Palissandre Côte Ouest is located on Nosy Kely beach, just 30 minutes from the Avenue of the Baobabs. This comfortable hotel has 30 sea view bungalows built from local granite, rosewood and thatch. The rooms are spacious and have private terraces overlooking the beach. Meals are taken in the poolside restaurant just a stone’s throw from the beach. The chef prepares both Malagasy and European dishes. Activities include windsurfing, sailing, snorkelling, pedalo, fishing and boat rides in the nearby mangroves.
The Morondava area was the centre of the Sakalava kingdom and their tombs bear witness to their power and creativity. These elaborately sculpted wooden royal tombs are frequently decorated with well-executed, often erotic, funerary carvings representing life and fertility. Today, Morondava is the centre of a prosperous rice-growing area and a seaside resort with a laid-back atmosphere.
The main attraction is its proximity to the famous Avenue of the Baobabs, a cluster of towering Grandidier’s Baobab, one of Madagascar’s most famous views. The Avenue became a protected natural monument in 2007 and new trees have been planted on the 320 ha reserve. The best time to visit is at sunset.