The best hotel in Ile Sainte Marie, built by a European family who has lived on the island for 200 years. The hotel has 20 beautiful villas (Executive, Luxury, Standard). This is an ideal honeymoon destination. The villas have gorgeous sea views and are set in lush tropical gardens. The lodge has an excellent spa and offers detox retreats, massage, aromatic baths, scrubs and more, all using Madagascar’s wealth of healing plants. The Chef uses seasonal local products, cooked with Malagasy, Creole and French influences. In addition to relaxing on the beach you can enjoy some of the many activities available: guided island tours, boat excursions, deep sea fishing, snorkelling and water-skiing.
Ile Sainte Marie (Nosy Boraha), is a luxuriant island off the eastern coast of Madagascar. The best times to visit are June and mid-August through December. It is an excellent spot for whale watching from July through October. Humpback whales visit the island’s shores yearly to have their young. This is a real tropical island experience with endless deserted beaches overhung by coconut palms, bays protected by vibrant coral reefs and lush vegetation. The island was a major pirate hideout in the 18th century and was the first part of Madagascar to fall under French rule in 1750. There is even a pirate cemetery with gravestones dating back to the 1830’s.