered wooden decor. Each room has a private terrace with stunning mountain views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Fenoarivo-Atsinanana

    Sahorana Lodge

    Simply superb rustic-chic lodge in a delightful location a short way south of town. Each wooden and thatch cottage is immaculately well-kept and all have breezy terraces with views out over fields of rice and crashing Indian Ocean waves. Delicious gourmet meals are another highlight and there's a quiet and gorgeous beach a short walk away.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Tamatave (Toamasina)

    Hôtel Joffre

    A central location, attractive terrace cafe, excellent service and evocatively colourful rooms with eye-grabbing wall art, styled beds and bright, polished-tile bathrooms all help to make this the best-value hotel in Tamatave. The handicraft and textile shop in the lobby is a good place to bag a souvenir.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Île aux Nattes (Nosy Nato)

    Chez Sica

    Wow. If you are looking for inexpensive accommodation, look no further: here it is. The hotel is like an open park beneath the palms, with an absolutely gorgeous location on a fringing reef. Most bungalows have a thatched porch with hammocks with dreamy views; bathrooms and toilets are shared. Guests also have access to a well-equipped communal kitchen.

  • Lodging in Île Sainte Marie

    Princesse Bora Lodge & Spa

    One of Madagascar’s top resorts. Creative touches include an extraordinary spa with pirogue tubs and its own essential-oil laboratory, an extensive wine cellar with a private label, a nearby tropical nursery featuring the island’s diverse species, huge bungalows with suspended wooden beds, enamel bathrooms and serpentine corridors reminiscent of a reef. There’s also an arty pool and an elegant restaurant.

  • Lodging in Île Sainte Marie

    Les Tipaniers Lodge

    If you'd like to get away from it all, you couldn't do better than this: located at the very northern tip of the island, Tipaniers is remote, stunning and yet surprisingly comfortable. It's basically your cliche desert island with mod cons: white-sand beach, swaying palms, turquoise water and eight pretty bungalows with big beds.

  • Lodging in Île Sainte Marie

    Ravoraha

    The Buddha-bar-style decor is among the most elaborate on the island – everywhere you look there are brightly-coloured soft furnishings, statues, vintage lanterns and tropical flowers. The standard bungalows are rather small but the tree house and family bungalows are fantastic, as is the lagoon in front of the hotel.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Île Sainte Marie

    Libertalia

    The lascivious whistles of the house parrot welcome you to this popular hotel named after the mythical pirate kingdom. The setting is unique, with a small private island connected to the lovely beach by a great swimming dock. A sophisticated kitchen, friendly staff and special touches such as hydrophones for listening to the whales singing make for a winning proposition.

  • Lodging in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

    Tampolodge

    This lodge has a great location, on a fantastic arc of beach split by the alluring S-bend of the Tampolo river. Accommodation is in basic bungalows with cold water, but with large bathrooms. Daniele, the Italian manager, likes nothing better than to cook up a storm for his clients (a mix of fine Italian and Malagasy fare).

  • Lodging in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

    Chez Maman'iMela

    This is the most authentic (and cheapest!) option in Masoala. Maman'iMela has four impeccable bungalows (with electricity) at the heart of the village of Ambodifohara: two are en suite (bucket showers and flush) and two share bathroom and toilet. The only way to book Chez Maman'iMela is through your MNP guide; you'll also have to bring a cook for your meals.

  • Lodging in Maroantsetra

    Masoala Resort

    This hotel occupies a fine location, with a grand view of Nosy Mangabe. Although the bungalows feel somewhat dated, they are spotless, spacious and comfortable. Each has its own decking area, from where you can take in the lovely tropical surroundings. Service is attentive and the restaurant serves delicious, wholesome meals (Ar45,000 for two generous courses).

  • Lodging in Parcs Nationaux Masoala et Nosy Mangabe

    Ecolodge Chez Arol

    Set in expansive grounds right on the edge of the forest, Arol offers thatched-hut bungalows with hot water. Run by a local Malagasy and his French business associate, it is one of the oldest lodges in the area and offers a range of excellent packages combining nature as well as culture. Prices are all inclusive (transport, guide, activities etc).

  • Lodging in Île aux Nattes (Nosy Nato)

    La Maison Blanche

    On such a small island, La Maison Blanche is an unusual proposition: accommodation that is not by the beach. Instead, its unique selling point is its phenomenal panoramic views, which you can enjoy from every room and the stunning rooftop terrace. Rooms are huge and beautifully decorated, with parquet floors, white walls and colourful soft furnishings.

  • Lodging in Andasibe

    Hôtel Feon’ny Ala

    Whoever named this garden hotel ‘Song of the Forest’ was absolutely right: the site is virtually part of the forest in Parc National Analamazaotra, so close that you can hear the indris. It always seems to be busy with a good crowd of travellers and the bar-restaurant is a convivial place to hang out.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Île aux Nattes (Nosy Nato)

    Les Lémuriens

    By far the prettiest hotel on Île aux Nattes, this little boutique number on the southern tip of the island is a gem: the bungalows are gorgeous, the food is excellent and the location on a curving beach fabulous. It's quite windy in winter (June to August) but at other times the free kayaking and snorkelling come into their own.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Île Sainte Marie

    Samaria

    Few hotels on Sainte Marie have this idyllic a location – and this is an idyllic island! Set in expansive tropical gardens, Samaria has its own natural swimming pool and rocky outcrop with panoramic coastal views; it also happens to be an amazing snorkelling spot. There are just a handful of bungalows, each blending modern design and local materials.

  • Lodging in Lac Ampitabe (Akanin’ny Nofy)

    Bush House

    Of all the lakeside lodges, Bush House has the choice location in the heart of a sandy bay. The quality bungalows with cheery porches have an elevated location that affords views across the lake, with stairs winding down to the beach. There's also a hilltop viewpoint from where you can see the interesting landscape of lakes, peninsula and sea.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mahambo

    La Pirogue

    This elegant resort has a fascinating reef-front location, a stunning and quiet soft sand beach and a beautiful garden setting complete with resident lemurs. The bungalows are delightful with local wood carvings and deckchairs on the porch. There's a wonderful outside dining area with the sea lapping nearby, although the food is pricey.

  • Lodging in Andasibe

    Andasibe Lemurs Lodge

    A new resort-like hotel with a swimming pool that still needs a bit of time to grow into its surrounds, but otherwise it offers huge, comfortable bungalows with picture-frame jungle views or smaller, but equally comfortable rooms (cold showers only). It sits right beside the forest and you can lie in bed listening to the morning indri wail.