Must see hotels in Southern Madagascar

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    It would be more accurate to describe this place as a work of art that you stay in rather than an arty guesthouse. The work of Bruno Decorte (a Frenchman…

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    Auberge Peter Pan

    This creative burst of liberal personality is one of the best hotels south of Tana, and it just keeps getting better. Dario and Valerio, the young Italian…

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    Anakao Ocean Lodge

    This is the premier resort along the Southern Reef. It’s not that any of the elements are unique, but each one is carried off to perfection. The bungalows…

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    Olo Be

    Now here's something special. Designed in part by Bruno Decorte of Bakuka in Tuléar, and opened in earnest in 2019, Olo Be has stunning rooms, all lovely…

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    Bamboo Club

    This place caters mostly to divers, but offers comfortable bungalows climbing up through the trees from the beach, a small swimming pool and an excellent…

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    Famata Lodge

    Down the coast, 16km from town and 11km from the airport, lies this interesting ecolodge. Located in the mangroves, it has everything from budget…

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    This is the only stylish hotel in Fort Dauphin (Taolagnaro), with an attractive contemporary design and a classy infinity pool. Located high on a hill…

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    Sur la Plage

    Easily the pick of Mangily's midrange options, Sur la Plage has tidy, colourful, if simple bungalows that are kept sparkling clean – they're actually just…

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    Auberge de la Table

    The bungalows at the Arboretum d'Antsokay, 12km east of the city, represent fabulous value as long you don't need to be in town. The superior bungalows…

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    This friendly, well-run guesthouse has brightly painted bungalows in a superb location on the edge of a steep peninsula looking back over Libanona Beach…

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    Pirate Camp

    These rustic bungalows at Evatra are run by Lavasoa in Fort Dauphin. It also has a campsite and hires equipment. The accommodation is made from local…

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    Dunes d’Ifaty

    This high-end property has a magnificent thatched-roof lodge for eating and pretty bungalows made of locally quarried stone. The villas get the beach…

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    Hôtel Le Paradisier

    This luxury, but attractively priced Ifaty property has a tropical-jungle lobby that opens onto a sea-facing courtyard dining room and a shimmering…

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    Manga Lodge

    Three cheers for the best entrance to a lodge on this coast: you arrive by pirogue on the resort’s little white powder beach and sink your toes in the…

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    La Croix du Sud

    The sister hotel to the adjacent Le Dauphin, and the better choice. It’s like a large plantation house, with a big metal roof and porches. Painted in…

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    ‘Upscale beach shack’ sounds like a contradiction in terms, but this place manages to pull it off. The family versions are claustrophobic, but the doubles…

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    Chez Alain

    It may be close to the taxi-brousse station, but Chez Alain has a quiet garden area sheltered from the surrounding clamour. The simplest rooms are basic…

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    Laguna Blu

    Laguna Blu is an excellent Andavadoaka choice, blissfully isolated and with good if unexciting-for-the-price beachfront bungalows. For a long time, it…

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    Longo Vezo

    A secluded location overlooking the spiny forest to Nosy Ve, a private stretch of beach, wooden bungalows discreetly hidden in the dunes with hammocks and…

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    Serena Hôtel

    The rooms here are attractive and wonderfully central – the newer, more expensive doubles on the 2nd floor are worth the extra price and most have views…