Best hotels and hostels in Western Madagascar

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Boeny Region


    Part of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux network, Anjajavy is the quintessential desert-island idyll. The guest villas are luxurious, with polished wood, fine linen and their own private terrace. There are myriad activities – snorkelling, swimming, guided walks through the forest and to local villages – many of them free. Massages, fishing and boat excursions are also available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Morondava

    Chez Maggie

    Whether you sleep in the atmospheric captain’s cabin with its marine-themed decor, the well-appointed bungalows or the superb mezzanine ‘chalets’, Chez Maggie is a delight and fabulous value. You could spend many hours reading in the garden, lounging by the pool or admiring the ocean. Chez Maggie is an agent for Remote River Expeditions, which runs excellent excursions.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Boeny Region

    La Maison de Marovasa-Be

    The exquisite Marovasa villa offers beautiful suites and bedrooms, each with balcony. The house has a 1930s colonial retro feel about it. The surrounding environment is more arid than at other Anjajavy resorts, but Marovasa is involved in local reforestation projects. The hotel is also powered by wind and solar energy rather than generator.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Belo-sur-Mer

    Ecolodge du Menabe

    Remote, scenic and peaceful, the Ecolodge is Belo’s best accommodation option. The 12 bungalows are simple but comfortable and right on the beach. Meals are served under a large canopy and the food is good, with plenty of fresh fish. Everything is made from local building materials, it uses locally sourced ingredients and everything is recycled.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Parc National Bemaraha

    Le Soleil des Tsingy

    Set in a 200,000-sq-metre garden, with views out over the surrounding wilderness from the restaurant and gorgeous infinity pool, Le Soleil des Tsingy is easily the best base for visiting the national park. The beautifully appointed bungalows with flagstone floors are spacious and have expansive terraces. There's a good bar-restaurant and even a small children's playground. Service is attentive.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Belo-sur-Mer

    Hôtel Entremer

    Watched over by amiable Frenchman Laurence, the Entremer is an excellent choice, with great food, nice bungalows right by the sea along a quiet stretch of coastline and deep roots in the local community. It's all powered by solar energy, and it can arrange kayaking, snorkelling and other excursions. Rooms are lovely, with wood floors and plenty of space.

  • Lodging in Majunga (Mahajanga)

    Baobab Tree Hotel & Spa

    This large spa hotel is Majunga's most luxurious option with stylish rooms, an understated contemporary look and muted colour schemes. There's an excellent restaurant, a well-stocked bar, a well-run spa and priceless views from the more expensive rooms.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Majunga (Mahajanga)

    Karibu Lodge

    The rather lovely Karibu offers 15 duplex suites with sea views, TV lounge and terrace/balcony. The rooms have been furnished to very high standards and the pool and bar-restaurant overlooking the sea are prime spots to enjoy the sunset.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Majunga (Mahajanga)

    PAP'S Chambres d'Hôtes

    There are just three rooms here, but they're smart and stylish, with wood floors, colourful rugs, whitewashed walls and cool bathrooms, and public areas are just as delightful. It's all designed to catch the breeze and the views.

  • Lodging in Majunga (Mahajanga)

    Les Roches Rouges

    This place gets the thumbs up from readers who enjoy the large rooms and friendly staff. The suite, really a villa, is stunning – you'll feel like royalty without the unreasonable price tag.

  • Lodging in Boeny Region

    Antsanitia Beach Resort

    Found on an isolated stretch of coast, some 40 minutes' drive north of Majunga, Antsanitia (pronounced ‘An-tsan-tee’) is a fantastic resort. As well as lovely bungalows with wood and raffia furniture, a gorgeous pool, open-air bar, fabulous restaurant and a wonderful setting, guests enjoy numerous activities, from sailing to hiking, snorkelling, pirogue (traditional dugout canoe) trips and cultural excursions.

  • Lodging in Réserve Forestière de Kirindy

    Le Camp Amoureux

    Run by the local community, Le Camp Amoureux is, despite being an hour's drive south of Kirindy, many people's preferred base for visiting the reserve. It was closed for refurbishment at the time of research, but should have opened by the time you read this. Comfortable, African-style safari tents are planned. Night walks in the surrounding forest are possible.

  • Lodging in Katsepy

    Chez Mme Chabaud

    The seven pretty bungalows have been built and decorated with local materials and are right by the beach, in a lovely garden. Run by the same family as the eponymous restaurant in Majunga, Chez Mme Chabaud serves the same delicious blend of Malagasy and French cuisine with fresh, local ingredients (mains Ar12,000 to Ar18,000).

  • Lodging in Morondava


    This Italian-run guesthouse, right at the end of Nosy Kely peninsula, is a lovely place and was renovated in 2017. Some rooms have polished wooden floors, whitewashed walls, and all are absolutely spotless. The cheaper ones share bathrooms and only have fans. The restaurant is on a veranda overlooking the mangrove canal at the back; room 18 does likewise.

  • Lodging in Morondava District

    Lodge de la Saline

    This place, well signposted 10km off the Belo-sur-Tsiribihina–Kirindy road, is blissfully quiet. There's a range of fascinating activities (including visits to local fishing villages, local salt pans, mangrove excursions and birdwatching at the nearby Ramsar-listed wetlands). The cottages are excellent value (the bungalows less so). It sees fewer tourists than it deserves out here, so come before word gets out.

  • Lodging in Morondava

    Cap Kimony

    This place has tidy bungalows and an appealing restaurant shaped like a ship. Despite what it promises, you're more than 1km from the beach and the trees need time to grow. But it's a good choice, and a little removed from town, which means it's either quiet or inconvenient, depending on your perspective.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Miandrivazo

    Princesse Tsiribihina

    Easily the best place to stay in Miandrivazo, Princesse Tsiribihina is run by one of the better river-trip operators. Rooms are attractively painted, spacious and come with terrific bathrooms. The location takes advantage of the hillside position with sweeping views and there's a decent restaurant (mains from Ar12,000) and swimming pool. It's 1km south of town, so nice and quiet.

  • Lodging in Parc National Bemaraha

    Orchidée du Bemaraha

    With beautiful grounds, two pools and a lovely bar, this is a fantastic place to return to after scaling the tsingy. Both tents and rooms are good value and well appointed, with numerous different varieties spread across this sprawling place. The latter have tiled floors, mosquito nets and plenty of space, the cheapest rooms are smaller and don't have fans.

  • Lodging in Parc National Bemaraha


    This superfriendly hotel offers everything from camping to spacious en suite bungalows. There is an expansive privately run botanical garden and the restaurant serves decent food. Rooms come in a rather bewildering range of shapes and sizes, but all are simple, tidy and well kept. Tanankoay is 900m north of Bekopaka, on the road to the Grands Tsingy.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Morondava

    Hôtel Palissandre Côte Ouest

    Morondava's premier address has supremely comfortable wood-floored bungalows away from the town's clamour. There are ample terraces from which to watch the setting sun, a stylish boutique, restaurant and swimming pool, and excursions can be arranged. We feel the food lets things down a little and the water's edge is a long way across the sand.