Best hotels and hostels in Northern Madagascar

  • Lodging in Nosy Komba

    Tsara Komba

    With just eight bungalows, this superb lodge is about as exclusive and secluded as you can get. The polished wooden rooms have king-size beds and a porch looking out to the sea. The garden is a work of art, as is the food served in the dining room with panoramic views.

  • Lodging in The West Coast

    Nosy Be Hôtel & Spa

    Top-notch Nosy Be Hôtel stands out from the competition thanks to its highly original decor – stunning wooden furniture made on Nosy Be and lots of local artwork – and lush garden on the edge of the beach. All rooms are different, each offering European mattresses and pillows and beautiful bathrooms. Various plans are available, from half board to all inclusive.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nosy Sakatia

    Sakatia Lodge

    Family-run Sakatia Lodge offers garden bungalows on a slope above the stylish open restaurant and bar. There are also beachside three-bedroom villas suitable for families (Ar1,000,000/1,100,000). The lodge specialises in diving and fishing. Its dive school is well-equipped and recommended by readers, even for beginners, with highly experienced instructors. Snorkelling in the nearby green-turtle sanctuary is blissful. Food is excellent.

  • Lodging in The West Coast

    Le Grand Bleu

    On a hill overlooking the sea, Le Grand Bleu has spectacular views from its terrace restaurant. The star attraction is the dazzling infinity pool; the hotel is also a three-minute walk from a lovely beach. Each of the pretty bungalows has wood floors, four-poster beds, mosquito nets, terrace and hammock. A spa with massage rooms looks over the sea.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Réserve Spéciale Ankarana

    Iharana Bush Camp

    Although not far from Ambilobe, this gorgeous lodge is perfect for exploring Réserve Spéciale Ankarana. Wattle and daub bungalows are widely spaced for privacy and are beautifully appointed; each has its own deck and some have views over a lake and the tsingy. Turn west 7.5m north of Ambilobe and follow the (sparse) signposts along the sandy track for 17km.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The West Coast

    Vanila Hôtel

    One of the top beach hotels on this stretch of the coast, Vanila's design – small buildings with thatched roofs, and lots of local art – gives the hotel a boutique feel. Rooms are charming, with salmon-coloured walls and wooden furniture. As well as the two pools and beach, there is a sensational spa. There are two restaurants open to the public.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Joffreville (Ambohitra)

    Nature Lodge

    A couple of kilometres north of Joffreville, this ecolodge boasts magnificent views of the valley and lovely wooden safari-lodge-style cottages. The interiors are chic, with colourful batiks, original sculptures and raffia matting on the walls, and have great bathrooms. Meals are served in the large thatched dining room and bar (menu Ar60,000). It's solar-powered and they grow their own vegetables.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Joffreville (Ambohitra)

    Litchi Tree

    Built in 1902 and once home to Marshall Joffre, this exquisite house was painstakingly restored by French owner Hervé Dumel. Its elevated position provides breathtaking views over the Suarez bay. The furniture was made locally using sustainable wood, and complements the rough-hewn walls and muted colours. Hervé produces excellent food and arranges excursions into the Montagne d'Ambre park (4km away).

  • Lodging in The West Coast

    Andilana Beach Resort

    This large resort of 210 rooms is in a stupendous location and caters for young and old. As it has everything you need, you never really have to venture out, although it does offer excursions. It's Italian-owned and they fly visitors in twice a week from Milan in chartered planes. You might feel left out if you don't speak Italian.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Nosy Komba

    293 On Komba

    Set among mango trees at the end of Ampangorinana's beach, this delightful guesthouse offers four stylish rooms, each with a veranda. For extra privacy, there are two more rooms next door. Local wood carvings grace the lounge and lush garden and there's a spring-fed infinity pool. South African owner Marcine is a mine of local information and serves superb food.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Hell-Ville (Andoany)

    Tamana Hostel

    From the bright mural in reception to the cool, blond wood, rope and white cotton of the rooms, this place is a winner. The huge house has two dorms (one with 15 beds, one with six) and some private rooms with bathroom and sea views, a kitchen for guests, a bar and restaurant and a roof terrace with knockout views.

  • Lodging in Baie des Français

    Jungle Park

    Built around a natural pool in the middle of a forest, the sustainable, brightly painted eco-domes are very comfortable, with their own bathroom. The wooden treehouses are more rustic and share a somewhat-smelly toilet. There's an open-air dining area and it's all solar-powered. It's a children's paradise but adults will enjoy the activities (and the massage), too.

  • Lodging in Les Trois Baies

    Mantasaly Resort

    South of Sakalava Bay, this beautiful resort has everything: a large pool, children's play area, good restaurant, gym, spa and sports centre offering lots of activities. Each bungalow comprises two rooms, some with air-con and some with fan. Set in the Oranjia Natural Reserve, it's on a remote beach. Solar energy powers the place and all cooking is over charcoal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Baie des Français

    Le Suarez

    In serene countryside with fantastic views of the bay and Nosy Lonja, this boutique hotel has a gorgeous pool. The 12 bungalows have thatched roofs and red-brick-and-stone walls. Inside you’ll find a breezy space with whitewashed walls and lots of local wood in the dark polished floors and four-poster beds. The children's playground is sensitively located out of the way.

  • Lodging in The West Coast

    Le Belvédère

    Perched on a bluff overlooking the blissful Andilana beach, this is a small, simple hotel – there is no TV, minibar or fridge. But the lack of modern amenities makes Belvédère charming: you can just enjoy the sunsets and tranquillity. The six decent-size rooms each come with a front porch – complete with chairs and tables – overlooking the ocean.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Les Trois Baies

    Sakalava Lodge

    The cheaper, brick garden bungalows have whitewashed walls and colourful soft furnishings. The seaside bungalows, however, are made of local materials. Both have bags of charm, and the whole place has a languid beach feel to it. It's all solar-powered and food is excellent. Kitesurfing and windsurfing rule (equipment and lessons are available), and there's a dedicated massage tent.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Ambatoloaka

    Hôtel Gérard et Francine

    A tranquil, beautifully decorated family guesthouse with wooden floors and a veranda overlooking the beach. The rooms come in all shapes and sizes – some are in the main house and some in the garden. The hotel uses solar power and the owners are very involved in environmental initiatives in Nosy Be. They also lobby actively against sex tourism.

  • Lodging in Ambatoloaka

    L'Heure Bleue

    On a hill overlooking the beach of Madirokely, this gorgeous hotel has a terrace with great views and a sensational saltwater pool just above the sea (there's a second pool with fresh water). The bungalows have giant sliding-glass doors, which open on to balconies with distant ocean views and armchairs for private sunbathing.

  • Lodging in Ambatoloaka

    Coco Plage

    If you’re interested in diving, this is a good choice; the long-established Tropical Diving is based here. There are five rooms right on the beach and another seven facing a pretty garden at the back. All are comfortable and well-appointed (though without mosquito nets), and the sea breezes provide natural air-con at night. The hotel also offers fishing expeditions.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The West Coast

    La Case Sakalava

    This ecolodge was built by the owners of Sakalav' Diving and is just 700m from the dive school, in a lush landscape on a hill over the sea. Plain but comfortable bungalows are brick and wood, all built by locals, and each has a private veranda with magnificent views. Excursions can be arranged. It's solar-powered and there's no internet. Half board €12 per person.